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 Her chicken chorizo taco may be the crowning achievement. Washington Post, 15 June 2022 Porter Road gives him a whole month's worth (give or take) with this 8 lb. box, complete with dry aged steaks, pork chops, dry aged ground beef, bacon, country sausage and chorizo sausage. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, 16 May 2022 Earth serves vegan versions of tacos al pastor, chorizo fries, Sonoran hot dogs and milkshakes. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, 25 Mar. 2022 No grill is required for these two takes on winter-ready sausage sandwiches: Chicken chorizo hoagies with pepper fundido, and Italian sausage sammies with white beans, lemon and thyme. Ariel Cheung,, 9 Feb. 2022 Once the meal arrives, the eggs stirred into the potatoes, chorizo and cheese work appealing yoke alchemy. Matt Wake |, al, 22 May 2022 Open up wide for the potatoes and Mexican chorizo inside, topped with lettuce, cheese and cream. Terry Ward, CNN, 11 May 2022 Spanish chorizo, sliced 1 large onion, chopped 2 large yellow bell peppers 2 tsp. Outside Online, 10 May 2021 The ultimate crowd-pleaser, these nachos are made with chorizo as the main attraction. Ashley Dunne, Sunset Magazine, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chorizo

1802, in the meaning defined above

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17 Jun 2022

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“Chorizo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

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