Chorizo Sausage, also spelt as chourizo, is a Spanish term used to refer to types of pork sausages specially made in the Latin American countries. These sausages are made from a mixture of chopped pork meat, pork fat, salt, cinnamon, whole pepper grains, achiote and certain other spices that give it a nice red color. The sausage can be sold as both fresh, which needs to be cooked before eating and fermented smoked and cured, which can be eaten as it is. Chorizo sausages can be sliced and eaten with a sandwich, they can be fried, barbecued, simmered in any strong alcoholic beverage or even apple cider. The chorizo sausage recipes of various cuisines vary in terms of the ingredients that go into spicing up the sausages. The Spanish and Portuguese chorizos are usually a deep red in color because of the dried roasted red peppers used in the sausages. However, chili peppers are used in the Mexican version of the Chorizo Sausage.
Chorizo Sausage is originally from Spain which got integrated into Mexican and other Latin American cuisines over a period of time. Though there are many Chorizo Sausage Recipes, the basic ingredients have stayed constant. With a lot of ethnic influences in some parts of the US, especially the ethnic Portuguese part of Southern Massachusetts, the Linguica variety of sausage is compared with Chorizo Sausage.
Culinary Uses of Chorizo Sausage
Chorizo Sausage has many culinary uses. The sausage is available as fresh, which is raw and needs to be cooked and it is also available as fermented, smoked and cured, which can be used directly. The most popular Chorizo Sausage Recipes involve using sliced sausage in sandwiches, fried and served with scrambled eggs, used as a breakfast accompaniment with burritos and tacos in Mexico, used as pizza topping, cooked with rice and beans, served as an accompaniment with mashed potatoes, salad, eggs and avocado, etc. Similarly there are many more culinary uses of the very popular Chorizo Sausage.
Popular Chorizo Sausage Recipes
Chorizo Sausage is a popular ingredient in most of the Latin American cuisines such as Spanish, Portuguese, Mexican, Goan and even certain South American cuisines. The most popular Chorizo Sausage Recipes are –
Quick and Easy Mexican Chorizo is one of the popular chorizo recipes of this cuisine. It is not only quick to make but very tasty as well. Ground ingredients such pork, red chili peppers, coriander, cloves, black pepper, oregano, cumin, garlic and salt are mixed well and kneaded well and stored away in the refrigerator for later use, which can be for sandwiches, salads or any other gravy dishes.
Easy Chorizo Sausage and Pinto Bean Casserole, Chorizo Sausage Skillet Bread, Chorizo and Italian Sausage Stuffed Shells, Chorizo, Mushroom and Spinach Penne, Spicy Macaroni and Cheese with Chorizo Sausage are some popular recipes of Chorizo Sausage.
Irrespective of the cuisine, Chorizo Sausage Recipes are more or less the same in all the Latin American countries, with just a slight variation in the spices and type of chilies used in preparing the Chorizo Sausage.
Chorizo Recipe Trivia
Chorizo sausage can be used as a replacement for ground pork or beef.