Enjoy this papas con chorizo recipe in a snap by combining parboiled potatoes and aromatic Mexican chorizo sausage to make a delicious breakfast packed with bold flavors any day of the week!

Papas con chorizo is a Mexican popular dish made of potatoes cooked with chorizo sausage and served for breakfast. It’s a delicious and comforting dish that’s loved for its combination of crispy potatoes and the rich, spicy flavor of chorizo.

This dish is a staple at any Mexican home, including mine. It’s really simple to make and versatile because you can serve it as a main dish with a salad on the side, or use the mixture to make delicious tacos with soft corn tortillas.

Using chorizo to make the most delicious and hearty breakfast out there is a normal choice for us, other delicious recipes we enjoy often are huevos con chorizo and nopales con chorizo, both equally delicious!

Close-up of papas con chorizo.


  • Potatoes: Use any type of potatoes you prefer, even sweet potatoes will work for this recipe!
  • Chorizo: Make sure you use Mexican chorizo to make this recipe, this is a spicy sausage that crumbles easily when cooked. It is made of ground pork and spices which add a lot of flavor to the potatoes.
  • Oil: Use your favorite cooking oil, I like to use olive oil.
  • Salt: For basic seasoning.
Chorizo sausages in a plate.

How To Make Papas Con Chorizo

Fill a stock pot with water and add a good pinch of salt. Place the pot over high heat and bring to a boil. Meanwhile, peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/2-inch cubes.

Diced potatoes on a cutting board.

Add the diced potatoes to the boiling water and reduce the heat to a simmer. Cook potatoes for 3-4 minutes or until slightly tender, not fully cooked.

Top tip: Make sure your potatoes only cook briefly or they will fall apart when they finish the cooking with chorizo. You want them to keep their shape.

Removing boiled potatoes from the pot.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add pork chorizo and cook, breaking it with the back of a spoon, for about 7-8 minutes or until slightly crispy.

Frying chorizo in a skillet.

Stir in the potatoes and season with a pinch of salt. Mix well to combine them with the spicy, flavored chorizo oil.

Allow to cook until potatoes are tender on the inside and slightly crispy on the outside. Adjust seasonings and serve.

Cooking chorizo con papas in a skillet.

Tips & Notes

  • Don’t overcook potatoes, boil them just briefly so they can finish to cook with chorizo.
  • Chorizo can burn easily, so pay attention and never leave the pan unattended when cooking it.
  • Some types of potatoes hold better their shape, for example, waxy potatoes such as red, Pontiac, Yukon Gold, and Kennebec.
  • You’ll need some fat to fry the potatoes, so, if your chorizo doesn’t have enough fat, double the amount of oil suggested in the recipe.
  • Sneak in some vegetables such as zucchini, onions, peas, or mushrooms.
  • Did you know? chorizo con papas is another way to call this recipe, both names are interchangeable but refer to the same dish.
Papas con chorizo served with salad and refried beans on a black plate.

Serving Suggestions

In Mexico, papas con chorizo are mostly served for breakfast along with cozy drinks like cafe de olla or hot chocolate.

The best and most popular accompaniments are refried beans and flour tortillas or bolillo rolls.

It is also served often as lunch because it’s fulfilling and delicious. I recommend pairing it with a fresh green salad to balance the meal.

Last, you can use your chorizo con papas as a filling for quesadillas, gorditas, breakfast burritos, tacos, or pambazos.

Store & Reheat

One of the things I love most about this papas con chorizo recipe is that is perfect to make ahead and store for a quick breakfast on busy mornings.

To store, allow the potatoes and chorizo mixture to come to room temperature, then transfer to a container with a tight lid and store in the fridge for up to 3-4 days.

If you prefer, you can also freeze it. I like making a large batch and distributing it in small resealable bags taking out as much air as possible. Then freeze for up to 2-3 months.

For reheating. Thaw overnight in the fridge (if frozen), then reheat in a pan with a little oil stirring gently, or use the microwave in 1-minute intervals.

More Chorizo Recipes


Papas con chorizo recipe.

Papas Con Chorizo

4 servings
Papas con chorizo are a delicious and simple Mexican breakfast perfect for any day of the week. Potatoes infuse with the amazing flavor of Mexican chorizo and deliver a scrumptious and aromatic dish in just 15 minutes.
prep 5 minutes
cook 15 minutes
total 20 minutes


  • 1.5 pound potatoes (cut into ½-inch cubes)
  • 9 oz Mexican chorizo (casings removed)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • salt (to taste)


  • Place a medium stock pot with water over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • When water starts to boil, add potatoes and salt, reduce the heat to medium and allow to simmer until potatoes are slightly tender but not fully cooked (about 4 minutes).
  • Remove potatoes from the pot and set aside.
  • Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook, while stirring, for about 7-8 minutes or until slightly crispy.
  • Stir in the potatoes and mix well to coat them with the spicy, flavored chorizo oil.
  • Cook until potatoes are tender in the inside and a slightly crispy on the outside. Adjust salt to taste and serve.


  • Don’t overcook potatoes, boil them just briefly so they can finish to cook with chorizo.
  • Chorizo can burn easily, so pay attention and never leave the pan unattended when cooking it.
  • Some types of potatoes hold better their shape, for example waxy potatoes such as red, Pontiac, Yukon Gold and Kennebec.
Nutrition Information
Serving: 1 serving | Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 528mg | Potassium: 718mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 361IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I am going through all your recipes for breakfast and I am so hungry lol chorizo con papas looks like sometimes my husband would love! Do you recommend tortillas or bolillo rolls for eating this dish?

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve discovered your recipe on Pinterest, it’s on my list for next week’s meal planning. Now I have my eyes set on making chorizo, I had no idea this was something I could do at home, need to try your recipe asap!

  3. 5 stars
    My favorite breakfast :) my husband likes adding a fried egg on top and I like scrambling an egg in mines. A café con leche and tortillas de harina and we’re set for the day until dinner time :)

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my mom used to make this and pack it for my dads lunch very often. She would also give me a taquito sometimes right after cooking it :) thanks for the memories.