Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Chorizo Mac & Cheese

Chorizo Mac & Cheese is spicy and gooey and so satisfying. Take a little help from the store to easily get this on the table on a week night. Dinner is gonna be awesome.

Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Can we be done with our January diets yet? You know I don’t let anything get in the way of me and cheese. A couple of years ago I tried to take a week long cheese hiatus, and it was super sad. Let’s not even think about it.

For me, cutting specific foods out of my diet has never worked. I give up so easily. I personally find it much easier to just not eat for a day once or twice a week than to give up dairy or gluten for a month. Maybe this isn’t the best long-term solution, but I don’t think anybody comes here for nutritional advice. I’m delivering comfort, friends, and today is no different.

Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

My husband randomly requested Chorizo Mac & Cheese one day, and Pinterest led me to this. I’ve adapted my recipe from this one at Simply Recipes. Translating recipes from American to British almost always requires a bit of adjustment. We have about a third less choice at the grocery store. I never realized how spoiled I was as an American grocery shopper until I came here.

Chorizo is very popular here, though. Perhaps because we’re that much closer to Spain. What I love is that I can buy pre-chopped chunks of chorizo which saves me tons of time. We’re using a blend of regular cheddar (which is white by default here) and cheddar with chilies. In the US, you should be able to get your hands on some pepper jack no problem, but UK friends might have to go to the specialty cheeses. If you want a little less heat in your mac and cheese, use all plain cheddar.

Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

If you’ve made mac and cheese from scratch before, there’s nothing revelatory here. The flavor, however, is worth getting excited about. Chorizo Mac & Cheese makes bacon mac seem boring. I hope you give it a try.

Chorizo Mac & Cheese | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Go after what you want in life, friends. And if it’s Chorizo Mac & Cheese, now you know exactly how to get it.

Looking for more mac and cheese awesomeness? Try this Potato & Pancetta Mac & Cheese.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Cheesy Chorizo Chili

Cheesy Chorizo Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’ve never been particularly good at being normal. Whenever I start to inch toward typical, I get a twitch. I like to be weird, but I know it puts people off, particularly some of the teenagers I work with. They hate my red coat and the fact that I wear sunglasses any time there’s daylight. They hate that I drive a moped and that I know how to waltz. Possibly their favorite thing is making fun of my accent, but that only makes me weird to them.

Of course, some adults find my “uniqueness” awkward as well. Good thing I don’t really care what anyone thinks.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

This chili recipe is a bit unusual as well. For one thing, it doesn’t contain any chili powder. The main flavoring coming from the chorizo. It’s spicy and smoky, and I can’t get enough of it. It also contains two balls of fresh mozzarella. It permeates the whole pot with its stringy cheesiness. You still have some of your usual suspects like ground beef, chopped tomatoes, and kidney beans, but there’s also a bit of cocoa powder, so don’t get too comfortable.

Don’t let the unusualness of this recipe put you off. It’s easy to make and delicious in a unique way. It’s an awesome, cozy, one pot winter meal, and you should totally give it a try.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Keep it weird, friends. Keep it awesome.

Cheesy Chorizo Chili

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Cheesy Chorizo Chili might seem a bit unusual, but that's what makes it so awesome.

Ingredients

  • 140 grams chopped chorizo
  • 500 grams ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 x 125 grams fresh mozzarella balls, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a heavy pot with a lid, cook your chorizo over medium heat until it starts releasing its orange oil.
  2. Add the ground beef, breaking it up with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring frequently, over medium heat until it's just cooked through.
  3. Add the cocoa powder, oregano, and tomato paste and stir to combine.
  4. Add the chopped tomatoes and then add the water to the can and give it a good swirl before adding to the pot, taking any leftover tomato bits with it. Add the Worcestershire sauce and kidney beans, stir it all together, and bring the whole thing up to a simmer.
  5. Turn the heat to low, clamp the lid onto the pot, and let the whole thing simmer for about 20 minutes.
  6. After everything has had a chance to get to know each other, turn the heat off under your pot, and stir in the chopped mozzarella. Season to taste. Serve hot. Crushed up tortilla chips at the bottom of your bowl never hurt anything.
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Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Merry Christmas, friends. All this free time means I’m finally working ahead, and ironically, I’m already thinking about how full I’m going to be on Christmas. Of course, as you’re reading this, it is Christmas, so I imagine I’ve eaten two kinds of cookies, breakfast casserole, barbecue chicken dip, turkey, mashed potatoes, cake and homemade ice cream that I made in the ice cream maker my amazing husband got me for my birthday. 

My cat will be plowing through the mountain of wrapping paper. My family will be enjoying their new toys and such. I’ll be sipping too much Bailey’s. All will be totally chill with the world. Hopefully future/now Christmas is completely amazing. 

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I made you this Black Bean & Chorizo Soup for when you finally reach the point that you can’t eat one more turkey sandwich. When you need something on the slightly lighter side with a completely different flavor profile, this soup will be waiting for you. And as a bonus, it’s super easy to make. 

Go easy on yourself by buying pre-cut chunks of chorizo. We’re also going to use canned black beans and green onions which we can chop with scissors, so we won’t even need to take out a cutting board. It’s all so simple and so delicious. 

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Hope you had an ideal Christmas and that you ate the most amazing dinner. Hope you still have room for Black Bean & Chorzo Soup.

Black Bean & Chorizo Soup
Serves 2
Black Bean & Chorizo Soup is a perfect post-holiday game changer you can make in a flash.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 ounces chorizo, chopped
  2. 2 green onions
  3. 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. 15 ounce can black bean soup, drained
  5. 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  6. 2 cups chicken stock
  7. Squeeze of lime juice
  8. 2 tablespoons sour cream
Instructions
  1. Put your favorite soup pot or sauce pan over medium heat and add the chopped chorizo. Allow it to cook for about five minutes until it releases its delicious orange oil and starts to crisp up a bit. Pull the chorizo bits out of the pot and save them for later in another bowl.
  2. Cut the green tops off your green onions and set aside. Thinly slice the whites of the green onions and add them into your pot, or just use scissors to cut them directly over the pot. Add in the ground cumin, stir this all together, and allow it to cook for a couple of minutes over low heat.
  3. Add the black beans, tomato paste, and chicken stock and bring this up to a simmer. Allow it to bubble away gently for about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in a squeeze of lime juice.
  5. Divide your soup between two bowls, sprinkle the crispy chorizo back into each bowl, and dollop in a spoonful of sour cream into each bowl. Finally, scissor the tops of your green onion over each bowl.
  6. Stir, eat, and enjoy.
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
Adapted from Nigella Christmas
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Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

So, I may have had a teeny tiny obnoxious break down last week where I decided everything was stupid, and I didn’t want to do anything ever again. Then I got some bad news that tried to disguise itself as good news, so now I’m pretending like everything is fine and acting like a grown up and getting on with life. Sort of.

A little denial goes a long way sometimes, and often the only way to get through a spell of depression is to just keep doing what you would normally do until you start to feel like a human again. It’s much better than calling in sick to work and crying in your closet. 

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

One of the normal things I do is make dinner, and this time I slapped a bunch of delicious ingredients onto a backing sheet, put it all in the oven, and served it with a smile. Chicken, chorizo sausage, potatoes, red onions, some seasoning and the surprising brightness of orange zest make this dinner as tasty as it is simple to make.

Quick tip, cut your potatoes into small pieces to make sure everything cooks in the same amount of time.

Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Bake | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is hard. Dinner is easy. Just keep swimming.

Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake
Serves 2
Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Bake is as simple as it is delicious.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into three chunks each
  2. 6 small chorizo sausages, halved
  3. 8 ounces baby potatoes, chopped small
  4. 1/2 red onion, sliced
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  7. 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  8. 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  9. Salt and pepper
  10. Zest of half an orange
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 425 F (220 C) and line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spread all of your chopped chicken, chorizo, potatoes, and onion evenly onto the baking sheet. Drizzle the oil over everything and sprinkle on your seasonings. Give it all a quick toss with your hands to make sure everything is well coated. Zest your orange over the top of the tray.
  3. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the chicken juices run clear. Serve hot.
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
Adapted from Nigella Lawson
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