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Habas con Chorizo

Habas con Chorizo (Spanish fava beans simmered with spicy sausage)

(Spanish fava beans simmered with spicy sausage)

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Simple and straightforward, this dish of fresh fava beans simmered with chorizo makes a whole meal if you pair it with a few slices of crusty bread. Try substituting serrano ham for the chorizo, or experiment with different seasonings according to what you have on hand.

6 to 8 servings


  • Olive oil -- 1/4 cup
  • Red onion, finely chopped -- 1
  • Garlic, minced -- 2 or 3 cloves
  • Spanish chorizo sausage, cut into 1/4-inch rounds -- 1/2 pound
  • Fresh fava beans, shelled and skinned -- 1 pound
  • Water, stock or white wine -- 1 cup
  • Tomato sauce -- 1/2 cup
  • Oregano -- 1 tablespoon
  • Salt and pepper -- to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or pot over medium-high flame. Add the onion and garlic and saute until the onion is translucent, 3 or 4 minutes.
  2. Add the sausage and saute for 3 or 4 minutes to lightly brown it. Then stir in the fava beans and cook, stirring to heat through, for another 2 or 3 minutes.
  3. Add the water, stock or wine, tomato sauce, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Adjust seasoning and serve with crusty bread.

Habas con Chorizo Variations

  • Habas con Jamón (Favas with ham): Substitute the chorizo with chopped serrano ham or prosciutto.
  • Instead of the olive oil, saute 1/4 pound of chopped salt pork or bacon until it renders its fat. Then saute the onions, etc. in the pork fat.
  • Try other seasonings instead of oregano like chopped parsley or mint, smoked paprika or some fennel seed.
  • Eliminate the tomato sauce if you prefer.
  • At the very end of cooking, stir in 1 tablespoon of lemon juice or sherry vinegar.

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