Chorizos

Pork Sausages

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Preparation info

  • Twelve

    4 inch -long chorizos
    • Difficulty

      Medium

Appears in

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

Secrets of Colombian Cooking

By Patricia McCausland-Gallo

Published 2004

  • About

Chorizos are typical of the Antioquia and Viejo Caldas regions of Colombia. If you travel from the Medellín airport into the city, you will see chorizos hanging from wooden farmer’s markets along the way. There are different kinds or chorizos nowadays, some with beef, others with beef and pork; these are said to be the best. My father-in-law was born in a very small town called Sonsón in Antioquia, and he said they made the best chorizos there. Every time we traveled to the region of Rio Negro to visit my mother-in-law’s family, we would stop at these street markets to enjoy the homemade chorizos of the region.

Colombian chorizo is much milder than the Mexican kind and usually not as red as the Spanish one. Like the Spanish, it is sold dry and fresh but both types need cooking.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound finely diced pork meat
  • ¼ pound finely diced pork belly or bacon
  • ½ cup minced chard
  • ½ cup minced ají dulce* (sweet green pepper)
  • ½ cup minced scallion
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • teaspoons salt
  • ¾ teaspoon black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons oil
  • 2 tablespoons achiote* seeds
  • Pork casings (5 to 6 feet), cleaned and ready to use

Method

  1. Place the pork, pork belly, chard, sweet peppers, scallion, garlic, salt, and pepper in a nonreactive bowl and mix well.
  2. In a very small pot over low heat, cook the oil and achiote together for 3 to 5 minutes. The oil will turn very red. Strain the oil through a fine sieve and discard the seeds. Add the oil to the pork and mix thoroughly; set aside, covered, in the refrigerator overnight.
  3. Stuff the pork casings with the mixture and tie carefully every 4 inches and at the ends.
  4. Refrigerate uncovered for 2 days.
  5. Cook over coals on a grill, or fry in a pan in its own oil until fully cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes.