Chorizo sausage recipes can spice up any meal of the day. For an extra dose of heat, consider adding this flavorful sausage to chili or tacos. Or try a traditional breakfast of chorizo and eggs. Regardless of how you prepare it, this Mexican sausage is sure to please.
Cooking Chorizo Sausage
If you've never had this type of sausage, you might be wondering what chorizo sausage ingredients make up this cuisine. According to a July 2018 study published in the journal Food Science and Nutrition, chorizo is a raw sausage that includes pork meat, beef, fat, additives and spices. Some popular chorizo sausage brands include Palacios, Iberia and Cacique.
Several chorizo sausage recipes allow you to use a variety of cooking methods including the oven, stovetop and grill. Since this type of sausage is in a casing, Rob Levitt, head butcher and chef at Publican Quality Meats, tells LIVESTRONG.com that it needs to cook slowly. That said, he recommends using the oven and stovetop methods, which he says are the easiest ways to cook chorizo sausage.
- Preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Combine the meat with seasonings such as cumin, pepper and paprika.
- Form into sausages that can fit into a hot dog bun.
- Place on a baking sheet and put in the oven.
- Bake for eight to 10 minutes.
- Remove the chorizo sausage from the oven and transfer to a pan.
- Place the pan on the stovetop and brown over medium heat.
Alternatively, if you prefer the stovetop method with water, you can also place chorizo sausage links in a pan with cold water and bring it to a simmer. Then, shut off and allow it to cool. Take the sausage out of the water and place in a pan and brown or put on the grill.
Before serving, check the internal temperature of the sausage with a food thermometer. The safe minimum cooking temperatures from Food Safety.gov say to cook ground meat and meat mixtures to an internal temperature of 160 F.
Serving and Eating Chorizo Sausage
Once you cook a chorizo sausage, you can store it in the refrigerator for three to four days before you need to eat it or toss is out. But if you bring it home from the store and decide not to cook it, fresh sausage can only stay in the fridge for one to two days, according to the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service.
If you're not going to eat leftovers within a few days, you can place the sausage in a freezer-safe bag or container and freeze for two to three months. Or leave it uncooked and in its packaging, and store in the freezer for one to two months.
Read more: Healthy Breakfast Sausage
Eating this spicy sausage is best done in moderation. That's because a bun-size of griller link of chorizo has 341calories, 18.1 grams of protein, 28.7 grams of fat and 1.4 grams of carbohydrates, according to the USDA. If you're looking for a sausage with less fat, consider a lean chicken or turkey sausage.
Swapping out red meat for the occasional turkey or chicken sausage also helps your heart, says the American Heart Association. They have less saturated and trans fats, which can raise blood cholesterol and make heart disease worse.
- Food Science and Nutrition: "Oregano Powder Substitution and Shelf Life in Pork Chorizo Using Mexican Oregano Essential Oil"
- USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service: "Sausages and Food Safety"
- USDA FoodData Central: "Chorizo"
- American Heart Association: "Meat, Poultry, and Fish: Picking Healthy Proteins"
- FoodSafety.gov: "Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures Charts"
- Publican Quality Meats: "Home Page"
- Rob Levitt: "Rob Levitt, Head Butcher and Chef"