cho·​ri·​zo | \chə-ˈrē-(ˌ)zō, -(ˌ)sō\
plural chorizos

Definition of chorizo 

: a pork sausage highly seasoned especially with chili powder and garlic

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The chorizo is delicious—sweet, aromatic and subtly spicy. John Birdsall, WSJ, "Is Lab-Grown Meat Ready for Dinner?," 16 Oct. 2018 On the other, there are totchos ($10), potato nuggets smothered in cheese sauce, chorizo, beans and pico de gallo, and Panga hot fish ($8), chunks of cod in spicy batter served with remoulade. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "International flavors, down at the corner bar, are an American experience," 3 July 2018 Tucked inside were scrambled eggs, chorizo, rice, refried beans and cheese. Lauren Delgado,, "First Bite: Brunch at Pepe's Cantina," 15 June 2018 Stir in olive oil, chorizo, onions, carrots and celery. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Chorizo is the Secret to Bolder Bolognese," 24 May 2018 Add the potato, shrimp, chorizo, onion, garlic and green pepper. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Potato, shrimp and chorizo hash is a spicy delight," 20 May 2018 Try the biscuits and gravy with chorizo, sweet corn and sunny side up eggs ($14) or the Belgian waffle with honey butter and peach jam ($9) in addition to multiple mimosas ($10 each), but those go without saying, right? Audrey Gorden, RedEye Chicago, "Chicago date idea: Green City Market then brunch," 1 Sep. 2017 Simmer, uncovered, until flavors meld and chorizo softens, about 25 minutes. 3. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Chorizo is the Secret to Bolder Bolognese," 24 May 2018 Old Major Market has been known to smother homemade biscuits in cheddar chorizo gravy. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the best Indianapolis food and drink events in May," 23 Apr. 2018

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1802, in the meaning defined above

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: a spicy pork sausage

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