Chickpeas and raisins flavor this meaty stew, which is served with cubed, sauteed potatoes. This recipe first appeared in our April 2012 issue along with Kathleen Squires’s story Spanish Conquest.

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Chickpeas and raisins flavor this meaty stew, which is served with cubed, sautéed potatoes.
Yield: serves 6-8


  • 4 oz. bacon, roughly chopped
  • 1 lb. flank steak, cut into 1 ½″-thick strips
  • 1 lb. pork shoulder, cut into 2″ pieces
  • 8 oz. bone-in, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 green bell pepper, stemmed, thinly sliced
  • 1 dried chile de arbol, stemmed
  • 1 tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 12 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (16-oz.) can whole peeled tomatoes, crushed
  • 12 cup raisins
  • 1 (16-oz.) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh oregano
  • 3 tbsp. finely chopped fresh parsley


  1. Render bacon in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Transfer bacon to a plate, leaving fat in pot. Season steak, pork, and chicken with salt and pepper. Working in batches, cook until browned on both sides, about 6 minutes; transfer to plate. Add onion, pepper, and chile; cook until soft, about 4 minutes. Add cumin, paprika, and garlic; cook for 2 minutes. Add wine; cook, scraping bottom of pot, for 1 minute. Return bacon and meats to pot with stock and tomatoes; boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook, covered, until all meat is very tender, 2–3 hours. Remove meats and shred (discard chicken bones); return to pot with raisins and chickpeas. Cook until sauce is slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Stir in oregano and parsley before serving.