Chipotle Copycat Chorizo

I’ve been dying to share this recipe with you! It’s like, the easiest thing ever. (We all like easy, right?) And SOOO tasty.

I made this chorizo twice in one week last month, and it’s going to be one of my Whole30 staples this round — if my kids don’t scarf all of it. I barely had leftovers when I made this for dinner.

Speaking of Whole30, how many of you are doing a round this month? If you subscribe to my newsletter, did you see the two weeks worth of Whole30 meal plans I sent in December’s email? I included shopping lists and weekend prep tips, too!

If you didn’t subscribe in time, I’ll be resending those in January’s newsletter in a couple of weeks. You can subscribe here: Perry’s Plate Newsletter Subscription. Don’t miss them!

Anyway, back to chorizo….

One thing I love about Chipotle is that it’s one of the few restaurants where you can order Whole30 compliant meals. Have you tried their new pork-chicken chorizo? Its GOOOOD.

I decided to whip up my own version of it — partly because I can’t resist putting together a new spice blend.

Meet my newest friend, chorizo seasoning. It has three different kinds of paprika along with a bunch of other seasonings that give it a peppery, southwest punch.

The addition of ground chicken lightens up the pork and makes it less greasy. If you can’t find ground chicken, just use ground turkey.

Keep a jar of that spice blend in your cabinet and you’ll go from zero to chorizo in about 15 minutes. It’s paleo, Whole30 compliant, and you can make a big batch at the beginning of the week and use it for wraps, scrambles, omelets, clean-out-the-fridge bowls, and salads.

I could eat salads like this everyday. Especially with a big drizzle of Paleo Ranch Dressing.


Chipotle Copycat Chorizo

Yield: Serves 6
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Here's a super easy homemade version of Chipotle's newest pork-chicken chorizo! You can use ground chicken or ground turkey -- whichever is easier to find. I like to keep the seasoning in a little jar in my cupboard so I can whip this up fast! Make a big batch of this seasoned meat at the beginning of the week and use it in scrambles, hashes, salads, and wraps all week long


For the chorizo seasoning:

  • 2 Tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon hot paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon dried chipotle powder (depending on how spicy you want it)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic

For making the chorizo:

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground chicken or turkey
  • 1 Tablespoon red wine vinegar


  1. Combine the ingredients for the chorizo seasoning in a small bowl.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground pork and chicken to the pan, breaking the meat into bite-sized pieces.
  3. Add 3 Tablespoons of chorizo seasoning to the skillet. Work the spices gently into the meat and cook for 12-15 minutes until the meat has formed brown crusted spots on much of the meat.
  4. Add the red wine vinegar to the skillet and toss to combine. Taste, and add a bit more salt if you think it's necessary.