This Vegan Chorizo & Butterbean Casserole is my new favourite autumnal dish. It’s hearty, warming and so full of flavour. I love serving it simply with crusty bread and butter. It’s also super quick and easy to make!
This vegan Chorizo and Butterbean Casserole definitely has serious Tapas vibes. It’s smokey, rich and just so delicious. I wanted to create a dish that’s not your typical casserole/stew, but has some exotic flavours and spices for something a little different during these chilly autumn months. When my Mum and I tasted it we were literally so excited, it’s just sooo tasty.
To ensure this dish is seriously tasty, you need to make sure you have a decent vegan chorizo. I’ve been using the Sainsbury’s Chorizo Shroomdogs and they’re honestly the best I’ve found (not an AD). Make sure you fry them off first before putting them into the casserole so that they’re nice, crispy and flavourful (don’t worry, this is all in the instructions further down!)
You can definitely experiment with the veggies you decide to put in this dish. I like to use carrots and celery, but feel free to use up what you have in your fridge! I think bell peppers and kale would work perfectly too. I also like to stir in a few handfuls of spinach at the end of cooking so that it wilts down, it adds another texture and flavour.
I suggest going super simple with serving on this recipe. A hunk of crusty bread and butter is my favourite way! I’ve also served it with a jacket potato and a little nutritional yeast, which was also delish.
I like to make enough of this dish to have leftovers the next day, or even for the next few days! It’s a great one for meal prep as it’s really hearty – high in fibre, plant based protein and veggies, sure to keep you satisfied and energised throughout the week.
If you make this vegan chorizo recipe then please make sure to tag me over on Instagram – @georginaburgess_ – or comment below. I always love seeing your recreations!
Oh, and my favourite (current) chorizo alternative is Plant Pioneer’s (link here!)
How To Make my Vegan Chorizo & Butterbean Casserole
If you’re planning on making this vegan chorizo dish, you’ll need the following ingredients…
1. Onion diced Onions provide a savory and slightly sweet base flavor to the dish.
2. Garlic minced Garlic adds depth and aromatic complexity to the casserole.
3. Carrots peeled & diced Carrots contribute natural sweetness and texture to the dish.
4. Sticks of Celery diced Celery adds a refreshing and slightly earthy flavor, as well as texture.
5. Bay Leaf Bay leaves impart a subtle herbal note to the casserole.
6. Tins Beans (Butter Beans and/or Cannellini) drained and rinsed Beans provide plant-based protein and creaminess to the casserole.
7. Sugar Sugar can balance out the acidity of tomatoes and enhance the overall flavor profile.
8. Garlic Powder/Granules (optional) Optional garlic powder can boost the garlic flavor if desired.
9. Tin Chopped Tomatoes Tomatoes contribute acidity, color, and a rich base flavor.
10. Vegetable Stock Vegetable stock enhances the overall depth of the dish’s flavor.
11. Tomato Puree Tomato puree adds concentrated tomato flavor and helps thicken the sauce.
12. Red Wine Red wine can add complexity, depth, and richness to the casserole.
13. Smoked Paprika Smoked paprika imparts a smoky, slightly sweet, and rich flavor.
14. Chilli Powder Chilli powder adds heat and a touch of spice to the casserole.
15. Cayenne Pepper Cayenne pepper provides additional heat and spiciness.
16. Salt (adjust to taste) Salt enhances overall flavor and balances the other ingredients.
17. Baby Spinach Baby spinach adds freshness, color, and nutrients to the dish.
18. Chorizo (Vegan) sliced Vegan chorizo serves as a meat substitute, contributing a spicy and savory element to the casserole.
Vegan Chorizo & Butterbean Casserole (Vegan & Gluten Free)
- 1 Onion diced
- 4 cloves Garlic minced
- 2 Carrots peeled & diced
- 2 Sticks of Celery diced
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 2 Tins Beans (Butter Beans and/or Cannellini) drained and rinsed
- 3 tsp Sugar
- 2 tsp Garlic Powder/Granules (optional)
- 1 Tin Chopped Tomatoes
- 400 ml Vegetable Stock
- 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
- 10-20ml Red Wine
- 3 tsp Smoked Paprika
- 2 tsp Chilli Powder
- 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- Salt (adjust to taste)
- 2-3 Handfuls Baby Spinach
- 250-300 grams Chorizo (Vegan) sliced
- In a pan, sauté the onion for a couple of minutes
- Add the celery, carrot & garlic and cook for a couple more minutes
- Stir in the bay leaf and the beans
- Add the tinned tomatoes, tomato purée, red wine, sugar, salt, veg stock and spices
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for around 10-15 mins
- Taste and add any more seasonings to your preference
- Meanwhile, in another frying pan, add oil and fry the sliced chorizo pieces until they're really crispy
- Once crispy, add the chorizo pieces into the pot with the other ingredients
- Towards the end of the 15 minutes, stir in the spinach until it’s wilted and enjoy
- Serve with warm, crusty and vegan buttered bread
Is Plant-Based Chorizo Healthy?
Plant-based vegan chorizo can be a healthier alternative to traditional chorizo made from animal products, but its healthiness can vary depending on the specific brand and ingredients used. Here are some points to consider:
1. Lower Saturated Fat: Plant-based chorizo is typically lower in saturated fat compared to traditional meat-based chorizo, which can be high in saturated fats that are linked to heart disease.
2. No Cholesterol: Since plant-based chorizo is made from non-animal sources, it is cholesterol-free. High levels of dietary cholesterol are associated with an increased risk of heart disease.
3. Fiber Content: Many plant-based chorizo products contain fiber-rich ingredients such as beans, lentils, or whole grains. Fiber is beneficial for digestion and can help regulate blood sugar levels.
4. Nutrient Profile: Some plant-based chorizo options are fortified with vitamins and minerals, such as B vitamins, iron, and zinc, which are commonly found in animal products. This can be beneficial for individuals following a vegan or vegetarian diet.
5. Sodium Content: It’s important to check the sodium content of plant-based chorizo products, as they can sometimes be high in salt. Excess sodium intake can contribute to high blood pressure.
6. Ingredient List: Read the ingredient list carefully. Some plant-based chorizo products can contain a range of additives, preservatives, and flavor enhancers. Choosing options with whole food ingredients is generally a healthier choice.
7. Allergens: Plant-based chorizo may contain allergens like soy, gluten, or nuts. If you have allergies or sensitivities, be sure to check the label.
8. Processing: Consider the level of processing. Less processed options with recognizable ingredients are often healthier.
9. Balanced Diet: While plant-based chorizo can be a part of a balanced diet, it’s important to consume a variety of whole plant foods, such as vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, and whole grains, for optimal nutrition.
10. Portion Control: Like any food, portion control is important. Even though plant-based chorizo may be healthier than its meat-based counterpart, consuming it in moderation is advised.