Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  72
  • Protein  8 g
  • Carbohydrates  1 g
  • Fat  4 g
  • Cholesterol  25 mg
  • Sodium  46 mg
  • Potassium  174 mg
  • Phosphorus  79 mg
  • Calcium  14 mg
  • Fiber  0.8 g

Easy Chorizo

Southwestern cooking from the Arizona region has its own vibrant personality, based on Spanish and Mexican influences. Chorizo is a traditional Spanish sausage with many variations of spices, and chili pepper is always included. Elaine from Arizona put her culinary skills to work and created kidney-friendly Easy Chorizo.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Elaine from Arizona.

Portions: 12     Serving size: 1/3 cup meat


  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 pound 90% lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 2 tablespoons hot chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons red or cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar


  1. Finely mince garlic.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients very thoroughly. Place in airtight container and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours. 
  3. Divide into 1/3-cup portions. Wrap in plastic wrap or butcher paper and freeze in thick plastic freezer bags for later use.
  4. Cook 1/3-cup portion per person in a skillet on stove top, chopping meat into fine crumbles with a spatula. See recipe for Chorizo and Egg Tortilla.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 1 meat
    • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Cook entire recipe at once, if desired, and freeze for later use.
  • This is a quick and delicious way to increase protein intake at breakfast. Add 1 or 2 eggs or egg whites.
  • Add Easy Chorizo to shrimp or chicken with rice for a spicy one dish meal.

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Easy Chorizo

bequita123 says:


going to try the easy chorizo with potatoes:)..can't rate yet sorry, need to try first

Nov. 08, 2014, 10:54 AM - Inappropriate review?

Easy Chorizo

bnakashima says:


I made this for the patients in the clinic and it was the most popular recipe demo I've done! This recipe as written is spicy, so be careful with adding the spice. All ingredients were added to the mixer, then fried up in the electric skillet. Super easy! I would probably add a little more vinegar, but that's just my preference. Great recipe!

Jul. 24, 2014, 6:02 PM - Inappropriate review?

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