NewsRick Bayless's Green Chile Chorizo

Posted Mar 30, 2010

By Rick Bayless, Green City Market Board Member Emeritus


  • 1 large fresh poblano chile
  • 1 or 2 fresh serrano chiles, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 1 medium bunch of cilantro, tough lower stems cut off, the leafy part roughly chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground pork (you’ll need pork that’s a little fatty — 25 to 30% — and preferably coarsely ground)
  • 3 tablespoons spinach powder 
  • 2 teaspoons salt


  1. Prepare the flavorings. Roast the poblano chile directly over a gas flame or 4 inches below a very hot electric broiler, turning regularly until blistered and blackened all over, about 5 minutes for an open flame, about 10 minutes for the broiler. Cool, rub off the blackened skin, tear open and pull out the stem and seed pod. Quickly rinse to remove any seeds or bits of skin. Roughly chop and scoop into a food processor, along with the serrano(s) and cilantro. Pulse until uniformly chopped, then run the machine until you have a coarse purée.
  2. Finish the sausage. In a large bowl, combine the pork with the green seasonings, spinach powder, and the salt — your hand is the most efficient utensil for working the seasonings thoroughly into the meat. Cover and refrigerate for several hours before frying to sprinkle over queso fundido, into soups or over huevos rancheros.