When you hear the word Mexican and breakfast, too many people think of a breakfast burrito. However, there is a number of Mexican style breakfast dishes that are full of flavor and nutrition to get your day started. One of the tastiest Mexican style breakfast meals is the chorizo. This delicious breakfast dish is made with sausages. Eddies Mexican Restaurant would like to tell you more about the chorizo and how it has changed throughout the different regions.
Is Chorizo Made from Cow or Pig?
The first chorizo originated in the Iberian Peninsula, which is set between Spain and Portugal. The Spanish brought the sausage meal with them when they occupied South America. What made the chorizo such an ideal breakfast meat is that the meat was cured and did not need to be cooked. The sausage can be used in many different ways and eaten while on the go. This is why it was commonly used during travel and expeditions. Chorizo is a spicy sausage that is made with dried, smoked, red peppers which is why chorizo has a deep red color. Chorizo is primarily made form pork but there are some beef variations as well.
Chorizo Fresco in Mexico
The Mexican version of the chorizo is the chorizo fresco. It can be made from pork but also from beef, turkey, chicken and venison. Unlike the Spanish chorizo that is more of sausage link, the Mexican chorizo is minced or chopped and uses a few different seasonings. Mexican chorizos use smoked paprika and chili peppers which make the Mexican Chorizo more spicy. Depending on the regions, such as the Toluca area, they give us a green chorizo which is made from various meats as well as tomatillo, cilantro, chili peppers and garlic. In Mexico, the chorizo is used in many dishes, from rice, chorizo and eggs to burritos and tacos. Even so, it is primarily recognized as a breakfast meat.
Popular Chorizo in South America
In South America and in the Ecuador region, the chorizo was adopted when the Spanish occupied the area. However, in South America, the chorizo is made a bit differently than the other regions. In South America, the chorizo is a mixture of chopped pork meat, pork fat, salt, cinnamon, whole pepper grains, achiote and red chilies. South American chorizos are a deep red color and is mostly eaten with eggs, mashed potatoes, salads, and avocado. In South American, the chorizo is a sausage link that is mostly fried when eaten.
Chorizo in Central America & Caribbean
In Central America and in the Caribbean the chorizo is essentially the same as the Spanish chorizo. The chorizo is a smoked sausage that can be eaten cooked or uncooked. The chorizo made in central America and in the Caribbean use the same spices and pork, The only difference in Central America and Caribbean is how they use the chorizo as it is used in many different dishes than what is made in Spain.
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The chorizo isn’t just found in Portugal, Spain, or in South America, but there is a variation of chorizo found all over the world including in North America, Asia, and in the Philippines. If you are looking for a good Mexican style breakfast that is not a breakfast burrito, come on down to Eddie’s Mexican Restaurant and try out our Chorizo Con Huevos and add chorizo to our Queso Fundido today.