Daily Bite: Garbanzos con Chorizo


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 to 2 ounces Spanish-style chorizo or spicy sausage of choice, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 ounces bacon or serrano ham, coarsely chopped (optional)*
1 small potato, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup coarsely chopped green bell pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can chick peas, with liquid (16 ounces)
1/4 cup water

Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chorizo, bacon or ham, potato, onion, garlic, and bell pepper, and sauté and stir for 2 minutes. Add the tomato paste and stir for approximately 30 seconds; then stir in the chick peas and liquid. Cover and cook over medium-low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the water and cover again. Continue to cook for another 8 to 10 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender and break easily when pierced with a fork. Serve with white rice or baguette-style bread.