This recipe is a little different than what I normally share here on the blog. I rarely use any “fake” meat because I don’t tend to crave meat or meat flavors. Not to mention, most meat substitutes aren’t exactly healthy. But I’m making a little bit of an exception because this recipe is so easy and if you’re someone that does crave meat, I think you’ll like this!
What is Soy Chorizo?
Soy chorizo is a vegan meat-substitute made from textured vegetable soy protein. I used the soy chorizo from Trader Joe’s and I like it because the flavor is awesome and the ingredients list is fairly clean. It’s similar to tofu, but since it’s a chorizo texture, I think it’s a little easier to work with.
Where to Buy Soy Chorizo
As I mentioned, I bought mine at Trader Joe’s, in the refrigerator section near the tofu and tempeh. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, Upton’s Natural makes seitan chorizo, which is wheat-based. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard good things about that brand!
This recipe is super simple since the chorizo is already bringing a lot of flavor to the dish. It’s great when you’re short on time but you want something “meaty” and filling!
The soy chorizo in this stew adds an amazing depth of flavor of this dish! Plus, it’s loaded with protein thanks to the “chorizo” and chickpeas!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 6oz soy chorizo
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 15 oz can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1 28oz can diced tomatoes
- 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
- In a large pot or dutch oven, add the olive oil and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds.
- Add the soy chorizo and cook for 5 minutes, stirring so it doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.
- Add the garlic, paprika, and cumin and continue to cook for 1 minute.
- Add the chickpeas and continue cooking for 5 minutes. The mixture should be dry and the chickpeas will darken in color slightly.
- Add the diced tomatoes and simmer for 5 minutes until heated through.
- Add salt to taste.
Keywords: vegan chorizo and chickpea
This stew is delicious right out of the bowl but you could also serve it over rice. We’ve had it both ways and it’s delicious! This dish reheats well so it’s great for leftovers or packed lunches. It will thicken a bit once it cools so you can either add a splash of water when reheating or just enjoy a thicker stew!
Do you want to see more recipes like this? I’m curious if you like “faux” meat recipes!