The key ingredients for a good Mexican chorizo recipe include pork, apple cider vinegar, ancho chile powder, garlic and paprika. Salt and black pepper are typically used too, and depending on the recipe, other spices may be added or used in substitution.
Noted for its zesty flavor and red appearance, a Mexican chorizo is a crumbly sausage that must be cooked before being eaten. It is not the same as Spanish chorizo, which is a fermented red sausage.
Ancho chili powder is essential to give the pork its characteristic spicy flavor. If Ancho chili is unavailable, a similar taste can be achieved using a combination of paprika mixed with red chili powder or cayenne pepper.
Other ingredients that can be added include oregano, sugar, coriander, cinnamon and cloves. Some recipes allow venison, goat, or turkey to be used in the place of ground pork. To achieve the highest level of authenticity, ingredient substitutions should be kept to a minimum.
Preparing the Mexican chorizo typically takes around 30 minutes. Once all of the components have been mixed together, it can either be cooked immediately, refrigerated or frozen for future use. The mixture can also be placed into sausage casings and hung in a cold environment to dry.