Homemade Chorizo

By Mark Sargant, BBC Food website
You will need a manual sausage machine for this recipe.


1kg/2lb 2oz minced lean pork shoulder
200g/7oz pork back fat, diced
25g/1oz fine salt
1½ tbsp smoked paprika
3 garlic cloves, crushed
1½ tbsp crushed black peppercorns
1½ tbsp fennel seeds
25-50ml/1-2fl oz red wine
Natural sausage skins (available from butchers)


  • For the chorizo, place all of the ingredients, except the sausage skins, into a bowl and mix until well combined.
  • Press the sausage meat into a manual sausage machine and press down.
  • Place a sausage skin over the end of the nozzle and turn the handle.
  • Turn until the skins are all filled, then remove from the nozzle.
  • Twist the sausage at 30cm/12in intervals to form individual sausages then prick carefully with a toothpick to release any air pockets.
  • Hang in a cool dry place for at least one month, preferably up to three months.