What it is
Dried chorizo is an intensely seasoned, hard Spanish pork sausage (not to be confused with Mexican fresh chorizo). It’s flavored with pimentón (smoked paprika), garlic and salt and comes in sweet and spicy varieties.
How to use it
Enjoy thin slices right out of the package, with crusty bread and mustard, or lightly fry it for tapas. Use it to enhance soups, stews or rice dishes such as paella.
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Buying and storing
Dried chorizo can be found with other specialty cured meats in larger supermarkets or you can order it online. Whole chorizo can be kept in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, while sliced can be kept, well wrapped, for up to a week.