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Omelet with Spanish Chorizo Sausage Recipe - Tortilla de Chorizo

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Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo

Omelet with Chorizo Sausage - Tortilla de Chorizo (c) 2008 Lisa Sierra Licensed to About.com

Lisa Sierra
This Spanish Chorizo Sausage omelet is a simple one that has lots of flavor with Spanish chorizo sausage slices. It makes a great breakfast, light lunch or an appetizer or "tapa." Serve with baguette slices.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 1 Spanish chorizo sausage (1/2 lb or 250 gr)
  • 3-4 Tbsp virgin Spanish olive oil
  • 3 eggs
  • salt to taste


This Spanish Chorizo Sausage omelet serves 1-2 for breakfast or lunch or 3-4 as an appetizer.

Important Note re Spanish Chorizo: This sausage is very different than Mexican or Caribbean chorizo. Spanish chorizo is a firm, dry sausage where most Mexican chorizo is fresh and soft sausage, not cured sausage. It also has different spices than Spanish Chorizo, so it is not a good substitute for this recipe. If you need a substitute, use Portuguese Linguica sausage, which is very similar to Spanish Chorizo and should be easy to find in your local supermarket.

Cut the chorizo sausage into slices approximately 1/4-inch thick. In an 8-inch heavy-bottom frying pan, pour 1-2 tablespoons olive oil to coat the bottom. Heat on medium flame. When hot enough, place chorizo slices into pan and brown, turning each slice once. The sausages will release fat as they are heated. When the sausages are browned, remove from heat and pour out excess fat and oil. Place sausage on a plate.

Crack the eggs into a small mixing bowl and beat the eggs with a whisk or fork. Add about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Add the chorizo slices and mix.

Heat same frying pan on medium-low heat, adding 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil if necessary. When warm, pour in egg-chorizo mixture and cook eggs. When bottom of omelet is browned, carefully fold omelet in half. Then, flip omelet over using a spatula to ensure that egg mixture in center is cooked. When eggs are no longer runny and are cooked in center, slide out of pan onto plate. Serve with slices of fresh baguette.

Serving Suggestion

Traditionally, Spaniards would prepare and pack food and snacks when taking a long trip, or when they spent the day in the countryside, spent the day fishing,etc. They might prepare an omelet such as this, slice a baguette lengthwise and place it inside the baguette. The Spaniards call this kind of sandwich a bocadillo. It is a nutritious and filling sandwich, and doesn't leak or drip like a sandwich prepared with lunch meat and mayonnaise.

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