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Spanish Pork Stew (with Chickpeas)

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A hearty Spanish pork stew with pearl onions and chickpeas in a rich and comforting sauce.

Onion Pork Stew

This Spanish pork stew is just what a good stew should be: rich and comforting, hearty, and warming, full of very tender meat pieces. In addition, you have the onions and the chickpeas. And trust me, they are a wonderful addition.

And while we are at it, you could try this Chicken and Chorizo Stew or this Spanish Vegetable Soup.

I love a good stew, especially when the weather gets wetter and colder. I grew up with them, stews seem to be the heart of Romanian cooking, not only the kind of meat stew one would expect but also lots and lots of vegetable stews. A good stew can be so comforting on a cold rainy day, it warms you up from inside and leaves you wishing nothing more.

Onion Pork Stew

What do you need?


  • Stewing pork cubes, they are usually pork shoulder (pork butt), cut into rather large chunks, about 3 cm/ 1.2 inches.


  • Small pearl onions are what you need to make this Spanish-style stew.


  • 1 can of chickpeas, drained or the same amount of cooked chickpeas, about 230 g/ 8 oz.

Broth or stock:

  • I almost always use homemade beef bone broth or chicken stock, depends on what I have in the fridge or freezer at the moment.
  • Good quality bought beef broth or chicken stock are perfectly fine. It is preferable to use low-sodium and add more salt at the end of the cooking process, if necessary. Stew tend to be too salty if the broth you use is too salty.


  • It gives this pork stew its Spanish touch.
  • Use good quality dry sherry, not an expensive one, but not the cheapest either.
Onion Pork Stew


  • When making any stew or goulash always dry the meat pieces with kitchen paper before frying them.
  • Also, cook the meat in batches, don’t overcrowd the pan, or the meat will not sear but rather cook in its own juices. Two batches should be enough for this amount of meat if you use a regular-sized pan.
  • I prefer to use a Dutch oven when making stews, but any thick-bottomed pan with a well-fitting lid should be fine.

More stews:

Romanian Pea and Chicken Stew

Rabbit Stew

Guinness Irish Stew with Beef

Easy Potato Stew

spanish stew with pork served with potatoes

Spanish Pork Stew (with Chickpeas)

A hearty Spanish pork stew with pearl onions and chickpeas in a rich and comforting sauce.
4.50 from 6 votes
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Course: Stews
Cuisine: Spanish
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 526kcal
Author: Adina


  • 1 lb pork cubes, shoulder 450 g
  • 1 lb pearl onions 450 g
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry 60 ml
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 1/2 cups beef broth 550 ml, Note
  • 1 can chickpeas drained
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice more to taste
  • fine sea salt and pepper


  • Prepare ingredients: Pat dry the meat cubes with kitchen paper. Set aside. Peel the pearl onions and set them aside.
  • Brown meat: Heat the oil in a Dutch oven or heavy-bottomed pan and brown the meat cubes, in two batches, on all sides and on high heat.
  • Saute: Return all the meat to the pot and add the tomato paste, stir well and cook, often stirring, for about 1 minute. Add the sherry, mix well, scrape all the browned bits and let bubble until almost all the liquid evaporates.
  • Cook stew: Add the hot broth, oregano, cumin, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Stir well, then add the drained chickpeas and the peeled onions. Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and simmer, covered, for about 30-40 minutes until the meat and the onions are tender. Remove the lid during the last 5 to 10 minutes of the cooking time to allow the sauce to thicken slightly.
  • Thicken stew: If necessary, thicken the sauce with corn starch. Mix the corn starch with a little bit of water until you have a thick yet pourable paste. Stir the paste into the sauce while whisking all the time. Stir well and bring to boil again. Turn off the heat as soon as it boils and stir well.
  • Adjust the taste with a bit of lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Serve with boiled potatoes or rice.


Homemade beef broth or beef bone broth. Or good quality, low-sodium bought beef broth.


Serving: 1/4 of the dish | Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 1141mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 9g
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Recipe Rating

Kimberly @ The Daring Gourmet

Monday 31st of October 2016

This stew sounds fabulous! The pomegranate molasses is such a nice addition and coincidentally I just purchased some this week at a specialty shop in Seattle - perfect! :)

Chris Scheuer

Friday 28th of October 2016

This sounds wonderful. I love the beautiful mahogany-hued sauce!

Jess @ Sweetest Menu

Thursday 27th of October 2016

What a hearty looking stew. Is there anything better in winter? I love how thick that gorgeous sauce is!

Luke Cavanagh

Thursday 27th of October 2016

Thanks for sharing.


Thursday 27th of October 2016

This recipe sounds delicious with chickpeas and good amount of pearl onions.