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Low Carb Chorizo & Eggs: Breakfast & Dinner

Low Carb Chorizo & Eggs: Breakfast & Dinner

High carb meals can be satisfying but they often leave you bloated and lethargic. Not so with this easy low carb dinner of Chorizo and Eggs.  It’s easy to whip together and you won’t be lacking for compliments on the flavor.

Low Carb Dinner of Chorizo and Eggs
Low Carb Dinner of Chorizo and Eggs
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Spanish Chorizo vs. Mexican Chorizo

Chorizo is a highly seasoned, somewhat spicy, ground sausage made of pork. It is used most often in Mexican or Spanish cuisine.

The Spanish version is smoked and the smoky flavor of the sausage is enhanced with liberal use of smoked paprika. When you see the deep red chorizo in the store, that is going to be the smoky Spanish version.

Alternatively, the Mexican version is fresh, raw pork which is typically seasoned with vinegar and a variety of chile peppers. Mexican chorizo can be quite complex with the brighter spiciness of chile peppers that are not smoked.

Mexican corizo and Spanish chorizo are indeed different flavor profiles, so they aren’t truly interchangeable. They are both excellent however and if your dish calls for Spanish and all there is in the store is Mexican, use it! You will still end up with a robust flavor-filled dish.

Also, chorizo is typically sold ground with the addtions mentioned above. Sometimes however, it is sold as a cured meat similar to other cured sausages, which means it does not have to be cooked like the ground version.

Other Great Dishes Using Chorizo

The chorizo and egg recipe below is typically considered a breakfast dish. There is absolutely no reason it can’t stand in for a low carb dinner however. It is certainly filling with plenty of protein!

Chorizo is very versatile, and the dish you use it in can vary dramatically. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using chorizo:

  • A creamy cauliflower mac n cheese from The “ibreatheimhungry blog”
  • My husband frequently uses chorizo for his version of huevos rancheros.
  • a spicy alternative to ground beef in pastas and lasagnas
  • This DIY for cheese & jam pairings has some great ideas for using cured chorizo. Add some “cured/smoked” chorizo and other dried meats for a perfect chacuterie plate around the holidays or for social gatherings.

Is Cilantro Necessary for Mexican Chorizo and Eggs?

There are two camps on cilantro, the lovers and the haters.  If you are a lover, then mince up some of the cilantro stems and add to the recipe when you add the other spices.  If you are a hater…..well, it doesn’t hurt the dish one iota to leave it out entirely.

Accompaniments to Serve with Chorizo and Eggs

Eggs are typically a breakfast item. However, this hearty protein packed dish can be served any time of day- here are a few serving suggestions:

Make it in Muffin Tins!

This recipe would also be easily adaptable to bake in muffin tins, so that everyone can customize to their own taste preferences and dietary needs.

Instead of making wells in the chorizo mix in the skillet, scoop the mix into muffin tins and crack an egg in each individual muffin cup, filling them about halfway or 3/4 full. Season and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until desired “doneness” of the yolk.

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Low Carb Chorizo and Eggs

Low Carb Dinner of Chorizo and Eggs
An easy low carb Mexican dish that can be served for breakfast or dinner. It is made on the stovetop in a skillet and is very flexible in the ingredient mix.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Servings 4
Calories 272
Author dorothy stainbrook

Ingredients

  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 8-10 oz chorizo ground chorizo, not cured
  • 1 med onion chopped
  • 1-3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 med bell pepper chopped
  • 1 cup romesco sauce can substitute 14 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 med lime zested and juiced
  • 4-5 med – large eggs
  • 3-6 sprigs cilantro for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in skillet over med-high heat.  Add chorizo and cook until no longer pink (4-5 min). Remove chorizo from pan (you may want to use a paper towell to wipe out some of the grease, but leave enough to saute the onion)
  • Add chopped onion and saute in the chorizo oil/grease until caramelized (4-5 minutes).  Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
  • Add reserved chorizo back to the skillet and stir in peppers, romesco (or tomatoes), spices, lime zest and lime juice.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Stir and cook 2-3 minutes until mixture is heated through.
  • Make small wells (holes) in the mixture with a spoon and carefully crack egg and pour into the wells, one by one.  Cover the skillet and cook over medium to medium low for 3-4 minutes, or until egg whites solidify.
  • Garnish with cilantro.  

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 13gFat: 20gCholesterol: 49mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4g
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Dianna

Sunday 18th of November 2018

Looking forward trying this recipe. So much enjoy your emails. Can I please get the guide to low carbs, Keto plan with meal plan. I already subscribe to your emails. Thank you.

dorothy stainbrook

Thursday 13th of December 2018

Hi Dianna, I sent you an email with the link in it. Enjoy!

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