Pork and Quinoa Stew

a tasty stew that you can make in advance
A tasty stew that you can make in advance
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3 tbsp Olive oil extra-virgin
1 lb Pork shoulder cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 Onion medium , finely chopped
2 cloves Garlic finely chopped
1 Chili pepper small , seeded and finely chopped
1 Bay leaf
1 tsp Cumin ground
Salt to taste
Black pepper freshly ground
1 tbsp Tomato paste
3 cups Water
1/2 cup Quinoa
2 Potatoes large , cut into 1/2-inch pieces
2 tbsp Parsley coarsely chopped, leaves

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Pork and Quinoa Stew


Pork and Quinoa Stew is one of my favorite “busy week” recipes. We all know those busy weeks where you feel like you are running around, dropping one kid off at tennis practice and rushing straight to pick another one up from the swimming pool! The last thing you want to do when you get home is face into cooking dinner. Enter this stew which you can make in advance and will keep in the refrigerator for two days. 

This one pot stew is a delicious comforting meal. I start by browning the pork shoulder on all sides. Then I cook the onions, garlic, chili, bay leaf, cumin,  pepper and tomato paste before adding the water, quinoa, potatoes and pork. Simmer the whole lot for 20 minutes and there you have it – amazing pork stew in under an hour! 

To make Pork and Quinoa Stew, you will need the following ingredients:

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So, how do you make Pork and Quinoa Stew?

Steps to make Pork and Quinoa Stew


Heat the oil


Heat 1 tablespoon of oil over medium-high heat in a large heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven.


Brown the pork


Place the pork shoulder in the hot oil. Cook until the meat is browned all over. Transfer the pork to a plate and set aside.


Cook the onions


In the same pot, heat the remaining olive oil and add the onion. Stir occasionally while cooking until the onions are soft (about 10 minutes).


Add the garlic, chili and seasonings


Stir in the garlic, chili, bay leaf, cumin, pepper and tomato paste. Cook while stirring for 30 seconds.


Add remaining ingredients


Pour in the water and add the quinoa, pork and potatoes. Bring to a boil.


Season and simmer


Season to taste with salt. Simmer the stew for about 20 minutes until the pork, potatoes and quinoa are tender.



Stir in the chopped parsley leaves and serve the stew in bowls. You could have some crusty fresh bread on the side to mop up any delicious juices!

Pork and Quinoa Stew is a great stew to make in advance of a busy week. Try it out soon and don’t forget to come back to leave a review.

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