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Hand made Mexican Chorizo

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Burger Boy Apr 23, 2013 09:21 PM

I am looking for a corse ground, hand made chorizo, spicy is better, in the L.A. area. Not greasy like the ones that come pre packaged. I would love to know about first hand experience, you have had it and you liked it, not a place you have not been. Let's do it! TYIA

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  1. SilverlakeGirl RE: Burger Boy Apr 23, 2013 09:38 PM

    Thank you, I will be watching this thread with interest as I have been looking for good chorizo as well.

    I would like to note having gone to La Azteca Tortilleria in ELA on Servog's excellent recommendation for their Chile Relleno Burrito. It was delicious!

    While waiting, I noticed the chorizo on the menu. I asked the young man at the counter whether it was made on site. Sadly, he said it was not but that it was made by a local butcher who he touted as making a very lean and tasty product.

    I opted not to buy it at the time but plan on going back. It was $3.75 a pound.

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      Burger Boy RE: SilverlakeGirl Apr 23, 2013 10:16 PM

      LOVE the chorizo burrito at La Azteca, one of my faves! The Chorizo is darn good but recently have had some better, maybe I need to go to the Mercado on 1st. and do some exploring.

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      JeffSD RE: Burger Boy Apr 23, 2013 10:19 PM

      The best Mexican chorizo is from Huntington Meats in the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax. Spicy and complex flavors -- its outstanding.

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        Burger Boy RE: JeffSD Apr 23, 2013 10:23 PM

        They are great! I love those guys there! Love the chorizo there. Just looking for a little more tradition and a corse grind. Huntington's is a little more Texas/New Mexico chorizo, that being said I have a pound in the freezer waiting on some beans.

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          JeffSD RE: Burger Boy Apr 24, 2013 05:29 PM

          Then maybe you should head to Orange County sometime. Ochoa's Chorizo in Santa Ana has coarser, more traditional, and hand-made pork (and also chicken) chorizo of varying heats. When I posted about this topic a few weeks ago, a chowhound volunteered Ochoa's and it was pretty good (cash only).

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/897615

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        jencounter RE: Burger Boy Apr 25, 2013 09:44 AM

        I really like Vallarta's chorizo - dependent upon location. There is a Vallarta up the street from me (Reseda/Chase) that I avoid for most everything because it's just not that great but the he larger locations (roscoe/owensmouth, Corbin/Vanowen and Victory east of Balboa) have never let me down. It isn't terribly spicy but it's very flavorful, coarse ground and not at all greasy.

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          JeffSD RE: jencounter Apr 26, 2013 09:52 AM

          I've found that the Mexican chorizo from the Vallarta nearest us (Anaheim) has little flavor doesn't have a lot of flavor (but it's also not greasy).

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