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making my own mexican chorizo

Danimal Mar 29, 2008 12:50 AM

Your recs? I've seen many recipes online, but I don't know what is good. And, I know there are some fanatics about mexican food on this site, so if you have some good links on the topic of chorizo, let me know. Thanks.

  1. Antilope Mar 29, 2008 08:13 PM

    Here's a recipe I've developed and use.

    Homemade Chorizo

    1-lb ground pork (sometimes I use ground turkey)
    1/4 cup cider vinegar

    Dry Ingredients:
    2 Tbsp medium hot chili powder
    1 Tbsp sweet paprika
    1 tsp ground cumin
    1 tsp salt
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1/2 tsp ground coriander
    1/2 tsp crushed dried oregano
    1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
    1/8 tsp ground cloves
    1/8 tsp ground black pepper

    Combine dry ingredients in small bowl and stir until well combined.
    In a large bowl, sprinkle vinegar over ground pork. Mix well.
    Sprinkle all dry ingredients over ground pork. Mix well by kneading mixture until dry ingredients are well combined into the ground pork.
    Place in an airtight container, overnight in fridge, to allow flavors to combine and develop.

    I form these into small patties or just scramble and fry the meat in a cast iron skillet until done.

    5 Replies
    1. re: Antilope
      Hanky Mar 30, 2008 05:04 AM

      Thank you so much for this recipe. I loved chorizo until I read the ingredient list. Almost made me throw up. I will be making your recipe now.

      1. re: Antilope
        Gio Mar 30, 2008 05:36 AM

        After reading your recipe, Antilope, I'm using ground turkey from now on. My recipe does call for the ground pork and I wanted to see if it closly resembled something I would buy in the market. From now on, though, it's turkey!

        Here are the ingredients I use ( we like spicy!).... process for combining is just like Antilope's:
        2 lbs. ground pork
        3 jalepenos, minced
        4 chili in adobo
        8 cloves garlic, minced
        2 T dry oregano
        2 t ground cumin
        1 t freshly grnd pepper
        1 t dark brown sugar
        4 T cider vinegar
        2 t tequila
        3 1/2 t salt.

        1. re: Antilope
          Antilope Mar 30, 2008 11:02 AM

          I also make my own chili powder that I use in the Chorizo.

          Medium Hot Chili Powder Mix

          5 Tbs ground New Mexico chili's
          2 Tbs ground sweet paprika
          2 Tbs ground cumin
          2 Tbs ground granulated garlic powder
          2 Tbs ground granulated onion powder
          1 tsp ground Mexican oregano
          3/4 tsp ground cayenne pepper

          Combine all ingredients. Mix well. Makes about 3/4 cup.

          If you like a milder chili powder, decrease the cayenne to 1/4 tsp.

          1. re: Antilope
            Jimbosox04 Apr 7, 2008 01:18 PM

            Does this look right to you Antilope ?

            1. re: Jimbosox04
              Antilope Apr 7, 2008 03:04 PM

              Yes. This is loose meat chorizo, not a sausage. You can form burger patties or just fry it scrambled.

          2. DiveFan Mar 29, 2008 03:57 PM

            BOO HISS on sausagemaker.com - no ingredient list, quantities way too large for most folks.

            I couldn't find a good recipe link quickly, so I just published my probably-not-authentic 'recipe': http://www.chow.com/recipes/11809

            Anything you make yourself will be better than 90% of the junk sold as 'Mexican chorizo' in the U.S.

            1 Reply
            1. re: DiveFan
              Danimal Mar 31, 2008 11:46 PM

              I made your recipe, DiveFan, since I really liked your salsa verde (I make it all the time, but with a little less heat). The chorizo was good stuff. Thanks

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              Jimbosox04 Mar 29, 2008 03:26 AM

              maybe check out this site for the seasonings needed to make life easier.


              Under the seasoning section he has a blend just for Mexican style chorizo.

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