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Meaty Spanish Chorizo Soup Recipe

In this easy Spanish recipe, I will show you how to make the famous Spanish chorizo ​​soup, which is one of the favorites for all Andalusians and that you will love!

I assure you that this recipe will quickly become a classic and one of your favorites to make in the winter.

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Background of the dish

The Chorizo ​​soup had its origins in southern Spain during the 19th century but reached its peak of popularity in the 20th century.

This dish combines two classic ingredients in Spanish soup; the lentils and the chorizo. This makes it very nutritious and ideal for winter days in Andalusia.

You may wonder what is Spanish chorizo, so here I will give you the answer! Chorizo ​​is a type of Spanish sausage made with pork, and it is usually seasoned with garlic or paprika, so it is full of flavor.

This ingredient is extremely popular in Andalusian cuisine and throughout Spain since it can be found in all stores and at different prices that adapt to the pockets of each citizen.

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Things You’ll Need for Spanish Chorizo Soup

Fortunately, this Spanish chorizo ​​soup recipe is very simple to make, it can be made by anyone without having to have culinary knowledge, and without the need for hundreds of kitchen tools.

As for the kitchen equipment, you will only need a Dutch oven or a large pot, feel comfortable and use the one you always use to make soup.

Like other recipes with Spanish chorizo, the most difficult ingredient to find is the chorizo ​​itself, but don’t worry! Later I will give you many tips with replacements that you can make in the ingredients.

The best Spanish chorizo ​​is the one that is smoked and marinated with different spices, but whatever you find will do for this recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups (450g) lentils
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 11 cups (2.500ml) water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoke paprika
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ pound (700g) chorizo sausage

How to make Spanish Chorizo Soup – Step by Step Guide

How to make Spanish Chorizo Soup - Step by Step Guide
  1. To start with this Andalusian food recipe, all you have to do is to place the lentils In a large bowl with 4 cups of boiling water and salt. Then let them soak for 30 minutes, after that drain well and set aside.
  2. Up next chop the onions and mince the garlic. Grab a large pot or a dutch oven and heat olive oil, then add Chorizo and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, until it gets brown on both sides. Remove the Spanish Chorizo and set aside. If you are using dry-cured Spanish chorizo, then you just have to add it to the recipe at step number 7.
  3. Lower the heat and in the same pot add garlic, chopped onions, chopped carrots, parsley, and season with salt. Cover the pot and cook the vegetables for 25 minutes stirring occasionally so they don’t burn. If the vegetables brown a little bit all you have to do is to add a couple of tablespoons of water and it’ll get fixed!
  4. After that add drained lentils and sherry vinegar, turn the heat up to medium-high heat. Cook stirring frequently for 5 minutes until the vinegar evaporates, this way you won’t feel an acid flavor. Add the 7 remaining cups of water, chorizo, and bay leaves. Bring to simmer and turn down the heat to a low. Cook for 30 more minutes until the lentils get tender.
  5. For the next step remove the chorizo and the bay leaves. Let the chorizo cool aside and discard the bay leaves.
  6. If you want to cool the chorizo faster then place it in a small bowl inside of the fridge, but remember that it doesn’t have to get completely cold.
  7. Then add paprika, pepper, and flour to the soup, stir until dissolved. Cook for 15 more minutes. The flour will help the soup to thicken a little bit, so you can add more or less depending on how you like your soup.
  8. Once the chorizo is cool enough to handle, cut it into small pieces and place it in the soup. 
  9. You can cut it into bigger or smaller pieces, it all depends on how you like it. Heat for 5 more minutes and serve warm.

Substitution of ingredients

ingredients for spanish chorizo soup

There are dozens of replacements and changes you can make to the recipe ingredients, and you’ll still have a delicious soup.

  1. For example, you can replace the chorizo ​​with any type of sausage, or even with another protein such as meat.
  2. Some people use sausage made with chicken instead of pork, as it contains less fat and is usually healthier.
  3. Keep in mind that if you do it with chicken sausage, the taste will be more similar to what you would get with a Spanish Chicken Soup Recipe.
  4. Some even use chicken stock to add flavor to this already very tasty chorizo soup recipe.
  5. Also, if you don’t like lentils, you can use another type of legume, although you should be careful with the different types of cooking. 

In addition to that, you can make changes to the spices using just black pepper, or adding spices like Curcuma, smoked paprika, or curry to give it a more Asian taste. 

For more Asian-inspired flavors, try adding a sweet potato and spicy chorizo (instead of mild chorizo).

You can also replace the water with vegetable or meat broth, but I personally do not recommend it since the chorizo ​​provides enough fat and flavor for this recipe.

Feel free to see our recipes for Spanish white bean soup or Spanish Garbanzo Soup and there you will see the different ways of cooking for each one.

If you liked this recipe, I encourage you to try the famous, hot Spanish Garlic Soup, the Spanish Shrimp Soup, or the Spanish rice soup. Now if you like chorizo but you don’t want to make a soup with it, try the famous Spanish chorizo rice.

Tips on Serving Spanish Chorizo Soup

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As well as other Spanish soups, this Spanish Chorizo soup can be eaten at any time of the day, since lunch will leave you full for the whole day, and like dinner, it will make you go to sleep satisfied but not heavy.

If you are walking and looking for what to eat in Granada, you will notice that this dish is served both as a starter and as a main dish, so you can do this yourself at home.

Obviously, you should change the size of the dishes since this is a very filling soup.

Now, in the same way, that you would do with a Spanish oxtail soup or a Spanish Beef Soup, it is always recommended to serve it with water, or a glass of good wine, since the sweetness of the soda can overshadow the delicious taste of the soup.

How to store Spanish Chorizo Soup

How to store Spanish Chorizo Soup

Luckily, you can make this recipe beforehand and then serve it whenever you want, anyway, there are a couple of tips that will help you store it without getting ruined in the process.

The easiest way is to store it in the refrigerator, where it can last up to 3 days without any problem.

You just have to let it cool to room temperature, cover the pot or transfer it to a bowl and cover it with plastic wrap or a clean plastic bag.

Now, if what you want is to freeze it so that it lasts longer, you can also do it but I will give you some tips that will make your life easier.

For example, I always recommend freezing it in portions, for this, you can use containers with a lid, and then when you want to eat it you just have to unfreeze the number of portions you want.

Apart from that, I recommend you put the date with a label and a marker, so you know when you made it and how long you have to eat it.

It is always recommended to freeze it for up to 30 days, so you can also write that on the label.

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Recipe Card: Spanish Chorizo Soup

Yield: 6

Easy Spanish Chorizo Soup Recipe

spanish chorizo soup recipe closeup

The Chorizo ​​soup had its origins in southern Spain during the 19th century but reached its peak of popularity in the 20th century.

This dish combines two classic ingredients in Spanish soup; the lentils and the chorizo. This makes it very nutritious and ideal for winter days in Andalusia.

You may wonder what is Spanish chorizo, so here I will give you the answer! Chorizo ​​is a type of Spanish sausage made with pork, and it is usually seasoned with garlic or paprika, so it is full of flavor. 

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups (450g) lentils
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves (minced)
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots
  • 11 cups (2.500ml) water
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons smoke paprika
  • Salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ pound (700g) Spanish chorizo sausage

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl place the lentils with 4 cups of boiling water and salt, let them soak for 30 minutes. Drain well and set aside.
  2. Chop the onions and mince the garlic. Grab a large pot or a dutch oven and heat the olive oil, then add Chorizo and cook for about 6 to 8 minutes, until it gets brown on both sides. Remove the Spanish Chorizo and set aside.
  3. Lower the heat and in the same pot add garlic, the chopped vegetables,  parsley, and season with salt. Cover the pot and cook the vegetables for 25 minutes stirring occasionally so they don’t burn.
  4. After that add drained lentils and sherry vinegar, turn the heat up to medium-high heat. Cook stirring frequently for 5 minutes until the vinegar evaporates. Add the 7 cups of water, chorizo, and bay leaves. Bring to simmer and lower the heat. Cook for 30 more minutes until the lentils get tender.
  5.  Then remove the chorizo and the bay leaves. Let the chorizo cool aside and discard the bay leaves.
  6.  Add paprika, pepper, and flour to the soup, stir until dissolved. Cook for 15 more minutes.
  7. Once the chorizo is cool enough to handle, cut it into small pieces and place it in the soup. Heat for 5 more minutes and serve warm.

Notes

For this Spanish chorizo recipe, you can replace the water with any broth of your choice (vegetable, chicken, beef, etc.) but keep in mind that the chorizo already adds enough flavor to the soup.

If you or any of your guests can’t eat chorizo you can make Spanish Lentil Soup, all you have to do is follow this recipe and remove the Spanish sausage.

Nutrition Information

Yield

6

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 158Total Fat 14gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 6mgSodium 153mgCarbohydrates 6gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 3g

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