Learn how to make your own chorizo with this quick and easy recipe. It’s a super spiced sausage you can eat alone or in your favorite recipes.
Chorizo is a staple in most Mexican homes. My favorite is chorizo with eggs or chorizo with potatoes. Put that in a tortilla with some sauce and you’re all set!
What is Mexican Chorizo?
Since I was little, I’ve been eating this chorizo from Cacique. I can usually open the refrigerator and find some to use for breakfast or even seasoning my favorite soups.
So, what happens when you don’t have any chorizo and you don’t have time to go to the store? You make your own homemade! It’s so easy that you may never buy it ready-made again.
What we have here is one pound of mild sausage and all my favorite spices. Just grab all the things and you’ll be fine.
I’ve opted for a mild chorizo this time. Be sure to check out our Scoville Heat Scale, if you want to see some other chile varieties and how they fit into the spicy scale.
If you want spicy chorizo, try adding ground chipotle or cayenne.
The pork is, of course, the primary ingredient here. Rather than using plain ground pork, I use a one-pound roll of Jimmy Dean mild sausage.
You could use ground pork. If you prefer, you could even use ground turkey or beef. I decided on pork sausage for ease. I had no problems mixing the spices because the sausage was already mixed well.
If you want to use ground pork, you may want to use your hands to really get those spices mixed into it.
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Dark Chili Powder
This is a mild chili powder. It has a darker red color. Like other spices called “chili powder,” it’s a blend rather than simply ground red pepper. Your goal is a reddish or orange-y color for the sausage.
From what I’ve read, most chili powder made in the US is not very spicy. However, there are some parts of the world where this is very spicy.
All I can say is: “Know your pepper”. Make sure it’s a mild one, if you want mild chorizo.
As you can see, we have a really large container of ancho powder. Ancho is the smoked, dried version of poblano pepper.
Poblano isn’t all that spicy so we can get the chile flavor without a lot of heat.
What is Achiote?
I have suggested an optional ingredient called achiote. Although many recipes for chorizo call for lots of paprika for the red coloring, I feel like achiote does a better job. Use some of each, for best results.
When using achiote, it gives a very intense flavor so I don’t recommend that you use very much.
Instead of buying an entire container of plain achiote powder, try it in the seasoning blend Sazon Goya with Culantro and Achiote.
Inside the box, there are little packets which have just the right amount for most dishes, without overwhelming the flavors.
If you can find it, definitely get some. It’s a delicious addition.
Add the Goya Sazon to stews, soups and I’ve also added it to my Sausage Ramen recipe.
How to Use Chorizo
Fry the chorizo sausage in a skillet with about ½ cup water. Scramble with eggs or cook with peeled, diced potatoes.
Add a little bit of chorizo to ground beef for chorizo hamburgers. Cook with ground beef and add your favorite chili ingredients. Make nachos. Add it to a salad.
Once you know how to make chorizo, you can make a tasty Kielbasa and Lentils Soup.
All the wonderful spices in chorizo sausage will give great flavor to many dishes, even the ones you make all the time.
I’m sure you will find many great places to use this spiced sausage. For inspiration, check out my favorite Recipes to Use Mexican Chorizo.
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- 2 teaspoons Dark Chile Powder
- 2 teaspoons Paprika
- 1 teaspoon Onion Powder
- 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon Ancho Powder
- 1 teaspoon Sea Salt, fine grain Himalayan pink salt used
- ½ teaspoon Cumin
- 1 packet Goya Sazon, (optional)
- 1 pound pork sausage, mild, like Jimmy Dean (or ground pork)
- ⅛ cup White Vinegar
- Place all dry ingredients (the seasonings and spices) in a small bowl and stir to combine well.
- Place pork, vinegar and mixed spices into a medium size bowl and mix well. If necessary, use food service gloves and mix with your hands to be certain all ingredients are well mixed.
- Place in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 3 to a maximum of 48 hours before cooking.
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