How to make Beef Chorizo (Healthy)

How to make Healthy Beef Chorizo @ fit, fun & delish!P I N_______I M A G E

You can’t go to a Mexican restaurant and not see Chorizo on the menu. Even grocery stores carry a version of Beef/Pork Chorizo. But you never know what kind of meat is used and have you seen all those extra preservatives & processed ingredients on the labell? Yikes!  I don’t know about you but I like to know what I’m eating!

Making Chorizo at home is one of the easiest Mexican dishes you can make. I like to control the type of meat I buy since I prefer to use lower fat ground beef. To me this means: less calories = bigger portions. I’m a bottomless pit!

Here is a small nutrition chart I put together to illustrate how the type of ground beef you select has an impact on the calories you eat:

P I N_______I M A G EDo you see the comparison between the 80/20 & 96/4? I can almost eat double the portion for the same amount of calories. Score!
How to make Healthy Beef Chorizo @ fit, fun & delish!P I N_______I M A G E

One dish I don’t mind eating a higher fat ground beef is hamburgers. You have to use the 80/20 for that! Otherwise you risk eating a dry and blah burger… that’s no bueno 😉

Speaking of “Mexican” food… I want to announce that I’m so excited for this Friday.  I’m about to become a U.S. Citizen!! I passed the test/interview about a month ago and now it’s time for the official swearing in. I can’t wait! I’ll give you more details later but I wanted to give you  a heads up on what’s coming my way.

My Mexican roots will never be erased but I’ll be very proud to say “I’m a United States Citizen” 😀
How to make Healthy Beef Chorizo @ fit, fun & delish!P I N_______I M A G E

How to make Beef Chorizo (Healthy)
Cuisine: Mexican
Author: Fit, Fun & Delish!
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Serves: 8-10
The leaner the ground beef you use the healthier it is. I use 96% ground beef but you may use any kind you want depending on how much fat you want on your chorizo.
  • 2 lbs 96% ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons Rub (recipe below)
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle chile
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Mix all the ingredients well in a large bowl, kneading as if for bread dough. Allow the mixture to stand refrigerated for at least 6 hours or as long as 4 days so the chorizo can ripen. Time allows the spices to infuse their flavors into the ground beef and for the chorizo’s flavor overall to mellow.
  2. Once the chorizo has cured you can freeze it in smaller portions and use as needed.
  3. Cook by frying in a pan. Mix with potatoes, onions, and/or green peppers. To make a delicious breakfast add some scramble eggs and eat with corn or flour tortillas. Another idea is to serve it as a burrito mixed with pinto beans & salsa. Yum!
Mexican Rub
Author: Fit, Fun & Delish!
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Use the Mexican Rub to transform any boring dish into something delicious and flavorful. Make grilled chicken, pork and even to tacos.
  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 1/2 tablespoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile
  • 1/2 tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground pepper
  1. Mix all ingredients and store tightly lidded.


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  • 09/28/2013 - 11:28 am

    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious - I love this homemade version! Can’t wait to try it for myself – the boyfriend will love it!ReplyCancel

    • 09/28/2013 - 12:28 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Awesome Chung-Ah! It’s so much better! Enjoy 😀ReplyCancel

  • 10/14/2013 - 9:30 am

    Amy - I was just browsing through this site (I found it through a link to a breakfast recipe from Huffington Post), but upon reading this post, I just found I had to comment and say, happy to have you as a fellow citizen! 😀 Congratulations!

    I love many of the recipes here, so I may drop by the comments again since I will probably subscribe. 😛 But just wanted to not lurk for a moment to say congrats.ReplyCancel

    • 10/20/2013 - 10:10 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Amy!! Thanks so much for your comment! It means the world! I appreciate you taking the time to look around. Stay in touch and I hope you have a great day!!!ReplyCancel

  • 12/31/2014 - 10:25 am

    Theresa Scholtz - Oh yum! I like to make up big batches of ground beef at once, for different meals, for the freezer. This is definitely being added to that list!! Pinning so I don’t forget! Also, congratulations and hope you’re enjoying being a citizen of our fabulous country! :)ReplyCancel

    • 01/08/2015 - 4:53 pm

      ana @ fit, fun & delish! - Hi Theresa! Thanks so much for the congrats! It feels no different than before I became a citizen but and the only time is when I travel out of the country and show my shinny and beautiful US Passport! LOL! Yes chorizo is a great meal to freeze. It’s all about saving time right? Have a wonderful day!ReplyCancel

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  • 08/27/2015 - 4:55 pm

    Dave Mandeville - Hi, I was poking around on google and came across your blog, specifically the entry about healthy chorizo. Although this particular blog is a few years old, I’m wondering if I could send you some of our Miners Mix Gourmet Chorizo mix that is designed to be used with ground beef? This particular mix is what started my business, Miners Mix. I love chorizo as well, but all the garbage and the fat in the commercial stuff is pretty disgusting. I’m pretty sure you’ll like ours a lot! It’s based on a rare and difficult to source heritage chile.

    There is a link on our web site pointing to my blog as well. It’s more of a BBQ blog with a little oddball stuff tossed in.

    Congrats on becoming a citizen the right way! I like to read these kinds of stories! A belated welcome!

    Hope to hear back from you.


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