Alubias de Cantabria – A Spanish Peasant Stew (Vegan)

It’s 3pm and I’m preparing a quick dinner so that I can eat before my meeting this evening at 6pm. This stew is a very simple dish from the region of Cantabria in Spain. A lot of Spanish home cooking is very simple, using ingredients found in your everyday pantry.

*** Ingredient list at bottom of page ***

Start by roughly chopping an onion, 1/2 a green bell pepper and a carrot. Place them in a pot and top with water (about 1.5 inches of water above the veggies). We’re going to create a broth. Add a Vegetable Bouillon cube and salt generously. Bring to a boil and let the veggies cook until tender (about 10 minutes after boiling).

While the broth is boiling, open a large can of Kidney Beans, strain and rinse them under cold water.

Chop 3 garlic cloves and and handful of parsley.

Once the veggies are tender, strain them over a pot or bowl and let them cool. Save the broth.

Add the cooked veggies to a blender along with 1/4 cup of the broth and 2-3 tablespoons of kidney beans. Puree until smooth.

Heat the same pot you made the broth in with 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and saute the garlic for 1-2 minutes. Add the kidney beans and the vegetable puree. Top with the smoked Paprika and Cumin along with a dash of pepper.

Set the stove to medium heat, add 1 1/2 cups of the broth to the pot and let simmer for 10 minutes.

I like doing a taste test before serving. I added a little garlic powder and smoked hickory salt – regular salt is fine.

Garnish with chopped Parsley.


  • 1 onion roughly chopped
  • 1/2 a large green pepper chopped
  • 1 carrot washed and chopped
  • 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • 1 large can of kidney beans  (about 2 cups)
  • 3  garlic cloves chopped
  • 1 Tblsp of Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp  of Cumin powder
  • Salt & white pepper to taste (black pepper is fine)
  • 2 Tblsp Olive oil
  • Optional: garlic powder, smoked hickory salt

I now have a delicious dinner to enjoy before I go out tonight. With rain in the forecast this is a great meal to warm the soul.



2 Comments Add yours

  1. Stephanie says:

    Delicious! The whole family loved it! Definitely a keeper.

    1. awesome! glad you liked it 🙂

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