Rice with Chorizo and Shrimp(Arroz con Chorizo Y Camarones)

by Erica Dinho on April 23, 2010

Rice with Chorizo and Shrimp

I was talking with a friend from Colombia the other day while she was making lunch. Since I started blogging I love to know what people are cooking in Colombian homes and she was making rice with chorizo. It sounded delicious, so last week I decided to make it too. However, because my sister is here, I added shrimp for her and we liked very much.

Rice with chorizo is a popular dish in the Andean zone of Colombia. Rice has been a staple in my diet my entire life and I love to eat and cook all sorts of rice dishes. This Rice with Chorizo and Shrimp has an amazing flavor. Be sure to serve it with lime on the side.



(4 -6 servings)

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 3 Colombian chorizos, sliced
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 scallion, finely chopped
  • 2 cups rice
  • 4 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon achiote, color or sazon goya with azafran
  • 12 shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • salt and pepper

Arroz con Chorizo y Camarones


  1. In a large pan over medium heat, add the oil and the chorizo. Sauté for 5 minutes or until the chorizo is brown. Remove and set aside.
  2. Add the onions, tomatoes, scallion and garlic to the pan and sauté for about 7 minutes or until translucent. Add the rice and stir to coat.
  3. Add the chicken stock, stir and bring to a boil. Add the chorizo and color. Reduce the heat, cover and cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp and cook for about 15 minutes more. Turn the heat off and fluff the rice with fork. Add the fresh cilantro and stir. Cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
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{ 36 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Belinda @zomppa April 23, 2010 at 9:24 AM

I am drooooooooling. If you don’t have achiote, what’s a good replacement you recommend?


2 Erica April 23, 2010 at 9:52 AM

Belinda- You can use sazon goya with azafran or turmeric.


3 Baking is my Zen April 23, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Yum! I’d love to come over for dinner! :)


4 5 Star Foodie April 23, 2010 at 10:07 AM

Loving the chorizo here, yum!


5 Gloria April 23, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Erica esto se ve absolutamente delicioso,lindas las fotos, besoos, gloria


6 Anonymous April 23, 2010 at 10:29 AM

Nunca he comido el arroz con chorizo y a la vez acompañado con gambas, pero seguro que tiene que estar estupendo. Solo hace falta ver tu plato, para darse cuenta de ello.
Un beso.


7 Chef E April 23, 2010 at 11:59 AM

Oh this makes me want the Portuguese shrimp and rice I had in Hoboken, a big YUM on this dish girl- Can I eat at your house more often :)


8 grace April 23, 2010 at 1:23 PM

your rice looks great, even with those funky-looking critters known as shrimp sticking out. :)


9 Sook @ My Fabulous Recipes April 23, 2010 at 2:37 PM

Erica, this rice dish looks fabulous! Love it!


10 Sandra G April 23, 2010 at 4:26 PM

Love rice and shrimp and to have it all in the same dish, awesome!


11 Jhonny Walker April 23, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Chorizo sounds good as does shrimp and rice..and this looks fabulous :)


12 Janis April 23, 2010 at 6:41 PM

Looks sooo good! I don’t have Colombian chorizo right now, but I do have Mexican. Think that would be an acceptable substitute?


13 Erica April 23, 2010 at 8:16 PM

Janis- Yes!


14 Angie April 23, 2010 at 8:59 PM

This looks so good, I love rice dishes, and chorizo. Just got some chorizo yesterday to make some paella.


15 Kim April 23, 2010 at 10:08 PM

Erica – I’m guessing it’s the sazon with azafran that gives the rice that gorgeous color? I have some of the sazon in my spice cabinet and haven’t used it yet. I definitely need to get it out and put it to use. This looks gorgeous!


16 Erica April 23, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Kim- Sazon Goya with azafran or achiote!


17 tasteofbeirut April 23, 2010 at 10:12 PM

This rice dish looks so delicious! I am going to make it soon, hopefully with Columbian chorizo!


18 DebinHawaii April 24, 2010 at 3:54 AM

Yum! I love the combination of chorizo and shrimp–this looks perfectly delicious!


19 DebinHawaii April 24, 2010 at 3:54 AM

Yum! I love the combination of chorizo and shrimp–this looks perfectly delicious!


20 Carla April 24, 2010 at 7:12 AM

That is a beautiful pairing of the spicy chorizo and the shrimp. That will have to be on our plates in the coming week.


21 Erica April 24, 2010 at 9:03 AM

Thank you guys!


22 norma April 24, 2010 at 9:06 AM

I use chorizo in some of my rice recipes…it adds so much flavor and color to the rice…..I can eat chorizo right out of the package……nice touch with the shrip. Like a mini paella


23 peanutts April 24, 2010 at 9:15 AM

yumm , looks very tempting


24 Chris April 24, 2010 at 9:28 AM

I don’t think i’ve gone more than 2 days during my entire life without eating rice. That said.. lovely recipe. If I can source some chorizo in the farmers market, I’ll give this a shot.

happy cooking



25 Joanne April 24, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Chorizo is the perfect thing to liven up any dish! Sounds delicious.


26 pierre April 24, 2010 at 3:51 PM

hi erica I love chorizo and I also love to cook it !! have a nice day Pierre


27 Erica April 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Thank you all for the comments!


28 Oysterculture April 24, 2010 at 7:18 PM

Erica – another tempting and delicious sounding recipe. I love the flavors the achiote adds, but unless you have it already ground its a lot of work. Good tips on the sazon with azafran. Walked by a Columbian restaurant and thought of you as it seemed like half the menu was papusa. Must try it some day soon.


29 rebecca subbiah April 25, 2010 at 3:33 PM

oh this looks wonderful I will try this can you recommend a good chorizo


30 ruth April 25, 2010 at 3:54 PM

You really kill me with your recipes! here I am stuffed after a big dinner and still could have a huge bowlful of that rice and more!! So loving the flavours and so having to try this somehow!!!


31 Sandi April 25, 2010 at 4:32 PM

Erica pls come to my blog I have an award for you


32 Erica April 25, 2010 at 6:24 PM

Rebecca- I used Colombian chorizo (la Fe).


33 Faith April 25, 2010 at 8:15 PM

This is a really beautiful rice dish! I love your addition of shrimp…delicious!


34 Bo April 26, 2010 at 1:39 AM

This sounds just like jambalya.


35 Ivy April 26, 2010 at 6:26 AM

This looks so delicious. I’ve only tried Spanish chorizo. Is it the same?


36 Chris April 27, 2010 at 2:31 PM

Simple and wonderful dish, Erica! I love chorizo and I love rice dishes that use it like this one. Very colorful too!


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