Chorizo Chickpea Skillet

This chorizo chickpea skillet is packed full of spicy chorizo sausage, chickpeas, kale, sweet bell peppers and cotija cheese. Full of flavor, nutritious vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

This chorizo chickpea skillet is packed full of spicy chorizo sausage, chickpeas, kale, sweet bell peppers and cotija cheese. Full of flavor, nutritious vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

Today I spent the whole day at the spa. Seriously people, it’s the way to live life. I started off my morning with a lovely facial, followed by a 60 minutes Swedish massage and finally a manicure and pedicure. If I won the lottery tomorrow I would do this every single Sunday.

Seriously, is there anything better than being pampered?

This chorizo chickpea skillet is packed full of spicy chorizo sausage, chickpeas, kale, sweet bell peppers and cotija cheese. Full of flavor, nutritious vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

After I got home from my spa day I sat down on my couch and wanted to curl up into a ball and just go to sleep. However, today is Monday and Monday is a posting day. Plus it’s truly the first full week of 2015 and I plan on starting this year by kicking ass.

I have a binder full of goals for 2015 but my biggest goal is get my social media numbers up. I have been blogging for over 5 years and my numbers are still somewhat underwhelming. I mostly blame this on the fact that for first 3 years of blogging it was just a hobby. I blogged when I wanted to and spent little time attempting to turn it into a business.

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This chorizo chickpea skillet is packed full of spicy chorizo sausage, chickpeas, kale, sweet bell peppers and cotija cheese. Full of flavor, nutritious vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

Well, now it’s time to kick my butt into gear and get this blogging thing into high gear. To kick off the new year I’m throwing a chorizo chickpea skillet into your face.

I ate this skillet as a warm comforting lunch but I think it would be delicious as a light dinner or a side dish served with a grilled piece of chicken. Either way, anyway you eat this dish you will be sure to love it!

{Looking for more delicious chorizo recipes? Try my chorizo beef burger with crispy onion straws, chorizo roasted red pepper spinach gnocchi or my slow cooker beef chorizo taco chili.}

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Chorizo Chickpea Skillet

This chorizo chickpea skillet is packed full of spicy chorizo sausage, chickpeas, kale, sweet bell peppers and cotija cheese. Full of flavor, nutritious vegetables and perfect for cold winter days.

Yield: 2-4 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups diced bell pepper (I used red, green and yellow)
  • 1 medium sweet onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8 ounces cured chorizo sausage, casing removed and diced
  • 1 (14 ounce) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups diced kale
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup cotija cheese, crumbled

Inspired by Food52

Directions:

In a large skillet set over medium high heat add olive oil. Once the oil is hot add in the bell pepper and sweet onion.

Sauté just until they start to soften. Add garlic and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

Stir in smoked paprika and chorizo. Cook until all the vegetables are soft and the chorizo is warmed through.

Stir in chickpeas and kale. Cook until the kale is wilted and soft.

Taste, season with kosher salt and pepper if needed.

Top with crumbled cotija cheese.

Note: If the mixture dried out while sautéing add in a few more drizzles of olive oil. If you're not sure what "cured chorizo" looks like here are a few helpful tips - cured chorizo is hard (similar to a pepperoni stick) and is fully cooked. If you cannot find cured chorizo you can use raw chorizo in this recipe. Just cook it fully in the pan with the vegetables. It will increase the total cook time of the dish.

Disclosure: I was provided free Imperial Chorizo to try out. I was not compensated to use their product and all opinions are 100% my own. There are also affiliated links in this post. 

33 Responses to “Chorizo Chickpea Skillet”

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    Sune Moolman — January 5, 2015 at 8:06 am

    This looks soooooo good!

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    Amy Stafford — January 5, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Love Chorizo, love kale, love one pot recipes! Oh wait, I love going to the spa, and there is nothing better than a spa day!

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    Dorette Snover — January 5, 2015 at 8:39 am

    hi Brandy, This looks really wonderful and I cheer you on in your 2015 goals to get put more into and get more out of your blog – think you’re off to a delicious start. Please tell me more about Imperial Chorizo..Merci, Dorette

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    Liz @ Floating Kitchen — January 5, 2015 at 9:12 am

    This looks delicious! I could eat this for breakfast, lunch and dinner! YUM!

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    Miss @ Miss in the Kitchen — January 5, 2015 at 9:43 am

    I could eat this right now, so gorgeous! Here’s to an awesome 2015!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — January 5, 2015 at 10:43 am

    Not only do I adore one dish meals… I’m drooling over your skillet! Gorgeous 🙂

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    Helene D'Souza — January 5, 2015 at 11:14 am

    That dish is definitely comfort food! I would like to make it with the local chorizo and chickpeas are anyway super cheap here around. Love it!

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    Jenny Flake — January 5, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Perfection! Gotta make this stat!!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — January 5, 2015 at 11:58 am

    I have a ton of social media goals this year, too. I’ve been like you and just blogged whenever I wanted, so I’m trying to actually treat it like a job. Or something. Who knows what’ll happen. This looks delicious. I want a big bowl!

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    Jameson Fink — January 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm

    Well you are kicking ass with this skillet recipe. 2015, take notice!

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    Cookin Canuck — January 5, 2015 at 12:27 pm

    Isn’t it great to have a new lease on life and a pile of goals at the beginning of the new year? I’m definitely feel inspired right now! This skillet looks like the ultimate comfort food and I know my family would happily dig right in.

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    Kate @ Diethood — January 5, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Holy mother of delish! This is my kind of food!! Need a roommate??

    Good luck on reaching all your New Year goals! Your content is kick ass so you’ll be more than fine!

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    The Food Hunter — January 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    This looks amazing

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    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — January 5, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I love everything you used in this recipe! I’ve never had that cheese, must try finding it!!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — January 5, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    This looks fantastic! Great way to start the year! 🙂

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    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — January 5, 2015 at 4:28 pm

    I want this for dinner!

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    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — January 5, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    Believe it or not I have never been to a spa and had a massage!! I need to change that soon. This looks scrumptious!

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    Tiffany @ Triple Crème Decadence — January 5, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    This looks crazy good and good for you! So happy to have discovered your blog, all your recipes have me so hungry!

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    Kim (Feed Me, Seymour) — January 5, 2015 at 8:25 pm

    I’m pretty jealous of you right now. I’ve never had a spa day or have been pampered. I’d love it! And I’d follow it up with a bowl of this.

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    Jennifer from Best Food Processor Guide — January 5, 2015 at 11:23 pm

    Love this post, look very healthy and spicy!!! Sure try this soon!

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    Heather | girlichef — January 6, 2015 at 9:56 am

    I have never had a facial. Boo. But I’m pretty sure I’d have no problem getting used to it. This is totally my kind of comfort food, I love the bold flavors and colors in this dish.

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    Angela {Mind Over Batter} — January 6, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    I’ve never had a facial! I’m one of those people who doesn’t like their face touched. I had an unfortunate eyebrow plucking incident which left me looking like a drag queen for a bit. A massage I am down with! And I’m down this chorizo chickpea skillet all up in my face areas. All my favorites in one skillet.

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    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — January 6, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    i love everything about this! it’s definitely a great recipe to start 2015 with – here’s to kicking ass!

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    Joanne — January 6, 2015 at 2:42 pm

    Now I’m thinking I need to add “GO TO A SPA” to my list of 2015 goals. You’ve convinced me!

    Also, I need to make this skillet. Like, yesterday.

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    Susann — January 6, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Can I go to the spa and come home to this? Please? Just pass some crusty bread to serve alongside it.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — January 6, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Kick butt in 2015. It’s got a nice ring to it 🙂
    I’ve never in my life had any spa time. Guess I need to change that.
    I also need to cook more with kale. This recipe is a good place to start.

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    Isabelle @ Crumb — January 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    This skillet is full of all my favourite things… plus the fact that it has kale and chickpeas means I can convince myself it’s totally healthy and even bordering on salad. Adding it to my must-do list (along with a spa day and actually getting my butt in gear, blog-wise).

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    Erin — January 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm

    Just made this for dinner and it was AMAZING!! My hubby loved it, too. My grocery store didn’t have the Cotija cheese, so I subbed it out with a peppered Feta. And we ate it in warm flour tortillas. This recipe will definitely be on repeat in our house- thank you!

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    Kim Beaulieu — January 7, 2015 at 2:22 am

    Throw more of this at my face, I welcome as much a possible. This is freaking amazing.

    Cheers to blog goals, you got this. If you ever want to team up on anything let me know. I plan on taking over the world in 2015. We can channel our inner Gru together. xx

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