Homemade Mexican-Style Chorizo

Chorizo tacos
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  • Total: 30 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yield: 2 pounds (8 servings)
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
309 Calories
16g Fat
8g Carbs
32g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 2 pounds (8 servings)
Amount per serving
Calories 309
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 98mg 33%
Sodium 74mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 32g
Calcium 84mg 6%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Chorizo sausages originated in Spain and Portugal, and versions of them exist throughout Latin America. Unlike most varieties of Iberian chorizo (which is a cured and dried in a way somewhat similar to salami or pepperoni), Mexican chorizo is actually a raw sausage that must be cooked before eating. If you're looking at learning how to make chorizo, you've found the perfect recipe. In its commercial form, it generally comes in casings that are just broken open and discarded when frying the sausage, so we have dispensed with the casings here. Chorizo is usually employed in relatively small quantities to add a great flavor boost to countless Mexican dishes; see suggestions for use below the recipe.

Although most Mexican chorizo is red in color due to the dried chile pepper and paprika used in the recipe, the area around the city of Toluca (in central Mexico) is famous for the green chorizo it produces, which is made with tomatillos, cilantro, and/or green chiles.


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  • 2 pounds pork (finely ground)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder (ground dried chile pepper)
  • 3 tablespoons ground paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cloves fresh garlic (crushed)
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Mexican Chorizo ingredients
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  2. In a large bowl, use your hands to mix the ingredients until they are well combined.

    Mexican Chorizo
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  3. Use immediately in your favorite recipe calling for Mexican chorizo, or refrigerate or freeze the sausage in an airtight container for later use.

    Mexican Chorizo
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  4. Serve and enjoy!


  • To Cook: Fry chorizo over medium heat, breaking up the sausage with a fork as you go so that the finished product is “loose” and not chunky. Drain off excess fat; discard or save (like bacon grease often is) for another use.

Uses for Mexican Chorizo

It would be virtually impossible to make a complete list of how chorizo is employed in Mexican cuisine. Some of the most common uses:

  • Stirred into scrambled eggs: Fry chorizo in a skillet, drain off excess fat, then add lightly beaten eggs and cook and stir until eggs are set. Eat as-is (with tortillas and sliced avocado) or use to fill burritos or tacos.
  • Combined with diced, cooked or sautéed potatoes as a filling for tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, or pambazos.
  • Mixed with melted cheese to make queso fundido (also called choriqueso); use as a dip or spread on tortillas, tostadas, or bread.
  • As a topping for sopes, tostadas, nachos, or other similar antojitos.
  • Stirred into refried beans to eat as a side dish or as a spread for molletes or tortas.
  • Combined with other ground meats and used to stuff a roasted turkey or other fowl.
  • Added to shredded beef to make Tinga.
  • Combined with cooked beans, tomatoes, onions, and seasonings to produce frijoles charros.
  • As a topping for a very Mexican pizza.
  • Used sparingly as a flavorful ingredient in certain hearty cream soups such as bean soup.

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