What is Cured Chorizo?
Chorizo is a type of sausage that originates from Spain and Portugal. Unlike other sausage varieties you might be used to, chorizo has a red color due to its heavy paprika flavoring. Chorizo can either be spicy or sweet depending on the variety.
Cured chorizo is aged for several weeks meaning that it can be eaten without cooking. This is unlike Mexican chorizo which is sold raw and must be cooked before eating.
For another paella dish that uses chorizo, check out this Seafood Paella or this Grilled Summer Quinoa Paella.
Tomato Paste Substitutions
If you’re out of tomato paste, don’t panic. There are plenty of substitutions we can make with typical kitchen staples.
Tomato Puree: If you are looking for a tomato paste substitution, tomato puree is most likely your best bet. Although not quite as thick or sweet as tomato puree, you can simply increase the measurements to make up for any lost flavor.
Tomato Sauce: Similar to tomato puree, tomato sauce isn’t as thick or sweet as tomato paste, however you can replicate the flavor better by mixing in some sugar.
Ketchup: With a similar thick texture to tomato paste but with a sweeter, tangier taste, ketchup is a great substitution for tomato paste in small doses. That said, if you are preparing another recipe which requires a lot of tomato paste, ketchup may not be the best option.
Cumin has a rich and hearty taste and is great for adding depth into your recipes. Cumin will really bring out the sweetness in the onions and scallions in this recipe.
For some more different ways to use cumin in your cooking, learn how to make this Cumin Rubbed Chicken With Artichoke Salsa, this Cumin Rubbed Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Orange Rice Cinnamon Pilaf or this Chicken Tagine Skillet. Looking for another dinner idea? Try our: homemade spanish rice recipe.