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 This isn’t a unique thought: Here’s a carbonara with peas and almonds, and another with chorizo. Washington Post, "Fluffy carbonara frittata, a riff on the classic pasta," 15 Apr. 2021 Long, thin and fried to shattering, they are filled with your choice of four fillings: lamb barbacoa, chicken tinga, seasoned potato or homemade chorizo. Los Angeles Times, "This roving trailer serves perfect flautas," 3 Apr. 2021 Add in some chorizo, jamón, quince jelly, and Marcona almonds, and that, dear friends, is a birthday feast. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "Best birthday gift ideas: Subscription boxes, gear, and more cool stuff," 9 Mar. 2021 Back then, Cubans had so many more ingredients — all the meat and the Spanish chorizo. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Rich ropa vieja embodies Cuban-American sobremesa," 21 Mar. 2021 Castillo tosses roasted squash with a combination of the spices that typically flavor Mexican chorizo. Washington Post, "Fried tortillas piled high with spicy roasted squash make for a crunchy, fun dinner," 14 Mar. 2021 Add the chorizo and saute until fully rendered and browned, about 10 minutes. Paul Stephen,, "Recipe: Venison Birria," 11 Nov. 2020 Others, like the Coney Island, with chorizo and fresh pineapple, may be new under the sun. New York Times, "Building Pizzas That Can Survive the Box," 8 Mar. 2021 Cook until chorizo has released some fat, about 5 minutes. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Soothing Winter Soup Recipes," 27 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of chorizo

1802, in the meaning defined above

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1 May 2021

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“Chorizo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of chorizo

: a spicy pork sausage

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