Real Recipes From Real Home Cooks ®

south-of-the-border essentials: chorizo spice mix

Recipe by
Andy Anderson !
Wichita, KS

I love freshly made chorizo sausage; however, to make a “traditional” Mexican chorizo takes about 3 days of waiting. When using chorizo as an ingredient in a recipe, this spice mix gives you almost the exact flavor without any waiting time. In addition, you can tweak the ingredients to suit your personal tastes and it freezes quite well. So, you ready… Let’s get into the kitchen.

yield serving(s)
prep time 10 Min
method No-Cook or Other

Ingredients For south-of-the-border essentials: chorizo spice mix

  • 2 Tbsp
    ancho chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp
    paprika, sweet or hot, your choice
  • 2 tsp
    ground cumin
  • 1 tsp
    dried oregano, mexican variety
  • 1 tsp
    dehydrated onions, ground to a powder
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt, kosher variety, fine grind
  • 1/4 tsp
    white pepper, freshly ground
  • 1 pinch
    cloves, ground variety
  • 1 pinch
    cayenne pepper
  • 1 lb
    ground beef, pork, or chicken
  • 2 clove
    baked garlic, smashed
  • 1/4 c
    apple-cider vinegar

How To Make south-of-the-border essentials: chorizo spice mix

  • 1
  • 2
    The proportions listed are enough to flavor 1 pound of pork, beef, or chicken.
  • 3
    What is Chorizo? A lot of sausages use the name chorizo, but the most well known (and can be found in well-stocked grocers around the country) are Spanish and Mexican. The Spanish variety uses diced pork and is cured for a long period of time. The Mexican version (the one we are making) uses ground meat and spices and is traditionally ready in about 3 days. This recipe creates awesome chorizo, and can be used right away.
  • 4
    Uses for Chorizo • Stirred in with scrambled eggs. • Sautéed up with potatoes and spices to make Mexican hash. • Used to make tacos, enchiladas, and queso dip. • Mixed in with a bowl of red beans and rice. • Add some to ground beef and make a Mexican meatloaf. The possibilities are endless… Have some fun with it.
  • 5
    Gather your ingredients (mise en place).
  • 6
    Add all of the dry spices together.
  • 7
    In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 pound of ground chicken, pork, or beef.
  • 8
    Add the ground spices, the baked garlic, and apple-cider vinegar, then mix together. I like to use my hands.
  • 9
  • So yummy
    Use immediately with your favorite Mexican recipes or freeze for later use. This is my version of a Mexican meatloaf. Enjoy.
  • Stud Muffin
    Keep the faith, and keep cooking.