Chorizo and Potatoes is a typical Mexican breakfast made from only four budget friendly ingredients. Can be used for tacos, burritos, empanadas and more.
Chorizo sausage costs about 75% less than ground beef so you can spend less and still get the Mexican food you crave.
Budget friendly meals are on the menu these days so we do what we can, right?
Ingredients for Chorizo and Potatoes
A real Mexican meal doesn’t need to be expensive. Chorizo and potatoes, known as Chorizo con Papas in Spanish, is inexpensive. You will only need four budget-friendly ingredients.
You can add your own favorites when serving, like shredded or crumbled cheese. Serve with tortillas or on tostadas. Use for a filling in empanadas.
No matter what you decide, you will have a hearty meal for less than a dollar.
What is Mexican chorizo?
For this recipe, I’ve used Mexican chorizo by Cacique. It’s raw sausage in a plastic tube and you will usually find it near the other raw sausage in the grocery store.
Spanish chorizo, unlike this chorizo, is more like a cured sausage, like a tube of summer sausage, smoked sausage or kielbasa. You can always use that instead, but the texture will be different. Definitely give it a try, though, if you have some available!
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If you can’t find this Mexican chorizo, pick up a tube of regular breakfast sausage like Jimmy Dean’s. You can make your own by spicing it up. Check out my Homemade Chorizo recipe.
Is Mexican chorizo cooked?
Mexican chorizo is raw when you buy it. It needs to be fully cooked before eating.
Before you cut into the tube, wash the plastic on the outside of the chorizo. You must wash it. Just think of how many people have handled that tube. If you take a knife to it, you will be moving the germs from the outside to the inside. Yuck!
Just wash it. No questions.
A tube of chorizo is only about $1.50 at our store so we pick up several of them at the same time. I love mixing it with eggs for breakfast. Be sure to check out my list of recipes using chorizo.
How can you tell when chorizo is cooked?
When you first add raw chorizo to your skillet, it looks a little like ground beef or breakfast sausage. Because it’s so highly seasoned, you can’t see much of a color change. You’ll be looking for a texture change instead.
Once you start cooking the chorizo, it starts to separate into little crumbly particles. Once you have the tight crumbles, it’s finished cooking.
You can also check the temperature. Once the chorizo reaches 160°F, you can be sure that it’s safe to eat.
For a similar recipe, using ground beef, try this Instant Pot Mexican Picadillo.
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- ¾ pound Baking Potatoes, like Russet, peeled and chopped
- ½ Yellow Onion, peeled and chopped or use white onion
- ½ Jalapeno, stem, seeds and membranes removed, finely chopped
- 10 ounces Cacique Pork Chorizo
- Salt, optional, to taste
- Peel and chop potatoes. Place in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover. Cook on medium high heat until you're able to puncture with a fork, about 12-15 minutes. Don't overcook. Check often to make sure you remove from heat as soon as the potatoes are just tender. There should still be a little resistance when you pierce with a fork. Drain potatoes immediately to help keep them from cooking further.
- While the potatoes are cooking, continue with the remaining instructions.
- Chop onions and jalapenos as instructed. Place chorizo in skillet on medium heat and, once fat releases (about 1 minute), pour in chopped onions and jalapeno. Stirring occasionally, cook on medium high until chorizo is fully cooked and crumbly, about 10-12 minutes.
- Add potatoes to chorizo mixture in skillet and stir gently. You don't want to mash the potatoes so you'll need to stir gently. Add salt, (optional), to taste. Serve immediately.
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Looks delicious! And great tip for washing the outside of the chorizo tube first.
Sarah Baumeister says
I loveeee chorizo. This recipe is so flavorful and I love it with an egg on top the next day.
Love the idea of making these tacos on a budget. I also never thought of watching the outside of the chorizo, great tip. Thanks!
Sharmila Kingsly says
Absolutely tasty and awesome Tacos.. I love packing this for my kids!!
Spicy chorizo and potatoes are the taco combo I never knew I needed. These were great!