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Chorizo Sausage Rolls

May 12, 2019 (Last Updated: March 2, 2020) by Chris Collins

To the Sausage Roll lovers among us – gather and listen closely. These Chorizo Sausage Rolls are about to change your life for the better. That is all.

3 Chorizo Sausage Rolls stacked on top of each other with dip and other sausage rolls in the background

Chorizo Sausage Rolls

When I tell you these are addictive I truly mean it. Even after testing and filming these bad boys, I could still go another round and come back for more. Crispy on the outside and juicy & bursting with flavour on the inside. 

The chorizo makes a neat change from regular sausage rolls, it transforms them into a more ‘spicy’ sausage roll. Whilst they look very similar to classic sausage rolls, the taste is completely different (in the most delicious way possible). Here’s what you’ll need:

Chorizo Sausage Roll Ingredients

  • Puff Pastry – Pre made and pre rolled does the trick perfectly!
  • Pork – Ground pork, NOT sausage meat! You’ll want it quite fatty, so step away from the lean meat.
  • Chorizo – Cooking chorizo is best, but you can also use regular chorizo.
  • Breadcrumbs – Lock in moisture, Panko work great.
  • Egg – To bind the meat and glaze on top.
  • Red Pepper, Onion & Garlic – Add a great base flavour and texture.
  • Fennel & Smoked Paprika – Two absolute game changers!

These chorizo sausage rolls are perfect for pot lock, brilliant for birthday parties and even better for easy finger food at a gathering!

dipping a chorizo sausage roll into cheese and chive dip

Pork and Chorizo Sausage Rolls

The base of these sausage rolls actually isn’t sausage meat or chorizo, it’s ground pork. Using all chorizo is way too overpowering, so a nice balance is needed. From various different tests I found the 3:2 / pork:chorizo ratio hits the sweet spot. With regards to using ground pork over sausage meat, I find sausage meats tend to differ so much in their taste. I simply like working with a blank canvas and adding my own flavours.

What is the best type of chorizo to use?

‘Cooking chorizo’ is nice and soft, so is easy to work with. You can use regular chorizo, but you’ll have to grate it on a box grater. It takes a bit of elbow grease, but it’s the best way to get DIY ground chorizo, otherwise you’ll end up with chunks of chorizo mixed in pork.

Tips for the best chorizo sausage roll filling

  • Finely Dice – To avoid having unnecessarily large chunks of onion, garlic & pepper make sure you very finely dice it. 
  • Fry – You’ll need to fry the onion/pepper/garlic before mixing in with the meat, otherwise they’ll release too much moisture when baking and make the pastry go soggy.
  • Cool – Leave to cool otherwise they’ll begin cooking the meat and make it difficult to work with.
  • Don’t overwork – Mix well, but try not to overwork the meat, especially the pork, otherwise the sausage rolls will come out dry and tough.

How to make Chorizo Sausage Roll Filling (quick summary)

  1. Fry onion and red pepper until soft.
  2. Add garlic, fry for a minute longer then place in a bowl and leave to cool.
  3. Combine with pork, chorizo, smoked paprika, fennel, egg, breadcrumbs and seasoning.
  4. Gently combine until the ingredients are evenly spread out.

How to make Chorizo Sausage Roll filling - 4 step by step photos

Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls

Those pre-rolled puff pastries you get from the supermarket work wonders for so many recipes and sausage rolls are no exception. We certainly don’t need to be making puff pastry, especially for party food!

From using 1 1/2 sheets of puff pastry you’ll get 20 sausage rolls.

How to roll Chorizo Sausage Rolls (quick summary)

  1. Split your meat into 4 and spread into a log shape close to one side of the pastry.
  2. Pull over the closest side to cover the log, then brush with egg wash.
  3. Complete the roll then slice away the excess pastry.
  4. Make sure the roll in seam side down, then split into 5.
  5. Give them a final brush of egg wash and bake in the oven.
Top Tip – ensure you space out your sausage rolls so they’ve got room to get nice and crispy. Use two trays if you need to, otherwise they’ll steam and come out soggy.

How to make Chorizo Sausage Rolls - 5 step by step photos on rolling sausage rolls

Chorizo Sausage Rolls FAQ

Can I add the veg straight into the mixture without frying?

When you add raw veg into the meat mixture it’s going to release moisture when baking. In turn, this will make the pastry go soggy. For such reason it’s essential to fry the veg off first.

What does Fennel taste like and how do I finely crush the seeds?

Fennel has a very distinct, almost liquorice kind of flavour to it. Pairs perfectly with pork. To crush the seeds either use a pestle and mortar, crush them in a zip-lock bag with a rolling pin or drizzle them in a little oil (to stop them bouncing around) and cut on a chopping board. 

What herbs could I add to this recipe?

I’ve tested this recipe using a tsp finely diced fresh rosemary which works perfectly. For a more subtle herby flavour parsley also works great. 

Can I make these ahead of time?

You absolutely can! Just leave off the final egg wash, pop in the fridge (making sure they’re not touching or separated by paper) then brush and bake.

closeup of chorizo sausage rolls fresh out the oven on black baking tray

If you’re looking for a classic pork version of these then do check out my Homemade Sausage Rolls! If you’re on the hunt for similar recipes then gives these a ganders too:

Recipes using Chorizo

Puff Pastry Party Food

Okay, let’s tuck into our chorizo sausage roll recipe shall we?

How to make a Chorizo Sausage Rolls (Full Recipe & Video)

Pork and Chorizo Sausage Roll on baking paper with 4 in the background

Chorizo Sausage Rolls

To the Sausage Roll lovers among us - gather and listen closely. These Chorizo Sausage Rolls are about to change your life for the better. That is all.
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Course: Appetizer / Finger Food
Cuisine: British / Spanish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 20 sausage rolls
Calories: 196kcal
Cost per serving: 50p / 50c

Equipment:

  • Large Baking Tray (or two)
  • Large Mixing Bowl
  • Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1.5 sheets of Pre-rolled Puff Pastry (see notes)
  • 10.5oz / 300g Ground Pork (15%+ fat)
  • 7oz / 200g Chorizo (see notes)
  • 1/3 cup / 35g Dry Breadcrumbs, preferably Panko (see notes)
  • 2 Eggs (1 beaten for egg wash)
  • 1 medium Onion, very finely diced
  • 1/2 medium Red Pepper, very finely diced
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Fennel Seeds, crushed (see notes)
  • 1/2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil, for frying

Instructions:

  • Fry your onion and pepper over medium heat until softened and just starting to catch colour. Add garlic and fry for a minute longer, then place in a bowl and leave to cool for a few minutes (important).
  • In the same bowl, add pork, chorizo, fennel seeds, smoked paprika, breadcrumbs, 1 egg, salt and pepper. Gently combine, then place to one side. Try not to overwork the meat or the sausage rolls will come out tough and chewy.
  • Unroll your pastry and cut into 4 equal sized rectangles (3 from 1 sheet and 1 from the other half, there will be a bit leftover). Evenly divide your meat across the rectangles and mould them into log shapes. Fold one side of the pastry over half of the meat, brush with egg wash and finish the roll so they end up seam-side down. Cut into 5 equal portions. See video for guidance on this.
  • Spread out on an oiled oven tray (you might need two), brush with egg wash and bake at 356F/180C for 25mins or until deep golden. Enjoy!

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Pork - Firstly, make sure it's ground pork, not sausage meat. Sausage meat is pre flavoured, here we're flavouring our own way! Secondly don't go for lean pork, you want it fairly fatty so the sausage rolls come out nice and juicy.
b) What type of Chorizo to use? - If you can get your hands on 'cooking chorizo' that'll work best, as it's a lot softer than regular chorizo. If you can only find regular chorizo then make sure you peel off the skin and then finely shred it on a box grater (takes a bit of elbow grease). Either way make sure you don't just puts clumps of chorizo into the meat mixture, it needs to be really crumbled/very finely diced.
b) How to crush Fennel Seeds - Use a pestle and mortar OR place them in a zip lock bag and smash with a rolling pin OR drizzle a tiny bit of olive oil on them (to stop them flying about the kitchen) and finely dice on a chopping board.
c) Breadcrumbs - Panko work great because they're very big and light, so lock in a good amount of moisture (i.e. juicer sausage rolls). If you're using Panko, they're a little lighter than regular dry breadcrumbs, so 35g(1.2oz) is just over 1/2 cup.
d) Can I make these ahead of time? - You absolutely can yes. Just leave off the final egg wash and pop in the fridge (make sure they're not touching/separated with paper) then brush and bake as per recipe.
e) Puff Pastry Size - The size of 1 slice of pastry I use is 14"x9" (35.5cmx22cm). The weight of each pastry sheet (before dividing) is 320g/11.3oz, so if you are buying puff pastry that is not pre rolled (i.e a slab of pastry) make sure you are using that much weight and roll out to the dimensions above. Just to confirm, it's 1 and a half sheets of that size/weight you'll need.
e) The dip I use here is Sour Cream and Chive.

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Chorizo Sausage Rolls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 196 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4.114g21%
Trans Fat 0.019g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1.651g
Monounsaturated Fat 7.214g
Cholesterol 50mg17%
Sodium 250mg10%
Potassium 115mg3%
Carbohydrates 10.2g3%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 0.62g1%
Protein 7.12g14%
Vitamin A 300IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 10mg1%
Iron 1.1mg6%
* 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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22 Comments

  • Reply
    Sara Welch
    June 12, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    5 stars
    What a savory looking meal! I know what I’ll be having for breakfast tomorrow! Delish!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 7:00 pm

      Enjoy! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tara
    June 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    5 stars
    Yum! These definitely do look quite addictive. Making these with chorizo sounds absolutely incredible and I love the addition of all those spices.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 6:59 pm

      Thanks Tara!!

  • Reply
    Milica Vladova
    June 12, 2019 at 5:34 pm

    5 stars
    The moment I read puff pastry I knew I would be making this recipe! Thank you!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 6:58 pm

      The power of puff pastry!

  • Reply
    Neha
    June 12, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Such a fun recipe and an easy one too! Who can turn chorizo rolls down. I can’t wait to try it out for a party that I am hosting this weekend.

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 6:57 pm

      Hope they go down well! 🙂

  • Reply
    Tisha
    June 12, 2019 at 5:26 pm

    5 stars
    Oh my gosh these loo so good! Great for feeding a crowd!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      So good for feeding a crowd! 🙂

  • Reply
    Denise
    June 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm

    5 stars
    Yes, this do look quite addicting! Easy to make with delicious results is a win for me!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      June 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm

      Thanks Denise 🙂

  • Reply
    Rosa
    May 13, 2019 at 3:47 am

    5 stars
    Omgosh!!! Total comfort food right here. Sounds fabulous!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Thanks Rosa! 🙂

  • Reply
    Suzy
    May 13, 2019 at 3:25 am

    5 stars
    The perfect party appetizer!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

      100%!

  • Reply
    Sylvie
    May 13, 2019 at 1:11 am

    What a delicious looking recipe! So perfect for a dinner party, it is the kind of appetizer that people cant stop eating!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Oh yes! So addictive!

  • Reply
    Lauren Vavala | DeliciousLittleBites
    May 12, 2019 at 8:34 pm

    5 stars
    These look amazing and easy to make – you had me at puff pastry haha!! My fiance will LOVE them!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 13, 2019 at 9:58 am

      Puff pastry always gets me!!

  • Reply
    Pam Greer
    May 12, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    5 stars
    It doesn’t take much chorizo to make something amazing and these have just the right amount! These are totally addictive!

    • Reply
      Chris
      May 13, 2019 at 9:57 am

      You’re so right! 🙂

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