Arroz con Chorizo (Rice with Colombian-Style Sausage)

by Erica Dinho on December 2, 2011

Arroz con Chorizo is a traditional dish from my hometown of Antioquia and it is absolutely delicious. I like to serve it with avocado and lime wedges on the side. Enjoy it!



  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell peppers, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, peeled and diced
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon achiote or azafran
  • 2 cups uncooked rice
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 pounds of Colombian chorizo, sliced
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Add the onion, scallions and pepper and cook for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomatoes and garlic, and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the cumin, achiote, rice and stir for about 2 minutes.
  3. Add the chorizo slices, broth and tomato paste, stir well and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover and cook for about 25 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve.
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1 Steve Newell December 2, 2011 at 12:33 PM

This looks great. I am not familiar with Columbian Chorizo. Is it like italian sausage? Or more like Mexican Chorizo? Brazilian Linguica?

I’d love to try this, but we don’t seem to have a noticeable Columbian presence in my area. Any hints would be appreciated.



2 Erica December 2, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Steve- You can use Mexican chorizo!


3 Belinda @zomppa December 2, 2011 at 4:28 PM

What a beautiful classic (love the colors and use of blue!)


4 Jeannie December 3, 2011 at 6:39 AM

Your rice dish looks delicious with the chunky chorizos on the top! lovely color!


5 norma December 3, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Que rico. stick to your ribs arroz and when you squeeze a bit of lime juice…makes my mouth water just to think of it.


6 Chris December 6, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Love it! Is there much difference between Columbian and Mexican chorizo? Around here I can only source the Mexican (raw/uncured) and Spanish (cured) types.


7 Erica December 12, 2011 at 11:22 AM

Chris- We have different kind of chorizos in Colombia,but I use uncured pork chorizos.Colombian chorizos are milder than Mexican chorizos, but you can use them for this dish.


8 Erica December 12, 2011 at 11:19 AM

Thank you guys!


9 Kelly Ospina December 13, 2011 at 9:27 AM

Looks great! I make a version of this, except mine also includes shrimp with the chorizo.


10 Anonymous December 13, 2011 at 6:59 PM

What kind of rice did you use white rice, brown rice, etc?


11 Erica December 13, 2011 at 7:37 PM

White Rice


12 Jessica December 16, 2011 at 4:58 PM


Do you have a recipe for Colombian Chorizo? Los quiero hacer y no estoy muy seguro como hacerlos. No hay ningun otro chorizo tan ricas como los Colombianos!



13 Isabel March 13, 2012 at 10:18 PM

I made this over the weekend and it was AMAZING!!!! thank you soo much for posting this. The flavors were just gorgeous!


14 Shery January 6, 2013 at 1:20 AM

It is absolutely delicious! I cooked it yesterday for dinner and everyone loved it.

Thank you Erica!


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