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All Recipes, Main Dishes / October 15, 2021

Sevilla´s Best-Kept White Bean Stew | Potaje de Chícharos Recipe

We´ve made a ton on Spanish bean stews here on Spain on a Fork. Some that are very popular outside of Spain, like the Classic Chickpea Stew, to others that are not as popular, like Alubias de Cantabria. In this post, I will show you how to make another delicious bean stew, that is not very well-known outside of Spain. We´re talking Potaje de Chícharos.

White Bean Stew
This Spanish white bean stew hails from the province of Sevilla in the south of Spain. It´s packed with so many great flavors, it´s easy to make and comes together in about 40 minutes. Folks, this is the kind of dish, that´s going to warm your soul and fill your body with so much goodness.

White Bean Stew
To make this recipe, I used jarred white beans, which is the same thing as the canned ones. I also used vegetable broth instead of water. But you can use water if you prefer. Just make sure to add a vegetable bouillon cube.

White Bean Stew

TIPS & TRICKS to Make this Recipe: Very important to use a potato here that is waxy vs starchy. Like new potatoes, yukon gold or golden delight. That way when you cook the potatoes, they keep their shape and they don´t get mushy.

White Bean Stew

Key Ingredients & Cookware I used in this Recipe:

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White Bean Stew
4.85 from 13 votes

Sevilla´s Best-Kept White Bean Stew | Potaje de Chícharos

Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 560 kcal
Author Albert Bevia @ Spain on a Fork


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil 30 ml
  • 2 slices baguette
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 1 tsp sweet smoked Spanish paprika 2.30 grams
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce 115 grams
  • 1 large yukon gold potato
  • 2 cups cooked white beans (canned or jarred) 400 grams
  • 3 cups vegetable broth 710 ml
  • 3 tbsp finely chopped parsley 12 grams
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch sea salt
  • dash black pepper


  1. Heat a large deep fry pan or stock pot with a medium heat and add in 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

  2. After 2 minutes add in 2 slices baguette (1/2 inch / 1.25 cm thick) and 4 cloves garlic (peeled), fry the slices of baguette for 2 minutes per side and the cloves of garlic for 3 to 4 minutes, or until golden fried, remove the garlic and slices of baguette from the pan and transfer into a mortar, set aside

  3. Using the same pan with the same heat, add in 1 onion roughly diced and 1 green bell pepper finely chopped, mix with the olive oil, after 5 minutes and the onion is translucent, add in 1 tsp sweet smoked paprika and quickly mix together, then add in 1/2 cup tomato sauce and simmer for a couple of minutes

  4. After 3 minutes and the tomato sauce has thickend, add in 1 large potato that´s been cut into small 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) thick pieces, 2 cups cooked white beans (I used jarred and rinsed before adding) and season with sea salt & black pepper, gently mix together until well mixed, then add in 3 cups vegetable broth and 1 bay leaf, raise the heat to a high heat and mix together, once it comes to a boil, place a lid on the pan and lower the heat to a low-medium heat

  5. While the stew is cooking, move back to the mortar with the garlic & bread, add in 2 tbsp finely chopped parsley and a pinch of sea salt, using a pestle pound down on the ingredients until you form a paste

  6. About 20 minutes after placing the lid on the pan, the potatoes should be perfectly cooked, if you can pierce them with a toothpick and it easily goes in, they are ready, for the final step add the bread & garlic mixture into the stew, mix together and cook for another 2 minutes, then remove from the heat

  7. Transfer into shallow bowls and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley, enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Sevilla´s Best-Kept White Bean Stew | Potaje de Chícharos
Amount Per Serving
Calories 560 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 11g
Sodium 1950mg85%
Potassium 1673mg48%
Carbohydrates 87g29%
Fiber 15g63%
Sugar 11g12%
Protein 20g40%
Vitamin A 2241IU45%
Vitamin C 83mg101%
Calcium 214mg21%
Iron 9mg50%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Cullen

    5 stars
    Dear Albert,

    I’m cooking this Asturian bean stew, and it already smells and looks glorious. I’ve enjoyed reading your recipes, but this is the first time I’ve actually made one. I love the flavoring paste made from garlic bread. I had toasted garlic croutons from a recent dinner and substituted that for the baguette slices. The stew is going to be amazin. Thank you!

    15 . Oct . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      16 . Oct . 2023
  2. Mike

    Hi, I am about to prepare this. Are we using whole cloves of garlic? Thanks.

    15 . Apr . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Yes! Hope you enjoy 🙂 Much love

      15 . Apr . 2023
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  5. Martin Robinson

    Oh my, tried this recipe this evening and is beautiful, tasty nutritious and very filling. A ISH to make many times in the future

    02 . Feb . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      03 . Feb . 2023
  6. Claudette

    5 stars
    Hands down, my new favourite soup/stew! I am addicted. I prefer sweet peppers so I subbed green with red & added a couple tablespoons of Ajvar since I didn’t have a whole red pepper. I also served with a topping of fresh made garlic croutons. SO GOOD!

    13 . Jan . 2023
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! Much love 🙂

      14 . Jan . 2023
  7. Paul Cunningham

    5 stars
    This recipe is just an absolute delight. We’ve made it dozens of times now and served it up Christmas Eve at a family gathering. I kid you mot it was gone in minute’s.
    Flavourful vegetarian and oh so good

    27 . Oct . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      27 . Oct . 2022
  8. Robert Bock

    5 stars
    So delicious and flavorful my favorite bean stew hands down. How long will left over last in the fridge if you had to guess???

    18 . Sep . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      Happy to hear that! It will hold for up to 5 days in the fridge 🙂 Much love

      18 . Sep . 2022
  9. Christine

    5 stars
    This was a great soup for lunch on a cold spring day. Thanks for yet another tasty recipe!!

    02 . May . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 much love

      03 . May . 2022
  10. Kat

    5 stars
    This has worked its way into my normal rotation. It’s so good! I love the idea of making the thickener with toasted baguette and garlic. I subbed chickpeas tonight bc I have a lot on hand and love chickpeas. Thanks for the recipe 🙂

    29 . Apr . 2022
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that!!! Much love 🙂

      29 . Apr . 2022
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  12. Nancy J

    4 stars
    The ingredient list calls for 2 onions, 2 bell peppers, 2 potatoes…yet the instructions call for 1! which is it?

    09 . Dec . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      It states 1 onion, 1 bell pepper and 1 potato for 2 servings, now, if you adjusted the servings to 4, then yes it would be 2 of each, but that won´t reflect on the instructions, just on the ingredient list, so if you adjust anything over 2 servings, go with the ingredient list 🙂 much love

      09 . Dec . 2021
  13. Julia

    5 stars
    Really enjoyed this recipe! I have added a bit of flour mixed with water instead of the bread to make it thicker and used Hungarian smoked paprika.

    07 . Nov . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Sounds great! Much love 🙂

      07 . Nov . 2021
  14. james

    4 stars
    Very flavorful. Great textures but was more like a soup than a stew

    02 . Nov . 2021
  15. Mirandamom

    5 stars
    Very tasty

    31 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Much love 🙂

      01 . Nov . 2021
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  17. Maria Legaz

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious thank you , easy to do

    19 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      21 . Oct . 2021
  18. Don Heppner

    5 stars
    I made this tonight; it was excellent. I will keep this one.

    19 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      So happy to hear that! Thanks for the comment 🙂 Much love

      21 . Oct . 2021
  19. Cora

    5 stars
    Lovely stew. Thank you, Albert🙏

    15 . Oct . 2021
    • Spain on a Fork

      Thanks for the comment! Much love 🙂

      16 . Oct . 2021

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