Giveaway and Mexican Chorizo

>> Tuesday, April 6, 2010

I'm happy to announce my first giveaway to go along with this recipe. First we'll talk about the recipe then the giveaway. Chorizo, when Europeans hear this word they think of a fermented cured red sausage. But when North Americans hear chorizo they think of a crumbly meat red sausage. Spanish chorizo and Mexican chorizo are very different from each other in looks, texture and taste. And no matter what you may find on the Internet the two are not interchangeable. I love both types of chorizo but for very different reasons and to enjoy in different ways. Today I want to share my recipe for home made Mexican chorizo that you can use in any of your favorite Mexican recipes. I will share some ways to use this chorizo in the coming weeks as I use it up, so stay tuned.

Your ingredients:
1.10 lbs or 500 grams of ground pork
1 Tb. cumin seed
1 tsp. coriander seed
5 whole cloves
2 bay leaves
1/4 tsp. ground Cinnamon

1/2 Tb. oregano
1/2 tsp. thyme
1 Tb. garlic powder
1 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper or 5 whole peppercorns
3 Tb. Apple cider vinegar or substitute red wine vinegar

2 Tb. Ancho chile powder or substitute with a combination of
2 Tb paprika mixed with 1 tsp. red chili powder or 1/2 tsp. cayenne powder

1. In a mortar and pestle grind the cumin seed, coriander seed and cloves. Break up the bay leaves with your hands as much as possible and add them to the spices in mortar and pestle, grind until you have a fine powder. Next add the remaining spices to the mortar and pestle and grind/ mix until everything is well combined.

2. In a large glass bowl using your hands break up the the ground pork . Next you may want to put on some plastic gloves to prevent burning and staining to your hands. Pour in the vinegar and half the spices, spread them evenly on the pork, and start working it into the ground pork. Adding more of the spice mixture until it has all been used up. Keep working the meat until it turns red (from the chili) and all the spices have been well combined.

It's best to let the chorizo sit overnight before using it because this will allow all of the flavors to come together and make for a better tasting chorizo. Alternatively you can freeze the chorizo until you are ready to use it. Since this chorizo doesn't have casings you can form or shape sausages or patties and keeping their form by wrapping them in plastic kitchen wrap. Another way to store the chorizo in the freezer is by portioning out amounts and storing it inside plastic bags to put in the freezer. This way you defrost what you need or want without having to use the whole large batch.

Now you are ready to use the chorizo in all of your favorite Mexican recipes like tacos, sopes, frijoles charros, chiles rellenos or any of your other favorite fusion recipes.

And now I'm really excited to be doing my first giveaway!! You can all tell that I really love my mortar and pestle and use it quite often , so I thought the perfect thing to give away is a mortar and pestle. But not just any ordinary mortar and pestle it's a cherry red Le Creuset Mortar and Pestle Set. I'm also really excited to tell you that I am able to do this giveaway thanks to the fantastic CSN Stores. CSN has over 200 stores that carry any thing and everything you would want or need for your home. I really loved their House wares store collections and the Home Decor store. But my favorite thing was these beautiful cooper back barstools, they have the best and most unique barstool collection I have ever seen. What's also great is that they have stores in the US, Canada and the Uk, and they ship to all these places. You can check out CSN at

The rules:
- You must live in the US or Canada.
- Comment to be included in the draw, no anonymous comments will be considered.
- Follow me on Twitter / Facebook / Google Follow ( every time you follow me at any of these sites come back to comment again letting me know you have done this so you can have an additional entry count towards the give away.)
- If you tell your friends on Twitter / Facebook or your own blog know about this giveaway come back and comment again with a link to the post to let me know you have done this and again you'll have another entry count towards the giveaway.

Deadline :
April 11th at 11:00 p.m. EST ( 3:00 a.m. GMT, my blog is set to GMT time)

The winner will be announced on April 13th in a separate post here on Spicie Foodie. I will also invite the winner to do a guest post sharing with us one of their recipes using their new mortar and pestle.

Good luck everyone!!


Madhuri Krishna Bhat April 7, 2010 at 11:41 AM  

Recipes looks delicious.
Love the Mortar and pestle giveaways.
PS: I am Following you.

Two Girls Cooking April 7, 2010 at 12:09 PM  

Hi. Nice recipe and cool gift.
I am now following you on Twitter.
There is the link for the post I made.
My email address is:
I have a website at

Kenny Hoff - Cheers for Chow April 7, 2010 at 12:12 PM  

This is awesome! I often make a frittata using chorizo, spaghetti and various vegtables...I do not need that casings as I usually dig the sausage out for this recipe anyway. Making up the chorizo you have here would work perfectly. I also could hold back a bit of the spice to add directly to the egg as the reason I use chorizo in the first place is because some of the paprika, etc 'leaks' out into the egg. can't wait to try this.
ps: I follow you already on Foodbuzz and Facebook.

Two Girls Cooking April 7, 2010 at 12:43 PM  

I requested to be friends with you on Facebook:

Spicie FoodieAwaiting friend confirmation

My name is Patricia Peterson
my email address is

Within the Kitchen April 7, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

Love the give away and the recipe looks devine. Following you!

- Ceecee

Scott K April 7, 2010 at 1:42 PM  

Thanks so much for this recipe! I love chorizo, but would like to make my own on the leaner side. I'd love to win that mortar and pestle.

Scott K April 7, 2010 at 1:43 PM  

I follow you on twitter.

Shamrocks and Shenanigans April 7, 2010 at 2:12 PM  

I love chorizo! Never considered making it homemade! I will definitely make this

Shamrocks and Shenanigans April 7, 2010 at 2:15 PM  

shamrocknshen follows you on twitter

Shamrocks and Shenanigans April 7, 2010 at 2:17 PM  

I friended you on facebook. awaiting approval :) Name is under Aricka L

Shamrocks and Shenanigans April 7, 2010 at 2:18 PM  

I already follow you on google :) Us foodies hafto stick together :)

Shamrocks and Shenanigans April 7, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

sent it out to my twitters. lol

s. stockwell April 7, 2010 at 2:42 PM  

What a beautiful post! love the photos and the overall color pallet is rich!

Two Girls Cooking April 7, 2010 at 3:15 PM  

I added this link on my facebook page for the giveaway.

Patricia Peterson Hey everyone. Check on this cool giveaway from Spici Foodie.

See the link above.
Patricia Peterson

Rusthawk April 7, 2010 at 4:07 PM  

Fantastic blog post on chorizo ...the pictures are wonderful! I must try this now've convinced me. :)

Please enter me for the beautiful red mortar/pestle. Thanks!

Rusthawk April 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

I am following you on google friend connect.

Rusthawk April 7, 2010 at 4:08 PM  

I am following you on twitter. Thanks!

Shirley April 7, 2010 at 4:47 PM  

Beautiful! I'd love to win it. Thanks for offering it.

Sook April 7, 2010 at 5:24 PM  

What a cool giveaway! Love all those seasonings too!

Unknown April 7, 2010 at 5:28 PM  

just this past weekend i was asking friends what qualifies sausage as chorizo. perfect timing!

Kelley April 7, 2010 at 7:33 PM  

I have never made chorizo before. You make it seem so easy!

kathy gori April 7, 2010 at 8:54 PM  

I am following you google foods and am throwing my comment in the ring for the mortar and pestle. I love these they're always needed in Indian cooking.

tam - a little bit burnt April 7, 2010 at 9:08 PM  

I love chorizo - thanks for posting! Looks really great! And great giveway!


maothemini April 7, 2010 at 10:47 PM  

That mexican chorizo looks soooooooo good. Can't wait to try it out!
Please enter me for the contest!

maothemini April 7, 2010 at 10:48 PM  

Friended you on facebook :)

Memória April 8, 2010 at 2:35 AM  

What a lovely blog, post, and giveaway!! My girlfriend loves chorizo; she would be so impressed if i were to make a homemade version for her. Thanks for sharing a great recipe!

Amy L April 8, 2010 at 7:41 AM  

I love the red color of the mortar & pestle! It would match my daughter's kitchen, and I know she'd love it.

Amy L April 8, 2010 at 7:43 AM  

I follow you on Twitter @amylou61

Amy L April 8, 2010 at 7:46 AM  

I Tweeted:

Robyn,  April 8, 2010 at 8:10 AM  

I've been talking about making my own chorizo for a long time--thanks for the recipe!
P.S. Friended you on FB!

Anonymous,  April 8, 2010 at 9:45 AM  

A homemade chorizo sounds terrific! My 5 year old recently discovered that she loves chorizo and would be thrilled to help me make it from scratch! Very cool!

Whats Cookin Italian Style Cuisine April 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM  

we love this giveaway, so many awesome recipes to use with this great sausage yum!

Blink April 8, 2010 at 9:12 PM  

what a great giveaway!! the mortar & pestle would be a welcome addition to my kitchen :)

Stephanie Grant April 9, 2010 at 11:05 AM  

I'm going to have to try this recipe! P.S awesome giveaway please accept my entry

mitch1066 April 9, 2010 at 2:21 PM  

ooh i need this!Red is the accent colour n our house once the renovations are done,kitchen is going in as we speak!3 weeeks of frozen food nd eatng out..yuck!I want my kitchen and real food!
I Follow you on Twitter ..mitch1066
Facebook ..michelle jadaa
Google Follow ..mitch1066

Anonymous,  April 9, 2010 at 10:50 PM  

I would love to be entered in your draw. Thank you very much!

Emily Diaczun April 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM  

great giveaway and wonderful recipe! Thanks for opportunity to enter the giveaway... I would love a LC mortar and pestle in my aresenal.

Jonnie (JB) April 11, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

great giveaway! Thanks for the chance


Jonnie (JB) April 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

Following with GFC


Jonnie (JB) April 11, 2010 at 5:20 PM  

Following on twitter as edmontonjb


maothemini April 13, 2010 at 1:23 AM  

Sorry, this is Peggy again, my twitter is @spikethedead
didn't realize i didnt post it.

Liv Wan April 23, 2010 at 4:00 PM  

Hello Nancy,
Thank you for sharing this recipe.
I will certainly try it at home.
I love chorizo so so so much. If chorizo is a man I probably will married to him million times lol.

Nancy April 25, 2010 at 10:42 AM  

Hi Liv, You made me laugh :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums April 25, 2010 at 1:54 PM  

A wonderful recipe! That Le Creuset mortar is beautiful...



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