A popular street food in South America, Choripán is grilled chorizo served on crusty bread. This recipe tops it with a homemade chimichurri and fresh and vibrant salsa criolla. Forget the hot dog - this is what you want to grill all summer long!
Choripán Argentina Recipe
I've been grilling out like a wild man this summer and I am freaking LOVING IT! It's what the great weather is all about for me, sitting outside in the warmth, cooking some great food in the smoker or on the sizzling grill grates. Just chilling and grilling. Everyone talks about grilling steaks or grilling burgers or even grilling up hot dogs, but I'm here to make a case for grilling sausage.
Patty LOVES a good grilled sausage, and she typically chooses sausage over steak when I ask for her preference. We both greatly enjoy spicy Italian sausages and our own homemade sausages, but this particular recipe is TOPS when it comes to flavor and satisfaction. We're talking CHORIZO here, and it's phenomenal. The actual recipe I'm making has a very specific name - "Choripán Argentina", and it's one you're sure to want to know.
What is Choripán?
Choripán is a popular street food in Argentina, particularly Buenos Aires. Its name derives from its components – Chorizo and bread (pan), the bread is typically some sort of crusty bread, such as a baguette, much like a chorizo hot dog or chorizo sandwich.
It's very popular in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay and Perú. Choripán is typically served with chimichurri, though I’ve added another crisp and spicy element with Argentinian salsa criolla, which I know you will love. Your zest factor may change based on the brand of chorizo you purchase.
It may not be popular yet here as the American hot dog, but as a spicy food loving chilehead, it certainly has a place on MY list. I'm sure it will for you, too. I mean, chorizo! Yeah! It's a South American specialty.
- Chorizo sausages - Use something more like Spanish style chorizo sausage, not Mexican style, which will crumble.
For the chimichurri:
- White onion
- Fresh cilantro
- Fresh flat-leaf parsley
- Fresh oregano
- Red wine vinegar
- Olive oil
For the salsa criolla:
- Red bell pepper
- White onion
- Olive oil
- Red wine vinegar
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Fresh oregano
- Salt and pepper
How to Make Grilled Chorizo (Choripán Argentina) - The Recipe Method
Prepare your grill. Heat one side to medium-high heat and the other to low for indirect cooking. Lightly oil the grates.
Cook the chorizo sausages on the cool side. Place the sausages on the cooler side of the grill and let them cook for about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are mostly cooked through.
Cook them on the hot side. Next, set them onto the hot side of the grill and cook them another 4-5 minutes per side, until they are nicely browned. The internal temperature should be 150°F.
Make the salsa. Make your salsa by combining all the salsa ingredients in a large bowl. Toss them and set aside. This is great to do while the sausages are cooking.
Make the chimichurri sauce. Simply add all of those ingredients to a separate bowl and whisk them together. Adjust for salt if you’d like.
Serve and enjoy! Serve up the grilled chorizo sausages on toasted buns and top with salsa and chimichurri. It is so good topped with chimichurri, and even better with the salsa criolla!
Go to town! Start chowing!
Here's the deal. Once the sausage is topped with salsa and placed in the bun, it's time to start eating! Criolla is one of those dishes that's really meant to be enjoyed fresh.
Recipe Tips & Notes
- Grill the sausages. Choripán is best grilled outdoors, though an indoor grill is fine if the weather is not on your side. You can also sear them up in a grill pan.
- Don't use hot dogs. I know you love hot dogs, but give these a try the next time you're grilling. You're bound to fall in love with these wonderful grilled chorizo sausages. They're so good!
- Don't skip the salsa criolla! Salsa criolla is an Argentinian specialty and I highly encourage you to give it a try. Sometimes I like to add in some fresh lime juice for a nice citrus pop.
Check Out Some of My Other Popular Grilled Sausage Recipes
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Grilled Chorizo (Choripan Argentina) with Chimichurri and Salsa Criolla - Recipe
- 6 chorizo sausages
FOR THE CHIMICHURRI
- 1 jalapeno finely chopped
- ½ small white onion minced
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro
- 1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh oregano
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
FOR THE SALSA CRIOLA
- 1 small red bell pepper finely chopped
- ½ small white onion finely chopped
- 1 small tomato chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Lightly toasted buns
- Heat one side of your grill to medium-high heat and the other to low for indirect cooking. Lightly oil the grates.
- Set the sausages on the cooler side of the grill and let cook about 20 minutes, turning occasionally, until they are mostly cooked through.
- Set them onto the hot side of the grill and cook them another 4-5 minutes per side, until they are nicely browned. The internal temperature should be 150 degrees F.
- While the sausages are cooking, make your salsa by combining all the salsa ingredients in a medium-sized bowl. Toss and set aside.
- Add the chimichurri ingredients to a separate bowl and whisk together. Adjust for salt if you’d like.
- Serve the sausage on toasted buns and top with salsa and chimichurri.