Fresh Green Chorizo

Because it’s not stuffed into casings, this vibrant and fiery Mexican fresh pork sausage comes together fairly quickly. The most time-consuming part is roasting the green chiles and garlic, which are then puréed and mixed into ground pork along with spices, parsley and a tangy dose of sherry vinegar. Use the green chorizo as a base for tacos or scrambled eggs, or simmer it with beans into a thick, hearty stew. Wherever you use it though, be prepared for a kick. This is spicy stuff.

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Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon whole coriander seeds
  • teaspoon whole cumin seeds
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano, preferably Mexican
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 8 garlic cloves (do not peel)
  • 2 Serrano chiles
  • 1 poblano chile
  • ¼ cup sherry vinegar
  • 1 cup parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • Nutritional Information
    • Nutritional analysis per serving (6 servings)

      218 calories; 16 grams fat; 5 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 7 grams monounsaturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 3 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram dietary fiber; 0 grams sugars; 13 grams protein; 54 milligrams cholesterol; 619 milligrams sodium

    • Note: Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available data.

1 1/4 pounds sausage

Preparation

  1. Place the ground pork in a large bowl. Set a cast-iron skillet over medium heat for 5 minutes. Add black peppercorns, coriander seeds, cumin seeds, oregano, bay leaf and cloves and toast briefly until fragrant, about 15 seconds. Remove from the heat, transfer to a spice grinder and grind to a fine powder. Add to the bowl with the ground pork.
  2. Return the skillet to a high flame and heat for 5 minutes. Add garlic cloves, Serrano and poblano chiles and roast, turning them from time to time until softened slightly and blackened in spots, about 6 to 12 minutes, removing the pieces as they finish cooking. Set aside to cool at room temperature. Once garlic cloves are cool enough to handle, peel them and discard the skin. Wearing gloves if possible, remove the stems and seeds from the Serrano chiles. Remove the stems and seeds from the poblano chile, and peel away the charred skin.
  3. In a blender, purée the roasted garlic cloves, Serrano and poblano chiles along with the sherry vinegar, parsley and kosher salt until smooth. Transfer to the bowl with the ground pork and spices.
  4. Mix the chorizo with your (preferably gloved) hands until thoroughly combined. Transfer to a container and refrigerate until ready to use, or for up to 3 days. The chorizo can also be frozen in an airtight bag for up to 1 month.

30 minutes

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