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Spanish Chorizo

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Spanish Chorizo is made from coarsely chopped pork and pork fat, seasoned with garlic, pimentón/pimentão peppers (a type of smoked paprika) and salt. Generally classed as either picante (spicy) or dulce (sweet), depending on the kind of paprika that was used. Chorizo gets its distinctive smokiness and deep red colour from smoked, dried red peppers - pimentón/pimentão. The difference between Portuguese and Spanish Chorizo is that Spanish Chorizo is made up of 20 percent of paprika and is generally more coarse than its Portuguese counterpart. Delicious in a variety of dishes, it's perfect both on its own, grilled or simmered - the possibilities are endless.

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