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Classic Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew | Patatas a la Riojana

This Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew is one of Spain´s most classic dishes ever. It´s loaded with flavors, super easy to make and promises to fill your body with so much goodness. Serve it next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish wine from La Rioja, for the ultimate Spanish experience.

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew
This dish is known here in Spain as ¨Patatas a la Riojana¨. A very typical dish from the wine region of La Rioja in northern Spain. Normally, this stew is served for la comida (lunch) as the second course of a menu, with the first course being a salad. But you can certainly enjoy it for dinner or even a weekend breakfast.

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew
For this recipe, you want to use potatoes that are a bit more waxy than starchy. Such as new potatoes, yukon gold or even red potatoes. These type of potatoes hold their shape better while cooking and won´t get mushy.

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: What really flavors this stew is the sweet smoked Spanish paprika and the Spanish chorizo. I used a plant-based Spanish chorizo, but you can use the regular kind. If you can´t find Spanish chorizo in your area, you can substitute it for any type of pork based sausage. Just make sure that it´s firm, that way it holds its shape and wont fall apart when cooked.

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew
3.5 from 2 votes

Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 527 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1 small onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 6 oz firm Spanish chorizo 150 grams
  • 3 medium sized potatoes
  • 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 1.30 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • handful finely chopped parsley
  • 3 cups cold water 710 ml
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Finely dice the onion, roughly chop the garlic, finely chop the green bell pepper, cut the potatoes (peeled) into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick pieces and slice the chorizo into 1/4 inch (.625 cm) thick rounds

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

  3. After 2 minutes, add in the onion, garlic and green bell pepper, mix with the olive oil, once the onion is translucent, about 3 minutes, add in the sliced chorizo and cook for another 2 minutes while mixing, then add in a generous 1/2 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika, quickly mix together, then add in the potatoes and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together until well mixed, then add in enough cold water to just cover the ingredients (3 cups / 710 ml in my case), add in a bay leaf and rasie to a high heat

  4. Once the water comes to a boil, place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat, cook until the potatoes are tender, about 20 to 25 minutes, then remove a couple of the potatoes, mash them with a fork, add into the stew and mix, remove from the heat

  5. Transfer into shallows bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Chorizo & Potato Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 527 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 10g
Cholesterol 35mg12%
Sodium 717mg31%
Potassium 1294mg37%
Carbohydrates 55g18%
Fiber 8g33%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 679IU14%
Vitamin C 104mg126%
Calcium 72mg7%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. enrique

    3 stars
    Great start. Swapped bell pepper for 3 serranos, added a full tsp of paprika, a splash of white wine, tbsp of tomato sauce, and chicken stock instead of water.

    20 . Feb . 2024
  2. Mikey

    4 stars
    I made this recipe about 1-2 weeks ago, with a good portion of chorizo still in the fridge that needed to be cooked soon. Many factors were at play where I am, balancing trying new recipes and cuisines with suiting palates for finicky little ones – we all know that, right? After such a search, I settled on this recipe via YouTube.

    It worked out well, since it was not as spicy nor smoky as I had envisioned. To be fair, both the chorizo and paprika were courtesy of CostCo – as good as they are, that still means a fairly mild palate. I would always prefer my meals to be spicy. As long as the kids like it, it shall be a keeper.

    By the way, you have one of the most relaxing voices I have seen on a cooking channel. It is up there with What’s For Tea and John Kirkwood (imagine Winnie the Pooh instructing cooking – that is John in a nutshell).

    20 . Jan . 2024
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      22 . Jan . 2024
  3. JP

    What brand of chorizo did you use in your recipe?

    05 . Oct . 2023
  4. JP

    I had to sub small sweet peppers for the green bell and the chorizo I had was ground and so not in a sausage. Everything else was the same and the flavor was awesome. It was raved about so I will have to make it again. Thank you for sharing this recipe

    05 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      05 . Oct . 2023
  5. Janet

    Hi could this be done in a slow cooker? If so how long please?

    26 . Sep . 2023
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  7. David Neal

    Here in France, we can get chorizo sausages for grilling, but only in the summer. The rest of the time there is only dried chorizo that you slice with a knife. Which kind do you use in your recipe? It sounds delicious; will try it as soon as I hear back from you.

    02 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Just your typical Spanish chorizo, which is available all year round, but you can use any chorizo available for this recipe 🙂 Much love

      03 . Feb . 2023
  8. Katy

    Hi, the stew sounds delicious 😋
    Can you tell me how much a portion is in the nutritional information? My daughter is type 1 diabetic and it’s so helpful to have that info- thank you!

    08 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      This stew makes 2 big servings, but in reality it is 4 servings, the nutritional info is for 2 large servings 🙂 much love

      11 . Jan . 2023
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  10. Jill

    I love your recipes! My mother was Lithuanian but her favorite dish was seafood paella. She used to take me to a Spanish restaurant in NYC for paella. Thank you for teaching me how to make all kinds of paella in an easy way and for teaching me so many delicious and healthy Spanish recipes! My Polish husband loves them too. Can’t wait to try this stew tomorrow night!

    09 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      09 . Mar . 2022
  11. Gisela Kistner

    This sounds like another delicious recipe. Shall have to try it soon.

    07 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      07 . Mar . 2022
  12. Susan D Turner

    I just ordered the sweet paprika and I’m going to look for the chorizo I’m sure I can find it online and I will update when I try the recipe

    02 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      04 . Mar . 2022
  13. Ramya

    Cant wait to make this soon can i use mushrooms and can i skip green bell pepper as am not a big fan of green bell pepper i never had classic spanish chorizo and potato stew before perfect for raining days in Singapore and after office meals

    02 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great Ramya! Much love 🙂

      02 . Mar . 2022

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