Chorizo is made from coarsely chopped fatty pork and usually seasoned with chili, paprika and garlic. The mild Spanish paprika used gives this sausage its characteristic flavour. The chorizo itself can be found as either picante (hot) or dulce (sweet). Only the spicy variety incorporates chiles guindillas secas (small dried hot chillies). Some varieties are hung in cold dry places to cure, as happens with jamón serrano (ham). The chorizo is also popular in Basque cuisine.
In Portugal, a similar sausage is called Chouriço.