Discovering Mexican Chorizo

Every time I cook and eat vegetables with Mexican chorizo, I smile and shake my head in disbelief. How could’ve I lived in Texas for ten years before tasting Mexican chorizo for the first time?! Even funnier fact — I ate it for the first time at Uchi! No, I am not crazy. No, it was not on the menu. I was staging at Uchi in 2012 and one of the chefs made Mexican chorizo with potatoes for a family meal. Since then, I make dishes with Mexican chorizo, smile, and shake my head in disbelief!

To Buy or to Make at Home?

Cinderella Pumpkin and Mexican Chorizo Ingredients
Cinderella Pumpkin and Mexican Chorizo Ingredients

In Texas, it is easy to buy a very good tasting Mexican chorizo in a regular supermarket. Just read the labels and go for a natural casing or no casing at all, since chorizo is cooked without it. It is also ridiculously easy to make. Get a good pork butt or shoulder, grind or finely chop it, mix with seasoning, mature refrigerated, portion, and cook or freeze. The beauty of making Mexican chorizo at home is in the convenience of adjusting the flavors and the level of heat to your taste. Besides, you can make green Mexican chorizo, which is not known in the U.S. and not available in stores.

Discovering Cinderella Pumpkin

Cinderella pumpkins are impossible to miss when they appear during the season, I mean now. They are beautifully colored heirloom French variety Rouge vif D’Etampes that looks just like the coach in the fairy tale Cinderella. I discovered this pumpkin last year. This year I added 6 more favorite Cinderella pumpkin recipes to my collection!

Cinderella pumpkin is surprisingly easy to cut with a sharp chefs knife. For this recipe, I recommend to cut, clean, and slice it first, peel each slice, and then cube it. This is the most efficient way to prep it for cooking.

Pumpkins are big. You will be able to make a few meals with it. You can cut it into halves or quarters, cover them with food plastic wrap, and keep refrigerated in the vegetable section of your fridge for up to a week while using portion by portion for a variety of dishes. You can also cook it your favorite way and freeze for longer storage. For example, bake and puree it, portion into Ziplocks, and use for making cheesecakes or soups when this pumpkin is out of season. Don’t hesitate to buy a large pumpkin! You’ll eat it all no matter how big your family is!

See How It’s Done

I can add another funny fact to my story about Mexican chorizo — my first demo video uses it as an ingredient.

Pumpkin with Mexican Chorizo

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican, Southern
Keyword: Mexican chorizo, pumpkin
Servings: 3 portions

Ingredients

  • 3 cups pumpkin Cinderella, cubed
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil
  • 1 each onion diced
  • 6 oz red Mexican chorizo
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 1 tbsp sweet smoked paprika powder
  • 2 oz queso Fresco crumbled
  • 2 oz Asadero cheese grated
  • 2 handfulls blue corn chips

Instructions

  • Wash the pumpkin. Cut, clean, and slice it first, peel each slice, and then cube it. Measure 3 cups of cubed pumpkin. Peel and dice onions. Prepare Mexican chorizo.
  • Heat 2 tsp of vegetable oil in a frying pan over high heat, season with salt and pepper and saute onions until soft and fragrant.
  • Move the onions to the sides of the pan and add cubed pumpkin. Season it with salt and pepper. Saute until the first signs of caramelization — lightly browned.
  • Move the vegetables to the sides of the pan and saute Mexican chorizo over high heat. Break the pork lumps and stir with a spatula. Then mix it with the vegetables.
  • Season with smoked paprika, add 1/2 cup hot water, stir, cover with a lid, lower the heat to minimum, and slowly cook for about 15 minutes. The water should evaporate by the time all vegetables are soft and fully absorbed the flavors of chorizo.
  • Serve on a warm plate sprinkled with cheese. I suggest a combination of Queso Fresco and Asadero but feel free to choose your favorite, as well as your favorite corn chips. Enjoy the variety of textures — soft, creamy, chewy, melting, crunchy. Enjoy the boldness of flavors with a glass of cold beer or Michelada. Provecho!
    Cinderella Pumpkin and Mexican Chorizo
Cinderella Pumpkin and Mexican Chorizo