Homemade Chorizo

Is it just me or is it really hard to find a good chorizo? I have found a couple of butchers around town that sell a decent one, and so does Whole Foods, but I can’t always get to them. I wished my local grocery store sold it, but alas they only sell the one that seems kind of like a mystery meat. So recently I decided to take things in my own hands and make my own chorizo. It is surprisingly easy. All you need is some ground pork and some seasonings and you’re well on your way to making your own delicious homemade chorizo.

This recipe is so easy. You’ll wonder why you never made your own chorizo before. I know that’s what I thought the minute I put this on a plate of nachos one night.

Homemade Chorizo where have you been all my life?!?

While it is very simple to make, this recipe does use quite a few seasonings. 12 to be exact.  But chorzio has such a deep, complex flavor that all of the seasonings are needed. Don’t let that scare you though. For the seasonings that you don’t have, trust me you probably have most of them, just buy them in bulk. There were 4 spices on the list that I didn’t have so I ran to the bulk spices section in my local grocery store and spent about $1.50 on all 4. That is less than half of what I would’ve spent on one jar.  WIN!

Once you’ve got all the seasonings, get some ground pork, mix it all together. Place it in the fridge to give the flavors chances to marry and make lovely flavor babies. Cook it up. And put it in everything.






Put chorizo in all the things.

I do.


Homemade Chorizo Recipe

Serves 4 Prep Time:


  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon hot Spanish paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves



Combine all ingredients together in a bowl. Use your hands to mix well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and up to overnight.


Cook in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through. Use in a variety of dishes.



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  • Reply
    Renee {Eat.Live.Blog}
    November 3, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    This is amazing, thanks for sharing! Everyone always has you think
    making a sausage is so hard, but this is not intimidating at all! I
    can’t wait to try it in tacos.

  • Reply
    October 6, 2013 at 7:08 am

    i love this recipe….i use ground turkey and makes it just as yummy!!! thank you!!

  • Reply
    October 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    This sounds delicious! I know your on the West Coast and I am surprised you can’t find Chorizo or even Linguicia (which you would LOVE LOVE LOVE)! If you ask your grocer, then may be able to get some for you. Brand is “Gaspars” from Fall River MA.

  • Reply
    Ashley - Baker by Nature
    October 3, 2013 at 11:26 am

    You made chorizo?! Um. You’re a rock star.

  • Reply
    October 2, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    Yes! I have all these spices and having returned to US from living in Mexico for several years I really miss my chorizo. I can’t buy it because I’m salt-free. This is wonderful; I can leave out the salt and sub Mrs. Dash Fiesta Lime. Win, Win. Thanks so much.

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    October 2, 2013 at 8:12 am

    Can’t wait to try this–why have I never thought to make it myself before? I actually have all the spices in my pantry so I have no excuse not to make this. Thanks!

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