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Homemade Chorizo Recipe

Homemade Chorizo

I haven’t had chorizo in years because I have been avoiding all the mystery additives and spices in the packaged variety. I am thrilled to share with you a recipe for homemade chorizo that is both easy to make and delicious! This recipe can also be made with either grass fed beef or pork depending on your preference.

Homemade Chorizo

From Lindsey at Homemade Mommy

The Players

The How-To
1. Put the garlic, oregano, vinegar, and red chile powder into a blender and mix well.

2. Put the ground meat into a medium sized glass bowl. Pour the mixture over the meat, mix well, and cover with a plate.

Chorizo prep

3. Marinate at room temperature for about 6-8 hours or all day, pouring off any water that accumulates periodically throughout the day. Note: the flavor will ripen and develop throughout the day. The chile will prevent spoilage.

4. Refrigerate or freeze in small amounts and remove as needed.

To cook, crumble into a cast iron skillet and saute until browned. Extremely delicious with scrambled eggs!

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23 Responses to Homemade Chorizo Recipe
  1. Diana
    August 25, 2013 | 5:07 pm

    I love chorizo! But cannot find the kind I ate on west coast, am eager to
    Try this out. Thanks.

  2. Lotty
    August 25, 2013 | 9:17 pm

    Seems like you should mix the chili mixture with the meat, not just leave it on top of the meat.

    • Sharon
      August 26, 2013 | 10:32 am

      You must have just missed it but the recipe said pour the mixture over it and mix well. I’m anxious to try.

  3. Corinne
    August 26, 2013 | 1:53 pm

    If my ground pork or beef is already frozen, is it safe to thaw it, make the Chorizo, and then freeze it again? Thanks!

    • Lindsey
      August 26, 2013 | 1:57 pm

      I do this all of the time Corinne and haven’t gotten sick yet. But I do use pastured locally purchased ground beef – not meat from the grocery store.

    • Kristen
      August 26, 2013 | 2:20 pm

      I second Lindsey’s comment. I also do this ALL THE TIME. Have for years. I think so long as my meat is well-sourced (i.e. grass-fed, pasture-raised, etc.) and my freezer is keeping it all solidly frozen, it is going to be a-okay.

  4. Jessica
    August 26, 2013 | 5:11 pm

    I can’t eat vinegar :( Would lemon juice work or would the acid “cook” the meat?

  5. Sarah
    August 26, 2013 | 8:11 pm

    Is this Mexican or Colombian Chorizo? I am very partial to Colombian style but can’t get it at the market here in West Virginia. The vinegar makes me hope it’s Colombian, but I’m not educated enough in regional Hispanic cuisine to know for sure or not.

  6. Adriana Gutierrez
    August 27, 2013 | 8:26 am

    I’m guessing that this is neither Mexican nor Colombian. Mexican tends to have a touch of cinnamon and Colombian will have cumin and other spices. I don’t have my Colombian cookbooks handy at the moment but will post a recipe when I have them at hand. (Colombian chorizo is normally put into casings and hung to dry. it is not normally a bulk-type sausage but there is no reason to use the delicious combination of seasonings.

  7. Rita
    August 27, 2013 | 8:35 am

    By all means! Use smoked Spanish paprika! I do and it is tremendously delicious!

  8. Adriana Gutierrez
    August 27, 2013 | 8:39 am

    This recipe looks very similar to one I have made before:

    This Chorizos need a least 4 or 5 days of preparation before consuming them.
    200 grams of pork
    200 grams of mince beef
    150 grams of belly pork
    1 metre of pork casings
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    1 clove of garlic or tsp of garlic paste
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    2 tablespoons vinegar
    1/4 cup of spring onions finely chopped
    1/4 cup of coriander finely chopped
    Threat to tie

    Skin the belly pork and chop finely.
    In a food processor grind the meat, mince beef, and garlic.
    Saute the onions, coriander into few spoons of oil.
    In a bowl add the other ingredients and mix well to form a uniform mass.
    Leave the mass into the fridge overnight
    For filling the casings use a Icing syringe
    Clamp the end and fill slowly
    Clamp every 5 or 10 cm to form a chain of chorizos
    Leave them into the fridge for 4 or 5 days without cover before use.
    To eat them. Fry them into few spoons of oil or put them in the BBQ.
    They can be served with bread or corn cakes.


    • Sarah
      August 27, 2013 | 8:44 am

      Thank you SO MUCH!!!!

      I had asked my Colombian sister-in-law, who lives in North Carolina, about how to possibly make it and she said, “I don’t actually MAKE the sausage… I just buy it. I’ll bring some for you when we come back up for vacation.”

      That was going to be like a year from now. :(

  9. Jennifer T
    August 27, 2013 | 9:11 pm

    Is it absolutely necessary to leave it out at room temperature? It’s hard to wrap my mind around leaving raw pork out that long. What would happen if I were to let it marinate in the refrigerator?

  10. ella
    September 4, 2013 | 9:18 am

    I used grass pastured lamb from a friend’s farm for this recipe. It is delicious! Thank you for sharing it.

  11. Diane S
    September 26, 2013 | 6:37 am

    1/2 cup of chile powder sounds like a whole lot unless you like really knock-you-socks-off tang!!! Can it be adjusted down and still be good??? Maybe a combo of the other recipe posted and this one????
    If you have made this recipe, let me know how hot it ended up being. And does chile powder mean the mixture of spices used in making chilli?

    Appreciate any help. Thanks.

  12. evergreen
    November 15, 2013 | 9:55 am

    I have thought for some time that Chorizo sounded like something I would like and use in a few different dishes but I don’t eat pork. When I saw your recipe using beef I tried it with both grass-fed lamb and venison. It is great! Thanks for posting this recipe.

  13. Susan
    November 27, 2013 | 5:51 pm

    I cut the recipe in half and used a 1 lb. chub of ground turkey. It came out pretty good.

  14. Ellen Heairld
    January 15, 2014 | 1:02 pm

    I just read the recipe for homemade chorizo, as I am reluctant to purchase it in the grocery store due to all the additives. As a person who would be extremely reluctant to let ANY pork product sit out on a counter for 6-8 hours or all day (okay, I simply COULD NOT bring myself to do it!), I am wondering why one couldn’t marinate the mixture in the refrigerator instead of leaving it out.
    Sorry, but I’m skeptical about the claim that the chile will prevent spoilage. . . call me silly.
    Anyway, if you could respond to my question about marinating in the refrigerator, I’d be grateful!
    Thank you! Ellen

    • Kristen
      January 15, 2014 | 1:08 pm

      Marinating in the fridge won’t yield the same flavor. The point is for it to actually begin a fermentation process (in much the same way that you’d make any artisan sausage or meat).

  15. Cindy Newman via Facebook
    March 20, 2014 | 11:08 am

    I buy my chorizo from a local farm market and mix it 50/50 with grass-fed ground beef for a smahing meat loaf!

  16. Sally Inman via Facebook
    March 20, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    I make my own too. The store stuff has so much other parts of the pig. It’s so yucky.

  17. Sally Inman via Facebook
    March 20, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    I love chorizo & eggs with fresh tortillas.

  18. Irmtraud Kemmeter via Facebook
    March 20, 2014 | 3:41 pm


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