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Homemade Mexican Style Chorizo

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Fresh Mexican style chorizo is as easy as mixing a simple, flavourful paste of chilis, vinegar, onion, garlic, herbs and spices into already ground pork. It’s simple to stock your freezer and simpler yet to make a wonderful meal from your stockpile! Add to burritos, tacos, scrambled eggs, taco pizzas, breakfast burritos, nachos and more.

Ingredients

  • 10 whole Dried Guajillo Peppers
  • 7 whole Dried Arbol Peppers
  • 4 whole Dried New Mexico Peppers
  • 2 whole Onions, Peeled And Chopped
  • 5 cloves Garlic, Peeled And Coarsely Chopped
  • 1-½ cup Cider Vinegar
  • 3 pounds Ground Pork
  • 2 Tablespoons Ground Cumin
  • 2 Tablespoons Mexican Oregano (if You Need To, You Can Substitute Mediterranean Oregano)
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • ¾ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 Tablespoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation

Remove the stems and seeds from the dried chili peppers. Use a damp paper towel to wipe down the dried chili peppers. Toast the stemmed and seeded chili peppers in a dry pan over medium heat until pliable (about 1 minute on each side). Transfer them to a large non-reactive bowl (stainless steel, glass, or plastic), layer the chopped onion and garlic on top.

Heat the vinegar (either in the microwave or on a stove top) until very warm to the touch. Pour over the chili peppers, onions, and garlic and lay a plate on top to weigh them down. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let it sit at room temperature for an hour.

Transfer all of the peppers, onions, garlic and vinegar to a blender and process until you have a smooth, thick paste. If necessary, add another splash of vinegar to help things move along. Let cool completely.

When the chili paste is completely cool, mix thoroughly into the ground pork with the remaining ingredients using your hands until everything is completely mixed and a uniform colour.

Divide the mixture into one-meal sized portions and put each portion into an appropriately sized zipper top bag. (For portions up to 3/4 of a pound, use a quart freezer bag. For portions up to 2 pounds in size, use a gallon freezer bag.) Squeeze as much air out of the as you can, seal the bag, and squash the bags as flat as you can. This will help them to freeze easily, take up less precious freezer space, and thaw more quickly when needed.

Brown and break up over medium heat. Then add to burritos, tacos, scrambled eggs, taco pizzas, breakfast burritos, nachos and more.

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jimmye on 11.19.2011

This looks great! I love that you’ve made this with the option to freeze into various sizes for future meals. I will try this asap!!

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trishinfl on 11.18.2011

Yum! I will be making this tomorrow, thank you.

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