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Easy Mexican Chorizo Recipe

A Must-Try Mexican Chorizo Recipe

Do you want to make authentic Mexican chorizo like they do in Mexico? This Mexican chorizo recipe makes great-tasting chorizo just like it come from Mexico. Try this out for yourself and you will never want to buy pre-made chorizo again. This Mexican chorizo recipe shows you just how to add the right spices and ingredients together to make the best meaty snack possible.

Authentic deliciously spiced, this chorizo is great for breakfast. Perfectly seasoned pork with traditional Mexican flavors, infused with just the right amount of spicy peppers is what your taste buds can expect when you treat them to this exquisite homemade meaty treat.

Chorizo is a traditional sausage served throughout Mexico. Historically, it is a reddish sausage that is fresh and must be cooked before serving. It is commonly referred to as chorizo fresco, which literally means fresh sausage. It is not to be confused with chorizo from Spain, which is a dry cured sausage and requires no cooking before serving. These chorizo types are distinctly different; one cannot replace the other in recipes because one is fresh sausage and of a more course texture than the other, not to mention the other is dry-cured.

The typical Mexican chorizo recipe is made with jalapeno or aleppo peppers. Aleppo peppers offer a rich red color and robust flavor and heat that dissipates quickly. It also has hints of cumin for a wonderful overall taste.  In Mexico it is served at breakfast or other meals. With breakfast it is served with eggs, fried potatoes (papas), refried beans, and warm flour tortillas. As this traditional Mexican chorizo recipe sizzles, the flavors fill the air and create a wonderful scent. The wonderful aromas draw everyone to the table with ravenous appetites.

Additionally, in Mexico, the Mexican chorizo is served in tacos, burritos and even on pizza. It is enjoyed as chorizo con huevos, which is fried chorizo with scrambled eggs. Yet another delicious Mexican chorizo dish is chorizo con queso – cooked chorizo mixed into melted cheese and served with small corn tortillas. These are wonderful and easy meal and snack ideas for your homemade chorizo. The Mexican chorizo makes superb breakfast burritos as well. Try it mixed with scrambled eggs and rolled into a flour tortilla – yummy and filling.

More Serving Ideas for Mexican Chorizo

This Mexican chorizo recipe can be served for lunch or supper meals as well. It is the perfect main entree to accompany a hearty bowl of pinto beans or black beans and a pan of Mexican cornbread. You can also make your own Mexican tortas, which is a popular snack in Mexico. Simply put, it is cooked chorizo and refried beans spread on a tortilla with melted cheese. It is not rolled but eaten open, like you would eat a chalupa or tostado.

In Mexico the women gather after the slaughter of a pig and make fresh Mexican chorizo. The process is an all-day affair because of the quantities being made. Children play outside while the men process the slaughtered pig and the women prepare fresh sausage. Each woman then takes a portion of the fresh Mexican sausage home to her family. Mexican chorizo may take a bit of time to prepare but the end result in taste is a superb reward. Prepare this hearty dish and freeze some for future meals.

The next time you are in the mood for authentic Mexican sausage, make this delicious Mexican chorizo recipe. No doubt you’ll want to make plenty for everyone to enjoy. If you freeze some for later you’ll be able to enjoy this meaty taste of Mexico anytime you like.

Quick and Easy Mexican Chorizo
Summary: Chorizo is always good, but homemade chorizo is spectacular. This recipe blends pork shoulder with ingredients like garlic, coriander, cumin, and more. The result is a typically Mexican meaty treat.
Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 8
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  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1½ tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1½ tablespoons crushed Aleppo peppers
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 lbs boneless pork shoulder cut into ¾-inch pieces
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup white vinegar
  • Red food coloring (optional)
  1. Blend all the seasonings and roll the pork around in this mixture until well coated.
  2. Cover the bowl, and refrigerate the meat, place your meat grinder’s head assembly, and grinder hopper in freezer for 1 hour at the same time.
  3. You need to keep the meat and the meat grinder chilled during the grinding process for best results.
  4. Assemble the chilled meat grinder, and grind the pork and seasonings using a coarse cutting plate.
  5. Return the ground meat to the refrigerator for another half an hour.
  6. Lightly stir the ground pork with the vinegar and water until thoroughly mixed, shape into cigar-shaped sausages or flatter patties (your choice) then refrigerate overnight, covered, to let the flavors intensify and blend.
  7. The additional of red food coloring is up to you, depending whether you want a bright red result or not. They do look extra-yummy but you will find a couple drops of color go a long way so don't add too much.
  8. Cook the chorizo in vegetable oil over a medium heat for 5 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly cooked.
  9. Serve hot or cold.

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Homemade chorizo is something very special, and this recipe shows you how to make your own. You are in charge of the ingredients, so feel free to add or subtract anything you want, and you can also decide what shape to make the chorizo, either long and sausage-shaped like in the photo, or more like flatter patties if you want. Pan-fry or grill the chorizo sausages until golden brown and cooked through.  The flavor of this is just so amazing, and they are well worth making if you like meaty dishes with a sensational spicy flair.

Picture, recipes and/or content upgraded and edited: 03-30-16

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, I'm Christine, and I'm pleased to welcome you to I have endeavored to gather as many delicious South of the border recipes here for you, including Mexican-inspired as well as traditional Mexican, and also some Tex-Mex and Mexican fusion dishes. Food is very important to our family's lives and Mexican food is certainly a favorite around here.

We have everything from appetizers and snacks to soups, drinks, entrées, and much more. You will find everything from mild dishes to super-spicy ones, simple recipes based on fresh ingredients up to more complex ones suitable for a dinner party.

Home cooks just starting out with Mexican cooking tend to be surprised how much of the emphasis is placed on using fresh ingredients and aromatic herbs and spices. Forget the typical ideas about Mexican food being all beans, cheese and beef (that applies a little more to Tex-Mex), take inspiration from authentic Mexican dishes based on fresh ingredients, and inject all your passion into cooking South of the border food, for perfect results every time.

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