With a short 15 minute prep time, the complex flavors in this stew are deceptive. Here’s how the components achieve their success:
The butter performs magic. It makes an otherwise spicy stew into (even child-friendly) comfort food. It mellows the spices and makes the dish creamy.
Zucchini, similarly, through a long, slow cook becomes soft and forms the stew-like base. I know many are squeamish about over-cooked zucchini. In this recipe we are not going for al dente. The zucchini plays the role of porridge or rice; it’s the cozy, thick foundation on which the spices and meat luxuriate.
Finally, there is hardly an easier dinner than this one. Already prepared chorizo is fast food. Perfectly spiced meat flavors the whole stew, taking the work away from you.
To find sustainably-sourced spiced meat, make sure there is no dextrose or added sugar. I like Mulay’s brand, which we find at Natural Grocers. I also like this Bison Chorizo (affiliate link), which can be ordered, if you need online provisions. You may even have a local pasture-raising pig farmer who makes his/her own chorizo.
For a delicious weeknight meal with very little prep, here’s the bone broth-based stew: spicy, creamy and satisfying!