Homemade Chorizo

Chorizo tortillaI love chorizo. When I lived in Park City, Utah, my apartment was diagonal to a Mexican grocery store. I used to walk over there several times a week. My diet comprised very large doses of chorizo, tomato, and quesa fresco tortillas. Good memories.

Chorizo involves a lot of spices. Here’s a simplified version you can easily try at home, using ground beef instead of pork. It’s an approximation of traditional chorizo; not exactly the same taste, but roughly the same idea. Enjoy!


1 pack ground beef
1-2 tablespoons crushed red pepper
salt, desired amount
black pepper, desired amount
vinegar, desired amount (a flavor substitute for sour cream)1-2 large potatoes, cut into small cubes
large tortillas (I prefer whole wheat)
2 Roma tomatoes, chopped
grated white cheddar, desired amount
prepackaged shredded veggie mix (optional)
1 lime, sliced

Hand mix the beef, pepper, salt, and vinegar in a large bowl and let sit in the fridge for about 3 hours so that the flavor sets.

Fry up the potatoes with a sprinkle of salt and pepper until they get a golden crust.

Cook the chorizo mix in a frying pan, stirring often.

Serve the chorizo on tortillas, with a garnish of potatoes, fresh tomatoes, shredded veggies, cheddar, and a spritz of lime.