One-Pot Chorizo and Kale Soup

20 minute reals…

This is something I whipped together the other night, and have been craving it ever since. You all know PaleoPot for slow cooker recipes, yet this blog will be growing to include one-pot stovetop recipes as well. Sometimes they just work best with what you have on hand when you don’t have the time to wait for your slow cooker. All you need is a deep pot, stock pot, or dutch oven type pot. Something that’s about 6 quarts or larger will do.



What you need:

  • One pound of chorizo sausage, quartered lengthwise and then chopped into 1/2″ pieces.
  • 1/2 Tbsp of coconut oil.
  • One can of coconut milk.
  • 2 cups of chicken stock.
  • 1 cup of water.
  • 1 medium white onion, chopped.
  • 1/2 medium red onion, chopped. (optional)
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, diced (optional).
  • Enough kale to cover the top of your pot (about 3 handfuls).
  • 1/4 tsp of sea salt.
  • 1/4 tsp of red pepper or chipotle flakes.

How you make it:

  1. Add your coconut oil to your pot and set the heat to medium.
  2. Add your chorizo and raise heat to medium high. Stir chorizo until it starts to sizzle and gains a light sear.
  3. Lower your heat back to medium low while you chop your onions and pepper.
  4. Add your onions, jalapeno, salt, and red pepper flakes and stir well.
  5. Once onions are slightly softened and colored by the chorizo, add your coconut milk, chicken stock, and water.
  6. Raise your heat to medium high again until the liquid reaches a simmer.
  7. Drop is as much kale to your pot that will cover the surface of the liquid, then stir the leaves in well.
  8. Lower your heat to medium low and cover.
  9. Let pot simmer lightly for about 20 minutes, then enjoy.
  10. Garnish with some red pepper paste like I did if you are awesome.


I hope this type of recipe works out for you all. It really is a super tasty and easy meal and is a good representation of how I usually improvise dinners. If you like the addition of one-pot meals here, please let me know in the comments section. If you have requests for one-pot meals you’d like to see, go for it!



  1. Noah says:

    Yay! I’m making this tonight. I just discovered this website and I love it. For a single guy, a huge crockpot meal or big pot of soup is perfect 🙂

    1. Jason says:

      Glad you like it Noah, let me know how it turns out for you!

    2. Tamara says:

      Going to use spicey turkey sausage instead of the pork sausage. I LOVE soups

    3. Tonyp says:

      Love both chorizo and kale, so this is perfect. I added a jalapeno salsa to it, quartered tomatoes and cubed kohlrabi.

  2. Noah says:

    MMMMM! I’ve tried the hamburger meatloaf, and the sweet potato layered with beef crockpot recipes, and those were fine enough, but not something I would serve to most company! Not like I have company anyway, but this… This is something quick and easy that can feed guests, and it’s super good! I’m so proud of myself 🙂

    1. Jason says:

      I know exactly what you mean. Thanks!

  3. Karen says:

    Looks and sounds yummy. From someone that really doesn’t like to cook but trying to get the family to eat healthier. More ‘one pot’ easy meals, pls!

  4. Kathryn says:

    Would love to see the addition of one pot meal here. This soup looks amazing, I’m making it tonight! Thanks for the great recipes!

  5. Dori says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I made this tonight and it was delicious!

  6. Lisa says:

    Love the idea of the quick one-pot meals.

    I would like to see them under a special heading or with some other way to distinguish them as quick meals. As your collection grows, it will save me browsing thru the whole site to find them.

    I’m new to your site but I’m loving it.

  7. Miranda says:

    Out of curiosity, how many servings is this? Maybe I missed it.

    1. Jason says:

      I’d say about four servings…

  8. Miranda says:

    I made this tonight. I doubled the soup, but kept the chorizo amount the same (cut down on some calories and fat) and used lite coconut milk. I also added fresh nutmeg, as I always do when I cook with dark greens. It’s so wonderfully rich and complex! YUM!

    1. Jason says:

      Mmm, the addition of the nutmeg sounds great!

  9. Sarah says:

    Yes, please do more one pot meals! But don’t say “20 minute reals” when the soup had to simmer for 20 minutes after I did all the other stuff. I was bummed when I got to that part of the recipe b/c I’m STARVING!

  10. Elyse says:

    made this last night! It was amazing!!! I think i might use less sausage next time to cut down on the fat but it was delish!!! Will def put this in my dinner rotation! I’m new to paleo, so this was a great way to get started!!

  11. Chantell says:

    I made this last week and it was DELICIOUS! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Jason says:

      Thank you for sharing too!

  12. TaJuanna says:

    This is my dinner tonight. It was quick, easy, and delicious!

  13. Kimberley says:

    I tried to find the chorizo that looks like the picture, but only found ground chorizo. Where do I find the chorizo sausage?

  14. Sherry says:

    I made this for dinner tonight. It was very good! I substituted the Chorizo Sausage for “Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Sausage” and it was yummy. I used “lite” coconut milk and it was fine for the recipe.

  15. Lisa says:

    Oh my stars! I’ve made many recipes from your site, but this is the best one yet.
    I used spicy chorizo and left out the jalapeno & red pepper flakes. Then I thought decided it needed more kick and added cayenne. To.Die.For. Next time I’ll increase the Kale, but then I’m crazy for kale.

    1. Jason says:

      Glad you liked it! I now often throw in enough kale to cover the surface and let it cook down.

  16. JC says:

    Just made this tonight and can’t believe how delish it was! I’m not usually a soup girl, but I could eat soup every night if it was always this good. I subbed a andouille-style chicken sausage but think it’d be great with any spicy sausage. Thank you for sharing! I look forward to trying more of your recipes.

  17. Sara says:

    We love being Paleo! I use Portuguese Chourico instead of the chorizo and it has a bit more smokey heat rather than the straight heat of the peppers and chorizo. Great site!

  18. Elijah says:

    Incredible, I added about 6 pieces of uncooked bacon chopped up, and let it cook with the chorizo. One of the better dinners I have made. Thanks!!

  19. Tracy says:

    This soup is delicious! I made a double batch and we loved it. Thanks!

  20. Erin Goldin says:

    Ohmigod, this was excellent! I was a little hesitant as I’ve never had chorizo before but after reading all the positive feedback I decided to give it a whirl. Glad I did! I now have this dish bookmarked under my favourite Paleo recipes. : )

  21. Michelle G. says:

    Made this tonight… it was AWESOME! We don’t eat “Paleo” – more WAPF, so we peeled and added some potatoes that needed to get used up. My 2 year old chowed it down – even the kale. A big hit. The coconut milk was delicious in this.

    1. Jason says:

      Sweet, glad you liked it!

  22. Leanne Hood says:

    This is the best soup, now my husband’s all-time favorite! Thank you!

  23. Leanne says:

    Would this soup be good with sweet potato and/or garbanzo beans?


  24. Audrey says:

    One pot meals are awesome! Would love to see them on your website!

  25. Mandi says:

    I made this last week and it is amazing! The best part is how easy it is to make. Very little effort for something so delicious. My colleagues are addicted and have asked me to make more next week.

    I added one large can of diced tomatoes as well as a pinch of coriander and cumin because I was craving more veggies in the soup.

  26. Tracie says:

    This has become one of my regular go-tos. So damn good, and so easy to prepare! I use ground chorizo most of the time and it works fine. I even went half chorizo/half regular ground pork sausage last night and it was just as good. Love the site – I have yet to try anything that I am not now addicted to (and I’m not even a die hard “paleo-ite”). Keep up the good work.

    1. Jason says:

      Nice! Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for taking the time to write!

  27. Chau says:

    Thank you SO much for sharing this! I used breakfast sausage instead and added tomatoes – amazing! This may be the tastiest thing I’ve made paleo-wise in a very long time. Looking forward to trying more of your recipes!

  28. Chandel says:

    I have made this soup more times than I can count and it is always a hit!! Probably the best soup I’ve ever made!!

  29. Joy says:

    Simmering on the stove as I type this. I make this soup at least once a week. It is perfect for winter here in Alaska. Though I use reindeer sausage instead of chorizo.

  30. Ginny says:

    Do you have the nutritional information for your recipes?

    1. Jason says:

      No, sorry. I don’t tally nutritional counts for my recipes. You can always use a site like to pop in the ingredients if you need to.

  31. April says:

    I’m loving your site – perfect for a beginner in the kitchen. I’m single and like to cook and freeze. Is this soup suitable for freezing?

    1. Jason says:

      Sure, I’d give it a go. Just don’t forget about it in the freezer for too long!

      1. April says:

        FYI – this never makes it to the freezer like everything else I make. I eat this up in a couple days!

  32. Alexandra says:

    Wow, that was really great. Thank you!!! I don’t normally leave comments, but, I have a cold and that really hit the spot. My new fav.

  33. Melinda says:

    Tried this today and it was awesome! Thanks!

  34. Gina says:

    I want to make this tonight, but I don’t have any kale and don’t feel like going to the store. Will spinach work as a sub for kale?

    1. Jason says:

      It won’t be the same, but it will work, yet be different…

  35. Brianna says:

    I have not been feeling well the last few days, mostly because I have not been eating paleo foods. I tried this tonight to warm me up and feel better. WOW!! This was AMAZING! I just sent this recipe to some friends and family that do not do paleo. This was an instant favorite and will make it over and over again 🙂 So quick, and easy, and delish! I can not rave enough about it. Thank you and hope to find more easy and delish meals from you!

  36. Betty says:

    I LOVED this soup! I substituted a hot/spicy sausage for the chorizo and ommitted the red pepper flakes – it was amazong!!!!!!

  37. Amanda P says:

    This was awesome! I added about 3/4 cup of rice to bulk it up a little. It was fantastic. Great post! Great creativity!

  38. Elizabeth says:

    Wow. So good! Next time I make this soup I’m definitely going to need to make some paleo biscuits.

  39. Lisa says:

    I am not a fan of soup. However, I love, love, love this one pot dish. Thanks!!!

  40. Sarah says:

    Hi! This looks great! I am going to use chicken sausage instead. My local grocery store offers sweetened or unsweetened coconut milk. Should I use unsweetened?

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