Yes, we had a chorizo dinner while we were “Wasted away again in Margaritaville”.
We were living in Mexico in a town called Chapala. A really nice area on Lake Chapala which is about an hour south of Guadalajara .
A few times a year we would take the 3 hour drive over to the coast with our super good friends, Butch and Janie, to a little town called Melaque.
Butch and Janie were the reason we were living in Mexico. They had moved down there years before us. We visited them and fell in love with the area and all of the things about it.
Butch was pretty careful with a dollar so he would make all the arrangements for our beach trip with his favorite family owned hotel that was right on the beach just south of Melaque central.
He always managed to get us a 2 bedroom 2 bath suite (kinda) that would have a kitchen and a living area. Plus a balcony that looked out on the beach where we could watch the sunset as we sipped our Margaritas. All for about $35 a night.
Janie and Gammy would put the breakfasts together and Butch and I would stumble through Margaritaville while getting the suppers on the table.
One day the Jersey Italian side of me surfaced and I said, “I’m gonna make sausage and peppers tonight”
Butch said, “Jack, there isn’t any Italian sausage here. The only sausage here is chorizo.”
“So, it’ll be our Mexican version of sausage and peppers.”
We bought all of the ingredients for the “chorizo and peppers”. And also for more margaritas – of course.
As soon as we got back to the hotel Butch put together a big pitcher of margaritas. We all knocked it off while I was getting the chorizo dinner ready.
Then we went through another pitcher. While we dined on our chorizo dinner.
We were pretty far into Margaritaville and our third pitcher while we were playing “trivial pursuit.”
Butch was further into Margaritaville than the rest of us. It was his turn to ask a question and my turn to answer. The subject was “Planets”.
He read the question and slurred out, “Doesh Uranus have an aroma?”
It took a second for us to realize what he should have said and we all burst out laughing nearly falling off our chairs.
When I had recovered I answered the question stating that, “yesh my anus doesh have (hic) an aroma.”
I hope that my recollection of that great time with our super good friends Butch and Janie hasn’t ruined your appetite for this one pot chorizo dinner.
Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball in a couple of tablespoons of olive oil.
Trim one end of the casing off of the chorizo and squeeze it into the skillet.
Let the chorizo cook as you peel and thinly slice up the potato.
Push the chorizo off to the side and put in the potato slices.
Cut up the peppers, onions and the garlic.
When the potato slices are starting to look a little wimpy and the chorizo is wanting to break up add in the rest of the veggies. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and cumin.
Stir or toss it all together a few times as it sizzles and…….
…..when everything is cooked – about 6-8 more minutes – dish out and enjoy your Chorizo Dinner.
I couldn’t stop myself from garnishing with some grated parmesan but I did use cilantro instead of parsley.
Margaritas are a natural with this chorizo dinner but don’t get too “Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville”.
Chorizo Dinner While Wasting Away in Margaritaville
- olive oil
- 1 12 oz. pkg. chorizo
- 1 1/2 cups potato slices
- 2 poblano peppers
- 1 red bell pepper
- 6 cloves garlic coarsely chopped
- salt and black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- Trim one end of the casing off of the chorizo and squeeze it into the skillet.Let the chorizo cook as you peel and thinly slice up the potato. Push the chorizo off to the side and put in the potato slices.
- Cut up the peppers, onions and the garlic. When the potato slices are starting to look a little wimpy and the chorizo is wanting to break up add in the rest of the veggies. Sprinkle in the salt, pepper and cumin. Stir or toss it all together a few times as it sizzles and when everything is cooked - about 6-8 more minutes - dish out and enjoy your Chorizo Dinner.