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

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There was a room filled with corn dishes like chicken tamales and potato-and-chorizo flautas, another with seafood tostadas, and one more with mole from Oaxaca and barbacoa brought in from Aguascalientes. Brooke Porter Katz, Harper's BAZAAR, "Ellen Bennett & Casey Caplowe's Wedding Was Outside-The-Box in Every Way," 14 Feb. 2019 Spoon chorizo mixture over chips and sprinkle with cheese. Marian Cooper Cairns, Country Living, "Friday Night Loaded Nachos," 27 Dec. 2016 Savor the essence of Spain with dishes like chicken and chorizo paella, or sip on cocktails like the Spanish Mistress, made with rum, chili peppers and passion fruit in the sultry evening breeze. Rianne Coale, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do in Chicago this weekend," 25 May 2017 Sanchez said there will be fish, steak and homemade chorizo tacos as well as a variety of specials. Steve Sadin,, "Taco Vida nears opening in Deerfield: 'It was time to live my dream'," 25 May 2018 And when the warm masa was stuffed with chorizo or pork, the fat drippings transformed the tortilla into something else all together — a taco shell that tasted like pork rinds. Tan Vinh, The Seattle Times, "Hidden on Capitol Hill, a Mexican street-food spot draws raves," 23 Oct. 2018 Top with salsa, cheese, and chorizo, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Lisa Lillien,, "Hungry Girl: Pizza for Breakfast Is Possible with This Protein-Packed Recipe," 5 Mar. 2018 Some are beloved staff meals that have spilled into the public domain, like the Chowder Poutine at Silver Lake’s L&E Oyster Bar: bacon-rich chowder, molten cheese, and chorizo ladled over crispy fries. Los Angeles Magazine, "You Haven’t Eaten in L.A. Until You’ve Tried These Secret Menu Hacks," 26 Feb. 2018 Look for Spanish chorizo at specialty stores and in some deli sections. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, "Potato, shrimp and chorizo hash is a spicy delight," 20 May 2018

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First Known Use of chorizo

1802, in the meaning defined above

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: a spicy pork sausage

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