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Low Carb Chorizo & Eggs: Breakfast & Dinner

Low Carb Chorizo & Eggs: Breakfast & Dinner
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High-carb meals can be satisfying but they often leave you bloated and lethargic. Not so with this easy low-carb breakfast (or dinner) of Chorizo and Eggs.  It’s easy to whip together and you won’t be lacking for compliments on the flavor. It’s one of my personal favorites!

Cast iron skillet low carb dinner of chorizo and eggs with scallions as garnish.
Low Carb Dinner of Chorizo and Eggs

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What is Spanish Chorizo vs. Mexican Chorizo?

Spanish chorizo and Mexican chorizo are indeed different, and they aren’t interchangeable.

The Spanish version is made from cured pork that is heavily seasoned with paprika. “Cured” means it is not raw and needing to be cooked like the fresh ground version typical of Mexican chorizo.

Spanish chorizo can be smoked, but it can also be cured without being smoked. Often the unsmoked version of chorizo is a bit sweeter. Look for the words picante (spicy) and dulce (sweet) on the label.

Tip: Because Spanish chorizo is “cured”, you can eat it straight out of the package or sauté it along with whatever dish you are making.

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, rather than the deeper smoky flavor of Spanish chorizo.

They are both excellent however and if your dish calls for Spanish and all there is in the store is Mexican, use it! Just know that you will need to cook the Mexican chorizo as it is raw.

You will end up with a different dish but it will still be a robust flavor-filled dish.

Type Take Note!Flavor
Spanish Cured PorkSmokey or sweet; paprika
Mexican Raw pork (or beef)Vinegar & chile peppers, cumin, paprika

How to Cook Mexican Chorizo

Fresh Mexican chorizo is often referred to as soft ‘cooking’ chorizo.

‘Cooking’ chorizo comes in pieces of sausages and it is common to remove the sausage casing and crumble the chorizo into a skillet.

The basic way to cook Mexican fresh chorizo is:

  1. First, remove the membrane from the chorizo. Discard the membrane.
  2. Saute whatever vegetables you might be using with the chorizo (typically it might include onions, garlic, and tomatoes).
  3. Crumble the chorizo into the frying pan with the vegetables. Cook for about 5 minutes until most of the fat from the chorizo has cooked off.
Ground chorizo cooking in a skillet.
Crumbled Chorizo Cooking in a Skillet

What 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:

Romesco in white bowl surrounded by peppers and nuts.
Romesco Sauce

Recipe Option: Make Chorizo & Eggs in Muffin Tins!

The recipe below would also be easily adaptable to bake in muffin tins so that everyone can customize it to their taste preferences and dietary needs.

Scoop the chorizo mix from the skillet into the individual muffin cups. Next, add a cracked egg into each muffin cup, filling them about 1/2 to 3/4 full.

Season and bake at 350 for about 15 minutes, or until desired “doneness” of the yolk.

Step-by-Step Illustration:

Here are the steps lined out with photos. For the details of the recipe itself, see the recipe card below.

Ingredients for Mexican Chorizo and Egg recipe
Ingredients: eggs, Mexican chorizo, olive oil, onion, bell pepper, romesco sauce, cumin, smoked paprika, coriander, lime, cilantro
Chorizo and ground beef cooked in skillet and then removed to white plate.
Step #1: Cook chorizo in skillet and then remove to plate and set aside.
Chopped onions in skillet caramelized in the chorizo fat.
Step #2: Caramelize the onions in the skillet with leftover chorizo fat.
Skillet with mixture of chorizo, onions, tomatoes, peppers and spices.
Step #3: Add chorizo back to skillet along with tomatoes, peppers and spices.
Skillet with chorizo, onion, pepper, tomato mix and 4 eggs placed in 4 indentations in the mixture.
Step #4: Make 4 small indentations in skillet mixture and crack 4 eggs into the indentations.
Chorizo mix and eggs cooking with a cover, which is baking the eggs.
Step #5: Cover the chorizo and egg mix and cook until egg whites solidify.
Finished dish of chorizo and eggs in a skillet.
Step #6: Uncover the skillet when egg whites turn from translucent to white and serve.

Other Great Recipes Using Chorizo

The chorizo and egg recipe below is typically considered a breakfast dish.

There is 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:

Red lentil and chorizo mulligan
Red lentil and chorizo mulligan

Similar Egg Recipes Without Chorizo

Here are some excellent egg dishes that you might enjoy for breakfast.

Swiss chard with nested eggs
Swiss chard with nested eggs

Frequently Asked Questions:

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.

Can you eat Spanish chorizo without cooking it?

Spanish chorizos are made from cured pork that is heavily seasoned with paprika. It can be smoked or unsmoked, spicy or sweet (look for the words picante and dulce on the label to signify spicy or sweet).

Because it’s cured, you can eat it straight out of the package or saute it along with whatever dish you are making. Do not eat uncured chorizo without first cooking.

If you enjoy all types of Mexican food, check out this category of ALL Mexican recipes, where you will find over 40 Mexican recipes, from casual, to low carb, to fancy.

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 10 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 272


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


  • 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).
    1-2 tablespoons olive oil, 8-10 ounces chorizo
  • Add chopped onion and saute in the chorizo oil/grease until caramelized (4-5 minutes).  Add garlic and cook about 30 seconds.
    1 medium onion, 1-3 cloves garlic
  • 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.
    1 medium bell pepper, 1 cup romesco sauce, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1 teaspoon coriander, 1 medium lime
  • 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.
    4-5 med – large eggs
  • Garnish with cilantro.  
    3-6 sprigs cilantro



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

    Looking forward trying this recipe.
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  2. Victoria says:

    5 stars
    Solid recipe! Delicious and will be making again

  3. Carrie K says:

    5 stars
    This recipe was excellent! The whole family (older children) loved it. I am allergic to pork, so I had to substitute chorizo for homemade beef sausage. I froze the extra romesca future use.

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