The best chorizos on test

Sarah Sysum tastes her way through the pricey to the picante to find out which chorizos make the grade.

Adding a slice of chorizo spices up most suppers but there are so many to choose from it's hard to know which one to buy. We select the best Spanish-style sausages on the market.

Our favourite chorizos...

Best... all-rounder

Rodriguez sausageRodriguez spicy chorizo (Leon), approx 600g

A great all rounder that can be used for slicing and eating or cooking. It has a sweet, spicy flavour with a firm texture, which is achieved by the fine grind it uses. It consistently wins awards. I like it warmed through flamed with vodka. Somehow the piquancy is enhanced this way.


Brindisa chorizoBest... cooking chorizo

Brindisa chorizo mini dulce

If you're after sausages to cook, these little beauties take some beating. When grilled plenty of oil leaches out, however the end (cooked) result is surprisingly greaseless and full of fabulous chorizo flavour. Brilliant thrown in salads and pasta dishes or go British-ish with pesto mash, also available in picante (spicy) flavour.

£3.25 each,

Fuet chorizoBest... salami imitator

Fuet extra, 180g

Not strictly a chorizo but a Spanish salami never the less. 'Fuet extra' (also known as 'Espatec') is a specialty of Vic in Catalunya. A long, thin, sweet-tasting salami, it's firm-textured, with a sweet peppery flavour; great as an appetiser with a glass of Fino sherry, or as part of an assorted plate of charcuterie.


Unearthed chorizo sausagesBest... for families

Unearthed Spanish mini cooking chorizo sausages, 250g

Proving that you can get good stuff in the supermarket. These small sausages once cooked ooze lots of sweet paprika rich oil. They don't have huge chunks of fat (as you find in some more authentic chorizos) however I find this gristle free texture very appealing. They're sweet rather than spicy. Of all the products I've tested these are the one kids really loved. Our 2-year-old tester wolfed them down!


Sobrasada de MallorcaBest... spreadable chorizo (sobrasada)

Sobrasada de Mallorca, 300g minimum

The national sausage of Mallorca and the Balearic Islands: a soft, spreadable chorizo. It's made like this as the climate of these islands is too damp for air-drying. Made with streaky bacon, loin of pork and spices, mainly paprika. It can be eaten uncooked however it's best spread on toast and sprinkled with honey for breakfast.


The Bath Pig chorizoBest... British chorizo

The Bath Pig original chorizo, 130g

British chorizo - who'd have thought it eh? It contains British pork, salt, smoked Spanish paprika, black pepper, ginger, paprika extract and garlic. It has a smooth texture with a slight nuttiness to it, snacking sausage at its high-class best.


Sainsbury's chorizoBest... supermarket buy

Sainsbury's Taste the Difference chorizo Iberico Bellota, 40g

Another good supermarket line. Chorizo Iberico Bellota is made from the meat of the black-footed (pata negra) Iberian pigs that roam freely and feed on acorns. The nuttiness of the acorns comes through in the meat and fat, and even better the fat is actually good for you as it is rich in oleic acid - just like olive oil! The creamy, nutty taste is so good no cooking is necessary.


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12th Oct, 2015
I found this ostrich chorizo in Sabor Ole spanish delicatessen, it has less fat than the typical pork chorizo. So you could eat chorizo in a healthier way. I have tried last weekend and I have to say I didn't need to put the rest in the fridge, all the chorizo was eaten in only one NIGHT! Amazing taste and I can say now I have tried ostrich. I was looking the shop online and they have another interesting chorizo "celtic pork chorizo" which as my poor investigation is made with pork meat from Asturian wild pigs. This will be my next try! Here the link if you want find more
Angel Doval
9th Feb, 2015
There are many kinds of sausage, almost every area of Spain has a different variety, Iberico de bellota is one of the best known and valued, but the Sainsbury's chorizo Iberico Bellota you propose its quite expensive. Check out you can find a better price.
17th Jul, 2014
Good article, check this one for more information: Chorizo is very popular in Southern America apart from Spain. REgards!
La Malagueta
15th Jun, 2014
Pity the author refers to sausages in the head line, chorizo is not sausage, they are completely different products which probably explains why main stream commercial UK products are being classed as top 10. A large part of the UK population dose not understand what a chorizo is, calling them sausages only helps to perpetuate the lack of understanding.
2nd Oct, 2013
Interesting article. I completely agree with chrisnation's comment. If you want to buy British, buy traditional British products. In addition to the above, these are my comments on the (sponsored) products mentioned in this article: 1. Leon is famous for it's artesan chorizos yet you chose to mention the one big industrial brand which is far from excellent. Chorizos from Embutidos Entrepeñas and Embutidos Tarabico are the ones you want to try. That's top. 2. Same as for point n.1. 3. is not bad, I must admit. 4. That's not only not traditional but on top of it, it's not good. If you you are looking for cured beef, go for Cecina de León (spanish cured beef ham - fantastic). Otherwise, just go for the real thing. 5. You say it, it's not a chorizo. If I have to choose a fuet I'd go for cruells' fuet. 6., 8. and 10. I would not try them even if they paid me to. Why on earth is everybody so keen on suggesting stuff sold in supermarkets? Nowadays you can buy anything directly from the producer with a much better price/quality relationship. 7. I love sobrasada de Mallorca. Make sure you get the real one from a producer registered with the regulatory board of the Protected Geographical Indication. There are lots of imitations. 9. I guess everybody knows which is the best iberian chorizo. As above, I would not buy an own brand in a supermarket where the price is 3-4 times higher than the real price. But that's just me :-)
21st Sep, 2013
Buy British, I always go for Bath Pig products now for my choritzo!!!
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25th Sep, 2013
Buying British chorizo is no hanging offence but please can we get out of the habit of referring to chorizo as if it was Italian. There's no T in chorizo. There's no T sound to the Z. I heaR 'chorITso' a lot. It's a soft TH - choritho - but an S sound is OK instead of TH because that's the way Z is pronounced in Andalucia and all of Latin America. And the thing about British chorizo runs into the same problem as, say, Jamon York. Jamon York is the Spanish version of British ham. For a start, the pig, be it for chorizo or ham, is the wrong breed and has been born and raised in the wrong country. That makes a massive difference that cannot be undone by then using imported flavourings and production techniques. We all know the best example of this problem. Once you've crossed The Channel you cannot get a proper cup of tea.
15th Apr, 2015
Do any of these chorizo products have no added sugar, please?
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24th Apr, 2015
Hi there, good question – some do and some don’t so it’s best to check the ingredients list or contact the suppliers directly. 
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