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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Those fritas are aggressively simple: a seasoned blend of chorizo and beef topped with shoestring potatoes (or potato sticks) and a slick of ketchup. Phillip Valys,, "SummerTimeOut: Behold the juicy Cuban hamburger at It’s a Cubano B in Pompano Beach," 25 June 2019 Southwestern corncakes act as the base for this layering of Spanish chorizo, avocado and eggs, cooked to one’s preference. Lindsey Mcclave, The Courier-Journal, "Highland Morning may be a Bardstown Road staple, but it fails to impress," 19 June 2019 Papusas come with chicken and cheese, beans and cheese, pork and cheese, but the Vasquezes have been known to make breakfast papusas with local eggs and chorizo and vegetarian papusas with assorted vegetables. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Find OMG tamales at the new location for 3 in 1 Restaurant," 18 June 2019 Add the chorizo, beef, breadcrumbs, onion, poblano and coriander to a bowl and mix together by hand until combined., "Recipe: Chorizo-Stuffed Tomatoes," 12 June 2019 Mix smoked paprika and salt to remove lumps, sprinkle mixture over onion-chorizo and stir well. Lucy Saunders, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cooking 101: New Marquette classes aim to raise students' kitchen GPA," 27 Apr. 2018 Try unusual flavors created by former wd-50 pastry chef Sam Mason: black pepper fig, chorizo caramel swirl, burnt marshmallow. Kara Baskin,, "Encore’s many restaurants debut this weekend," 20 June 2019 As the spectators disperse, some wander over to the food tents, lured by the smells of clam chowder and the chorizo sandwiches. Cathy Alter, Washington Post, "Connecticut’s last commercial seaport — Stonington — shines in Mystic’s shadow," 7 June 2019 The inspector bombed the Rincon Progreseno with Stop Sales for food suffering from temperature abuse: cooked rice, cooked beef, cooked chicken, ground pork, beef, chorizo pork, sausage, ham, cheese and cream cheese. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Two-hundred rodent poops. Roaches in a microwave. Why these restaurants failed inspection," 4 June 2019

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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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