Arroz con Chorizo (Rice with Colombian-Style Sausage)

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 says

    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. says

    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.

    • Erica says

      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.

  3. Jessica says


    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!


  4. Isabel says

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

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