Homemade Chorizo

A few weeks ago my local grocery store had a huge protein sale during which almost all of their pork products were on sale for under $1 a pound. I picked up a 17-pound $50 roast for $16, but my favorite purchase was quite literally ALL of the lean ground pork they had in stock that day. I'm not even kidding. I bought all of it. Six or seven 2-pound packages if I recall correctly. This is what freezers and homemade chorizo recipes are for. :-D

And speaking of homemade chorizo--


1 pound ground pork (Most chorizo is made with very fatty meat like pork butt, but I actually like it even better with leaner meat like ground loin. There is every bit as much flavor due to all the spices. The only thing missing is the grease.)

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

2 Tablespoons chili powder (That's not a typo. Don't be scared. It's chorizo. It needs a lot of spice.)

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon ground coriander

1 Tablespoon ground cumin

1 teaspoon Tony Chachere's seasoning

2 Tablespoons apple cider vinegar


In medium bowl, mix all ingredients together, cover and chill in refrigerator overnight. (Or freeze for later use.)

(adapted only very slightly from a recipe by Bobby Flay)