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4 sandwich halves stacked on each other with chorizo crumbling out

Chorizo Grilled Cheese

This Chorizo Grilled Cheese is loaded with so much flavour - better still, it couldn't be easier to make!
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Course: lunch
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4 sandwiches
Calories per serving: 894kcal
Author: Chris
Cost per serving: £3 / $4

Equipment

  • Large Non-Stick Pan & Spatula/Turner
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Wooden Spoon
  • Paper Towels

Ingredients

Chorizo

  • 1/2lb / 250g Chorizo, diced (see notes)
  • 1 small White Onion, finely diced
  • 2 Jalapeños, deseeded & finely diced
  • 1 clove of Garlic, finely diced
  • Olive Oil, as needed

Grilled Cheese

  • 8 medium-large slices of Bread
  • 8 square slices of Monterey Jack
  • 1 cup / 100g Mozzarella, shredded
  • 2 small Avocados, halved & sliced
  • Butter, as needed

Instructions

  • In a large pan over medium heat add a splash of olive oil alongside onion, jalapeño and garlic. Fry until they soften, then add in chorizo and continue frying until the chorizo begins to crisp. Remove everything from the pan and rest on paper towels. Wipe out pan.
  • Spread one side of each of the slices of bread with butter. Flip half over them over so they're butter-side-down. To those slices, add Monterey Jack, followed by chorizo, then sliced avocado and finish with mozzarella. Add bread on top butter-side-up.
  • In two batches, add sandwiches to the pan over medium heat and fry both sides until golden with the cheese melted in the centre.

Quick Demo

Notes

a) Chorizo - I use regular cured Spanish chorizo and just dice it up. You can use raw ground chorizo, you'll just have to obviously fry it longer until it's cooked right through.
b) Avocado - This adds a nice creamy flavour to counteract the intense flavours of the chorizo. I highly recommend adding it, but if you don't like or don't have it you can leave it out.
c) Jalapeño - I use fresh jalapeños, but you can use pickled jalapeños if that's what you have on hand. A couple of tbsp finely diced should do the trick!
d) Cheese - Monterey Jack and Mozzarella are both fairly mild and mellow cheeses, which work great to allow the chorizo to shine through. I find adding something like a sharp cheddar can be a bit much. Having said that though, you can experiment with any cheese you fancy! You can also use shredded Monterey Jack instead of squares. The weight of 8 squares is 7oz/200g, so just use that much.
e) Calories - based on 1 tbsp butter per sandwich and 1 tsp olive oil for frying.
Nutrition Facts
Chorizo Grilled Cheese
Amount Per Serving
Calories 894 Calories from Fat 613
% Daily Value*
Fat 68.07g105%
Saturated Fat 28.785g180%
Trans Fat 0.011g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5.526g
Monounsaturated Fat 29.792g
Cholesterol 131mg44%
Sodium 1444mg63%
Potassium 940mg27%
Carbohydrates 34.36g11%
Fiber 8.5g35%
Sugar 5.37g6%
Protein 38.81g78%
Vitamin A 1224IU24%
Vitamin C 66.1mg80%
Calcium 605mg61%
Iron 3.86mg21%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
*Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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