cho·​ri·​zo chə-ˈrē-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce chorizo (audio)
plural chorizos
: a seasoned, coarsely ground, pork sausage
: a spicy or sweet ground pork sausage that is seasoned especially with smoked paprika, is used chiefly in Spanish cooking, and is typically sold dried and cured in casings
: a spicy ground pork sausage that is seasoned with chili powder and other spices (such as cumin or garlic), is used chiefly in Mexican cooking, and is typically sold uncooked either loose or in casings

Examples of chorizo in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Add chorizo to pan and cook, breaking it up with a wood spoon, until well browned and cooked through. Gretchen McKay, The Mercury News, 10 Apr. 2024 The chef bakes the rolls from scratch, stuffing them with beef Milanese, or house made pork chorizo, refried beans, and melted cheese. Regan Stephens, Peoplemag, 8 Apr. 2024 The menu has all the traditional toppings of pizza, including pepperoni, sausage, ham and pineapple, but also some curve balls like chorizo, beans and jalapenos. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 Apr. 2024 Arizona Diamondbacks loaded fries made with crinkle cut fires, queso, jalapeno-scallion chorizo, pico de gallo, chipotle aioli, scallions and an all-beef frank. Endia Fontanez, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2024 Filling a bowl with sweet plantains, spicy chorizo and earthy black beans, and topping it with salty queso fresco, fresh cilantro and a squeeze of tart lime juice, hits all the right notes. Aaron Hutcherson, Washington Post, 6 Feb. 2024 Sure enough, the taco was extra warm and yielding, and the flavors—the flour and the char, the faint and sweet minerality of the potato, the spice and fat of the chorizo—all blurred together, a perfect harmonic chord. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 4 Feb. 2024 The small plates range from meats – Iberian ham (jamón), cured pork loin (lomo) and spicy Basque chorizo (chistorra) wrapped in potato – to a local Idiázabal cheese with black truffle, creamy chicken croquettes (croquetas) and a traditional Spanish potato omelette (tortilla). Jack Bantock, CNN, 21 Mar. 2024 The meat mixture is made up of a variety of meats from chorizo to ground beef to hot dogs. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 9 Mar. 2024

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Word History



First Known Use

1802, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chorizo was in 1802

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“Chorizo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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