How To Cook Chorizo

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What is chorizo, and how do you cook it the right way? Click here to discover the best ways to prepare chorizo and find easy meal recipes.

Preparing chorizo can make for tasty dinners that offer a unique spice. If you're new to this sausage, you may be wondering the best way to cook it. Not to worry –– we'll walk you through cooking this popular Spanish meat so you can use it in mouth-watering recipes. It’s delicious in soups, stews, and even more particular dishes like a spiced-up version of huevos rancheros.

Stick around, and we'll show you how you can make meal preparation easy. Let's jump into talking about chorizo and how to make it!

What Is Chorizo?

Are you someone who enjoys flavorful, spicy meats like salami and pork sausage? If you answered yes, then chorizo is the meat for you. Chorizo is a cured sausage that includes pork fat, pimento, and chopped pork.

One of the main elements that make chorizo distinct is the pimento, a Spanish red spice from paprika. But pimento isn't the only spice used for chorizo. Many people also add thyme, oregano, and garlic to give this sausage a robust flavor. 

Where Does Chorizo Come From?

Knowing the origins of any food can help you appreciate its flavor and associated culture. This food is famous in Spanish and Mexican cuisine, and different regions have unique varieties of this sausage. 

For instance, one variation of Spanish chorizo known as 'Ristra' is quite spicy and soft. On the other hand, another variation from Spain called 'Sarta' has a dark red color and is cured. 

Mexican chorizo includes fresh pork, and sometimes it can consist of beef and chicken. This variety from Mexico often includes spices native to Latin culture. Within Mexican chorizo, you can select soft chorizo or dry-cured chorizo. The difference is that soft chorizo is not cured as much, so you need to cook it before eating. Dry-cured chorizo is thicker, and it comes ready to eat. 

The fact that chorizo can come in many varieties just goes to show that it's a versatile food you can use in many meals! The sky's the limit for this ingredient. Keep reading, and we'll show you our favorite ways to cook chorizo sausage.

Different Methods for Cooking Chorizo

There's no one magic option when it comes to cooking chorizo sausage. You can try several methods for cooking this food to enjoy it in your tacos, burritos, and Mexican food recipes. Let's check out the most popular ways to prepare this food to enjoy it in your dishes!

Oven-Cooked Chorizo

If you've ever prepared sausage of any kind, you'll know one method for preparation is cooking it in the oven. When you're trying to determine how long to bake your chorizo, consider whether it's sliced into smaller pieces or whole. 

Typically, you'll want to bake chorizo for around fifteen minutes at 350-400 degrees. 

Grilled Chorizo

Perhaps someone in your household loves grilling. If the weather is nice and you want to grill your chorizo meat outdoors, it can give your sausage an excellent smoky flavor. 

Here are a few steps to achieve perfectly-grilled chorizo:

  1. Preheat your grill before you begin. 
  2. Align your chorizo on the grill to be evenly spaced from one another.
  3. Keep the lid down so that the chorizo heats evenly.
  4. Expect to grill your chorizo links for around twenty minutes.
  5. Remove your chorizo sausage from the grill and let the links rest on a cutting board.
  6. Serve your tasty grilled chorizo links and enjoy.

Broiled Chorizo

Broiling your chorizo is another fantastic way to enjoy its flavors. Let's walk through the broiling steps so that you know exactly what to do.

  1. Preheat your oven by turning on its broil setting. 
  2. Space your sausages evenly on your oven's broiler rack. Make sure they're around eight inches lower than the fire or heat.
  3. Let your chorizo broil for 12-15 minutes, then flip them. Your total cook time will be around 25-30 minutes. 

Broiling tip: When you're broiling chorizo, you'll want to cook your meat until it's 160º, so it's safe to eat. To achieve this temperature, watch your links until they are golden brown. You can also use a meat thermometer to ensure your meat is perfect for eating.

Red Wine Chorizo

Want to try something fancy for dinner? Braised chorizo in red wine is another cooking option for this spicy sausage. When you braise the meat in red wine, you'll have an elevated flavor experience. 

When you're braising chorizo slices, you won't have to wait for an hour for it to finish. You can anticipate the process taking around twenty minutes. Then, enjoy your wine-infused sausages with a spicy kick!

Pan-Fried Chorizo

If you're cooking cured chorizo links, you don't have to cook them in the oven. You can reheat this type of chorizo by pan-frying it!

We suggest slicing the chorizo and frying the rounds on medium-high heat until they begin to brown. Leave it on for longer if you want crunchy, crispy chorizo. 

Chorizo Recipes To Enjoy This Week

Cooking chorizo is one way to spice things up in your kitchen! This food is easy to prepare, making it an excellent ingredient for week-night dinners. Are you ready to put your chorizo-making skills to the test? 

Let's explore eight Jow recipes that include this spicy meat.

Shrimp and Chorizo Risotto

When you feel you're out of ideas to prepare for dinner, trying a risotto is a superb idea. Our Shrimp and Chorizo Risotto combines rice with flavors of shallots, white wine, and chorizo for a mouth-watering result. Though this dish offers multiple vibrant flavors, you can count on it being ready in under a half-hour.

Chorizo and Ricotta Rigatoni

Some days call for pasta. Whether you're treating yourself to a decadent meal or hosting others for dinner, our Chorizo and Ricotta Rigatoni is an excellent recipe to try out. It's creamy, meaty, and filling. What's even better? It's ready in twenty minutes!

Scallops With Corn and Chorizo

Let's say you're preparing tapas or tacos for your household this week. If you need a side that compliments your main dish, look no further. This recipe is proof that you can do a lot with a few ingredients. Our Scallops With Corn and Chorizo offers flavor with every bite, and it's ready in no time. 

Chicken, Chorizo, Potato, and Pepper Pot

What's better than a one-pan meal with filling potatoes? The spicy kick of chorizo adds a perfect balance of spice to this hearty dish. Our Chicken, Chorizo, Potato, and Pepper Pot is a stress-free meal you can make when you don't feel like stirring a pot for an hour. Let the oven do the work, and you can enjoy a fantastic flavor medley. 

Roasted Salmon, Tomatoes, and Sausage

Here's another one-pan meal that can make you feel like a world-class chef. Our Roasted Salmon, Tomatoes, and Sausage is a dish you can prepare without stressing over dozens of ingredients and multiple kitchen appliances. You can stick this dish in the oven and enjoy the combination of textures and tastes when it's done. 

Charcuterie board featuring Chorizo

French Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards can be the perfect snack option for large gatherings, movie nights, and mid-day snacks. This kind of meal often includes finely-sliced meats and sausages along with decadent cheeses. People often choose to include nuts, fruit, olives, crackers, and jams to make a complete spread for guests.

Our French Charcuterie Board takes a delightfully simple approach to this beloved dish. Enjoy the chorizo along with other sliced meats and soft cheeses. You can prepare it in five minutes!

Pepperoni and Artichoke Pizza

Some nights call for homemade pizza and movie marathons. If you're tired of using the same old ingredients for your pizza, our Pepperoni and Artichoke Pizza recipe can help you spice things up. Use pepperoni or substitute sliced chorizo to add more kick!

Tips for Cooking Perfect Chorizo

If you want your chorizo to be top-notch, following a few tips may help! Let's look at how you can become a pro with this type of sausage.

Crumble it Up

Do you like the taste of ground beef? Perhaps you enjoy its texture with flour tortillas for breakfast tacos. You can cook chorizo in a similar way to taste like ground beef — and it’s a perfect pairing for scrambled eggs! 

To achieve this crumbly texture:

  1. Cut the fresh chorizo sausage lengthwise.
  2. Squeeze the sausage contents out of the casing and into a pan. As it cooks, you'll notice it releasing grease and separating like ground beef.
  3. Stir your chorizo as it cooks. Then, drain the grease when it is done. 

To make tacos, add seasonings like cumin and chili peppers and pair with refried beans and eggs in a tortilla. Top with cilantro for the ultimate breakfast or brunch. 

Sauté a Few Slices

Sautéing your chorizo on your stovetop is an excellent idea. The sautéing process can allow you to enjoy crisp, crunchy chorizo slices! 

Here's how:

  1. Using a serrated knife, cut a large sausage into half-inch slices. 
  2. Heat your rounds in a large skillet until they begin to firm up.
  3. Enjoy your crispy chorizo slices!

Skip the Boiling

Some recipes might direct you to boil fresh chorizo before grilling it. However, when you boil chorizo, the fat melts, resulting in dry sausage. 

If you're grilling chorizo, you can rotate your links often to ensure they cook thoroughly. Doing this can help you enjoy more flavorful chorizo!

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