This recipe for Mexican-style chorizo made with gluten-free steel cut oats (vegan, soy free) was originally created for a contest that Bob’s Red Mill (a company I love) was conducting. Create your best recipe with steel cut oats. I thought this recipe would win based on the clever name alone: ChorizOats. Get it? It’s chorizo combined with oats. You probably didn’t need me to explain, huh?
Anyway, it turned out amazing. It’s not unlike soy chorizo except that you use cooked steel cut oats (gluten-free) and therefore this is health food. Seriously, there is nothing wrong in this list of ingredients.
I brought a huge container to one of our local Tex-Mexican restaurants (Viva) and we spiced up the already vegan burritos with this delicious addition.
- 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Steel Cut Oats
- 1 medium onion, finely chopped
- 1 medium green pepper, finely chopped
- 4 garlic cloves, pressed or finely chopped
- 1 6 oz. can organic tomato paste
- 3 T. apple cider vinegar
- 2 T. (or more, depending on preference) favorite hot sauce
- 2 T. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
- 1 T. vegetable bouillon
- 2 T. chili powder
- 1 T. paprika
- 1 T. smoked seasoning
- 1 t. black pepper
- 1 t. cinnamon
- 1 t. cumin
Vegan sour cream (optional, depends on recipe but is worth every extra calorie. I prefer Tofutti brand), and vegan cheese (optional, but get your hands on some VioLife or Chao).
Cook Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Steel Cut Oats according to package (1 cup oats, 3 cups water). Add vegetable bouillon just before adding oats and covering (will take 20 minutes to cook covered, stirring occasionally).
In heated skillet, saute onions, pepper, and garlic in 1 T. olive oil (you can do this step oil-free if you’re one of those people) until soft, stir in tomato paste and lower heat. Add apple cider vinegar, hot sauce, cilantro and stir. Continue stirring over low heat for five minutes.
Combine all dry ingredients in separate bowl and stir into tomato mixture and set aside.
Once Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free Steel Cut Oats are done (can be left a little chewy) combine in large bowl with tomato mixture. You now have enough Chorizoats to fill six burritos, tacos, or quesadillas. The Chorizoats is also an excellent addition to vegan chili or cook further in medium heat frying pan and add as a healthy, spicy vegan pizza topping.