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All Recipes, Main Dishes / May 10, 2024

Spanish Cauliflower Stew | CLASSIC Recipe from Jaén Spain

This Spanish Cauliflower Stew, known as Ajoharina al Estilo de Villacarrillo, is what simple and honest food is all about. We’re talking a ton of great flavors, easy to make and done in about 40 minutes. Serve this stew next to a crunchy baguette and a bottle of Spanish red wine for a delicious meal.

Spanish Cauliflower Stew
To make this recipe, I used a head of fresh cauliflower. You can also use frozen cauliflower florets if you like. Just make sure to fully thaw out beforehand and then pat completely dry. For the liquid, I used homemade vegetable broth, but you can also use chicken broth or even beef broth.

Spanish Cauliflower Stew
What makes this stew special is adding flour to it. This is what helps thicken the broth and give it that stew like texture. To make this recipe gluten-free, just substitute the flour for half the amount of corn starch.

Spanish Cauliflower Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: This stew will hold for up to 3 to 4 days in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer. When reheating, add in more liquid as needed to ensure the mixture is not too thick.

Spanish Cauliflower Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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Watch the Video Below on How to Make this Spanish Cauliflower Stew

Spanish Cauliflower Stew | Ajoharina al Estilo de Villacarrillo

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 194 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 35 ml
  • 1 onion
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.50 grams
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin 1.50 grams
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour 30 grams
  • 1 liter vegetable broth 4 1/4 cups
  • 1 head cauliflower 1.5 lbs / 675 grams
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • fresh parsley


  1. Heat a stock pot with a medium heat and add in the olive oil

  2. In the meantime, finely chop the onion, roughly chop the garlic and finely chop the red & green bell pepper

  3. Add the chopped vegetables into the stock pot, mix continuously, after 3 to 4 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the paprika and cumin, quickly mix together, then add in the tomatoes finely grated and season with sea salt & black pepper, mix together and then simmer

  4. After 3 to 4 minutes and the grated tomatoes have slightly thickened, add in the flour, mix continuously, after 2 minutes slowly add in the vegetable broth while mixing continuously, then turn it up to a high heat

  5. In the meantime, remove the outer leaves from the head of cauliflower, then cut the head into 4 evenly sized pieces and cut off the florets from the stem, then cut the bigger florets into smaller bite-size pieces, add them into a colander and rinse under water

  6. Once the broth comes to a boil add in the florets of cauliflower, mix together, then place a lid on the stock pot and lower to a low-medium heat

  7. After 10 to 15 minutes and the cauliflower florets are tender, remove the stock pot from the heat

  8. Transfer the stew into serving dishes and garnish with fresh parsley, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Spanish Cauliflower Stew | Ajoharina al Estilo de Villacarrillo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 194 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Sodium 350mg15%
Potassium 852mg24%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 7g29%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 1804IU36%
Vitamin C 156mg189%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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