Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup Slow Cooker Recipe, Gluten Free, Soy Free

So, the weather’s finally turned freezing here in Chicago so it’s time to get the kale out of the ground. I still feel like a really crazy new mother without a ton of time to cook or eat, so I’ve decided to make some soup. Amazing because I can dump everything a pot, and I can eat it one bite at a time as I have time 🙂

This can be made on the stove top, but I decided to make it in the crock pot because I just don’t have the time to watch a pot on the stove. The soup is great the day it’s made and even better the day after ( I even froze some of the extra).

Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup Slow Cooker Recipe

Portuguese Kale Soup, Slow Cooker Recipe

1 1/2 cups diced onions
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
6 red skin potatoes, halved and sliced 1/4 inch thick
8 cups gf Pacific Foods Free Range Chicken Broth
1 can Organic Kidney Beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked dark red kidney beans, rinsed
2 1/2  cups chopped tomatoes
12 oz precooked chicken chorizo. Sausages, halved and cut into 1/4 inch slices
1 large bunch of kale, deveined and sliced into strips (about 8 cups)


EDIT: I’m changing this…You know why? Because this was full of uneccessary steps and I haven’t done it like this in forever (feel free to if you want but honestly I think it pretty much turns out the same….)
In a medium pan, sauteed onions and garlic in olive oil over medium-high heat until soft. Stir in the paprika and cayenne pepper. Cook about 1 minute. Deglaze pan with 1 cup chicken broth, be sure to scrape the bottom of the pan to get all of the seasoning.

GF SF Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe - Slow Cooker

Dump the mixture everything but the kale into your crock pot, then add the chicken broth. Add the potatoes, tomatoes, beans , and chorizo.

GF SF Portuguese Kale Soup Recipe - Slow Cooker Steps

Cover and cook on high for 6 hours. Stir in the chopped kale and cook for one hour longer. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Portuguese Kale and Chorizo Soup Slow Cooker Recipe


  1. This sounds so good, especially since it’s only 7 degrees here today! I have it in the crockpot right now! Wondering though, does it freeze well? Would be nice to freeze half for another day & an easy dinner 🙂

    • Hi! Yes it freezes great! Actually, I have a package of chorizo in the freezer right now because I was planning on making a batch of this to freeze for easy lunches during the week. Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Can you tell me how many this serves?

    • I’m estimating here because I don’t have an exact measurement but I would say this serves 8, those are pretty large bowls.

  3. This recipe sounds and looks delicious! Reminds me of my grandmother and grandfather. Where I live linguiça is the only close substitute for the meat you used, would it still cook well in this recipe? Thank you! 🙂

    • Yes! That’s pork chorizo right? I have trouble finding any that is gluten free but if you can then it will sub perfectly!

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