15 Chorizo Recipes to Add an Extra Kick to Your Dinner
Think beyond a charcuterie board and see how you can cook with two different kinds of the spicy pork sausage.
It's time to get to know chorizo, the spicy cured pork sausage that's a staple in Spain and Mexico. Get started with the Baked Rice with Chorizo and Clams that's pictured here. In this dish, dried chorizo is sautéed with starchy arborio rice to form the base for this understated, weeknight-friendly twist on paella. The combination of pork sausage and littleneck clams is a classic one. Chorizo is often paired with seafood because the fatty, spicy flavor of the sausage complements often delicate and mild-mannered fish and shellfish such as mussels and cod.
When shopping for chorizo, you'll find that there are a few different varieties. The first is Mexican chorizo, a fresh sausage that needs to be cooked. In addition to the typical ground pork filling, a mixture of chiles, spices, and occasionally herbs are incorporated into the meat. You'll generally find Mexican chorizo sold in the casings, but many recipes require the casings to be removed before cooking with it. On the other hand, Spanish-style chorizo is cured and dried, and occasionally smoked. Each region within Spain has its own style of chorizo; some are super spicy, whereas others are a bit sweeter, but all are fully cooked and ready to eat. Use it as part of a charcuterie board or quickly slice and sauté it for a flavorful ingredient that you can add to so many different dishes.
Our chorizo recipes call for either fresh Mexican-style chorizo or dried Spanish-style recipe so be sure to read the ingredients list carefully to ensure that you're using the proper type of sausage. Once you’ve stocked up, try chorizo in our recipes that include omelets and breakfast hashes, paella, soups and sautés, and so much more.
Drunken Mussels with Chorizo and White Beans
Campfire Breakfast Hash
Upgrade the classic combination of eggs and sausage for breakfast by using dried chorizo. It's thinly sliced into half-moons then sautéed along with diced bell pepper and onion. Fry a few eggs alongside the hash and add pre-boiled potatoes in the final minutes of cooking.
Cod with Chorizo and Fennel
Roasted-Parsnip Soup with Chorizo
Chorizo, Parsnip, and Olive Bites
Broken Spaghetti with Chorizo, Manchego and Scallions
Here's a quick one-skillet dinner that's a riff on fideos. It's boldly flavored with dried chorizo, cherry tomatoes, and Manchego cheese.
Easy Chicken and Shrimp Paella
Queso Fundido with Chorizo
Shredded Monterey Jack cheese melts beautifully for this spicy cheese appetizer that serves eight. It features an entire pound of cured Spanish chorizo and one can of diced green chile peppers.
Grilled Shrimp and Grits with Chorizo and Salsa de Arbol
Quick Skillet Paella with Shrimp and Tomatoes
In just 35 minutes, this fast dinner made with shrimp, dried chorizo, and starchy arborio rice comes together.