Pronounced “cho-ree-zoh”, chorizo is primarily a pork sausage origination from the Iberian Peninsula. It can be found as a fresh sausage that must be cooked or in its more common form, cured and smoked.  The main aspect of Spanish and Portuguese chorizo is in the distinctive flavor and color of the dried smoked red peppers, a main ingredient in making this sausage. Mexican chorizo has a higher chili and spice content.