Recipe: Swiss Chard with Crispy Chorizo and Lemon

swiss chard and chorizo recipe

As much as I love my greens, sometimes they need a little spicing up by means of meat. I love trying out all of the different kinds of salami from my local grocery store and this week, I got some slices of chorizo. It’s salty, a little spicy and goes well in almost anything from a basic sandwich with lettuce and tomato to a big bowl of cooked swiss chard like this one.

I also was able to find some crispy-fried hominy (basically like really big corn kernels) on a separate shopping trip recently, so used some of that to finish things off for a little crunch. If you can’t find hominy, don’t worry about it, try using some homemade croutons on top instead!

What you’ll need…

2 tsp canola oil

4 1/4″ thick chorizo slices (diced)

1 tbsp unsalted butter

1 lemon (zest and juice)

2 tsp white wine vinegar

1 bunch of rainbow swiss chard (washed, ends trimming and roughly chopped)

salt and pepper (to taste)

1 cup fried hominy (crushed into chunks with a mortar and pestle)


Heat canola oil in a large pan on medium-high heat. Add the diced chorizo and cook until crispy on all sides, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to paper towel to absorb any excess fat.

In the same pan, melt butter, then add lemon juice, zest and vinegar and let cook for 1 minute.

Add in the chopped chard and cook until tender, stirring regularly, about 4-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a serving dish.

Add the crispy chorizo to the dish, toss several times to mix, top with crispy hominy and serve.

Serves 2-3

Total cook time…12 minutes