cho·​ri·​zo | \ chə-ˈrē-(ˌ)zō How to pronounce chorizo (audio) , -(ˌ)sō \
plural chorizos

Definition of chorizo

: a seasoned, coarsely ground, pork sausage
a : 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
b : 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 Of course, don't forget that pulled pork, chorizo sausage and ground beef make tasty tacos, too. Tanya Edwards, CNN Underscored, "Everything you need for the perfect taco night at home," 18 June 2020 But the paella verde aims to wow with lobster, chicken, Iberico chorizo, mussels and green chile tomatillo rice. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Arizona Restaurant Week Spring 2020: Here are 15 great menus to try for dine-in or takeout," 14 June 2020 Toro knows paella, and its signature pan was filled with two big shrimp, mussels, squid, Spanish chorizo, chicken and pork, all fresh and light. Mike Sutter,, "3 San Antonio restaurant takeout stars: Toro Kitchen + Bar, Tong’s Thai and Benjie’s Munch offering strong options during the coronavirus crisis," 30 Apr. 2020 Scattered throughout the city, these shops are a crucial stop for cooks making mole, chorizo, hot chocolate, refried beans, and more. TheWeek, "How Oaxacan refried beans steal the show," 12 Apr. 2020 The family run restaurant has gained a solid following for its brunch specialties like poblano eggs and chorizo hash. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "It’s not over yet — here are 25 things you should do in Chicago before the end of summer," 29 Aug. 2019 Aromatic with saffron and shot through with chicken, chorizo, scallops and shrimp, the version by chef Amar Santana is a menu highlight at his Spanish restaurant near Costa Mesa’s South Coast Plaza. Los Angeles Times, "Looking for special occasion takeout? Our critic has 15 suggestions," 15 Apr. 2020 The friend traveling with me, equally as obsessed with Loose Canon, had one stacked with Gubeen Farm's West Cork–produced chorizo and farmhouse cheese. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Currently Obsessed With: Loose Canon Cheese and Wine in Dublin," 5 Mar. 2020 The cinema's version of patatas bravas ($6), listed as potatoes bravas, is a real pleaser: potato cubes fried crisp, piled on spicy tomato sauce and drizzled with garlic mayo and a dusting of chorizo. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "How our newest movie-dining options - Silverspot and Movie Tavern - stack up in meal quality," 21 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of chorizo

1802, in the meaning defined above

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“Chorizo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2020.

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: a spicy pork sausage

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