Mexican-Style Chorizo

Mexican-Style Chorizo


10 dried guajillo or New Mexican chiles (or a blend of the two) (stemmed and seeded)
7 dried chile de arbol (stemmed and seeded)
4 dried Ancho chiles (stemmed and seeded)
2 small (or 1 very large) sweet onions, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 tablespoons Mexican oregano
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pounds ground pork (I grind my own from whole pork shoulder)


In a large skillet, toast the stemmed and seeded chiles over medium heat until pliable (a few minutes – do not let them start to smoke!). Transfer the chiles to a large non-reactive bowl (stainless steel, glass, or plastic) and 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 chiles, onions, and garlic and lay a plate on top to weigh them down. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for an hour.

Transfer all of the chiles, onions, garlic, and vinegar to a blender. Add the cumin, Mexican oregano, salt, pepper, and cinnamon, then process until you have a smooth, thick paste. If absolutely necessary, add a splash of water to help things move along. Let cool completely.

When the chili paste is completely cool, add it to the ground pork along with the remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly, using your hands, until everything is a uniform color.

Use immediately or divide into portions and freeze.


Steve, my Mexican husband, says it all about this one. Having grown up eating a lot of store-bought Mexican-style chorizo, he was hesitant to believe that the homemade versions could be just as good or better. This recipe has changed his mind in a big way. He loves it tremendously and I do, too. It is a flawless recipe. Outstanding flavor, absolutely spot on, never fails.

With the onions, chiles, and vinegar, this recipe makes about 5 pounds, quite a bit, but it freezes beautifully for future use. Perfect for chorizo and eggs, tacos, or these other fine recipes:


12 thoughts on “Mexican-Style Chorizo

  1. Hey, it's Becky (strengthandlace on tumblr), I was wondering where is the best place to buy the dried peppers in this recipe. Should I look for a mexican grocery store, or do major grocery stores (like bel-air, raleys) carry them?

    I really want to make this because I love love love chorizo, and the “all natural” stuff i buy at the health food store just isn't that good.



  2. Hey Becky! That's a great question. I think your results may vary and I can't guarantee anything, but for regular chain grocers, you can often find small bags of dried chiles in the “Hispanic” section. At least the few that it would take for you to make this recipe. If not, then yes, you will have to find a Mexican grocer. OR, if you order from Amazon a lot, you can get them there and stock up.

    I hope you make it – I haven't bought chorizo in a year now and never will again. This stuff is just too good! 🙂


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