The Day I Fell in Love...with Chorizo

The Day I Fell in Love...with Chorizo

I remember the first time I spent the weekend at my in-law's house. It was shortly after we'd gotten engaged, and I came up for a visit. My father-in-law, who was raised in a traditional Mexican home, was eager to share some of his favorite dishes with me. The first morning I was there, I woke up to an unforgettable, spicy aroma. It was nothing like I'd ever smelled before, especially having grown up in a down-home cooking type of household.

 

As I stumbled down the stairs the aroma got stronger and my stomach started to growl. I had no idea what I was about to experience, but I knew it was going to be good. When I reached the kitchen, I was greeted with a warm smile and the question, “Have you ever had chorizo?”

I had no clue what that even was, but as I fumbled a slow“no” my eyes met a mushy brown paste in his frying pan. I started to worry. My nerves were quickly soothed when my sleepy-eyed wife walked in and just exclaimed, “Sweet!”

 

After the chorizo was browned, he poured in some eggs and cooked them up just like scrambled eggs. When it was all cooked up, he warmed some corn tortillas in the microwave and rolled the chorizo and eggs in with some grated cheddar cheese.

 

The first bite was amazing—as were the following three chorizo and egg tacos after it. I was in love. The flavor of chorizo on its own is intense. Its an incredibly spicy Mexican sausage, with an unmistakable flavor. The eggs do mute it quite a bit, but there's still nothing like it.

 

Since then I've experimented with chorizo quite a bit. By itself or mixed with refried beans, its strong flavor goes a long way. It can also be cooked and crumbled over salad, into tacos, with rice and many other standard Mexican dishes.

 

If you're looking for a sausage to spice any meal up, you have to try chorizo. It's a one of a kind and will add quite a kick to breakfast, lunch or dinner.