Shopping for Chorizo

What are the differences between types of chorizo?

Our Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (see related recipe), also known as tinga, call for chorizo, a name shared by several styles of sausage. While all versions derive from the Iberian original, each has its own characteristics.

SpainDry-cured porkCoarsely ground; bright red, with a smoky flavor derived from smoked paprika; depending on the paprika, chorizo can be sweet (dulce) or hot (picante).Can be sliced thin and eaten as an hors d’oeuvre; often cooked in dishes like paella or tortilla español
Colombia, ArgentinaFresh or cooked porkVery coarsely ground; lightly seasoned with garlic; sometimes contains herbsUsually served grilled or fried
MexicoFresh pork (or beef)Finely ground; pronounced spicy tanginess from chili powder and vinegarUsually removed from casings before being fried and mashed to a dry, crumbly texture for incorporation into dishes like tinga



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