Easy Sweet and Spicy Chorizo Taco Recipe

LAST UPDATED: Mar 02, 2021 | PUBLISHED: Feb 12, 2020 | By:

This chorizo taco recipe is a must for your Taco Tuesdays and Cinco de Mayo. So quick and easy to make, these tacos are topped with pineapple salsa and a cilantro lime crema for a delicious sweet and spicy taco. Made with simple ingredients, these tacos come together in less than 15 minutes and are perfect for feeding a crowd.

Three corn tortillas on a white surface, chorizo taco ingredients in each one.

These amazing tacos pack a little heat! Chorizo paired with pineapple salsa, cilantro lime crema and sliced avocados are a fun and festive way to enjoy a crowd favorite!

If you are planning a taco bar for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations, this chorizo version just has to make an appearance! Wonderfully sweet and spicy, it’s packed full of flavor and will make a wonderful addition alongside more traditional favorites like my favorite Beef Tacos, Soft Chicken Tacos and Carne Asada Tacos.

The sweet and spicy pairing will have you craving them again and again. Fortunately, they couldn’t be quicker or easier to make!

Sweet and spicy chorizo tacos on a marble surface.

What is Chorizo?

Chorizo is seasoned pork sausage, usually spicy, that’s perfect for tacos! It’s typically seasoned to perfection with chili powder and garlic.

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White marble surface with ingredients for chorizo tacos spread about.

Chorizo Taco Ingredients

  • Chorizo Sausage – Chorizo is a Mexican or Spanish pork sausage that is mixed with spices and cured. It is rich and spicy in flavor.
  • Avocado – Top the tacos with fresh avacodo for freshness and color. They help to balance out the dish.
  • Pineapple Salsa – Pineapple salsa is quick and easy to make and adds a wonderful sweetness which works perfectly alongside the spicy chorizo.
  • Lime Crema – Homemade lime crema is made with just three ingredients and takes minutes to make. The cream balances out the heat of the chorizo and the lime adds acid which cuts through the fat.
  • Corn Tortillas – I prefer to serve my tacos in corn tortillas, but you can use flour if you prefer.

Variations

Make Chorizo Potato Tacos – Cube, soak and cook potatoes with chorizo.

How To Make This Chorizo Taco Recipe

  1. Prep – Make the pineapple salsa and cilantro crema and set aside.
    marble surface with three corn tortillas preparing for tacos.
  2. Cook – Sauté the chorizo in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through.
    Chorizo being cooked in a pan.
  3. Warm Tortillas – Warm them in the oven, microwave or stovetop.
  4. Assemble – Add chorizo to tortillas and top with salsa, crema and sliced avocados.
    A single hand holding a single chorizo taco in a soft corn tortilla.

    How to Warm Tortillas

    Oven

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap 5 or less corn tortillas in foil. Bake 15 minutes or until warm.

    Stovetop

    Warm a single tortilla in a dry skillet 30 seconds on each side over medium heat.

    Microwave

    Wrap 5 or less corn tortillas in a damp paper towel or a flour sack towel, place on a plate and warm in the microwave 30 seconds or until warm.

    Fried Tortillas

    Add 1 tablespoon oil (canola, vegetable or olive) to a skillet over medium heat. Add tortilla and fry 15-30 seconds on each side.

    Close up of a chorizo taco topped with pineapple salsa and cilantro lime crema.

    What Toppings Do You Put On Chorizo Tacos?

    Pineapple salsa and lime crema are the perfect additions to these flavorful tacos along with some sliced avocado. The sweetness, acidity and cold crema cut through the rich chorizo wonderfully and each bite is perfectly balanced.

    You can add more of your other favorite toppings like shredded cheese, lettuce and fresh cilantro. That’s the wonderful thing about tacos, you can easily customize them to your exact tastes.

    They’re also delicious topped with Watermelon Salsa and paired with a Skinny Margarita.

    Sweet and spicy chorizo tacos on a marble surface.
    What’s The Best Chorizo To In Tacos?

    Chorizo comes in two varieties, Spanish and Mexican. Both varieties are spicy and work well in the tacos. Mexican chorizo is seasoned with vinegar and chile peppers, where Spanish is flavored with garlic and smoked paprika.
    You can buy different heat levels of chorizo, from mild to extra hot so choose the heat level according to your taste. Either way, you can’t go wrong! They’re incredibly delicious and full of flavor.

    Can You Make Tacos Ahead of Time?

    Salsa and crema can be made a few days ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. Chorizo is best served as it is prepared, but you can cook it an hour or so ahead of time if you prefer and warm it gently before serving.

    marble surface with three chorizo tacos loaded with toppings, pineapple salsa to the side.

    Tips To Make Chorizo Tacos

    • Be sure to warm your corn tortillas in the oven or microwave before serving them. This makes them more pliable and less likely to crack when you roll them.
    • This particular type of chorizo sausage is already cured, so you don’t need to cook it for long. Cook it until it is warmed through with some color. However, you can also buy fresh ground chorizo at many grocery stores, and that needs to be cooked through just like any other ground meat.
    • Substitutions – these chorizo tacos are pretty awesome as they are, but feel free to add any other toppings you like, like Zesty Guacamole, Classic Guacamole fresh cilantro and sliced jalapeños.

    Shortcuts

    • Use store-bought salsa
    • Substitute with sour cream or crema
    Three corn tortillas on a white surface, chorizo taco ingredients in each one.

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    3 open faced chorizo tacos on marble

    Sweet and Spicy Chorizo Taco

    Author: Julie Blanner
    Chorizo tacos are a sweet and spicy Mexican inspired meal that's perfect for Cinco de Mayo. Easy and quick to make with a handful of ingredients.
    5 from 6 votes
    Prep Time 10 mins
    Cook Time 5 mins
    Total Time 15 mins
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American, Mexican
    Servings 4 tacos
    Calories 133 kcal

    Ingredients
      

    • 5 ounces Chorizo Sausage (sliced)
    • ½ Avocado (sliced)
    • ½ cup Pineapple Salsa
    • ¼ cup Lime Crema
    • 4 Corn Tortillas

    Instructions
     

    • Sauté chorizo in a skillet over medium heat until cooked through and slightly red.
    • Warm corn tortillas. Add chorizo. Top with salsa, crema and sliced avocado.

    Notes

    Substitutions

    • Pineapple Salsa – Use your favorite salsa
    • Lime Crema – Use sour cream or crema
    • Corn Tortillas – Substitute flour tortillas

    How to Warm Tortillas

    • In Oven – Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap 5 or less corn tortillas in foil. Bake 15 minutes or until warm.
    • In Microwave – Wrap 5 or less corn tortillas in a damp paper towel or a flour sack towel, place on a plate and warm in the microwave 30 seconds or until warm.
    • On Stovetop – Warm a single tortilla in a dry skillet 30 seconds on each side over medium heat.
    • Fry – Add 1 tablespoon oil (canola, vegetable or olive) to a skillet over medium heat. Add tortilla and fry 15-30 seconds on each side.

    Nutrition

    Calories:133kcalCarbohydrates:17gProtein:3gFat:7gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:8mgSodium:75mgPotassium:193mgFiber:4gSugar:3gVitamin A:103IUVitamin C:12mgCalcium:50mgIron:1mg
    5 from 6 votes
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