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27 Tasty Chorizo Recipes for Hearty, Protein-Dense Meals

As humble and simple as it may look, the smoky and spicy chorizo sausage is a popular and beloved ingredient that can be incorporated in a range of cuisines from all over the world.

Toss some chorizo in a refreshing salad, slow-cook it with your favorite veggies, combine it with some delicious pasta, or include it in a bowl of comforting soup — you can’t go wrong! For some inspiration, here are the 27 best chorizo recipes you can incorporate into your everyday menu.

#1. Chorizo Parmigiana Pasta Bake

A traditional parmigiana is perfect by itself, but this recipe puts a twist on the popular dish by adding sliced chorizo to the eggplant, parmesan, and cherry tomato mix. The tomato paste and passata keep the meat juicy and rich, offsetting the cheese wonderfully. Done in just 30 minutes, this bake makes for a perfect weeknight dinner!

#2. Chorizo and Ricotta Penne

Chorizo, penne, ricotta, basil, and rocket — all you need for a lip-smacking bowl of pasta. Effortless to whip up, this dish takes just 20 minutes of your time, making it a fantastic option for a hectic weekday. Serve with a little extra drizzle of olive oil!

#3. Chorizo, Pumpkin, and Spinach Salad

Healthy and flavorful, this salad combines spicy chorizo meat with sweet pumpkin, creating a savory mix you won’t be able to resist. The onions, baby spinach, brown rice/quinoa mix, and your favorite seasonings complete the dish perfectly. Squeeze some lemon juice for a splash of acidity, and you have a protein-dense salad, excellent for a fulfilling lunch.

#4. Butter Bean and Chorizo Stew

This simple recipe lets you have a steaming bowl of your favorite stew on the table in record time. Chorizo, fresh tomatoes, red chilies, fresh thyme, and butter beans create a dish fit for the whole family. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also add some cayenne peppers, along with a dollop or two of sour cream on top.

#5. Chorizo, Sausage, and Sherry Casserole

Classic casseroles are a favorite of many because of how easy they are to make. For this recipe, you need staple Spanish ingredients including chorizo, padrón peppers, and a nip of sherry. British outdoor reared pork sausages, onions, chopped tomatoes, honey, and bay leaves round off this irresistibly spicy meal. Serve with crusty bread to soak up all the saucy goodness.

#6. Green Pea & Chorizo Risotto

Don’t let the simplicity of a risotto fool you — the dish is incredibly scrumptious. Toss some arborio risotto rice, chicken stock, frozen peas, chorizo, and your preferred seasonings into a pan and cook for about 30 minutes. Finally, garnish it with some grated parmesan, and enjoy!

#7. Spicy Tomato and Chorizo Pasta Bake

Tasty and easy to prep, pasta bakes are a fantastic choice for a busy weeknight dinner. But this recipe gives your beloved dish a makeover by adding some spicy chorizo to the tomato, pasta, and mozzarella mix. The red wine evaporates as the pasta bakes, leaving behind a tinge of acidity that adds to the richness of this meal.

#8. Chorizo Enchiladas

Looking for a quick meal full of bold flavors? Look no further! Corn tortillas and a filling of ground beef, spicy chorizo, and homemade enchilada sauce make up the base of this dish. Top everything with the seasonings of your choice and some delicious melty cheese before serving!

#9. Shrimp Chorizo Pasta

Chorizo, shrimp, spaghetti, and spices — that’s all you need for this masterpiece packed with flavor. Sauteeing the chorizo before adding the pasta and shrimp allows it to ooze all its spiciness into the pan, creating the perfect sauce for the other ingredients. For a healthy, satisfying dinner, serve your meal with some green salad on the side.

#10. Ultimate Chorizo Meatloaf

Ground beef, chorizo sausage, carrots, sweet corn, red bell peppers, and onions come together in this spicy take on a classic meatloaf. To offset the sweetness of the veggies, add some dijon mustard and ketchup. Easy to prep and even easier to clean up, this dish will become a fast favorite with kids and adults alike.

#11. Pork Chops Baked In Chorizo and Black Olive Tomato Sauce

This traditional Spanish meal comes together in little under an hour. It combines succulent pork chops with earthy chorizo, all baked in tomato and black olive sauce. Serve it with thin rocket leaves and some crusty bread for a hearty, filling family meal.

#12. Chorizo Ragu With White Beans

A warming, healthy meal, this is perfect for cold evenings. The sausage and veggies are a great combination with the red wine and spicy pasta sauce, making this dish beautifully creamy and nutritious. Serve as-is or with some kale and a sprinkle of parmesan.

#13. Low-Carb Chorizo Taco Soup

When it comes to comfort meals, no dish can compare to a steaming bowl of soup. And when that soup contains spicy chorizo, riced cauliflower, diced tomatoes, green chilies, and heavy whipping cream, you know you can’t go wrong. This creamy meal is low-carb and will warm you up and energize you for the day.

#14. Warm Chorizo Salad With Caramelized Apple and Walnuts

Elevate your typical salad to a gourmet meal. This warm chorizo salad is incredibly protein-dense, with the glistening chorizo taking center stage. The caramelized apples and walnuts are perfect counterparts to the spiciness of the sausage, and the melty parmesan tops off this flavorsome dish wonderfully.

#15. Chorizo Bean Burger

Have you been searching for an innovative burger recipe? Well, look no further! You will love this heat-packed chorizo bean variety! The spicy, earthy flavor of chorizo combines wonderfully with the nourishing butter beans, keeping you full and satisfied with this flavorsome meal.

#16. Creamy Chorizo Spaghetti With Poached Eggs

Diced chorizo, full-fat cream cheese, whole wheat spaghetti, eggs, seasonings, and fresh parsley are all you need for this fantastic twist on the classic Carbonara dish. The poached egg is a nutritious addition that adds a pop of color to the meal and guarantees you will stay full for hours after.

#17. Spanish Chorizo Sandwich

If you’re a fan of sandwiches, this Spanish chorizo masterpiece will blow your mind! The sausage serves as the base while the piquillo peppers, arugula, your favorite condiments, and manchego cheese complete the picture. Perfect for a quick dinner or as a party snack, this sandwich is an instant crowd-pleaser.

#18. Speedy Chorizo Lasagna

Here’s a recipe to make the best creamy lasagna! Apart from the classic ground beef and veal combo, this recipe also calls for spicy chorizo. Don’t hold back from adding the cheese, as the creaminess will nicely complement the spiciness of the meat. Sprinkle some parmesan and basil and serve!

#19. Chorizo and Watercress Muffins

Whether you need a substantial breakfast or some delicious finger food for your backyard party, these muffins have you covered. The peppery watercress, earthy chorizo, and melty manchego cheese are a delightful combination of textures and flavors. Serve them as they are, with butter, or with poached eggs!

#20. Chorizo and Littleneck Clams in Red Pepper Broth

Gluten and dairy-free, this recipe merges the earthiness of chorizo with the mildly sweet flavor of littleneck clams. The addition of red peppers, garlic, spices, and dry white wine makes this broth a fantastic choice for a garden potluck. For a touch of heat, add in some minced Serrano peppers and cayenne for a meal no one can resist!

#21. Crispy Roast Chicken Thighs With Chorizo

Chicken and chorizo is a delectable mix, and when you add some sun-blush tomatoes, basmati rice, and seasonings, you get a delicious meal perfect for a light dinner. Ready in less than 1 hour, this hearty meal is elegant enough for a romantic dinner!

#22. Rabe Pasta With Chorizo & Broccoli

This recipe brings together everything you love about Italian and Spanish cuisines. The rabe and shredded parmesan cheese mixed with garlic and peppers provide the perfect base for the earthy sausage. But broccoli definitely steals the show by adding a pop of green to this melty, flavorsome plate. To serve, add some grated parmesan for extra cheesiness.

#23. Chorizo And Chickpea Soup

Substantial, protein-dense, easy to make, and, most importantly, incredibly tasty — this dish combines chorizo, chickpeas, tomatoes, and ditalini pasta, all steamed in vegetable stock. Serve it with some crusty bread for a healthy comfort meal everyone will enjoy!

#24. Skillet Eggs and Chorizo

This one-skillet dish is incredibly easy to prepare, perfect to whip up for breakfast or a quick dinner. The recipe features chorizo and eggs with feta cheese adding a gooey touch of decadence that makes this dish truly stand out. Feel free to skip the jalapenos since the sausage itself is already spicy.

#25. Quick Olive, Chorizo, and Tomato Pasta

Guaranteed to be your new midweek favorite, this pasta dish is done in a flash. Stringy mozzarella is the perfect counterpart to the smoky sausage, while the pasta ensures you get your daily dose of carbs. The olives add a touch of tanginess that is reminiscent of Mediterranean cuisine, perfectly bringing this dish together.

#26. Cauliflower Soup With Crisp Chorizo

This soup is all about the fluffy cauliflower mixed with heavy and sour cream. But it is the chorizo that truly makes it special, adding the perfect amount of saltiness and flavor to a generous helping of veggies. Serve it with some crunchy bread on the side, and everyone at the table will be asking for seconds.

#27. Mini Cheddar Sweet Potato and Chorizo Shepherd’s Pie

Looking for an exciting recipe for an upcoming dinner event? These mini shepherd’s pies put a big Mexican twist on the British classic that you know and love! Spicy chorizo, sweet potatoes, and cream cheese topped with diced avocado and cotija cheese. Perfect for a simple lunch or a special event, this recipe is love at first bite.

AboutRibana Hategan

Ribana is a certified pastry chef and passionate home cook who curates and develops recipes that are high on nutrition. She develops and tests cost effective, nutritious meals using quality ingredients to help people better their everyday eating experiences.