Some ingredients are so great they can completely transform a recipe from something mundane into a true revelation. Chorizo is one of those ingredients. The Spanish pork sausage is packed with so much flavor (from spices like cumin and paprika) that just a little bit of it goes a long way to improve a recipe.

If you've never used Spanish chorizo before you should know that it doesn't need a long time to cook since it's fully cured. A brief saute is all that's needed to crisp up the sausage and extract the flavor and bright red color.

It's pretty much a meal saver; let the recipes below show you what we mean.

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