I was looking to make a lighter version of chorizo with a strong garlic flavor. The original recipe calls for ground pork and not having in I used turkey and made a few additional changes and the result was very good. The Ancho chile will not add alot of heat. It adds a nice rich flavor. The heat can be adjusted to your liking by increasing the red pepper flakes.
- 1 lb ground turkey
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
- 2 tablespoons dried ancho chile powder
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 3⁄4-1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground coriander
- 1 tablespoon ground cumin
- 1 -2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (Or more depending how hot you want the sausage.)
- 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
- In a medium bowl, throughly mix the turkey with the spices; mix in the vinegar.
- Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
- Next morning form the mixture into patties and pan fry in a small amount of oil, crumble into your favorite dish or freeze for later use.
I made the mistake of using ground turkey breast instead of ground turkey. I won't do that again! You definitely need a little bit of fat in the meat. That being said, the flavor of this chorizo was excellent! I used it to make breakfast burritos with scrambled eggs, pico de gallo, jalapeno slices, avocado chunks and pepper jack cheese. Yummy! Thanks for sharing, Paula!
Great recipe! The first time I made it I followed the recipe to the letter and it was fantastic. The next time I added a little extra garlic and some smoked paprika. I also subbed a 1 TBSP of New Mexico chili powder for 1 TBSP of the ancho powder for a different subtle kick. Thanks so much for this recipe and a great way to enjoy chorizo flavor without the fat & calories. It's awesome with eggs and a little cilantro and green onion. Just like being back home in Texas!