Summer Chorizo Stew with Pesto

Slow cookers aren’t just for winter. This easy summer chorizo stew is packed with bright, vibrant flavours and can be enjoyed for either lunch or dinner. Chorizo is brilliant in the slow cooker, as it releases it’s smoky flavour throughout the cook. Add in potatoes, butter beans and then some fresh pesto at the end and you’ve got a fanstastic dish. So don’t pack the slow cooker away for the summer just yet and make this chorizo stew instead!

Summer chorizo stew ingredients

This recipe is incredibly simple and only requires a handful of ingredients. First, you just need to chop up some chorizo and potatoes. Next, simply chuck everything else into the slow cooker and cook for 3-4 hours. To finish, just spoon over fresh pesto and enjoy.

The flavours in this dish are perfectly balanced. The stew itself is smoky and spicy, while the fresh pesto balances it out with bright, herby flavours. If you want to keep this recipe very mild, then just leave out the chilli flakes in the recipe below.

In this recipe we use a supermarket bought fresh basil pesto. Alternatively, you can use jarred pesto, but it’s typically thicker so you need to be a bit more sparing than we have in the recipe video. Want to go the extra mile and make your own pesto? Then this simple BBC Good Food recipe is a good way to go.

Summer Chorizo Stew

Summer Chorizo Stew with Pesto

Chorizo, potato and butter bean stew, topped with pesto
Print Recipe
4.9 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Course Main Course
Cuisine Spanish
Servings 4
Calories 586 kcal


  • 1 Slow Cooker


  • 250 g Chorizo Sliced
  • 250 g Baby potatoes Quartered
  • 400 g Tinned butter beans (240g drained)
  • 400 g Tinned tomatoes
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 tsp Dried chilli flakes
  • 2 tbsp Tomato puree
  • 200 ml Vegetable stock

To serve

  • 100 g Green pesto fresh if possible
  • Crusty bread optional


  • In the slow cooker place sliced chorizo, chopped baby potatoes, butter beans, tinned tomatoes, garlic, chilli flakes, tomato puree and vegetable stock. Stir well.
  • Cook on high for 3-4 hours.
  • After cooking, stir the contents of the slow cooker. Spoon small amounts of fresh pesto on top of each serving. Optionally serve with slices of crusty bread.


Nutrition calculations only account for the ingredients stated in the slow cooker recipe. Serving suggestions such as rice and potatoes are not included. Remember to account for the nutritional values of anything you choose to accompany the recipe with.


Calories: 586kcalCarbohydrates: 41gProtein: 21gFat: 37gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 41mgSodium: 9640mgPotassium: 807mgFiber: 8gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 1035IUVitamin C: 23mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 4mg
Keyword 4 hour, Butter Beans, Chorizo, Pesto, Summer, Sweet Potato
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Other ideas

This recipe serves 3-4 and in our 3.5L slow cooker there’s enough room to make more. So if you’re looking to feed a crowd, just use the sizing feature on the recipe card above to scale up!

Want to try a chorizo based stew with some chicken added in to the mix? Then check out our Spanish Chicken and Chorizo casserole recipe. It’s one of our favourites!

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