Anyone who loves a good burrito can attest: Mexican chorizo, that spicy chilli-flecked sausage, is a wonderful thing. Not only is it fairly straightforward to make at home, but it can be made significantly leaner with one simple switch.
Uncooked chorizo is usually made of pork, but as Ana Frias of cooking blog Muy Delish points out, it can also be made with other proteins, too. She likes to swap pork for lean beef to create a heart-healthier chorizo.
Ana points out that if you select the leanest ground beef option, you can eat almost double the portion for the same amount of calories than if you were to use the most common ground beef blend. If you're aiming to eat a higher-protein diet, this version will provide more protein per calorie than the fattier stuff.
We all know that fat usually adds flavour, but her Mexican chorizo recipe, below, isn't short on any of that; it calls for mixing ground beef with spices like chipotle, ancho chile, cumin, and allspice, as well as aromatics like garlic and dried oregano. As with traditional pork chorizo, it'd also be great as a filling for tacos or tortas, or to add meatiness to a queso fundido.
How to Make Beef Chorizo (Healthy) [Muy Delish]