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Mexican Squid Stew

Kali Tal
A savory squid stew with vegetables.
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Course Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine Mexican
Servings 6 people
Calories 286 kcal


  • 1 large cookpot


  • 4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 large bell peppers (red, yellow, or orange)
  • 200 grams Mexican chorizo (fresh, raw)
  • 1 canned chipotle pepper, chopped (or more, to taste). You can use powdered chipotle. If using dried, rehydrate in hot water, then stem and seed.
  • 6 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 3 fresh bay leaves (or you can substitute dried if you must).
  • 6 cloves garlic (or more, to taste, roughly chopped).
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar (the better the vinegar, the better the taste). Jerez vinegar is also nice.
  • 1 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • 800 grams crushed tomatoes
  • 1 kilo squid tentacles (frozen, pre-cooked)
  • 3 cups sliced green cabbage
  • 3 tbsp fresh parsley (chopped)
  • fresh cilantro (chopped, to taste)
  • 1-2 lemons (quartered)


  • Heat the olive oil and fry the peppers and onions over medium heat until soft, but don't let them brown.
  • Add the fresh chorizo and chipotle and fry with the peppers. When the chorizo is cooked through, add the garlic and cook until the smell permeates the air. Add the bay, thyme, vinegar and brown sugar, and then the tomatoes, along with about 2 cups of water.
  • Stir in the sliced cabbage, bring to a simmer and cook until it reaches the desires tenderness. (I like mine a little crunchy.) Usually this takes about half an hour. Then stir in the frozen, cooked squid and heat through. Do not overcook or the squid may toughen.
  • Top with chopped cilantro and parsley and a squeeze of lemon


I used to cook the squid myself, but I started buying bags of pre-cooked squid because I find it to be perfectly tender.  If you're cooking raw squid, it can be dicey, though it's usually more tender if you cook raw frozen than raw fresh.  If this is your first time squid wrangling, I suggest you start with the precooked frozen squid and then advance to more complicated preparations.


Calories: 286kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 9gFat: 19gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 460mgPotassium: 742mgFiber: 7gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 4271IUVitamin C: 180mgCalcium: 87mgIron: 3mg
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