How to Cook Chorizo + 5 Recipes You Need to Try

Chorizo sausage is unlike any other kind of meat. The consistency is more textured than pork sausage or cured sausage, and it has spices that add a little bit of fire added to the mix. It originates from Mexico, and is typically red in color due in large part to the red pepper it’s made with. When cooking chorizo, it’s important to think about the ingredients you’re pairing chorizo with. If your supermarket offers fresh chorizo, go with that option rather than the over-processed shelf-bound packages of chorizo.

Cook chorizo in a similar manner as ground beef or turkey: in a skillet over the stovetop on medium-high heat with a bit of olive oil in the pan. If you cook chorizo over low heat, you’ll let the flavors of the chili pepper develop with time, but if you’re in a rush, medium heat is just fine. High heat will burn the chorizo without fully cooking it, so try to stick to the medium temperature.

You’ll be able to see how the consistency is different and be able to smell the flavors as you brown it. While cooking chorizo, break it apart like you would ground beef or turkey, going for a light browning effect on the chorizo. You’ll want to stir chorizo consistently to be sure it’s fully cooked.

During the cooking process, you’ll accumulate grease in your pan – don’t fret!  Simply drain the grease from the pan when it’s finished browning. At this step, you can dump your cooked chorizo onto a paper towel to further remove grease, but that’s completely up to you. Both Mexican chorizo and Spanish chorizo will produce the same amount of grease, though we don’t recommend saving it like you would with bacon grease.

Now that you’ve got your chorizo made, you get to decide what something delicious to pair with it, and that’s not a bad problem to have. Here are 5 recipes that we can’t get enough of!

1. Chorizo Scrambled Eggs

Epicurious

There’s no better way to spruce up your morning go-to than by adding that little something of spice to it. Sauté separately or in the same skillet for ease of clean up!

Get the recipe here.

2. Sautéed Potatoes with Chorizo

Food Network

There are no sides to any breakfast dish more suitable than potatoes, and when you add chorizo to the mix; watch out.

Get the recipe here.

3. Spanish Rice with Chorizo

The Wholesome Dish

Spice up taco night with a little bit of chorizo in everyone’s life! Add sautéed chorizo into your Spanish rice for a flavor explosion of taco proportions.

Find the recipe here.

4. Queso Chorizo Dip

The Pioneer Woman

Think of this is a chili con queso with a flare. Add chorizo to this classic appetizer for a flaming mash up of two food worlds.

Find the recipe here.

5. Chorizo and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Bam’s Kitchen

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: wrap something in bacon and we’re in. This chicken recipe escalates the bacon game by stuffing the inside with chorizo and cream cheese. We know.

Get the recipe here.

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