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Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage

Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage. Lower Salt & No Preservatives! Some freshly ground pork and some common ingredients and readily available spices is all you’ll need to make this incredibly flavourful homemade spicy chorizo sausage.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage shown with salad on a white plate

Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage. Lower Salt & No Preservatives!

You know, St. John’s, Newfoundland is not the best place in the world to find a wide variety of ingredients for my cooking experiments. Still, I persevere.

Don’t get me wrong, things have gotten much better over the last 20 years or so with much more available than at one time.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage shown with eggs and spicy tomato compote on toast

Homemade Chorizo Sausage shown with eggs and spicy tomato compote on toast

This recipe however, still does not rely on fresh or even canned or bottled chipotle or other hot peppers that you may not be able to find locally. Instead it relies on the contents of your spice rack to bring great seasoning to the meat in this tasty pork sausage.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage pictured beside a gas grill with title text added for PinterestWhile you can get the dry chorizo form of this sausage in at least one local supermarket. However, I have never had the fresh version in this neck of the woods.

Chorizo sausage is one of my favourites, especially as a slightly spicy little kick-start to your day at breakfast. They are great smoked or grilled and tossed with peppers and a quick tomato sauce then served on pasta too.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage shown close up with cut piece of sausage on a fork

Homemade Chorizo Sausage

Another favourite recipe idea that we will be featuring soon, is to add some of this chorizo to burgers which we then like to top with guacamole. That’s one of the tastiest things you will have off the grill this summer.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage. Plenty for later too.

This recipe makes about 4 pounds of sausage, part of which we will portion into freezer packages to enjoy later. I do use my sausage stuffer attachment to my Kitchen Aid Mixer to make some link sausages.

Grinding pork for sausages

I also freeze some of the loose sausage meat, formed into patties to enjoy for breakfast or to add to those burgers we mentioned earlier. Check your local butcher supply shop for sausage casings or get them online.

As a totally delicious weekend brunch idea, especially if you are entertaining is to try some of our homemade chorizo sausage with an over easy egg and spicy fresh tomato compote on fried ciabatta bread. Find the recipe for our Spicy Tomato Compote by clicking here.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage for breakfast with added title text for Pinterest

This Homemade Chorizo Sausage has become one of our family’s favourite additions to homemade pizza night, a household specialty. The sausage alone, a great sauce and your favourite cheeses are all that’s needed. 

With these ingredients, you can make what is bound to become of of your favourite pizzas too.

We sometimes like to use the Spicy Tomato Compote used in the brunch dish above for the pizza sauce and you can find out how we make our pizza dough in this recipe.

Homemade Chorizo Sausage on pizza. Image with title text.

Originally published July 4, 2013. Updated with new photos June 2020.

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Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage
Yield: 16 servings

Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Easy Homemade Chorizo Sausage. Lower Salt & No Preservatives! Some freshly ground pork and some common ingredients and readily available spices is all you'll need to make this incredibly flavourful homemade spicy chorizo sausage.

Ingredients

  • 4 pounds pork butt, coarsely ground, NOT LEAN
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 3 tbsp chilli powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper, more or less to taste
  • 2 tbsp granulated onion
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 tbsp chipotle powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 4 cloves finely minced fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water

Instructions

  1. Mix together the cumin, chili powder, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, smoked paprika, oregano, chipotle powder, brown sugar, salt, pepper and minced garlic.
  2. Divide the ground pork into roughly four portions, adding each portion to a large bowl one at a time and creating layers by sprinkling 1/4 of the spice mix over each layer of meat. This helps to evenly distribute the seasoning through the sausage without over mixing it.
  3. Mix together the red wine vinegar and water.
  4. Pour over the layered pork and seasoning and mix well.
  5. Stuff into prepared sausage casings or portion into one pound packages and freeze for later use.

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Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

4 oz

Amount Per Serving Calories 171Saturated Fat 2gCholesterol 68mgSodium 549mgCarbohydrates 4gFiber 1gSugar 2gProtein 22g

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Wednesday 25th of August 2021

[…] you like, we also have a recipe for Homemade Chorizo Sausage that you could use in this recipe, even just as loose sausage […]

Gail

Saturday 6th of June 2020

Since this commentary was written Newfoundland Sausage Company in St. John’s now produces the most flavourful sausage meat around! (June 2020j

L A Bad

Saturday 6th of June 2020

So, how does this chorizo taste? Does it taste like spanish chorizo or mexican chorizo? To cook it, do you first boil/simmer it in some water before frying it stove-top or cooking it on the grill? Thanks for the recipe.

Sandra D

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

I can't find chorizo powder here - could I substitute chipotle peppers in adobe sauce, and how much for 1 1/2 T of the powder? I love chorizo sausage and am looking forward to making these!

Sandra D

Tuesday 9th of July 2019

I meant to say chipotle powder :)

Larr

Tuesday 17th of April 2018

Will be smoking your chorizo sausage Plan to let sausage mix rest 24 hours before stuffing Is there anything I should add (salt) My best friends are rock strong Just really want to fit in

Barry C. Parsons

Wednesday 2nd of May 2018

I don't think exttra salt is necessary. I am smoking brisket this weekend LOVE anything smoked!

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