Mexican chorizo is delicious either as a side or main dish. However, since Mexican chorizo and Spanish chorizo share some characteristics, questions inevitably arise. For example: is chorizo cooked when you buy it? Keep reading to find out.
Is Chorizo Cooked When You Buy It?
No, Mexican chorizo is NOT cooked when you buy it. Mexican chorizo is usually sold raw, so you have to make sure to cook it before consuming it.
The confusion may arise because, unlike the Mexican version, Spanish chorizo is cured meat that can be eaten without cooking.
Telling the difference between Mexican and Spanish chorizo is easy: Mexican chorizo tends to be softer (it’s raw meat, after all), while Spanish chorizo has a firmer, drier consistency.
Remember that eating raw meat is not generally recommended, so always cook Mexican chorizo before consuming it. If you need specific instructions about how to prepare chorizo, be sure to check the label on the product.
3 Ways To Serve Mexican Chorizo
Tacos or Burritos
One of the most traditional ways to serve Mexican chorizo is in tacos or burritos. Simply cook the chorizo in a pan until browned and crispy, and then add it to your tortillas with some cilantro, chopped onions and salsa.
You can also mix the chorizo with scrambled eggs for a hearty breakfast burrito. This classic combination of flavors is sure to get your day off to a delicious (and spicy) start.
Mexican chorizo is also a great way to punch up your quesadillas. Melt some shredded cheese over a tortilla and then add browned chorizo, diced tomatoes, and onions. Fold the tortilla in half and cook until crispy on both sides. You can also add jalapeños or hot sauce for an extra kick!
While it may not be a traditional Mexican dish, chorizo can be a delicious addition to pasta dishes. Cook the chorizo in a pan until crispy and then mix it with pasta, roasted vegetables, and a creamy sauce. This is a great way to infuse some Mexican flavors into an Italian classic!
To learn more about Mexican chorizo, check out our previous blogs, “The Fascinating History of Chorizo” and “Is Chorizo Pork or Beef?”
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