Tag Archives: chorizo

Mexican Sausage Balls

The best Mexican Bisquick Sausage Balls are made with only 4 ingredients in under 30 minutes for an easy recipe that makes a delicious party app or game day snack!

Mexican Bisquick Sausage Balls piled up on plate with small bowl of avocado dipping sauce

What goes better with football than sausage balls? That’s why I’ve created enough sausage ball recipes to make a sausage ball bar at my house on game day!

Yes, a sausage ball bar is an actual thing at my house and yes, it’s amazing!

For the lineup:

The best thing about all of these recipes in the sausage ball lineup is that they can be made ahead of time, that way, when it’s game time, you’re on the couch with a plate of sausage balls, instead of in the kitchen!

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Grilled Chorizo Stuffed Bell Peppers

Flavorful chorizo, crisp corn, black beans, juicy tomatoes and delicious chilies are added to these Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers, for one scrumptious, gluten free meal!

Grilled Stuffed Bell Peppers filled with Chorizo, Cotija Cheese and Cilantro

Today’s post is sponsored by my friends at Mighty Spark!

Stuffed Peppers are one of my go-to gluten free meals, whether they’re filled with Buffalo Chicken, Spicy Eggplant, Italian Ground Turkey and Mushrooms or Chorizo, Corn and Black Beans, I love how easy they are to make and toss in the oven, slow cooker or on the grill!

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Pumpkin Enchiladas

Pumpkin enchiladas put a great fall spin on the traditional Mexican dish, made with a simple red pumpkin sauce & filled with your choice of soyrizo, chorizo, cheese or veggies!

Pumpkin enchiladas put a great fall spin on the traditional Mexican dish, made with a simple red pumpkin sauce & filled with chorizo, cheese or veggies!

One of my favorite recipes to make in the fall is Pumpkin Chili, it’s always a hit when I serve it at my annual “Pumpkin Carving Party” and it inspired me to make these delicious Pumpkin Enchiladas!

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Breakfast Taquitos

Breakfast Taquitos are the perfect easy breakfast recipe, made with chorizo, or soyrizo for vegetarians, scrambled eggs & pepper jack cheese!

Breakfast Taquitos are the perfect easy breakfast recipe, made with chorizo, or soyrizo for vegetarians, scrambled eggs & pepper jack cheese!

Cinco De Mayo is just a few days away and what better way to start the celebration than with your first meal of the day!

Breakfast Taquitos are so easy to make! You can even prepare them the night before, then bake them up in the morning, making the start to your day so simple!

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Slow Cooker Chorizo Corn Chili

Chorizo sausage & corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, easily whipped up with only 15 minutes of prep & perfect for cool fall & winter days!

Chorizo sausage and corn chili is a spicy, flavorful slow cooker recipe, perfect for cool fall and winter days!

It’s a rainy, cool day in San Diego, which means it’s finally starting to feel like fall! When it comes to recipes, nothing says fall to me more than a big bowl of chili!

During the fall and winter months growing up in Oklahoma, my Mom would put on a crock pot of chili once a week. I loved smelling the delicious aromas from the chili when I arrived home from school!

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Easy Mexican Sweet Potato Hash

Soyrizo, bell pepper & onion are added to this delicious & easy Mexican Sweet Potato Hash recipe! It’s gluten free, vegetarian & made in only 30 minutes!

Mexican Sweet Potato Hash Recipe

It’s Taco Tuesday folks, and to celebrate I decided to whip up this Sweet Potato Hash, toss it in a tortilla and get my grub on!

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Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Chorizo Tostadas are topped with fresh, homemade Watermelon Serrano Salsa, Queso Fresco and Creamy Avocado Sauce for a deliciously easy recipe!

Chorizo Tostadas with Watermelon Serrano Salsa

Now that summer has officially arrived, I’ve been seriously craving light, refreshing dishes, and watermelon keeps coming to mind!

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Beef and Chorizo Nacho Burger Sliders

Ground beef and spicy chorizo are combined in these grilled nacho sliders that are topped with queso dip, salsa and jalapeños!

Beef and Chorizo Nacho Burger Sliders

Being born and raised an Oklahoma girl, there’s not much I love more than a cheeseburger and queso dip.

In Oklahoma if you order queso, you’re basically ordering a nacho cheese dip. I found out very quickly when I moved to San Diego that California Mexican restaurants consider queso something totally different.

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Gluten Free Chorizo Empanadas

These Empanadas are made with homemade gluten free dough, and vegetarian soy chorizo for a healthy, Mexican appetizer or dinner recipe.

Gluten Free Empanadas

Truth #1: Some things are easier made gluten free than others.

Truth #2: Some things are worth the effort to be made gluten free!

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Mexican Chorizo Meatballs with Sweet Jalapeño Sauce

Mexican Soyrizo Meatballs are a deliciously spicy vegetarian recipe, top them with Sweet Jalapeno Sauce to calm down the heat in the meatballs!

Meatballs in the middle of “Meatless May”, say it ain’t so! Don’t worry people, I used Soy Chorizo to make these spicy, scrumptious Mexican Meatballs!

To cool down the spiciness I topped them with a Sweet and Creamy Jalapeño sauce then added a Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Couscous for the side.

This recipe also gave me a great reason to use my new Meatball Grilling Basket from Sur La Table (love this place!)

My newest culinary gadget was easy to use and worked perfectly!!!

Ingredients (makes 12 meatballs)

  • 12 oz soy chorizo
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 cup red onion (diced)
  • 1/4 cup green onions (chopped)
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (crushed)
  • 1 large egg
  • 4 oz can green chilies

Combine the soy chorizo, bread crumbs, cumin, cayenne pepper and chili powder in a large bowl.

Add the red and green onions, cilantro and garlic.

Add the green chilies and egg to combine the ingredients.

Mix well then form into meatballs. Spray the grill basket with olive oil cooking spray then place the meatballs in the basket. (If you do not have a grill basket, or a grill for that matter, you can cook the meatballs in a skillet with a tablespoon of olive oil on the stove.)

Now close the basket and place on the grill over medium heat.

Grill for about 6 minutes on each side. While the meatballs are grilling, prepare the sauce and side.

Sweet Jalapeño Sauce

Ingredients (makes app 1/2 cup)

  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and chopped)
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp cumin

Place all ingredients in a blender.

Blend until smooth.

Now, prepare the Roasted Tomatillo and Corn Couscous:

Ingredients (makes app. 2 cups)

  • 1 cup couscous
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tomatillos (husks removed)
  • 1 ear corn (kernels removed)
  • 1/4 cup tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/2 cup red onion (chopped)
  • 1 jalapeño (de-seeded and chopped)
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro (chopped)

Boil the water and salt in a medium saucepan.

When the water comes to a boil, remove from the heat and add the couscous. Cover and let stand for 5 minutes. In the meantime chop the vegetables and remove the kernels from the ear of corn.

At this time roast the tomatillos on the grill until slightly charred.

Remove from the grill and chop.  Add these, as well as the other vegetables to the couscous and mix well.

Top with the lime juice, cilantro and cumin.

Mix together and your side is ready!

At this time the meatballs should be cooked through and ready to come off the grill.

Now remove the meatballs from the grill basket.

Place on a plate with the couscous and jalapeño sauce.

A unique and delicious dinner, but not for the faint of heart, this one is spicy!

One of my new favorite meals!


Black Bean and Chorizo Fillo Baskets

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Last night these delightful Mini Fillo Shells were lingering around my pantry saying “fill me and eat me!”

These were a spur-of-the-moment purchase while at Fresh and Easy last week.  My thought “these are cute, I can find something to put in them!” And last night I did! They became the appetizer before my yummy dinner of Chicken and Sweet Corn Tamales I made by special request for my Mom!

I decided to make a black bean puree to put in the shells with spicy pork chorizo and topped with Cotija cheese. What a great combination of crunch from the fillo baskets and creaminess from the black bean puree! They were a huge hit and gone before I could set the serving plate on the coffee table!

Ingredients (makes 15 baskets)

  • 1 box 15 mini fillo shells
  • 1 can black beans (15 oz)
  • 2 garlic cloves (chopped)
  • 2 tsp avocado oil (or olive oil)
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp onion powder
  • 1 lime (juiced)
  • 1 package pork chorizo (12 oz)
  • 1/4 cup cotija cheese

Start by pre-heating the oven to 350°F and line the fillo shells up on a baking sheet.

Next, drain the black beans and place in a food processor or blender to puree.

Then add the chopped garlic to the black beans and blend.

Next, add the avocado oil, seasonings and lime juice.

Blend until all ingredients are incorporated.

Next, begin cooking the chorizo in a small skillet over medium-high heat.

While the chorizo is cooking pour the black bean puree into the bottom of each fillo basket.

Fill half way with the puree, just be sure to save room for the meat and cheese, AKA: the happiness!

Now about that happiness, the chorizo should be cooked through at this point and ready to be placed on top of the black bean puree!

Thank you to Billy for being such a doll and snapping some shots of me in action!

Mmmm chorizo!  Now top with the cotija cheese!  This cheese is named after a town in Mexico and is a salty, crumbly cheese similar to feta.

Place in the oven for 2-3 minutes to melt the cheese on top.

Transfer to a serving plate and just try to make it to the table before they’re all gone!

A little close-up action…

You can also top with cilantro for a little extra flavor and color!

♣ Vegetarian Option: Substitute soy-chorizo for pork chorizo, available at most grocery stores. 

♦ Gluten Free Option: Instead of fillo baskets, use Tostitos Scoops which are gluten-free. (As seen below)

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