Chickpea Stew with Lamb, Pork, and Veal (Cozido de Grão)

  • Serves

    serves 6-8


Chickpeas are bolstered with spicy sausage and three kinds of meat in a filling stew served at País das Uvas in Vila de Frades, Portugal. This recipe first appeared in our November 2013 issue with Jean Anderson's story The Food I Dream Of.


  • 2 tbsp. lard or unsalted butter
  • 6 oz. cured Portuguese chouriço sausage, sliced 1 1/2" thick
  • 6 oz. boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 6 oz. boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • 6 oz. boneless veal shoulder, cut into 1 1/2" pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 medium yellow onions, roughly chopped
  • 1 tbsp. paprika
  • 12 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 lb. Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces
  • 4 medium carrots, cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 12 medium butternut squash (about 1 lb.), peeled, seeded, and cut into 1" pieces
  • 13 cup roughly chopped mint
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • Portuguese pão, or rustic country bread, for serving


Step 1

Heat lard or butter in a 6-qt. Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add sausage and cook until browned, 9–10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Season lamb, pork, and veal with salt and pepper, and working in batches, cook meats, turning as needed, until browned, about 20 minutes. Transfer to bowl with sausage.

Step 3

Add garlic and onions to pan; cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly caramelized, about 20 minutes. Stir in paprika and cayenne; cook until fragrant, 1–2 minutes. Return sausage and meat to pan, along with stock and bay leaves; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, partly covered, until meat is tender, about 45 minutes.

Step 4

Add potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, squash, salt, and pepper; continue to cook until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Discard bay leaves and stir in mint. Ladle stew into bowls; serve with country bread on the side.

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