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Easy Homemade Chorizo

This authentic-tasting homemade chorizo is simple to make and much healthier than the commercially prepared kind! Bonus, this fresh chorizo sausage is low-carb, keto, and gluten-free! 
 
Are you still looking for healthy homemade recipes for typically store-bought items? Give this Homemade Italian Sausage or Homemade Country Breakfast Sausage a try!
 
Easy Homemade Chorizo in ziplock storage bags.

 

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One of my kids’ favorite breakfast dishes has got to be chorizo and eggs.
 
We got hooked on it in San Diego and 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 the 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 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 
 
NOT!! 
 
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 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 market). 
 
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 real 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!
 
Ingredients for Easy Homemade Chorizo in the food processor.
 

INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE CHORIZO

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.
 
INGREDIENTS
 
 
Sauce for Easy Homemade Chorizo in the food processor.
 

HOW TO MAKE EASY HOMEMADE CHORIZO

Please see the recipe card below for the complete recipe, including measurements and cooking time!
 
STEP 1
Combine all ingredients, but the pork, in a food processor. Process until well combined and smooth.

STEP 2
Place ground pork in a large bowl and add the sauce. Using your hands, mix until thoroughly combined.

STEP 3
Refrigerate for 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.
 
 
Sauce and meat for Easy Homemade Chorizo in a bowl.
 
 

FAQS ABOUT EASY HOMEMADE CHORIZO

Can I use ground beef instead of pork in this Easy Homemade Chorizo recipe? Yes, I have actually started using ground beef more and more because I can get a higher fat content in ground beef versus ground pork. I prefer that extra fat for cooking it with eggs but if you like a leaner mixture stick with the pork or a leaner ground beef. It is totally up to your preferences.

What do you suggest I use this Easy Homemade Chorizo in? Well, our standby is always chorizo and eggs. I just cook it up, push it to the side, and then scramble some eggs in the same pan. Serve that with some keto tortillas, sour cream, cheese, and hot sauce and it is breakfast perfection!

How do you store this Easy Homemade Chorizo? This chorizo can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 to 3 days, depending on the best-by date on your raw meat. It can be frozen for up to a year.

 
Easy Homemade Chorizo in a bowl.
 
 

Last thoughts about Easy Homemade Chorizo

Be aware that your hands will turn orange when you mix this. Don’t freak out! 

A little hot water and Dawn will take care of it.

Make sure to label your storage 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!
 
**Update on a couple of things. 
 
#1 My local supermarket quit grinding pork for me at the counter, and the package ground pork does not have enough fat in it to make it chorizo-like so I have switched to using ground chuck. They will grind it as well as add a few ounces of extra fat for me if I call ahead the day before so they save some fat.
 
#2 This is for my Keto peeps. The carbs in the nutritional info for 1 cup, less than 5 net carbs, but, especially when you scramble the chorizo and eggs, you are really looking at about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per serving. I just measure it out before so I know for sure. 
 
Close up of Sauce and meat for Easy Homemade Chorizo in a ziplock bag.
 
 
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!
 
**Update on a couple of things. 
 
#1 My local supermarket quit grinding pork for me at the counter, and the packaged ground pork does not have enough fat in it to make it chorizo-like so I have switched to using ground chuck. They will grind it as well as add a few ounces of extra fat for me if I call ahead the day before so they save some fat.
 
#2 This is for my Keto peeps. The carbs in the nutritional info for 1 cup, less than 5 net carbs, but, especially when you scramble the chorizo and eggs, you are really looking at about 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup per serving. I just measure it out before so I know for sure. 
 
 Easy Homemade Chorizo in ziplock bags.
 
 
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29 responses to “Easy Homemade Chorizo”

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

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

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. I see – thanks!

  6. 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!

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

  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. 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 🙂

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

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

  13. 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?

  14. 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

  15. 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!!

  16. 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 ?

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

  18. Have you ever tried using chicken instead of pork?

  19. No I haven't yet. If you do use chicken I would definitely use thighs.

  20. Can I still use this recipe with ground pork instead? I do not have a meat grinder. Just wondering what the difference would be…

  21. The only difference is that the final product will be much leaner. Kind of like the difference between lean ground beef and 80/20 ground beef.

  22. I am in heaven!! I made this tonight with half ground pork and half Texas white tail deer meat. I added 3 Tbs of Garlic powder to your amazing list of ingredients and used smoked paprika. I must say that this recipe is amazing. We usually buy Axis chorizo from a local meat processing company and we love it, but I will be making this from now on. Thanks for sharing this greatness with us.

  23. That is music to my ears! I am so happy that you enjoyed it!!

  24. Hi! The Chorizo that I'm most familiar with is the dry cured kind but was introduced to this type a few years ago and loved it. I hadn't tried cooking with it until recently and what I bought turned out to be a greasy mess that I didn't want anything to do with. I think your recipe will be what I've been looking for! Especially after reading the comments. I'm excited to try it this weekend!

  25. Yay!! I am so glad you found me! I think you will really REALLY enjoy this chorizo. That greasy stuff is just gross!! ENJOY 🙂

  26. I have been using this recipe with venison. It is amazing. THAnk you

  27. Oh that make me SO happy, and sounds amazing!!!

  28. I loved making my own chorizo! I used turkey instead of pork and it was yummy!

  29. Just made a batch of your recipe. Went to Sprouts because they usually have chorizo that they make in-house that is pretty good. They didn't have any, so I bought their last package of ground pork and pulled out some ground beef when I got home to add to it. Hoping that we love this recipe as we are semi retired and travel a lot in our rv and quite often can't find good chorizo when we get the craving. Thanks for sharing!

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