If you have ever heard of chorizo before, you most likely think of it as merely a spicy sausage. However, there is a bit more to it than this. Many Spanish-speaking countries boast their own chorizo recipes. All start with pork and add some spice in the form of fermented chili peppers, paprika or pepper flakes. You should also be aware of the difference between fresh chorizo and cured chorizo as different chorizo recipes may call for different options. Visit a meat products company like Cibao Meat Products if you have any concerns. This recipe for a chorizo breakfast burrito makes a delicious, warm start to your day or can be used for a cozy and spicy supper if you are looking for something easy to throw together at the last minute.
- 8 ounces Mexican chorizo (fresh chorizo)
- 1 each red and green bell peppers, diced
- ½ of a large white onion, diced
- ½ cup frozen hash browns
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 6 large eggs, scrambled
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1 ripe avocado, sliced
- 1 tomato, diced
- ½ cup cheddar cheese, shredded
- Sour cream
- Homemade or store bought medium salsa
- 4 large (10-inch) burritos
- Begin by removing the fresh chorizo from its casings. Fry over medium heat in a non-stick frypan, crumbling as you go. When cooked through, set aside in a separate bowl.
- Sauté bell peppers and onion in the pan with chorizo fat for 2 to 3 minutes. When vegetables are slightly softened, add frozen hash browns to the pan and mix with the vegetables. If needed, add one tablespoon of olive oil. Cook the hash browns according to package directions, flipping once to fry until golden brown on both sides.
- In a separate pan, scramble eggs over medium heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add cooked chorizo to the eggs when nearly set.
- Once hash browns are cooked through, place ¼ of the hash brown mixture in the center of each burrito. Top with ¼ of the chorizo mixture in each burrito. Add your favorite toppings, such as avocado, tomato, sour cream, cheese or salsa. Turn up one end of the burrito to hold in the ingredients before rolling up either side into a burrito shape.
If you cannot find chorizo at your local grocery store or international foods store, you can make some yourself. All you will need for a simple, fresh Spanish chorizo recipe is pork sausage and a Chile paste made from vinegar and dried Chile peppers. For a less spicy version, simply mix paprika into your sausage. Finally, be sure that if you are using Mexican chorizo rather than Spanish chorizo, you cook the sausage first before eating it.