Friday, May 23, 2008

Soyrizo and Beans

I love Chorizo but it is so fatty and greasy that I hate to cook with it. If you have never had it, it is a smoky and delicious sausage. I discovered a soy alternative and I am so excited because it is true to the flavor with so much less fat and mess!! I found this recipe for Ellie's Chorizo and Beans and gave it a try, it turned out GREAT!

* 8 ounces chorizo sausage
* 1 cup onion, diced
* 1 fresh jalapeno, diced
* 1 clove garlic, minced
* 1 (20 ounce) can Goya pinto beans, undrained


1. In a medium skillet, cook chorizo and drain if necessary. (there is no need to drain with the fake stuff!)
2. Add onions, garlic and Jalapeño, sautéing until soft.
3. Add beans and let simmer for 1 hour over low heat and serve with tortillas, sour cream and salsa.

This could not be simpler. You need the chorizo, beans, a jalapeno, some garlic and some shallot or onion.

apparently I can't read and you were not supposed to drain the beans. woops. It still turned out great. I used to be afraid to cook because I might mess something up. Well, I do, and most of the time it still turns out just fine.

I got some rice going in a pan with a few drops of olive oil.

I love this old Descoware cast iron pan I found at a thrift store, $5!

get your shallot all chopped up.

remove the seeds and the white part that holds the seads in from your jalapeno if you don't want it to be too hot.

cook the chorizo up

add the onion, garlic and japalenos, let it cook for a minute. Add your beans and let those simmer for an hour. This is a very important step, use this hour to do something for yourself. Take a nap, put your feet up and watch some tv, read a book or take a nice bath!

Then sit down with this spicy and tasty meal. It is simple but oh so good. I got the SO to at least taste the chorizo (had to make sure there were no visible bean parts) and he admitted it was 'good'. baby steps.


  1. Chorizo here in Mexico is very popular but like you said... fatty and greasy.
    I've seen in the supermarket that one made with soy but I've never tried! I guess is time!

  2. I am a HUGE fan of Soyrizo (and your blog!) and love making "hobo packets" with it. these are basically aluminum foil packets filled with chunks of potatoes, onion quarters, large cuts of carrot, a few spices (s & p, cumin, cayanne), olive oil, and half a package of soyrizo spread about. i top it off with a big handful of cilantro before closing it up and popping it in the oven at 350 for 30-45 minutes or until the potatoes are done. soooo yummy. your soyrizo dish looks awesome as well and I can't wait to try it!

  3. Soyrizo, who'da thunk it!?

    I'm a big fan of chorizo and, with my new diet changes, I figured I'd never taste it again. I'm definitely looking for this product and will try this recipe for sure! And I know already that the hubby's gonna like this one :D

  4. This looks yummy! I am happy to see that you got those beans out of the mark down bin. The very first place to shop.

  5. Ao4's mom here. Your blog is totally wonderful - thanks to Joe for pointing the way! :)
    I'll keep checking back to see what's cooking!

  6. Anyway, we are with that nice Ao4 lady KZK - yummy stuff!

    AND please give Joe one of my bonesikhle khreations for sharing this blog!

    My mom has a piece of pork in the khrokhkpot for pullin' later - it smells good now BUT it will be hours and hours until she deems it done!

    Khyra and her mom

  7. i live on the east coast and have a hard time trying to find chorizo. we are about to get a trader joe's and a whole foods here, so i am hoping that that will expand my food shopping options!

    where did you find your sorizo?

  8. Hi it's Noah's pinky here. What a great blog this is. I'm sorry your other half is not a food fan. I'm lucky cause B will eat anything so I get to try out lots on him plus he doesn't mind to cook himself (yay).
    I love chorizo too but cause of the fat content I don't use it often. I was just thinking of putting it in a risotto for tonights dinner but went with prosciutto instead (with blue cheese, asparagus and tarragon) I'll have to check out the supermarket for the alternative.
    I'll be visiting this blog often. It's great finding people who love food.


  9. After seeing the pizza on Joey's blog I rushed right over! Now I have never seen the soyrizio here either but maybe becasue I have never really looked!. I'll check it out on my shopping day this week cuz this looks YUMMY!!!!Diana(PS A+A say that in the hour you have free you should be playing with your dogs)

  10. What a delicious blog. I will have to visit more often. Maybe I can learn to cook.


  11. You can find soyrizo at your local WalMart.