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Anyone know where to buy CANNED CHORIZO in the San Diego area?

My son currently living and working in Japan, and he's longing for some Chorizo, so I'm trying to find some Canned Chorizo so I can send him a "care package". I have visited a few stores, but am unable to find anything but the fresh stuff which would be difficult and cost-prohibitive to send via mail. I could probably order something on-line, but that will be a last resort - as I really want to buy it locally (and try it) before shipping some off to Japan.

Thanks for your help!


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  1. My men love chorizo, but they also will eat happily Soyrizo. It comes in a link like the real stuff. I think it has to be refrigerated once it's opened but not sure if it's not. In scrambled eggs it's tough to detect Soyrizo's not the real thing.

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    1. re: pickypicky

      Interesting. I'll look for it. If it doesn't need to be refrigerated it might be an acceptable option - I'll have to try it myself first though (haven't had much luck with vegetarian or vegan products to date). Thanks!

    2. Have you been to Northgate Market on 43rd? Frankly, I've never seen canned chorizo and am not even sure it's available, but if it is, Northgate or Vallarta markets would be your best bets. Look in the aisle with all the canned meat products (like tuna).

      There is a canned product that you could send as a possible substitute, and that is Chilorio. Chilorio is a long simmered pork dish from Sinoloa that is made with chiles, onions, garlic, cumin, and vinegar, in other words most of the usual chorizo ingredients. It is shredded rather than ground as chorizo would be, and doesn't have nearly the fillers that chorizo in the U.S. does. It is delicious straight up served with warm flour (or corn) tortillas, rice or refried beans and a salad or used as a filling for tacos and burritos or a topping for tostadas.

      Chilorio is sold in flat 6 oz cans (like tuna) in the U.S. and might be similar enough in flavor to satisfy the craving. You could get a can and send it and see how your son likes it.

      It is possible to ship things on dry ice in the U.S., I'm not sure how possible it is to ship things on dry ice internationally. If it is possible, you could buy some regular chorizo, freeze it and then pack it on dry ice and ship it overnight, which is still going to be pricy.

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      1. re: DiningDiva

        Thanks for the recommendations. I'll check out those markets as well as the Chilorio (Excellent idea!) - that might indeed be enough to satisfy his craving. Yes, I considered the dry ice method, but it would be cost prohibitive. Thanks again!

        1. re: DiningDiva

          I still haven't made it over to Northgate Market, but did manage to get to a Vallarta Market. Very helpful staff there, but unfortunately no canned or cured Chorizo. I 'did' manage to find a couple different styles of canned pulled pork that was spiced. One was in an Adobo sauce, and the other was, ummm... something different. LOL! Don't recall. But none-the-less, not a total strike-out. With any luck they will be something that my son likes. I hope to make it over to Northgate Market this weekend sometime. Just wanted to thank you again for the suggestions. I forgot to look for the Chilorio when I was over at Vallarta Market :-( and am a bit bummed about that. But hopefully I'll have better luck at Northgate... Thanks again!

          1. re: toddmc

            Now that I think about it - that canned pulled pork that I found might very well have been "Chilorio" - LOL! I'll have to look at it again when I get home! ;-)

        2. Have you tried Walmart? An online search shows it is available at some of their stores. Just type in your zip code at their website.

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          1. re: miss_belle

            When I first started looking a few weeks ago I did check the Walmart website, but they don't seem to carry it in San Diego. Thanks though!

          2. You might be able to FEDEX overnight some fresh chorizo and have the package packed with dry ice.

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            1. re: cstr

              Thanks, but I've already decided that the dry ice shipping method would be far too expensive an option.

            2. I found a thread about this at marketmanila.com. Several posters said people in CA can get it at Seafood City. A large green can is available for about $38. It's over by the butcher counter.

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                1. re: miss_belle

                  Cool! I'll check them out. Do you know if they have smaller cans also (easier to mail)? Thanks again!

                  1. re: toddmc

                    They only mentioned large cans so not sure about smaller ones. Google search "canned chorizo market.manila.com". That thread is right up top. There were a couple of different brand mentioned with mixed reviews so you should prob read through it. Yeah, it should be a large can for that amount of $ :-)

                2. toddmc, is you son asking for Mexican, Spanish or Asian (i.e Filipino/Guamanian, etc) chorizo?

                  The canned chorizo mentioned in this thread is Filipino/Guamanian chorizo. This link has the ingredient list - http://chamorrofoodspices.ecrater.com... If your son is expecting Mexican chorizo, opening a (rather larger) can of Filipino chorizo may or may not work for him.

                  BTW, the can is 4# and is most likely a #10 can. It also appears that the can has been discontinued in favor of aseptic packaging, which would certainly be lighter for you to ship.

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                  1. re: DiningDiva

                    Wow - I wasn't aware that there were so many types. I see now that there is a Cuban version also! Well - to answer, I'm fairly sure that my son was asking for the Mexican style as that the only kind we ever ate up to this point. I suppose however that he will simply have to be satisfied with whatever it is that I eventually send him!! ;-) Thanks again.

                  2. I believe that you can buy precooked vacuum sealed in plastic and fully preserved chorizo from Cost Plus World Market. At least I have bought it there before.

                    The other alternative would be to buy some yourself, vacuum pack it, freeze with dry ice, and then ship with ice packs. Should make it there okay.

                    A final suggestion would be to buy a chorizo spice pack, ship that, and then have him make his own with ground pork or beef that he purchases there!

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                    1. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                      Thanks! I'll check out Coast Plus World Market - there is one not too far from here.

                      1. re: toddmc

                        They are whole chorizo sausages, and I believe that they had large and small pkgs.

                      2. re: RhonelyInsanediego

                        I finally managed to get over to Cost Plus World Market a couple weeks ago, and found the cured and vacuum-packed Chorizo that you referenced above. Thanks again for the tip! :-) Great price, so I purchased 3 packages (one to try and two to ship to Japan). I presume that this must be a Spanish version of Chorizo as the flavor profile is very different from the Chorizo you get at a Mexican restaurant. This being said, they tasted very much like the Land Jaeger sausages that you can get at German markets (my favorite is Tip Top Meats in Carlsbad - a bit of a drive for me but worth it), but perhaps with a bit more paprika in them. My son enjoyed them, but alas I'm still looking for the Mexican style. Thanks again!

                        1. re: toddmc

                          You could try this: http://www.savoryspiceshop.com/blends...

                          It would be an inexpensive and fun way for him to get his Chorizo fix.

                          Savory has a spice shop in Encinitas.

                      3. Todd,
                        There is an American guy living in Japan who has a full-line meat shop, and sells a lot of sausages, some of which he makes himself. He doesn't have any chorizo listed on his web site, but has a whole lot of other interesting things. His site has both English and Japanese, and allows you to order from it for delivery anywhere in Japan. I have used him before (I live in Tokyo) and think his products and service are great. Check it out: www.themeatguy.jp