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The BEST Garbanzo Bean Stew of your Life | Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos

This Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos, which is known in Spain as Potaje de Garbanzos de Baza, is truly one of the best-tasting stews I have ever tasted. Its got a ton of flavors, itΒ΄s super easy to make and comes together in about 40 minutes.

Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos
This dish hails from the small town of Baza, which is located in the province of Granada in the south of Spain. What separates this stew from other stews, is the thickner that is used. It seriously elevates this dish to the next-level.

Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos
To make this dish, I used jarred Spanish chickpeas. Which is the same thing as the cooked ones you get in a can. But you can totally use dry chickpeas here. Just soak them in water for 24 hours and then boil for 2 to 4 hours or until done.

Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos
TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: The secret to this recipe is the thickner. Made with just garlic, a couple slices of baguette and a fried egg. All three ingredients are fried in olive oil and then mashed to to create a paste. When frying the egg, make sure itΒ΄s well done, including the yolk.

Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:
MY STOCK POT
EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
SPANISH SWEET SMOKED PAPRIKA
GARBANZO BEANS I USED
SPANISH SEA SALT

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The BEST Garbanzo Bean Stew of your Life | Spanish Potaje de Garbanzos

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

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 65 ml
  • 1/2 onion
  • 1/2 green bell pepper
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 tomato
  • 1 large potato
  • 20 oz cooked canned garbanzo beans 570 grams
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 slices baguette
  • 1 cage-free organic egg
  • sea salt & black pepper
  • handful freshly chopped parsley

Instructions

  1. Cut 1 large potato (peeled & washed) into small chunks that are 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick, roughly chop 1/2 green & 1/2 red bell pepper, roughly dice 1/2 onion, roughly mince 3 cloves garlic, finely grate 1 tomato and drain one 20 oz (570 grams) can or jar of cooked chickpeas into a sieve and rinse under cold water

  2. Heat a stock pot with a medium-high heat and add in a generous 2 tbsp (35 ml) extra virgin olive oil

  3. After heating the olive oil for 1 minute, add in the diced onion, chopped bell peppers and minced garlic, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the vegetables are lightly sauteed, add in the grated tomato and cook for 1 to 2 minutes, then add in the chopped potatoes, drained chickpeas, 1 tsp (2.30 grams) sweet smoked paprika and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together until well combined

  4. Then add in 3 cups vegetable broth and 1 bay leaf, mix together and bring to a boil, then place a lid on the stock pot and lower the fire to a low-medium heat

  5. Meanwhile, roughly chop 2 cloves garlic and cut 2 slices of baguette into small squares

  6. Heat a small fry pan with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil, after 2 minutes add in the chopped garlic and cook for 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly sauteed, then add the garlic into a mortar, then using the same pan with the same heat, add in 1 egg and cook until well done, including the egg yolk, then add into the mortar with the garlic, and finally fry the pieces of baguette in the same pan until lightly fried, add into the mortar, then add in 2 tbsp (7.60 grams) fresh parsley and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down until you for a paste

  7. After simmering the stew for 25 minutes, remove the lid, add the thickner and mix together, cook for another 2 minutes with the lid off, then remove from the heat

  8. Transfer the stew into shallow bowls and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley, enjoy!

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77 Comments

  1. Novice

    First time I made this I had no potatoes. Still came out amazing.
    Second time I had potatoes but no baguette, so used some multigrain toast I had left over, also added carrots this time. Didn’t have tomato so used a few squirts of pizza sauce. I love how simple the spices are and how amazing the Spanish paprika smells while its cooking. I mean its not complicated but you end up with this wonderful flavor at the end.

    19 . Jun . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      19 . Jun . 2022
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  3. Janice

    5 stars
    I made this tonight and it was delicious. I used dry beans though. Thank you for posting this recipe. I will definitely be looking into your other ones. Be well!

    21 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that Janice! Much love πŸ™‚

      21 . May . 2022
  4. Susan Brous

    5 stars
    Enjoyed making this dish. It smells heavenly while cooking. I added a carrot with the onions – no potatoes. When I added the thickener I also added spinach. For the thickener I used almond bread as that’s what I had. Worked perfectly. Thanks for the recipe & the video.

    12 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!!! Much love πŸ™‚

      13 . May . 2022
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  6. Siiri

    5 stars
    Definitely makes more than 2 servings like suggested, I doubled the recipe and it made a huge pot πŸ˜… I didn’t have any Spanish sweet smoked paprika so used a combination of regular paprika, hot smoked paprika and a bit of sugar. Don’t have a big mortar and pestle so I used the food processor which seemed to work. For those trying to veganise it, I think a bit of chickpea flour could be an interesting alternative for the egg!

    13 . Apr . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great!!! Much love πŸ™‚

      14 . Apr . 2022
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  8. Michaele

    Where can I find nutritional info for this recipe?

    03 . Apr . 2022
  9. AMoncada

    5 stars
    Thank you for this great vegetarian recipe Chef Alberto!!

    I couldn’t find the mortar and pestle…my significant other is so incredibly organized with our kitchen that I don’t always know where to find everything ha ha! I had great success with simply fine mincing the egg, bread, parsley, and garlic! Also, I added a 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper, plus next time I will add one celery stalk and a piece of smoked ham hock for my nonvegetarian family.

    24 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      24 . Mar . 2022
  10. Rebecca

    4 stars
    Most people don’t have a Mortar & Pedestal. I used my Potato Masher. I also cannot have so much salt, so I reduced it and love the natural flavor.

    08 . Mar . 2022
  11. Nicole

    Is sweet smoked Spanish paprika the same as smoked paprika?

    06 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Spanish paprika has a deeper depth of flavors, but you can use regular smoked paprika if you like πŸ™‚ much love

      06 . Mar . 2022
  12. Dakra

    Thank you ever so much for this incredible, and incredibly simple recipe!

    Made this inside of an hour, start to finish. Believe me that’s a record for me because I don’t like cooking. Like at all. At just about 50 years old, I’m still happy eating whatever my mum makes. Was really proud to serve her something I cooked, for a change, and it tasted yummy, both of us going in for seconds.

    I substituted cayenne pepper for the smoked paprika, which I didn’t have on hand. And because I have a heavy hand with the spices, especially hot peppers, it was just a wee bit too hot for mum. Solved it by adding sour cream on the side, which upped the taste to even more fabulous!

    06 . Mar . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ Much love

      06 . Mar . 2022
  13. catazure

    4 stars
    I make it with sausage to have a little extra kick – such a wonderful stew/soup!

    28 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love πŸ™‚

      02 . Mar . 2022
  14. Annette

    This really looks good! Want to make this for dinner and was wondering if there is a sub for the baguette? Like maybe Texas toast or maybe a garlic bread? I did find you on youtube and will be subbing to your channel. Thanks

    25 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use any bread you like πŸ™‚ Much love!

      27 . Feb . 2022
  15. trish

    4 stars
    nice flavor. Added a bit more himalayan sea salt and pepper and just used a hand blender to thicken it up (didn’t have a mortar and pestle). Tasty enough to make again for sure.

    04 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love πŸ™‚

      04 . Feb . 2022
  16. Trish

    I don’t have vegetable broth, can I just use water or chicken broth?

    03 . Feb . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes! Much love πŸ™‚

      04 . Feb . 2022
  17. Helen

    5 stars
    Wonderful soup!!

    16 . Jan . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad you liked it! Much love πŸ™‚

      18 . Jan . 2022
  18. Robyn

    5 stars
    5 stars all the way, this recipe was amazing! Thank you for teaching me how to make Spanish food!

    18 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      20 . Dec . 2021
  19. Charlotte

    5 stars
    Typing this just after finishing this meal and it was lovley!!!!! alot more simple then thought to cook differently be making this again

    11 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ Much love

      12 . Oct . 2021
  20. Dave

    5 stars
    Love this. Couldn’t find the proper beans here in the UK so used a tin each of Cannellini Beans and Chickpeas. Also, substituted ‘broth’ for stock. Turned out to be a tasty meal. Will be trying other recipes by this guy.

    21 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      21 . Sep . 2021
  21. Cata

    5 stars
    Looks delicious πŸ˜‹ I’m making this tomorrow

    21 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hope you enjoy! Much love πŸ™‚

      21 . Sep . 2021
  22. Ethel

    5 stars
    This was fantastic! I cooked the raw garbanzo beans in a slow cooker beforehand. The thickener absolutely made this dish. I ran out of eggs so I used about 10 shelled pistachio nuts in a blender with the roasted garlic and baguette. My husband said it tasted and smelled like restaurant food. Thank you!

    08 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      08 . Sep . 2021
  23. Dave Cominskie

    5 stars
    Really liked this recipe. It was my first time making a Spanish recipe. Used too many beans, 2 13 oz jars, and not enough potatoes to balance it but still turned out delicious and looked just like the picture. I’m glad Whole Foods happened to have that exact kind of paprika, that was a key ingredient. Probably gonna make it again tomorrow with the other half of those peppers. I want to try to eat more vegetarian meals as I’m getting older, especially ones like this

    06 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Glad to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      07 . Sep . 2021
  24. Eric Winter

    5 stars
    I made this for myself last night. We took one bite and said “oh my God, this tastes like Spain.” So delicious and comforting, but I honestly wish I’d made a double batch.

    04 . Sep . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      04 . Sep . 2021
  25. Wendy

    I was wondering if there is a substitute for the egg you could use?

    28 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      You can use 8 blacnhed almonds πŸ™‚ much love

      29 . Aug . 2021
  26. Mary C

    5 stars
    Really, really good. My husband who can be difficult to feed also really enjoyed it. We actually both finished our bowl of the stew which, by the way, is quite filling. Absolutely 5 star! Thanks for showing me how to make this!

    18 . Aug . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      18 . Aug . 2021
  27. Sisu Toska

    5 stars
    I made it and it was good. I’ll be making this again.

    05 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      05 . Jul . 2021
  28. Brent W

    5 stars
    Oh man!!! Made this today with fresh red and yellow peppers from my garden β€” and it’s truly one of the most delicious things I’ve tasted in a long time! Thanks Chef!

    04 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      05 . Jul . 2021
  29. Jacqueline

    I’m going to make this it is exactly my kind of meal! Thank you for sharing! ❀

    04 . Jul . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Hope you enjoy! Much love πŸ™‚

      04 . Jul . 2021
  30. Cynthia Garofalo

    5 stars
    Just made this for lunch and it’s amazing. A real keeper. I didn’t have green pepper so I used a yellow one to replace. The flavors are so good. Thanks.

    04 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      04 . Jun . 2021
  31. Karen Sternberg

    I did exactly that yesterday, I can’t eat peppers, so I substituted celery, carrots & mushrooms instead. The potatoes I had on hand were sweet potatoes instead of white potatoes. Was still SOOOO delicious, thanks so much Alberto. Cold by the forkful for a snack today was also excellent; will certainly make this again!

    01 . Jun . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      01 . Jun . 2021
  32. Rick

    5 stars
    Delicious. Easy and quick. Praise from entire family including the kids. Unanimously voted, “Make Again.” Tasty, hearty, great texture.

    20 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love!

      20 . May . 2021
  33. Aleksandra

    5 stars
    Amazing recipe with many different flavors coming together perfectly. Thickener also adds nice texture to the sauce.

    09 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      09 . May . 2021
  34. Jennifer

    5 stars
    My husband actually loved it. Although I had to not use garlic, but it was great. Thank you so much

    04 . May . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Much love πŸ™‚

      05 . May . 2021
  35. Kim Turner

    5 stars
    Absolutely fabulous. Everyone in the family enjoyed this. Thank you so much.

    29 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      30 . Apr . 2021
  36. Rochel

    5 stars
    I eat Keto. (because of my diabetes). Can i use some almond flour instead of the bread as a thickener?
    sounds really yummy!

    27 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely πŸ™‚ Much love!

      30 . Apr . 2021
  37. Rochel Waldman

    I eat Keto. (because of my diabetes). Can i use some almond flour instead of the bread as a thickener?
    sounds really yummy!

    27 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Absolutely! Much love πŸ™‚

      30 . Apr . 2021
  38. Ash

    Delicious. I had to substitute a nice granary loaf I made instead of the baguette, but it tasted fine. I love the simplicity and the depth of flavour is quite remarkable for so few ingredients.

    21 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I am so happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment πŸ™‚ much love

      22 . Apr . 2021
  39. Ari

    This looks delicious! If I wanted to make it without eggs, could I just omit them or would you recommend a substitution for the thickener?

    20 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would just omit the eggs πŸ™‚ much love!

      21 . Apr . 2021
  40. Anna

    For someone who cannot eat parsley-and she is Spanish! -can you suggest a substitute? (recipe sounds wonderful)

    16 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      I would suggest either chervil or chives πŸ™‚ much love

      16 . Apr . 2021
  41. Ramya

    will be making this soon can i skip green and red bell pepper as am not a big fan of them perfect for my naan will dm you if make this and let you know how it goes Thanks Ramya

    16 . Apr . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes you can skip out on the bell peppers if they are not your thing, you can add other veggies such as carrots and/or celery, much love πŸ™‚

      16 . Apr . 2021

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