Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Homemade Chorizo

Homemade Chorizo - Making your own chorizo sausage at home is so easy and so much healthier than the commercially prepared kind! 

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


One of my kids' favorite breakfast dishes has got to be chorizo and eggs. We got hooked on it in San Diego. My kids practically grew up on the stuff! Between spending the night at friends' houses that had fabulous Abuelas that would make everyone breakfast on Sunday morning, and our numerous trips to my favorite taco shop, it was on the breakfast menu at least once a week. Actually it didn't have to be breakfast. It was eaten for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in our household!


Once we moved to Washington, I had to rely on the chorizo we could find at local supermarket VS the chorizo I would get at the carnicerias in San Diego. That packaged stuff is, well it is less than appetizing really. But I used it as it was all that was available. However, the idea of using this "mystery meat" began to weigh a bit on my mind. That was when I decided to research the of the store bought brands. Ummm hello? I prefer not to eat spleen, salivary glands, lips, and other assorted pieces and parts thank you very much! Some of them have so much cereal added that they end up mealy when you cook them. Just a pool of grease and cereal YUM.....NOT!! 

So for a while, like several years, I completely gave up on the stuff. I just figured it was yet again another treat that was left behind when we left California. Then I became a food blogger and realized that there was no reason that I couldn't try to come up with something homemade that fit the flavor profile, but didn't make me cringe when I thought about what was in it. So I began my recipe roulette. trying just about every homemade chorizo recipe I could find. Some came close, some were uuhhh just OK, and some made me wonder what in the heck they were basing their idea of chorizo on!

This recipe, in my mind (and mouth), comes as close as possible without 10 million steps and a ton of ingredients that have to be purchased at specialty stores (I got all of my ingredients at my local Hagen's). My whole family (including Kevin...SHOCK) loves it! It cooks up with enough fat to cook veggies or eggs in if wanted, but it is not a big ol' grease slick in the pan and still resembles meat when cooked. Yay for meat!!

So, let's get down to it shall we? Once you see how stinkin' easy this is I swear you will make it this way forever!

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Chuck all of the ingredients, minus the pork, into your ol' food processor and whiz away until everything is smooth and creamy (no chunky onions or garlic).

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Like this. At this point I just want to eat this stuff with a spoon. Of course I am a little weird like that, so you might want to hold off until it is mixed with the pork and cooked.

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Get the pork and sauce together in a big bowl and let the party begin!

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Combine with your hands until it is evenly mixed. Ummm warning, your hands will turn a bit orange. But with hot water and Dawn it did come off, so don't freak out!

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com


Make sure to label your bags with the date. I hate wondering if I am going to make a delicious meal, or something that tastes like we licked the freezer door!

Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com



Homemade Chorizo

Bobbi Burleson
Homemade Chorizo from www.bobbiskozykitchen.com

Ingredients

  • 3 pound pork shoulder (look for one that is well marbled with fat), ground
  • 2 white onions, chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup New Mexico ground chili powder
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper

Equipment Used

Kitchenaid Mixer
Meat Grinder Attachment
Large Cutting Board
Chef's Knife
Measuring Spoons
Food Processor
Large Mixing Bowl

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients, but the pork, in a food processor. Process until well combined and smooth.
  2. Place ground pork in a large bowl and add the sauce. Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined.
  3. Refrigerate up to 3 days or portion into labeled zipper top baggies, by 1/2 pound (approx 1 cup) increments, and freeze for up to 6 months.
Prep Time: 0 hrs. 15 mins.
Cook time: 00 hrs. 00 mins.
Total time: 15 mins.
Tags: pork, onion, garlic, Mexican, sausage



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18 comments:

  1. Now this is something really very useful. And its sounding really very yummy.

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    1. Thanks Minnie! Yes, we use chorizo for so many things. It is fabulous as a base for chili!!

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  2. Hi Bobbi, I am anxious to make this! One question, is the specific New Mexico chili powder essential to this dish, or is it similar to other chili powder? Thanks!

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    1. I am so excited that you are going to give this a try! I would only use the New Mexico chile powder. It is ground dried New Mexico chiles, whereas "chili powder" is a blend of several spices for making chili.

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    2. I see - thanks!

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  3. blew my mind! I found a 7lb pork shoulder in my freezer that needed to be cooked. I used my meat grinder and made 1/2 breakfast sausage and 1/2 this chorizo my husband is going to love me!

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    1. Sounds awesome Ashley! I wish I had 7 pounds of sausage and chorizo right now!!

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  4. Having been a veggie for a year now, chorizo is the one thing I have missed immensely...I followed this recipe but used a veggie mince that I had precooked and portoned off the mix....omg it was amazing. ...chorizo fix fulfilled....thank you so much and the card carrying carnivores loved it too...winner winner x

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    1. That is awesome! Good to know that I can suggest that substitute to my vegetarian readers :) Thanks so much, and I am so glad everyone loved it!

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  5. Found your post on Pinterest - and OH! did your intro to the recipe resonate with me! I'm a California native and moved from California to British Columbia, Canada - the "chorizo" they sell up here is Spanish Chorizo - hard like a salami or pepperoni. Not even close to what I grew up with and was craving. I even drove down into Washington state hoping there'd be something close - but the same as you - read the labels and decided it would have to be life minus Chorizo & Eggs. Sad. Sad. Sad.
    Your recipe gives me hope - I can't wait to try it! Thank you :)

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    1. Yay!! I am so glad you found me :) I just made another batch this weekend. I hate to be without it!!

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  6. Hello! I was wondering if this recipe would work with beef instead of the pork.

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    1. Hi Willow :) chorizo is traditionally made with pork but yes, with a nice marbled chuck roast, I think it would work. Let me know how it turns out OK?

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  7. This recipe is amazing! We find some awesome prepackaged chorizo, weirdly enough, at the commissary on base when my husband was stationed in Italy for a year. We cooked it with eggs and hash browns and cheddar cheese for breakfast practically every morning! When we came home to the northeast, we scoured our area looking for something similar but nothing came close. I researched the brand and found that it is only sold in Texas, near El Paso. Since it wasn't something that I was going to be able to get, I looked online for a recipe and stumbled across yours! We are now making our own chorizo to have on hand for our eggs, hash browns and cheese breakfasts again! Thank you!
    Kelli

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    1. Yay!! I am so happy that you were able to find me in my little corner of the interwebs and I was able to help you with you chorizo dilemma :) Chorizo and eggs is the BEST breakfast!!

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  8. Hi I live in england and im really interested in trying your recipe the only issues i have is with the new mexico ground chilli powder as it seems they dont sell it here could you recommend alternatives that might help ?

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    1. I have a link to the product on Amazon. Can you order it from there? Unfortunately that is the chili powder that I use.

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