Lean Chorizo

READY IN: 1hr 45mins




  • Trim as much fat as possible from the tenderloin, and trim any silver skin. While most sausage recipes retain the fat, this isn't necessary because the fat will be provided by the bacon ends and pieces.
  • Cut tenderloin into 1 inch chunks. Chop bacon ends and pieces into 1 inch sections.
  • Blend cumin, salt, chili powder, cayenne pepper, granulated onion, paprika, oregano, and white pepper together in a bowl. Toss tenderloin in the seasoning to completely coat. Add the bacon ends and pieces and blend thoroughly.
  • Put pork and bacon in a zip-loc bag or sealed plastic container and put in the freezer for at least 1 hour. Freeze the meat grinder components, too (everything but the part with the motor). Everything needs to be cold to get the best possible grind.
  • Finely chop chipotle peppers. Remove the seeds if you want a less spicy sausage. Add to food processor, and grate the garlic into the food processor. Add vinegar and tequila. Blend until everything is combined.
  • After at least 1 hour, remove meat from the freezer and assemble the meat grinder. If meat isn't nearing a hard-frozen state, continue freezing until it is. Unfrozen meat will smear in the meat grinder, creating an unpleasant texture.
  • Push the pork and bacon through together using the meat grinder pusher: don't separate the pork from the bacon, since it should be blended. Continue until all the meat is ground.