Spanish Stew with Roasted Peppers (Chilindron) Recipe

A Spanish stew called “Chilindron” – that’s pronounced [chill-in-DRONE] – pungent with onions and roasted red peppers. And yes, there’s that color, that gorgeous dark-red color, that emerges as the braising liquid cooks down in the oven, leaving the meat cloaked in a flavor-packed sauce.

Spanish Stew with Roasted Pepper (Chilindron) ♥, a wine-enriched stew, dark and somehow mysterious with roasted red peppers.

Real Food, Fresh & Filling. A One-Pot Meal, Weekend Special. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Naturally Gluten Free.

So Who Needs a New Stew Recipe?

Not you? Me either. Because really, just how many stew recipes does one cook need?

You already have your favorites, right? I do too: the Recipe Box here is already fat with long-time go-to recipes, all a little bit different.

That list? It's just the stew recipes for beef!

But Then Again?

Enter Hank Shaw – he’s the James Beard award-winning writer who blogs at Hunter+Angler+Gardener+Cook.

Hank posted a recipe on Facebook for an any-meat stew with roasted peppers and instantly, I was smitten. Was it the mysterious dark-red color that so captivated? Perhaps.

Now recipes grab me a lot – five to fifty times a day – I’m fickle this way. But this time, my affection persisted and two days later, I thawed some meat and began to closely follow Hank’s recipe.

And now this is weird! It turns out that Hank was actually right here in St. Louis on his book tour that night – that very same night!

And weirder still? Our good friends Ren&eaccent; and George were sitting with him at dinner! If I’d only known, we’d have been there too!

Instead, we enjoyed Hank’s “company” by virtue of his stew recipe – and enjoy we certainly did, every single bite.

And What a Stew ...

Hank’s stew is a Spanish stew called “Chilindron” – he says that’s pronounced [chill-in-DRONE] – and it’s pungent with onions and roasted red peppers.

And yes, there’s that color, that gorgeous dark-red color, that emerges as the braising liquid cooks down in the oven, leaving the meat cloaked in a flavor-packed sauce.

So now I know: I did indeed need one more stew recipe. You just might too!

Spanish Stew with Roasted Pepper (Chilindron) ♥, a wine-enriched stew, dark and somehow mysterious with roasted red peppers.

Chilindron's Mysterious Dark-Red Color

Chilidron's gorgeous dark-red color emerges as the braising liquid cooks down in the oven, leaving the meat cloaked in a flavor-packed sauce. It can turn a little "one-color brown" while it cooks so I brighten it back the color back up with a few more roasted peppers stirred in just before serving. Don't forget the mashed potatoes, you want to sop up that sauce!

If you’re intrigued by this recipe, you’ll want to check out Hank Shaw's cookbooks (affiliate link).

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Spanish Stew with Roasted Pepper (Chilindron) ♥, a wine-enriched stew, dark and somehow mysterious with roasted red peppers.


Hands-on time: 45 minutes plus occasional attention throughout
Time to table: May vary, depending on your meat, from 3 – 6 hours
Makes 10 cups
  • 2 – 3 dried mushrooms, optional but excellent
  • 2 – 3 pounds stew or game meat – lamb, beef, venison, elk
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, sliced in half moons
  • A little salt
  • 10 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped cured meat such as cooked bacon, ham, pancetta, etc.
  • Chopped Hydrated Mushrooms
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 15 ounces canned diced tomatoes
  • 15 ounces jarred roasted red peppers, drained and chopped (if you like, save some to stir in just before serving)
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika (our choice) or hot paprika (Hank’s choice)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Browned Meat
  • Mushroom Soaking Liquid and/or good stock
  • Roasted red pepper, chopped, for fresh color
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

Heat the oven to 250F/120C.

MUSHROOMS Soak the mushrooms in hot water until they're fully hydrated, plump and soft, then chop finely. Hang onto the soaking liquid, we’ll use it later!

MEAT Slice the meat into bite-size pieces (see TIPS). Sprinkle them with salt and pepper and let rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy Dutch oven or braising pan with a cover until shimmery, add the meat in batches to avoid crowding and brown on all sides. Set the meat aside.

FLAVOR BOOSTERS In the same dish, add the onions, sprinkle with salt and let cook, stirring often, until beginning to brown – if needed to avoid burning or adding extra fat, “deglaze” the pan with a splash of the mushroom Soaking Liquid. Add the garlic and cook for a minute or two. Stir in the cured meat and chopped mushrooms.

BRAISING LIQUID Add the wine and turn up the heat to boil hard, letting the wine reduce by half. Watch carefully, you don’t want to burn this, it’ll move quickly toward the end.

Add the tomatoes, roasted peppers, both paprikas, rosemary, salt and pepper.

Stir in the Browned Meat. Add enough mushroom Soaking Liquid and/or good stock so that it comes up about 2/3 of the height of the meat pieces.

Bring the liquid to a boil, just to bring the whole mixture up to temperature before going in the oven.

THEN THREE HOURS IN THE OVEN Cover and place in the oven for about 1 hour. Taste and adjust the seasoning. If the meat is fully cooked and tender, uncover and continue to cook, checking every half hour, until the liquid has mostly evaporated, leaving a thick, pungent roasted red pepper sauce, about another 2 hours.

TO HOLD Once the liquid reaches the thickness you prefer, put the cover back on, reduce the oven temperature to 180F/80C and hold until ready to serve.

TO SERVE Just before serving, stir in a last roasted red pepper and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Serve with mashed potatoes or polenta or the like, something to mop up that gorgeous dark-red sauce.

ALANNA’s TIPS A mix of meats seems like a particularly good choice for this dish, we used both beef and lamb. When cutting the meat into bite-size pieces, bear in mind that the pieces will shrink in size while cooking. Why don’t we “crowd” meat pieces when browning them? First it keeps the pan hot, this lets the outside edges sear (turn brown with a light crust), holding in the meat juices. Otherwise the meat juices pour out and the meat “boils” instead of “browns”. Look for roasted peppers for a good price at Trader Joe’s. Or if you like, roast your own, either in the oven or on a gas stove. I couldn’t help myself and just threw in the liquid from the roasted peppers too. We served the stew with the low-carb Mashed Cauliflower that are made not with potatoes but cauliflower and turnips. But really, there’s nothing like real mashed potatoes to really soak up meat sauces, is there? Next time, we’ll indulge in the real thing, this Spanish Stew with Roasted Peppers, this Spanish Chilindron, is worth it. Now that I’ve followed Hank’s recipe closely once, my mind is brimming with ideas, all based on the idea of a meat and chili stew. I’d love to try roasted poblanos, maybe even a tiny smidgin of chipotle in adobo sauce, also some small pieces of butternut squash or carrot or turnip. Somehow olives are calling too!

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NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Cup: 292 Calories; 9g Tot Fat; 3g Sat Fat; 88mg Cholesterol; 212mg Sodium; 9g Carb; 2g Fiber; 3g Sugar; 38g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 6 & PointsPlus 7 & SmartPoints 6 & Freestyle 5 & myWW green 5 & blue 5 & purple 5 & future WW points CALORIE COUNTERS 100-Calorie Serving = 1/3 cup.

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  1. can you use fresh hot red pepper and roast them? (we have, from our garden)

  2. Julie ~ Yes, of course. But also "of course" … the more "hot" peppers you use, the "hotter" your stew will be. If you grow the chilies, you probably know how tolerance for heat and how to balance them! Let me know how it goes, this is a surprisingly different stew …

  3. Anonymous12/04/2013

    Oh! Alanna, This post has captured my heart...I so love Hank's blog, probably went there because of your reference to him. And your insight into making it a recipe that is doable adds to the excitement of this recipe...I'm not a game eater in that I don't hunt but my Dad and Grandpa did and Grammie canned venison way back when...thank you so much for this wonderful post...I'll be trying it with what I can come up with. God bless you, Katy

  4. The stew was great! A few discrepancies: the oven door broke as I was rescuing the chiles so I finished it on them stove. Just one of our thai chili peppers gave the stew the heat and color. Thanks again for your work.


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