Chorizo Appetizer | Can I just say I am a huge sucker for good Spanish chorizo. I love how it’s salty, sweet, spicy, and chewy. It just makes me happy.
Chorizo is great to have on hand for an easy delicious appetizer. Everyone should have a solid easy to fix appetizer on hand. Just in case someone decides to pop in for a visit unexpectedly, or you have a party to go to and there is a time crunch. This little avocado and chorizo appetizer is a life saver.
Spanish Chorizo vs. Mexican Chorizo
The biggest difference between Spanish chorizo and Mexican chorizo is that Spanish is cured and Mexican is fresh.
Mexican chorizo is usually made of fresh ground pork. It’s spicy ground pork seasoned with a mixture of dry peppers and spices such as ancho peppers, guajillo peppers, cumin, coriander, onion, and garlic. Mexican chorizo must be cooked before eating. It can be used in tacos, burritos, and is often served for breakfast with eggs. It’s typically found with refrigerated meats in the grocery store.
Spanish Chorizo is made of pork and is dried and cured sausage in a casing. It will be typically found in the deli area with other cured meats. It is seasoned with paprika, garlic, and cloves and other spices. It can be sliced and has a texture similar to salami. It is often eaten as is and served as tapas in Spain.
Avocado and Chorizo Appetizer Recipe Ingredients
1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
8 oz Spanish chorizo
2 medium avocados
crushed red pepper
I love avocados! Like, I eat an avocado almost everyday kind of love. Avocados are fresh, delicious and available year-round. Which, makes me very happy because I don’t know what I would do if I had to go without avocados all winter. Can you imagine no guacamole for months at a time? Insanity!
I love avocados probably as much I love toast. I love all variations of toast! It’s crispy carbs! What is there not to love? And, what is better on toast than avocado? One of my favorite easy breakfasts is avocado on toast topped with an egg.
Running with my love for avocado toast I thought I would apply that to an appetizer. These little toasts are incredibly simple and packed full of flavor. They are topped with spicy, savory chorizo, creamy avocado and then drizzled with sweet, tangy balsamic vinegar. It all works perfectly together: creamy, spicy, sweet and tangy. Trust me, it’s a party in your mouth, which is perfect since you’re going to be taking these bad boys to a party real soon.
Tips for Avocado and Chorizo Appetizer Toasts
- Spanish chorizo can be found at most supermarket deli counters. If you’re unable to find it, you can use a spicy salami or soppressata in its place.
- Avocados should be ripe and still slightly firm.
- Balsamic glaze can be found in the vinegar aisle of your local supermarket. If you cannot find it pour a bottle of balsamic vinegar into a pan and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer and continue to simmer uncovered until it reduces by half and reaches a syrup consistency.
As much as I love a good full meal I love, love, appetizers. They are a great way to sample different flavors and foods. There are been many times when my husband and I have gone to a restaurant and ordered a collection of appetizers for our meal. We get to sample all the foods without overdoing it. If you are a lover of appetizers you must visit my appetizer recipe collection.
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- 1 baguette, cut into 1/2 inch slices
- olive oil
- 8 oz spanish chorizo
- 2 medium avocados
- balsamic glaze
- crushed red pepper
Set oven to broil. Brush baguette slices generously with olive oil on both sides and sprinkle with salt.
Place baguette slices on a sheet pan and toast both sides in the oven until golden brown, about 3 minutes each side.
Top toasts with a folded slice of chorizo and avocado slice.
Sprinkle with salt, drizzle balsamic reduction over avocado and sprinkle with crushed red pepper. Serve
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Serving Size:1 toast
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 79 Total Fat: 6g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 4g Cholesterol: 8mg Sodium: 165mg Carbohydrates: 4g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 1g Protein: 3g