Ok, I’ve finally tried making my own chorizo, since good Mexican stuff is impossible to get here, and the result is:
It’s easy! It’s good! Try it! :lick:
For my first attempt at chorizo I tried two recipes of my own design (after comparing lots of others online) side by side. They were both good, but the 2nd was much better:
Method 1: Easy way. Order chorizo spice mix from an eBay seller like richsas or a similar source, and buy a pound of 80% ground pork (that’s 20% fat), some cider vinegar, and white wine, dry. In a bowl, mix 2.5 TBSP cider vinegar and 2 TBSP white wine with 6 TBSP of chorizo spice mix (this is the way I made it the 1st time; it will be tasty but mild; it will be better and closer to the below recipe if you add another 2 TBSP for more flavor, and 1 to 4 tsp of cayenne if you like it spicy; optionally add some of the other ingredients in the recipe below for a fuller flavor). Add the pork, and mix very very thoroughly, e.g., with hands covered with plastic gloves, really working the stuff for 5 minutes. Leave covered, resting overnight to 2 days in fridge; (you can cook and try some at this point). Remix, then form long sausage-like strips on a sheet of parchment on a cookie tray, and leave UNcovered in fridge for a day; remix, and repeat, for about 2 days, so that the stuff can dry a bit. Wrap in parchment parcels in useful quantities, and seal these in ziplock bags. Stores several weeks in fridge or many months in the freezer.
Method 2: Tastier way, from scratch. For one pound of ground 80% pork:
• 2 dried ancho chiles, & 1 pasilla chile (if you can’t get these, you can order the powdered forms easily from SpicesGalore, which does ship to Taiwan for a reasonable price)
• 3 to 10 (I started with six) dried hot red chiles (the finger-sized Thai or local variety which shrinks to 1" when dry is fine); six was nice and spicy but not over the top. YMMV
• 1 pound ground 80% pork. Traditionally you’d want 65% I think. You can use leaner and add some olive oil for health.
• 1/2 medium white onion, finely minced
• 2.5 tablespoons Apple cider vinegar
• 2.5 TBSP dry red wine or sherry or white wine (I used white)
• peeled cloves from one whole head of garlic
•1 TBSP garlic powder & 1 TBSP onion powder
• 2 tsp dried leaf Mexican oregano (also available from the above ebay seller, richsas)
• 1 tsp. whole cumin
• 1 TBSP tablespoon sweet paprika
• 2 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
• 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
• 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/3 tsp nutmeg
• ¾ tsp brown sugar
• pinch of clove powder
• ¼ tsp thyme
On a hot griddle, toast the dry chiles and cumin for about 30 seconds. The chiles should just become dry, hot, & fragrant; do not allow to start really roasting or they will have a terrible scorched flavor. Grind the chiles and cumin in a spice grinder. Dump into blender. Add garlic and onion; blend further, along with liquid ingredients and a shot or two of XV olive oil, and all other ingreds except the meat. Turn off blender and mix with a spoon, then blend, again and again until thoroughly mixed. It should be a thick paste.
Mix ALL ingreds very well in a bowl, w/ disposable plastic gloves (EDIT: you can get 'em in boxes of a hundred at dry goods and sundries stores); you don’t want this much acid and capsicum on your skin, and as urodacus reminds us further below, you want to keep uncooked meat extremely clean, too). Repeat the wrapping and fridge-curing method outlined for the above easy recipe.
Edit: I actually got the best results by making both recipes above and then blending the two. I’ll be making it again and will post improvements as available.