Spanish Chorizo Sausage in Cider

Spanish chorizo
Spanish chorizo sausage in cider

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
614 Calories
49g Fat
6g Carbs
31g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 614
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 49g 63%
Saturated Fat 18g 92%
Cholesterol 112mg 37%
Sodium 1578mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 31g
Vitamin C 1mg 7%
Calcium 13mg 1%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 540mg 11%
*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 a la Sidra or Chorizo Sausage in Cider is one of the most traditional tapas, which is easy to prepare. Spanish chorizo sausage is tasty by itself but is used as an ingredient in many Spanish tapas, stews, soups, and rice dishes. Fresh or uncured chorizo is needed for this particular recipe.

The other main ingredient is Sidra―or "hard" apple cider―typical of the region of Asturias, Spain, and is slightly fizzy, low in alcohol. It is a popular drink all over Spain, especially in the summer months when a cold, refreshing glass of cider is welcome. However, warm Chorizo a la Sidra is served year-round.


  • 1 to 2 cups ( 250 to 500 milliliters) Asturian hard cider, or sidra

  • 2 1/4 pounds (or 8 links) chorizo sausage, fresh or semi-cured

Steps to Make It

  1. Place a large, heavy-bottom frying pan on medium heat and pour in the Spanish cider.

  2. Place chorizo sausages in the pan. If still tied together, separate first.

  3. Simmer uncovered for 15 to 20 minutes. Alcohol will evaporate and liquid will reduce.

  4. Remove the chorizo sausages one at a time and cut into thick slices.

  5. Serve chorizo in the warm cider. Traditionally, this tapa is served in open clay dishes, as shown in the photo.

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