Total Time
12hrs 15mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 12 hrs

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.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a medium bowl, throughly mix the turkey with the spices; mix in the vinegar.
  2. Cover the bowl and refrigerate overnight.
  3. 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.
Most Helpful

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!

rickoholic83 December 03, 2012

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!

mattg22 May 17, 2011