Easy Beef Chorizo

Homemade Beef Chorizo

Chorizo is so delicious but since it’s made with pork and loaded with preservatives in the grocery store, I haven’t had any for over a decade! The other day I smelled someone making chorizo and made me want to eat some! I didn’t really think about ever making it at home and not using beef…that was until I saw a really great looking recipe on PaleOMG! It was made with pork, and my immediate thought was “I wonder if I could substitute ground beef?” So I did a quick search, decided which spices seemed best and tried it. I am so glad I did, the taste was phenomenal!

I was not disappointed at all, in fact I am preparing my shopping list for the week to include chorizo all week! I think I’ll get tired of it, but that’s ok, along the way I will gain more experience to fix that next craving. I’m going to try sweet potato hash in place of the butternut squash, I know it will be great 🙂

In this recipe, organ meats can easily be “hidden” by adding 3 Tbs. of chopped organ meats per 1 pound of ground meat. You could also use ground turkey or ground lamb.


  • 1 lb grass-fed ground beef
  • 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp chili powder or ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½  teaspoons dried red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbs apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbs filtered water


  1.  In a mixing bowl, put all the spices, apple cider vinegar and water and combine.
  2. Then add the ground beef and mix well.
  3. Once the meat is fully mixed with the spices, it is ready to be used in your recipe (usually with eggs and potatoes, sweet potatoes or winter squash). Alternately, you can make it into patties or stuff into a casing.

This goes great with avocado served on the side.


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