Grilled chicken. Seared pork chops. Baked salmon. Repeat. If your dinner rotation is starting to feel redundant, we have just the protein to zap you out of your recipe rut. Meet chorizo, a type of pork sausage that hails from the Iberian Peninsula. Parts of the pig that are commonly used to make chorizo include the shoulder, jowl, loin and belly, as well as pork fat. While chorizo is eaten fermented, cured and smoked in Spain (and other parts of Europe), chorizo fresco (aka fresh chorizo that needs to be cooked before it’s consumed) is most popular in Mexico. It’s often served with eggs, refried beans, queso fundido and seafood, and it’s also a main ingredient in choripán, a grilled chorizo sandwich eaten throughout Central and South America. But there are endless ways to use it in the kitchen. Read on for 42 chorizo recipe ideas that are spicy, tasty and unexpected.
42 Chorizo Recipe Ideas That Are Sure to Spice Up Dinnertime (and Breakfast)
13. Spanish Chorizo Spaghetti Carbonara
A heaping bowl of comfort is only six ingredients away. Cured chorizo takes over for traditional pancetta while Manchego cheese holds down the fort for Pecorino Romano.
21. Chicken, Chorizo And Prawn Jambalaya
Our favorite thing about this crowd-pleaser is that it comes together in a single skillet, so you can spend as little time washing dishes as possible.
25. 20-minute Couscous With Shrimp And Chorizo
This Moroccan-Spanish fusion dish is packed with warm spices, like turmeric and cumin, as well as fresh herbs and jalapeño peppers.
30. Sheet-pan Clam Bake
Bring on the fresh garlic, melted butter and Old Bay seasoning for this mélange of seafood. Think mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp and dried chorizo.
31. Soft Scrambled Eggs And Spicy Chorizo Breakfast Nachos
A mess of loaded tortilla chips first thing in the morning? Don’t mind if we do. Use any shredded cheese you have on hand (though you can’t go wrong with a mix of cheddar, Monterey Jack and mozzarella).
35. Chorizo Mac And Cheese
It’s both more flavorful and exciting an addition than bacon. All the Tex-Mex ingredients (bell peppers! corn! black beans!) will also keep your tastebuds on their toes.
42. Spicy Beer Queso With Chorizo And Black Beans
A vat of molten white cheddar cheese spiked with chorizo, black beans and peppers is our happy place. Excuse us while we dive in face-first.