Spiced Pork & Chickpea Stew

Soups and stews are great for an easy, worry-free dinner. All you need to do is combine the ingredients and let the pot work its magic. If you have other things to do, or don’t feel like slaving over your stove, I highly recommend making a soup or stew. Me being the spice lover that I am, I like to go buck wild when making mine. You would have to add a LOT of spices to mess up… When in doubt always give it an extra shake. It is also important to taste along the way with soups and stews as well though, just in case the flavor needs to be adjusted. I usually try to wait until the end before adding any salt.

This stew is healthy and delicious. If you were a fan of my Italian Sausage and Tortellini Soup, I suggest making this one as well. Many pork stew recipes use hominy, but I opted for using chickpeas because they are packing with nutrients and are much healthier than a corn based product. If you like your stew spicier, add a bit of cayenne pepper to this recipe. This is great serves with a toasted loaf of French bread.

Spiced Pork & Chickpea Stew

Serves 4-6

  • 2 tbsp chile powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pound pork (cut into bite-sized pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 yellow onion (roughly chopped)
  • 1 green bell pepper (roughly chopped)
  • 4 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 large russet potato (cubed)
  • 2/3 cup corn
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth (I used fat-free, reduced-sodium)
  • 2-3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 (14 oz) can chickpeas (drained)
  • 1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes (undrained)
  • 4 tbsp green onions (sliced)


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Season the pork with half of the spices and saute the pieces until mostly cooked (about 3-5 minutes).
  2. Add the peppers, onion and garlic to the pot and continue to saute until soft (about 3-5 minutes).
  3. Add the potatoes, corn, tomato paste, broth and the rest of the spice to the pot and stir until well-combined.
  4. Bring the stew to a boil then turn to low, cover and let simmer for 30-45 minutes.
  5. Next, add the chickpeas and tomatoes to the stew, stir, adjust seasonings and let simmer covered for an additional 15 minutes.
  6. Garnish with green onions and serve with toasted bread.

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23 Responses to Spiced Pork & Chickpea Stew

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  2. Claudie says:

    What I love about soups and stews is that, if I’m having a busy week, they are literally a lifesaver! I just make a large pot, and I’ve got healthy food for at least a couple of days! This is always great to stay away from not so great snacks…
    And having said that, I must, of course, also say that your stew looks beautiful :) How come I never manage to take a good-looking stew pic? :)

  3. That looks so good! I prefer chickpeas to hominy myself, so this sounds fantastic to me! And I agree, soups and stews are a wonderful dinner for a busy day. Not only because they can come together quickly, but because they’re so comforting!

  4. greg says:

    All new site to post our recipes on http://www.tasteimonials.com post this for all your followers…less picky than tastespotting or foodgawker.

  5. Our Eyes Eat First says:

    yummmmm! i dont eat pork but would def substitute with chicken!

  6. This looks so good and a great alternative to the usual soups I make. Thanks so much for sharing. Can’t wait to try it. :)

  7. Angela FRS says:

    That looks wonderful, and I love the chickpeas with this flavor combination. Nice.

  8. Wonderful! Epitomy of comfort food! Love it!

  9. Ooh I love making stews… and this one sounds really good! Your combo of flavors are making my mouth water.

  10. Thanks for this great recipe, I love a good pork stew and this is one worth trying. I do love to make things more spicy so I think as you suggest more Cayenne peppers will go great. Also the chick pees is a great addition to this recipe and a good simple recipe at that! I love it! keep cooking

  11. This stew looks and sounds so healthy and delicious! Love the flavors too!

  12. Kita says:

    outside of sausage Ive never had pork in a soup or stew. I really need to try it though because I am seeing a lot of great recipes that call for it. This looks great.

  13. RavieNomNoms says:

    That looks really delicious! I have never had pork in soup before…good idea though.

  14. Beautiful picture! I’m not much of a pork eater but this looks really inviting.

  15. briarrose says:

    What a great recipe. I love the chickpeas.

  16. Very comforting stew. Love the flavour. Will try when winter arrive in Australia.

  17. Savour the Senses says:

    Yeah I like using pork in soups and stews because it is not too expensive, but gives them a lot of flavor.

  18. Savour the Senses says:

    haha Yep, I always like adding more spices =)

  19. Catherine says:

    This looks like a delicious and healthy soup! I love soups like this!
    You have such a nice blog!


  20. Savour the Senses says:

    Aw thanks! I will take a look around yours today =)

  21. How many ww points are there in the spiced pork and chickpea stey

  22. Savour the Senses says:

    I don’t know if i calculated it correctly, but I think 7 for 1/5th of the recipe. 1/5th of the recipe has about 400 calories, 9 grams fat, 51 grams carbs, 9 grams fiber, 3 g sugar, and 30 g protein. Hope that helps =)

  23. Kocinera says:

    When in doubt, give it an extra shake of spice! I love your motto! This combination of pork and chickpeas looks like such a cool twist on a regular stew. Yum!!