As you may know the authentic Spanish chorizo is one of the most popular foods in Spain. Although the chorizo is from Spain and it was later brought to South America (where they love it), now the chorizo is getting very popular all over the world. Today we will talk about everything related to the famous chorizo; Its recipe and ingredients, where to buy chorizo, How to eat Spanish chorizo sausage? and much more.
What is Spanish chorizo sausage?
The Spanish chorizo is a sausage made with chopped meat and pork fat. What is important to know about the chorizo is that it´s always seasoned with a big amount of paprika (known as pimenton in Spain) and garlic, and actually that´s what makes the difference and the reason why it´s so flavored.
How to eat Spanish chorizo??
It´s probably not one of the most important things about chorizo as you can really eat chorizo however you like, but apparently, many of you are wondering about how to eat Spanish chorizo sausage??
The truth is that there are many different ways to eat chorizo, as it´s something that it´s used to accompany a great variety of plates. Chorizo can also be eaten as a sandwich, bocadillo, tapa or pincho. Last of all, don´t forget that another way to eat chorizo is by itself, in Spain is very common to have a plate of chorizo, ham, potato chips, olive oils…to share with the rest.
Chorizo tapas style
If you are asking yourself how to eat cured chorizo? Then you may be interested about the Chorizo tapas style, which is the most common way to eat chorizo in Spain. Almost at every Spanish home, you will find a chorizo sausage waiting to be eaten. What most people do is to go to their kitchen and as a snack they cut a few pieces of chorizo for themselves. As an appetizer or a tapa before lunch or dinner, you may sometimes find a plate with Spanish chorizo.
How they do it in many restaurants is serve it as a pincho of chorizo. It´s just chorizo with a slice of bread, it´s really good.
Spanish chorizo sandwich (recipe)
The Spanish chorizo sandwich is for many people the best way to eat chorizo. You can make it however you like, but some of the most popular chorizo sandwiches are with either cheese or egg.
Other dishes to make with chorizo
Last of all, a different way to eat chorizo is mixing/ adding it to another plate. This is very common in Spain. As you know the chorizo has a big flavor, so it´s perfect to mix it with tasteless dishes.
So…what to make with chorizo?? Some of the most typical dishes to make with chorizo are:
- Eggs with chorizo
- Lentils with chorizo
- Pasta with chorizo
Different types & kinds of chorizo
Although now, you have learned about how to eat chorizo sausage, it´s also important to know a bit about the different types of chorizo. Depending on the way of cooking it, the taste of the different kinds of chorizo is very different. You can recognize the varieties of chorizo because of their level of curing or because of the region where it has been made.
Kinds of chorizo depending on their cured level
Fresh and Soft Spanish chorizo: The fresh Spanish chorizo is popular in Andalucía, but also in La Rioja for their famous picadillo of chorizo. The fresh Spanish chorizo is normally used to fry or cook it either for a barbecue or for dishes like the lentils with chorizo. You can also decide to cure it by yourself (but it´s a long process)
Semi cured Spanish chorizo: The semi cured chorizo needs to be cooked as well, because it has been fermented and smoked (not always) but it has not been dried.
Spanish cured chorizo: The cured chorizo is the one everyone likes. It´s been fermented and dried until it´s hard. It doesn´t need to be cooked and you can eat it for the bocatas or tapas.
Types of chorizo depending on the region
Chorizo of La Rioja: The chorizo Riojano is the most famous one. It´s a little bit spicier than the rest of the types, but it´s very good. It´s seasoned with sweet and spicy pepper and with garlic.
Chorizo Castellano: Although the chorizo Castellano is similar to the Riojano, is less spicy and it contains oregano.
Spanish Chorizo Andaluz: The chorizo andaluz is normally dried with wine, plus it has other different ingredients like black pepper. (It´s also made with garlic and sweet pepper)
How to make/ cook Spanish chorizo sausage?
Here we will talk about the Spanish chorizo, as the Mexican chorizo recipe is very different. Although learning how to cook Spanish Chorizo is not that hard, it´s true that it takes a lot of time during the fermenting process. Plus, to make chorizo you will need a stuffer barrel and a meat grinder, which not everyone has it at home.
What are the ingredients in chorizo??
- 800g of pork & 200g of pork fat
- 5-10 grams of Pepper (Pimenton de la Vera)
- 20 grams of salt and 3 grams of cured salt (optional)
- A bit of white wine (optional)
- 2.3 – 2.5m of pork casings
- 10 grams of pimento
Easy Spanish chorizo sausage recipe
- Cut and grind the pork and pork fat with a meat grinder. (Better if you freeze the fat earlier)
- Add the pepper, garlic, salt and cured salt (optional) and mix it all together.
- Let the pork casings soak in water for one hour and rinse them on the inside and outside.
- With a sausage stuffer, stuff the mix into the casings. Slowly and carefully.
- Once you have the amount you want, stop stuffing, tie the casings and cut the rest.
- Check the air bubbles and remove them with a sterilized needle.
- If you are frying or cooking the chorizo, and you want it fresh, you are done with the chorizo recipe.
- For the cured chorizo recipe, hang it in a dry and cool place for about two weeks.
- If after two weeks is still not cured enough, you can keep it for longer (it will taste better)
- Your Spanish homemade chorizo recipe is done, enjoy it!!
Where to buy chorizo??
Well as you saw making chorizo is not so simple, that´s why I am sure most of you may take the easy way and will buy chorizo. Well, if you are in Spain, you can buy chorizo everywhere (literally). You can buy chorizo in Mercadona, Carrefour, Alcampo or any other big supermarket. And if you are looking to eat the best chorizo in the world we recommend you places like Casa Mingo in Madrid or La Champañeria in Barcelona.
Sorry if you are not in Spain, but you will still be able to find chorizo in many other countries. For example, you can find chorizo in London at the Brindisa
Origin of chorizo sausage
As you all may know, the origin of the Spanish Chorizo comes from the Iberian Peninsula. Not Just in Spain, also in Portugal you will be able to find good chorizo.
Although the exact origin of Chorizo is unknown, what we know is that it was after the conquerors came back from South America. The came with the sweet red peppers and many other ingredients, which made the Spanish cuisine very reach.
Enjoy the authentic Spanish chorizo!!
That´s all you need to know about how to eat Spanish chorizo sausage and in general about this delicious food! Hope you have enjoyed it, and if you have any other question or suggestion, let us know!!