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Chorizo Fried Rice: A Spanish-Asian Fusion Delight

Looking for a quick and delicious meal to whip up using your leftovers? Look no further than Chorizo Fried Rice, a popular dish straight from the Filipino kitchen. Bursting with smoky flavors from chorizo and flavored with aromatic ingredients, it’s a dish that will keep you coming back for more.

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What is Chorizo Fried Rice?

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Chorizo Fried Rice is a wonderful example of a meaty rice dish that merges the flavors of Asia and Latin America. This spiced fried rice is a favorite in the Filipino kitchen. A combination of leftover cold rice and chorizo, it’s a simple and richly satisfying meal.

Chorizo, a smoked sausage famous for its deep red color and smoky flavor, is the star of our Chorizo Fried Rice. Spanish chorizo is made from chopped pork seasoned with smoked paprika, garlic, pimento, and salt. However, unique versions of chorizo can also be found in Mexico and the Philippines, boasting distinct spices and meat choices.

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Easy Meals with Fried Rice

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Fried rice is a staple in many cuisines worldwide, from Nasi Goreng in Malaysia to Sinangag in the Philippines, and of course, our Chorizo Fried Rice. Not only is it a comfort food, but it’s also a versatile dish you can customize. Stir-frying rice with various ingredients, such as meat, seafood, vegetables, and eggs, results in a flavorful rice dish that’s quick and convenient for weeknight dinners.

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Tips for the Perfect Chorizo Fried Rice

  • For the best results, use leftover cold rice. This ensures that the rice is dry and can absorb all the flavors of the chorizo and seasonings.
  • Be creative with your ingredients. Feel free to add other vegetables or proteins to make this dish your own.
  • Try to evenly chop your vegetables so they can cook uniformly and integrate well with the rice and chorizo.

Alternatives and Substitutes

  • If chorizo is unavailable, you can replace it with other types of smoked sausage.
  • If you’re vegetarian or vegan, substitute the chorizo with tofu or tempeh. Use tamari sauce instead of soy sauce for a gluten-free alternative.
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Savor the taste of this delightful dish, and let us know how you enjoyed your cooking journey! Why not try these if you’re looking for more delectable fried rice recipes? Ham & Egg Fried Rice or Bagoong (shrimp paste) Fried Rice


Chorizo Fried Rice

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Course: MainCuisine: FilipinoDifficulty: Easy


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Chorizo Fried Rice is a flavorful fusion dish that combines the savory taste of chorizo and leftover cold rice. It’s quick to prepare and ideal for those looking for a delicious and convenient meal.

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  • 4 pcs 4 pcs Chorizo (sliced diagonally)

  • 4 cups 740 g Rice (Cold or Leftover)

  • 1 medium 1 medium Red Onion (peeled and minced)

  • 5 cloves 5 cloves Garlic (peeled and minced)

  • 2 tbsp 12 g Spring Onion (finely chopped)

  • 1 small 1 small Carrot (peeled and minced)

  • 1/4 tsp 0.45 g Cayenne Pepper

  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

  • 2 tbsp 29.57 ml Cooking Oil


  • Begin by heating your cooking oil in a large skillet or wok. Sauté the minced garlic and onion until they are soft and fragrant.
  • Add the sliced chorizo until fully cooked and add carrots to the pan, sautéing for a minute.
  • Add your leftover cold rice to the pan and mix well. Ensure all the grains are well coated with the oils and seasonings from the chorizo.
  • Season your dish with salt, and pepper. Add cayenne pepper if you prefer a bit of a kick.
  • Lastly, add the finely chopped spring onions and mix well. Cook for another minute or two to let all the flavors combine.
  • Serve your Chorizo Fried Rice hot, and enjoy this easy meal straight from your Filipino kitchen!

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I use freshly cooked rice for this recipe?

    Yes, But It’s best to use leftover cold rice for this recipe. Freshly cooked rice may result in a mushy texture.

  • Can I store the leftover Chorizo Fried Rice?

    It can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave or stir-fry before serving.

  • Can I add other vegetables to this recipe?

    Absolutely! You can add bell peppers, peas, or even corn. Just make sure to chop them finely.

  • Can this dish be made spicy?

    Definitely! Add some chili flakes or hot sauce for an extra kick.

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