Chorizo, Pork, and Poblano Pepper Sandwich Recipe


Poblano peppers are mild, but remove the seeds and ribs if you're extremely sensitive to heat.

Recipe Facts

Active: 35 mins
Total: 35 mins
Makes: 4 sandwiches

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  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 6 ounces Spanish chorizo, finely chopped
  • 3 poblano peppers, finely chopped (See Notes)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4 Portuguese rolls, split in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 4 ounces queso fresco, crumbled


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat in large skillet until just beginning to smoke. Add chorizo, poblanos, and onion and cook, stirring, until fat renders and chorizo crisps slightly, about 5 minutes.

  2. Add smoked paprika, garlic, and lemon zest and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer mixture to bowl.

  3. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to now empty skillet and heat until just beginning to smoke. Add ground pork, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring and breaking up pork occasionally, until no longer pink, about 2 minutes.

  4. Increase heat to high and add chorizo mixture and lemon juice. Cook, stirring, until thoroughly combined and slightly crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer mixture to bowl and tent with foil to keep warm.

  5. Spread split sides of rolls with mayonnaise. One split roll at a time, cook in now empty skillet until golden, about 2 minutes; transfer to baking sheet. Repeat with remaining rolls.

  6. Divide filling evenly between rolls and sprinkle with cheese. Serve.

Special equipment

large skillet, foil, baking sheet