Bibi’s Cocido de Garbanzo Stew

The name for this traditional Spanish stew literally means “I sowed a garbanzo.” The recipe comes from a close friend’s grandmother, Bibi, who created it along with her parents more than a century ago in Asturias, Spain. It’s a one-pot meal with a hearty blend of steak, chorizo and ham. The proteins accent the traditional Spanish flavors of the stew, including a mix of onion, green pepper and garlic. This blended trio of ingredients is known as “sofrito,” and is a common base to many Spanish dishes.


Bibi's Cocido de Garbanzo Stew

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time: 20 min

Cook Time: 1 hour


1 white onion
1 green pepper
1 clove garlic
3 Tablespoons olive oil
1 (8-oz.) can plain tomato sauce
½ lb. flank steak, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 chorizo links, cut into bite-sized pieces
½ lb. smoked ham, cut into bite-sized pieces
2 (15-oz.) cans garbanzo beans in liquid
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 teaspoon All Spice
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed


Begin by pulsing together the onion, green pepper and garlic in a food processor or blender (this is the "sofrito" base).

Heat 3 Tablespoons of olive oil in a deep saucepan over medium heat, then add the sofrito and saute for 5 minutes.

Add the tomato sauce and the cubed flank steak. Let the mixture simmer for 5 minutes.

Add the cubed chorizo, cubed ham and garbanzo beans (with liquid) to the saucepan.

Dissolve in the beef bouillon cubes.

Add the All Spice, oregano, paprika and cubed potatoes. Cover with lid and reduce to medium-low heat.

Let the stew simmer for 45 minutes to an hour, until the meat is tender and the potatoes are cooked.

Serve the stew with crunchy bread.


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    Bro says

    Great recipe, but let me clarify the error in your translation, where a ‘c’ and not an ‘s’ makes a big difference. Cocido de Garbanzo means garbanzo stew, from cocer, “to cook”. To sew is coser, something well “cosido” is well stitched or sewn.


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