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What is Chorizo?

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Chorizo is a remarkably versatile Mexican ingredient, and it is probably one of the most favourite ingredients in the kitchen.

Chorizo, unlike its name, is simply a sausage stuffed with traditional Mexican flavours.

Grind some chilli peppers, add them to pork sausage, and you’ve picked up the essence of Mexican Chorizo.

What is Chorizo made from?

Mexican Chorizo usually has a distinctly reddish tint. That is because of the dried chilli peppers.

Guajillo and Ancho chilli peppers are usually used, but people often play with chilli combos.

The Difference between Spanish and Mexican Chorizo

Mexican Chorizo is usually sold fresh, i.e. uncooked. On the other hand, Spanish Chorizo is a dried, cured sausage frequently flavoured with paprika.

How to cook Chorizo?

There are two methods:

  1. If you buy links, you can plop them in a 400F oven, and they’ll be ready in about 15-20 minutes. Cook until the centre is no longer pink.
  2. If the sausage is not in the links, add it to a skillet and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, around 8-10 minutes. Then, you can break it up into smaller bits using a spatula, turning regularly.

Chorizo can be added to a wide variety of dishes. For example, it works wonders in burritos.

How to store Chorizo?

Chorizo is stored like any other fresh meat — covered and kept in the fridge.

You can also freeze them to extend their life. To thaw, grab as many individually wrapped links as you need and plop them in a bowl covered in cold water.

Happy Cooking!

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