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How to Turn Impossible or Beyond Meat Into Chorizo

Mix this Mexican spice blend into your Impossible, Beyond, or other favorite vegan meat to make chorizo that actually tastes like chorizo.

I’m no vegetarian, but I do at least try to cut back on my weekly meat intake. But sometimes I want vegetarian tacos that aren’t filled to the brim with a cornucopia of potatoes and veggies. Sometimes I want meatless tacos that taste like meat.

For those times, I make my own Impossible or Beyond chorizo.

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One of the best things about plant-based meat, such as those from Impossible Foods and Beyond Meat, is that it’s a blank slate. You can transform its flavor with spices and mix-ins. One of my favorite ways to do that is with our Mexican chorizo seasoning blend.

 Add this seasoning blend to your plant-based meat and you’ve got plant-based chorizo. It couldn’t be simpler. And the flavor? It’s savory, herbal, and warmly spiced. You don’t have to trick yourself into saying, “It’s fine.” This really tastes like chorizo.

Once you have your plant-based chorizo, the possibilities are endless. Add it to tacos, burgers, soups, burritos, or even a frittata. This warm, spicy (and meatless!) chorizo tastes delicious on just about anything.

Mexican Chorizo Seasoning

Makes about 5 tablespoons

  • 4 teaspoons ancho chile powder
  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch cayenne pepper
  • Pinch ground allspice


Combine all ingredients in small bowl. (Spice blend can be stored in airtight container for up to 1 month.)