Best chorizo taco recipe you can make in just 15 minutes! A quick spicy sausage taco Tuesday meal that is family friendly and cheap too. High in protein and full of flavor, this is How Long to Cook Chorizo to perfection, with Mexican or Spanish varieties, wrapped in tortillas
Easy chorizo tacos can be made on a busy weeknight for your family. More flavorful than beef it is ground and simple to cook in a skillet on your stovetop. Add your favorite toppings like onions and cheese and enjoy. (affiliate links present)
Ok so you likely have made these with hamburger meat before, but just wait, this is better. There is no need for powdered taco seasonings to give these bites any flavor or spice as that is already mixed into the ground pork sausage.
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Now you could use the meat in many other ways too, this is just one idea. If you wanted a sort of deconstructed way, use it to make our One Pot Taco Pasta in a skillet with chips instead of tortillas too! Using this meat vs. ground beef yields a LOT more flavor with a bit of heat.
Chorizo Street Tacos
Now you could use a countertop appliance to get this done too if you don’t have a stove. You’d just follow the instructions in our Instant Pot Taco Meat for that one. I would say both take about the same time since each needs to warm up a bit. You just use the saute feature with this.
- If using fresh Mexican chorizo, remove it from its casing.
- When using pre-cooked Spanish chorizo, simply heat it up in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Cook in a skillet over medium heat, breaking it apart with a spatula as it cooks.
- Over medium high heat, cook store bought or homemade chorizo sausage stirring occasionally until it’s browned and fully cooked through, which usually takes about 8-10 minutes.
- While this is cooking, warm your flour or warm corn tortillas.
- You can heat them up in a dry skillet, directly over an open flame on your stovetop, or warm as air fryer tortillas until they are soft and pliable.
- Once cooked and the tortillas are warmed, assemble. Place a spoonful of the cooked ground sausage chorizo mixture onto each wrap.
- Add your desired toppings on top. You can get creative here and use any combination of toppings you like.
Tacos with Chorizo
Taste and adjust if need be. I don’t think it needs anything else for heat but a dash of chili powder could amp it up. Serve immediately wrapped inside warm flour tortillas or corn while they’re still warm. Enjoy the delicious combination of spicy chorizo with a fresh lime juice squeeze and toppings of your choice.
Chorizo Breakfast Tacos
To transition these to the beginning of the day you would just want to fold some in with scrambled eggs. Garnish with shredded Jack cheese and you’re good to go. There are so many ways to use chorizo like this and the list goes on and on like using in;
That depends on what you are making. If you just want to serve the meat so others can make it into tacos like our recipe here I would transition it from the hot skillet into a prettier oven safe dish. To keep warm for longer you could keep in a slow cooker with the lid on the warm setting. OR fold into your favorite casserole or taco ring recipe shared below.
- Make Crescent Roll Taco Ring with this to bring on the spice to this fun party food.
- Another fun finger food that requires ground meat but any type will work are our Taco Balls with Bisquick. OMG are these so popular and everyone will ask for the recipe.
- If you wanted to make burgers on buns but with a kick to them, think about using half beef and half this mixed together. Then make patties and grill or smoke.
- Jiffy Taco Cornbread Casserole is an amazing dish my kids just love. I have used this meat inside as a surprise and found it was better than the original.
Pork Chorizo Tacos
How do you reheat leftover chorizo? Great question: Transfer the cooked leftover chorizo to a microwave-safe dish and cover it. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring halfway through, until it is heated through. Keep an eye on it to prevent overheating and drying out.
If you prefer a juicier result, you can reheat it in a saucepan with a small amount of liquid, such as broth, tomato sauce, or salsa. Place meat and liquid in a saucepan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through. The liquid will help keep the chorizo moist and add flavor.
Chorizo Tacos Toppings
What are the best taco toppings out there? Some popular choices include chopped onions, chopped cilantro, sliced radishes, avocado slices, shredded lettuce, sour cream, crumbled queso fresco, salsa, and a squeeze of lime juice.
- Thinly sliced radishes provide a refreshing crunch and a hint of peppery flavor that balances the richness of the chorizo.
- Creamy avocado slices or homemade guacamole add a luxurious texture and a creamy, buttery flavor that complements the meat.
- Crisp shredded lettuce or Simple Cabbage Salad on top adds freshness and a satisfying crunch.
- Whether it’s homemade salsa or store-bought, adding salsa to your tacos adds a burst of flavor and juiciness. Choose from options like salsa verde, pico de gallo, or salsa roja, depending on your preference for heat level and flavor profile.
- For an extra kick of heat and tanginess, add pickled jalapeños or pickled red onions.
- If you like yours extra spicy, drizzle them with your favorite hot sauce or salsa picante for a fiery kick.
Feel free to mix and match these toppings to create your perfect bite. Experiment with different combinations to discover your favorite flavor combinations!
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Chorizo Taco Recipe
- 1 pan
- Spanish chorizo is precooked, so you would only need to break up and warm quickly for a few minutes. Mexican chorizo is raw and needs more time as described below until it reaches a safe 160 degrees F.
- If your chorizo has a casing, slice and remove it. Place the chorizo in a large skillet over medium high heat. (There is no need for additional oil.)
- With a spoon, or spatula, break it up into small chunks as it cooks. Be sure to stir frequently so that meat does not burn. Continue to cook for 8-10 minutes, or until the meat has more of a brown color (instead of red), and is crumbly (similar to ground beef, but smaller crumbles).
- It should no longer be wet or “sticky”. To create tacos: Spoon the cooked chorizo in preferred tortillas and top with chopped onion, shredded cheese and fresh cilantro