Monday’s with Mami – Chicharos Con Chorizo

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It’s been awhile since I’ve done a Monday’s with Mami.  I’m more than excited to bring it back with one of my favorite simple meals that my grandfather used to make for my sisters and I.  Chicharos con Chorizo.  A stew of white beans and Spanish chorizo sausage.  I’ll probably hear from one of my readers that chicharo refers to peas, guisantes.  However, my family has and still does call these white beans chicharos.  I don’t know if it’s because they originally were from San Lucar de Barrameda, a beach town in the South of Spain and a term from there or that it’s a traditional word used by elders.  However, I stand by this word and will forever call this chicharos con chorizo, lol!  My grandfather used to make this for us in Spain because we loved it.  A meal suitable for any child!  I mean really, chorizo and beans – what’s not to like!  Pair this with a green salad, crusty bread, red wine and you’ll be in heaven.  So simple, So Spain!

Chicharos Con Chorizo


  • 8oz Great Northern Beans, soaked overnight
  • 4 pack small palacios chorizo sausage
  • 1 green pepper sliced in half
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/2 white onion
  • 3-5 garlic cloves
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A good drizzle of Olive Oil (about 3-4 tbl)
  • 1 tsp Pimenton, Spanish Smoked Paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

    I used my frozen peppers and tomato from last seasons harvest!


  1. In a large pot put the beans, chorizo sausage, green pepper, tomato, onion, garlic cloves, and 2 bay leaves.
  2. Cover with water 2 inches above the beans, sausage and vegetables.
  3. Mix in the olive oil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.
  4. Bring to a boil.
  5. Lower the heat, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until the beans are tender.

So easy and so delicious.  Buen Provecho!

37 Responses to "Monday’s with Mami – Chicharos Con Chorizo"
  1. Foy Update - Garden Cook Write Repeat says:

    That photos is delicious! I love the colors.

  2. Ruth says:

    Sheer Perfection!!!

  3. 3 hungry tummies says:

    We are on a soup diet, this is perfect!!

  4. Juls says:

    Delicious! It's very similar to one of our Tuscan recipe!
    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Divina Pe says:

    I always love chorizo and paprika. This dish is just comforting. So delicious. 😀

  6. Table Talk says:

    A flavorful way to put some fun into a weeknight meal!

  7. Cookin' Canuck says:

    This looks like the ultimate comfort meal! The photo is gorgeous and I love that plate.

  8. Andrea@WellnessNotes says:

    Beautiful dish! I love how you are preserving your family's recipes!

  9. Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction says:

    This looks like a wonderful, comforting meal. Love the combination of beans and chorizo!

  10. Claudia Medeiros says:

    Wow ! I could eat this through my computer !
    Delicious recipe, dear friend ! I love all these ingredients. You know, here in Brazil we have a great influence from Spanish culinary, too. Thanks for sharing this delicious recipe 😉


  11. Joan Nova says:

    Glad to see you and Mami back in the kitchen on Mondays. I really enjoy these posts. Besides, anything with chorizo is delicious.

  12. Velva says:

    Your white bean dish with chorizos looks warm and soul satisfying.

  13. JudithNYC says:

    Hola, Diana. I just found your blog and have become a fan just by reading your recipe for bean soup with chorizo. I am looking forward to reading your older posts.

    By the way, in my family we call chicharos a type of bean that is shaped like baby lima beans but are pink when fresh and almost red when mature and dry. Delicious!

  14. Fresh Local and Best says:

    This looks like such a delicious and hearty soup!

  15. Vegetable Matter says:

    I love the name, and your picture is gorgeous.

  16. April Cavin says:

    Chorizo is one of my favorite ingredients, but I have never tried it in soup– this looks so simple and sounds amazing!

  17. Fuji Mama says:

    This looks SO good! I love chorizo…you are way too good at picking some of my favorite things and making a dish with them…it's been happening a lot lately!

  18. My Little Space says:

    Hola Diana, I'm sure this is your whole time favourite! It's time for you to make this to feed your kids.

  19. Raine Saunders says:

    Hi Diana! Yum, this looks so good..I love chorizo! Lately in the last few months I've eaten out at a couple of Mexican restaurants and had the Queso Fundido. Both versions I've had included chorizo in them. I am so obsessed with making this at home in a healthier version! It is really hard to find good, healthy chorizo from a sustainable source. I haven't been lucky yet. Do you know any where that it can be ordered from the Internet?

    Also, I wanted to say thank you so much for your comments on my blog. I'm still building my reader base and have a lot of other things I plan to change and add on as time goes…I just lack the time to do it each and every day. But your comments mean so much to me and I am so glad to have found you on the Internet. You are so sweet and interesting, and inspirational. And I believe we have a lot in common too! Someday I'll tell you my crazy stories about my time as music promoter and event organizer in the local Gothic scene here in Boise..which thankfully I am no longer a part of. I still love the music and the clothes (my closet is still bursting with fun, crazy clothes)…but I had to depart because the drama and long hours were really taking its toll on me and my family. Thankfully God showed me the way! My head is on much more straight now.

    Anyway, keep up the great work on here…I love what you are doing. I hope someday to have my act together as well as you do.

    Love and blessings to you.

    -Raine :)

  20. pegasuslegend says:

    gorgeous photo

  21. Nikki says:

    Hello Diana!
    I just found your blog via Tasty Kitchen. I'm super excited to read through it and try out some new recipes! I've been looking for a fun new blog to start reading… and I think that this is it! :)

  22. Steph says:

    Just found your blog and I'm so excited to read more of your recipes! Everything looks so delicious!

  23. Cristie says:

    Very interesting use of chorizo and beans. I can't wait to make this soup!

  24. Drick says:

    this does sound like a bit of heaven … always love cooking with chorizo, normally Mexican…. keep the name for it would never taste the same…

  25. eonyc says:

    I love chorizo! I can't wait to make this!!

  26. doggybloggy says:

    mmmmmm chorizo

  27. Hummingbird Appetite says:

    You just can't go wrong with chorizo. You just can't.

  28. Janice says:

    I love chorizo and this dish looks very appetizing. I like how simple and easy this recipe is and I'm sure it's delicious as well.

  29. 5 Star Foodie says:

    This is a perfect meal to make for my daughter – she is discovering these ingredients (beans & chorizo) right now and really enjoying them! Of course the whole family would love this, thanks for sharing the recipe!

  30. says:

    I love Chorizo, especially on soups. I am steadily building my children' palates to accept more spicy food. This would be perfect!

  31. Diana Bauman says:

    Thanks so much everyone for visiting and the comments 😀

    JudithNYC, Nikki, Steph – Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope to see you again 😀

  32. Tasty Eats At Home says:

    So easy, and some of my favorite flavors going on there! Yum!

  33. May says:

    Llevo un rato leyendo tu blog y me tiene embelesada ^_^.

    Voy a aclarar tu duda respecto a lo de por qué se les llama “chícharos”. Así es como les llaman los sevillanos a lo que en el resto de Andalucía llamamos habichuelas.
    Sanlúcar está en Cádiz, no en Sevilla, pero es que hay algunas zonas de Cádiz en las que también se les dice así.

    Yo soy de Jerez, a unos 30kms. de Sanlúcar de Barrameda y aquí se les llama habichuelas, aunque la forma típica de hacerlas es exactamente igual a tu receta.
    Yo les añado una pizquita de comino molido. Muy poca, para que no altere el sabor, pero lo suficiente como para que los gases no molesten xDDD

  34. Ana says:

    I’m Cuban …born in Cuba raised in Miami. Your dish looks divine, however… “chícharos” are not white beans. Chícharos are peas …my mom made this dish all the time. Split pea soup with chorizo is a very popular dish among Cubans… but the white beans are looking mighty good and I think I will try this version next time I make it.

    • Diana Bauman says:

      Ana, that’s great! In Sevilla, in the Southern part of Spain, we do call beans chicharos. It’s always fun to hear how words mean different things in different Spanish speaking countries. I would have never of thought to use peas. I’ll have to try that!

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