Chorizo-Inspired Party Menu Ideas

Spicy and full of flavor, chorizo is a Mexican sausage known for its bold, slightly smoky taste. Traditionally made of pork, this sausage is a versatile addition to any party menu and can be added to everything from appetizers to main courses.

Chorizo-inspired dishes will be ideal for Mexican-themed parties, such as Cinco de Mayo celebrations, birthdays and even wedding receptions. You can also substitute meatless, soy-based chorizo in a few recipes to cater to the vegans and vegetarians among your guest list. Although chorizo is typically used in Mexican dishes such as tacos and enchiladas, there are plenty of ways to work it into other meals as well. Get creative when planning your party menu by adding an unexpected spicy kick to your culinary offerings.

You can either prepare the chorizo dishes yourself at home or hire a caterer to do the work for you. As another option, make the appetizers yourself and have the professionals handle the main courses to save both time and money. Here are some tasty chorizo party menu ideas to get you started.


1. Queso

No Mexican-themed party would be complete without plenty of queso and chips to go around. Add some cooked and crumbled chorizo to the traditional creamy cheese and salsa mix to add both flavor and a meaty bite. Serve the dip with crispy tortilla chips and cut-up vegetables, such as celery and carrots, if you'd like. If you're serving just cocktails and appetizers at your party, chorizo-enhanced queso is a delicious and filling menu offering for guests. Consider offering a few different dip options, such as smooth and mild queso blanco or super-spicy queso featuring hot chorizo and diced jalapeno peppers. 

2. Nachos

Treat guests to a build-your-own nacho bar featuring all of the basic ingredients, such as tortilla chips, cheese sauce, and guacamole, along with crumbled chorizo as a spicy topping. Party-goers can mix and mingle as they customize their own appetizers. 

Main Courses 

1. Chili 

Instead of making chili with plain hamburger, take it to a new level using chorizo instead. Chili is easy to make ahead of time, and guests can finish it with their favorite toppings, such as shredded cheese, diced onions, and sour cream. If you don't have a lot of chorizo on hand or want to make a milder chili, you can use a mix of hamburger and the Mexican sausage.

2. Burgers

As another main course option, delight guests with a build-your-own chorizo burger bar. Instead of making the patties with plain hamburger, mix in some chorizo as well to add another level of flavor. Serve the burgers buffet-style alongside buns, sliced onions and tomatoes, green leaf lettuce, cheese, and any other toppings you desire. 

Contact your local Mexican chorizo distributor today to learn more.