7 Chorizo Easy Money-saving Recipes!

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Easy step by step guide for each recipe included – go on, try one or try them all!

We all know that January is long, money is short, nights come early and we seem to be constantly cold. If you ask me, I can’t wait for longer days, so I can start sorting out the mess that is my garden! For me, January is the ideal month for warm stews, soups and using up stuff we already have in the cupboard or the freezer. So today I’m sharing easy money-saving recipes! These will be a great hit with the family and save you money too.

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Staple items

I don’t know about you but for me, chorizo is a staple, I always have it in the fridge and as it lasts for months, I buy several when they are on promotion and also freeze some, already thinly sliced. Chorizo is an Iberian traditional type of sausage made with cured or smoked pork meat, paprika, and other spices. I personally use it in many different dishes as it gives a really good taste. You can slice it and have it with bread and olives for snacking (no cooking needed), you can roast it and serve as before or you can add it to different dishes for additional flavour or as the main ingredient.

There are a few other ingredients I also like to always have and you can get in most supermarkets:

  • Kidney beans
  • Butter beans
  • Frozen Broad beans
  • Frozen diced onion (I know what you thinking, but I hate dicing onions!)
  • Frozen diced mixed peppers

Today I want to share with you 7 recipes that are so warming, healthy and very easy to make but most of all, they make economic meals for all the family. I make them myself regularly and all my family loves them!

In this post you will get the recipes for:

  • Chorizo and broad bean stew
  • Cod loins with chorizo and roast potatoes
  • Chicken and chorizo paella
  • Ham chorizo and potato omelette
  • Green cabbage, potato and chorizo soup (Portuguese traditional Caldo Verde) 
  • Mixed beans, chorizo, and green cabbage stew
  • Chorizo fried rice

All these recipes are put together using things I would expect to find in most households, apart maybe from the actual chorizo! If you try a couple and like it, maybe you will start including it in your regular shopping list. You can get reasonably good chorizo in most supermarkets including Aldi and Lidl. Now let’s get on with the recipe details. All recipes are for 4 servings.

Chorizo and broad bean stew – easy money-saving recipe #1

Ingredients:

  • ½ chorizo thinly sliced
  • Diced white onion (1 medium)
  • 2 teaspoons of thinly diced garlic
  • 1 cup of chopped tomato
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 Veg stock cube
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • Thinly chopped coriander
  • 1 Kg of frozen broad beans
  1. In a medium heat get a good size pan with the olive oil, bay leaves and onion, let it cook until the onion is translucent, then add the garlic, chorizo and cook for another three minutes on low to medium heat. You will see when the oil starts becoming red and the chorizo is piping.
  2. Add the tomato, the stock cube and let it simmer gently for two minutes. Add paprika, salt, pepper, and the broad beans, cover with water (water should be just below the level of the beans) and cook gently for 45 to 60 minutes. (In addition, this can also be cooked in a pressure cooker, where you should cook for 40 minutes and add slightly less water or in a slow cooker – 6 hours in medium).
  3. Once you are happy with how much the beans have cooked, check the seasoning and add the chopped coriander before serving.

Cod loins with chorizo and roast potatoes – easy money-saving recipe #2

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 chorizo thinly sliced
  • Sliced white onion (1 large)
  • Thinly diced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1/2 cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 Tomatoes sliced
  • 4 cod loins (can be frozen)
  • 1 pack of salad potatoes
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  1. In an oven dish place half the olive oil, half of the sliced onion and half of the sliced chorizo together with one bay leaf. Place the cod loins on top covering the centre of the large oven dish.
  2. Cover the cod loins with two tomato slices each, the remaining slices of chorizo, garlic and onions. Add a little olive oil from the remaining to each cod loin.
  3. Wash the salad potatoes (leave the skin on), cut them into cubes and in a bowl add salt pepper, paprika, and all the remaining olive oil. Mix well so all the potatoes are slightly red from the paprika.
  4. If your dish is large enough, spread the potatoes around the fish and cook in a medium-hot oven for 20 to 30 minutes until the potatoes are roasted and both the chorizo and onion slices are golden brown. You can add a little white wine or lemon juice if you see that the olive oil is not enough.

Chicken and chorizo paellaeasy money-saving recipe #3

This is very easy to make, everybody in my family absolutely loves it!

Ingredients:

  • ¼  chorizo thinly sliced
  • Diced white onion (1 medium)
  • Thinly diced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 1 cup of chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 4 tsp of paprika
  • 4 tsp of turmeric
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 chicken breasts/thigh steaks sliced in thin stripes
  • ½ yellow and red peppers sliced thinly
  • 2 tbsp butter 
  • Parsley to serve
  1. In a hot frying pan, add the butter and brown the chicken, set aside for later.
  2. Note: if you are boiling the chicken beforehand, keep the broth and use for the rice
  3. In a paella dish or casserole pan, add olive oil and fry the onion until its translucent. Add bay leaves, garlic, chorizo, and sliced peppers,  allow to cook on a low heat for 5 minutes.
  4. Wash 2 cups of paella rice, set aside.
  5. Add chopped tomatoes, paprika and turmeric to the main pan, mix well and add the rice mixing continuously for a minute. If you would like to make a traditional paella, add squid at this point too.
  6. Add 4 cups of boiling water, the chicken, salt and pepper to taste and prawns if using raw. Cook, covered for 20 minutes on a medium to low heat. Keep checking the water/ stock and add a little more if needed, cook on a low heat until rice is cooked. Add chopped parsley before serving.

Ham chorizo and potato omelette easy money-saving recipe #4

My mum always says, if you have eggs, you never go hungry. There are so many combinations of dishes you can make with eggs and even eggs alone can be done in so many different ways. Now for this dish, you will need a frying pan that can go to the oven.

This could also be a great way to use leftovers from a roast as you can cut the potatoes and the meat and re-use them in this dish, you can add carrots and parsnips sliced too if you like.

Ingredients:

  • ¼  chorizo thinly sliced
  • Diced white onion (1 medium)
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 small potatoes cut in thin cubes
  • 150g thinly diced ham
  1. On a medium heat gently fry the onion for three minutes with 1 tbsp of olive oil, add the chorizo, ham and the thinly sliced potatoes, continue to cook on a low heat for another 5 minutes or until they start to brown.
  2. Turn oven on to 200 degrees.
  3. Beat 5 eggs and season with salt and pepper, add to the frying pan and cook for three minutes.
  4. Move the frying pan to the oven for three minutes, check if cooked and browned all over.

Serve with mixed salad! Also great for kids’ lunch boxes.

Green cabbage, potato and chorizo soup (Portuguese traditional Caldo Verde) – easy money-saving recipe #5

Ingredients:

  • ¼  chorizo thinly sliced
  • Quartered white onion (2 medium)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil plus more for serving
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 large potatoes cut in cubes
  • 1 large green cabbage thinly sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 lt vegetable broth
  1. Start by cutting the cabbage. Just stack three leaves at a time and roll them like cigars. Cut them crosswise into very thin strips. Proceed with the rest of the leaves until they are done. Reserve.
  2. In a heavy-bottomed pot, add the peeled potatoes, quartered onion, minced cloves of garlic, olive oil, and vegetable broth. Bring it to a boil over high heat and lower the heat to medium-low. Cook until potatoes are tender and ready to be mashed (about 20 min).
  3. Mash the potatoes and bring them back to the pot.
  4. Using a hand blender, blend the soup until smooth. You can also use a regular blender and blend the soup in batches, add a little water if needed.
  5. Add the cabbage, stir in the chorizo, and keep cooking for 15 more minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve hot with extra olive oil.

Spanish omelette – so versatile, you can add almost anything to it!

Mixed beans, chorizo, and green cabbage stew easy money-saving recipe #6

Ingredients:

  • ½ chorizo thinly sliced
  • Diced white onion (1 medium)
  • Thinly diced garlic (2 cloves)
  • 2 bay leaves (optional)
  • 1 cup of chopped tomato
  • ¼ cup of olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • 1 Veg stock cube
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Thinly chopped coriander
  • 2 cans of kidney beans
  • 1 can of butter beans
  1. In a medium heat get a good size pan with the olive oil, bay leaves and onion, let it cook until the onion is translucent, add the garlic, chorizo and cook for another three minutes on low to medium heat. You will see when the oil starts becoming red and the chorizo is piping.
  2. Add the tomato, the stock cube and let it simmer gently for two minutes. Add paprika, salt, pepper, and the beans, cover with water (water should be just below the level of the beans) and cook gently for 45 to 60 minutes.
  3. (This can also be cooked in a pressure cooker, where you should cook for 40 minutes and add slightly less water or in a slow cooker – 6 hours in medium).
  4. Once you are happy with you much the beans have cooked, check the seasoning and add the chopped coriander before serving.

This stew is also great with chickpeas or lentils instead of the mixed beans, so try out different variations.

Chorizo fried rice easy money-saving recipe #7

Ingredients:

  • ¼  chorizo thinly sliced and slices cut in half
  • Diced white onion (1 medium)
  • 1 bay leaf (optional)
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil
  • 1 ½ cups of rice
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 cups of water
  1. Fry the onions and olive oil on a low heat until the onions are translucent. Add the chorizo and cook for two minutes.
  2. Add the previously washed rice and let it absorb the olive oil mixing it all.
  3. Season with salt, and pepper to taste, add water, cover and let it cook until all the water is gone. Turn off the hob and remove the pot keeping it covered for another 5 minutes.
  4. Check the seasoning and adjust if needed.

This rice can be served on its own or as a side dish with a combination of main courses.

In conclusion, now that you have the recipes, include them on your next meal plan and you can find more about meal planning on my post 5 easy ways to save money each month.

Send me your comments and pictures on the recipes you try and let me know how the rest of the family liked them.

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