This type of ground Chorizo Sausage from the Steven Busch Ranch (Roseburg) is best known in Mexico and other parts of the Americas, including the border areas of the United States, and is not frequently found in Europe. Due to culinary tradition and the high cost of imported Spanish smoked paprika, Mexican chorizo is usually made with native chili peppers of the same Capsicum annuum species, making it spicier than Spanish and Portuguese varieties of the sausage.
The sausage is produced from a heritage breed known as “American Guinea Hog”. The American Guinea is a small, black breed of swine that is unique to the United States. Also known as the Pineywoods Guinea, Guinea Forest Hog, Acorn Eater, and Yard Pig, the breed was once the most numerous pig breed found on homesteads in the Southeast. (Want to know more? Visit this site for the story behind the breed: Why Raise American Guinea Hogs?)
Ingredients: pork, water, salt, spices (chili peppers, red pepper, paprika, cumin, oregano, savory garlic powder, spice extractives), vinegar.