Homemade Chorizo

Whether chorizo is paired with another meat to add a depth of flavor or is the star of a recipe, this sausage takes dinners to over the top delicious. Flavorful Mexican Style Homemade Chorizo is incredibly easy to make with these simple steps.

Mexican Chorizo Sausage in the raw form sitting in a stainless steel bowl.

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Overhead shot of freshly made Mexican Chorizo Recipe.

Growing up in San Diego, Baja Cuisine has had a heavy influence on my style of cooking and you will see this reflected often in my recipes.

So what exactly is Baja Cuisine?

It is a style of cooking that heavily mirrors the cooking methods from Western Mexico. However, it is also has a fusion of Mediterranean and Asian Cuisine. The reason it is called Baja Cuisine is because you will find this style most predominately in Baja California and my home town of San Diego.

Additionally, Baja Cuisine is generally very fresh and is always highly flavorful. You will see that reflected in this Homemade Chorizo. It very much overlaps with Mexican Chorizo and also has a bit of the elements of  Spanish Style Chorizo.

I need to warn you though, inevitably someone will come along and not read this section and they will very passionately express their disdain for this not being “authentic”. How do I know this? Because I have been down this road many times. If reading those types of comments are entertaining for you, then you will enjoy this Facebook post from my Simple Healthy Guacamole. For more Baja type recipes check out my Baja Chicken Bowl, Shrimp Mango Salsa and Guacamole Chickpea Sandwich.

Making of Chorizo steps.
1) Spices for Homemade Chorizo. 2) Ground pork in a large mixing bowl. 3) Add in crushed garlic. 4) Add in apple cider vinegar (or white vinegar). 5 Add spices and mix with hands.

Chorizo Spices

The spices in this Homemade Chorizo recipe are reflective of both Mexican and Spanish style chorizos. Here is a break down of the type of spices, options to buy and a few alternatives.

  • Smoked Paprika- This is my favorite brand, however this brand is more affordable.
  • Cayenne Pepper- An alternative that is more traditional to Spanish Style Chorizo is Hot Spanish Paprika.
  • Chile Powder- Pure ground chilies with no other spices. This brand is more mild and this one is a little spicier.
  • Oregano- Either the Mexican or Mediterranean version may be used.
  • Cumin- My favorite brand.
  • Ground Ceylon Cinnamon– Did you know that Ceylon Cinnamon is actually the “true cinnamon” and that it is the safer choice over what most grocery stores carry.
  • Ground Cloves
  • Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

Pro Tip: For those who are more sensitive to spicy heat, make sure to use a mild chili powder and eliminate the cayenne pepper. To make the best chorizo for you and your family please adjust spice levels to personal preferences. 

Cooking Chorizo

To cook this Homemade chorizo heat a large frying pan over medium/high heat. Add chorizo and cook, breaking the sausage apart into small crumbles.

How to know when chorizo is done.

Fully cooked chorizo will go from bright red in raw form to a light to darker brown when cooked. The cooking process will take approximately 5-6 mins.

Ground Pork

Depending on how well stocked your grocery store of choice is, finding ground pork is generally a bit of a challenge. My first recommendation, purchase the highest quality you can afford which is organic pasture raised pork. However, this can be a rather significant investment.

Another option would be to grind your own from a pork shoulder (aka pork butt) that was raised without antibiotics. Nevertheless, the easiest way I have found to purchase ground pork is through Butcher Box. Their ground pork tastes amazing, is high quality and comes in convent 1 lb packages. Additionally, I am in love with their other meat options like wild caught salmon, grass-fed rib eye steaks, pork chops, bacon and flat iron steak. It has been such a super convenient way of eating high quality meat in a very simple way.

Can high quality neat be delivered right to your doorstep? Absolutely! Butcher Box is a meat delivery service that delivers your choice of grass-fed beef, heritage pork, free-range chicken and wild caught salmon to your doorstep. Shipping is always free and you can cancel at anytime.

If you enjoyed this Homemade Chorizo recipe please let me know by leaving a comment and review below. Doing so helps to encourage others to make the recipe also. Thank you!

Mexican Chorizo Sausage in the raw form sitting in a stainless steel bowl.

Homemade Chorizo

This Homemade Chorizo is incredibly flavorful and so easy to make. Use it to add extra flavor to soups, nachos, tacos, eggs, breakfast skillets, rice dishes, etc. This list goes on and on.
4.63 from 8 votes
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Course: Meat
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: Homemade Chorizo, Mexican Chorizo, Pork Chorizo
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Heather


  • 2 lbs ground pork
  • 1/4 cup smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp caynenne pepper
  • 3 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp Mexican oregano *or Mediterranean Oregano is fine.
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 tbsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 cloves garlic *crushed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar *with mother


  • Place all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Using clean hands, mix ingredients until well combined.
  • Cook immediately (Cooking Chorizo section above) or divide into 2 serperate air tight containers (or freezer bags) and refrigerate and/or freeze for later use.


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 
Recipe Notes
  • This Mexican Chorizo recipe tastes amazing in Prawn and Chorizo Pasta recipe in place of the salami style chorizo. 


Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 75mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 439mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2569IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 3mg
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    1. Hi Ranay! Yes, you absolutely can making it using ground beef. Often the type of meat used depends on the recipe and personal preference. I have also used it with tofu as a vegan option.

  1. 5 stars
    Wow! That was very good!! Excellent recipe!! I will never buy chorizo from the grocery store again!! The store I went to didn’t have ground pork to I bought a pork roast and ground it myself. It was very lean but too lean. If I grind it again I’ll make sure it has more fat in it. Thank you so much for sharing!! That is an excellent recipe!!

  2. 5 stars
    Hi Heather,
    Your homemade chorizo recipe sounds AMAZING! I just have a couple of questions. Will it work with ground turkey? Also, what does it mean “*mother ” after the apple cider vinegar listed in the ingredients?? Please let me know. I can’t wait to try it!!

    1. Hi Kathy. I love these questions!

      Yes, this recipe will work with ground turkey or chicken. The challenge though is turkey and chicken have less fat than pork so the flavor will be a touch different. Also, additional oil may be needed when cooking the chorizo depending on the type of pan being used and also for additional flavor.

      Apple Cider Vinegar that has the “mother” tends to be cloudy and has floating bits in the vinegar. This is actually the healthiest part of the vinegar. Here is an article that gives a little more detail. https://www.thekitchn.com/good-question-what-is-this-thi-82249

  3. Hello there’ Thanks for sharing your recipe. I just have wanna know if how may days these chorizo can be store in the freezer? Thank you ✨

    1. Hi Maria!
      This is such a great question. For optimal freshness using the chorizo within 3-6 months is best. However, when stored well I have gone a little longer with no issues.

    1. Hi Sarah. I have used this recipe with ground pork and crumbled tofu. I bet it would be amazing on elk. For 3 lbs of meat here is the proportions.
      1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons of smoked paprika
      1 1/2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper
      4 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
      1 1/2 tablespoons od oregano
      1/8 teaspoon + a pinch of cinnamon
      1/8 teaspoon + a pinch of cloves
      1 1/2 tablespoons cumin
      1 1/2 teaspoons salt
      6 garlic cloves
      3/4 cup apple cider vinegar

      Please keep me updated on how it turns out. I hope you enjoy!

  4. 3 stars
    good but much better when using rehydrated ancho and guajillo peppers with Chile de arbol for the heat in place of Chile powder, Cayenne and paprica. with the effort.

4.63 from 8 votes (3 ratings without comment)

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