Every time I’m in Miami I am reminded of my love of Cuban food. It isn’t fancy or spicy, but the flavors are savory and complex considering the simple ingredients. I’ve shared my guayaba y queso pastelitos recipe (delicious guava and cheese pastries) that can be found in many Miami cafes and ventanitas (walk up coffee windows).
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Many Cuban recipes require long cooking times or complicated multiple steps to create the flavor. That isn’t really the type of recipe I like to share here, so I worked on one that could be simplified down and still produce that savory Cuban flavor in a short amount of time. I hope you enjoy my take on Cuban style Garbanzos (chickpeas) and sausage. I’ve also modified it slightly to use ingredients most people can find at any grocery store in the U.S.
Cuban Style Garbanzos and Sausage
A simple but savory dish of sausage and garbanzos (chickpeas). If you are looking for Cuban flavor with minimal effort this is the dish for you.
- 1 lb smoked sausage
- 1 onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 Cups water or chicken broth
- 2 Cans of Garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained and rinsed
- 1 small can of tomato sauce (4-5 oz size)
- 1/4 Cup red wine (I used Marsala)
- 2 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Cut the sausage in half and then slice into 1/4 inch pieces
- Dice the onion into medium size pieces
- Heat the oil in a large pan or skillet on med-high heat. Brown the sausage pieces for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the onion and cook for an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Add the tomato sauce, wine and water (or chicken broth)
- Add the drained garbanzos
- Add the oregano, pepper flakes, black pepper, and garlic powder
- Stir well and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
1) I served this over rice, but it can certainly stand on its own. Great with some crusty bread for scooping up the sauce. 2) The nutritional info is calculated including the water the garbanzos are packed in. By draining and rinsing them you will reduce the sodium content considerably.