Rioja Beef With Chickpeas, Peppers and Saffron

Total Time
2hrs 25mins
Prep 2 hrs 25 mins
Cook 0 mins

Colorful peppers brighten this hearty stew flavored with Spanish red wine (don't forget to save some wine to serve along with dinner)!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position; preheat to 450 degrees. Heat 6-quart Dutch oven over low.
  2. Toss meat and 1 T. oil in bowl. Season with 1/2 t. salt and 1/4 t. pepper.
  3. Add 1 T. oil to Dutch oven; heat on medium-high. Add peppers; cook, stirring, until browned, 3 minutes. Remove.
  4. Working in 2 batches, add meat and sear, turning once, until browned, 5-6 minutes per batch. Return to bowl.
  5. Add remaining oil to pot; add onion. Cook, stirring, until softened, 4-5 minutes. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, and saffron; cook, stirring, 1 minutes. Whisk in flour, then broth, wine and tomatoes.
  6. Return beef to pot. Cover with foil, then lid and set over medium-high heat until bubbly. Transfer pot to oven; cook 1-1/2 hours.
  7. Remove from oven; set over low heat. Remove foil; add peppers, chickpeas, zest, juice, and about 1 cup water, if necessary, to make gravy. Cover; simmer for 5 minutes.
Most Helpful

Absolutely delicious! I did this with deer as we don't really eat beef and it was perfect, the meat just fell apart in your mouth. We had it with fresh bread, there were no leftovers even though it was more than enough for both of us. I cut the recipe in half, but next time will make the full recipe so I have and wonderful lunch then next day because I imagine it can only be better the next day. Thanks for sharing! Made for ZWT 8.

Tea Girl July 22, 2012

This was really good! I think i'd go a little heavy on the spices next time though, it felt like it needed a little something extra. Overall though it was great and I'd definitely make this dish again. Thanks for posting!

KLBoyle March 14, 2011