What is it? With high-end chorizos coming from Spain, domestic products are now in the market as well. Imperial Chorizo is an artisanal product made in New York according to Spanish craft standards by Pata Negra LLC (the name refers to the “black foot” of the best Spanish pigs). Traditional Pimentón de la Vera is used to color and flavor the chorizo, except in the milder, paprika-free “white” chorizo, in the style of Catalonia.
Pros: A taste will reveal that this is steps beyond the usual supermarket brands — some of which are not bad at all. The flavor is rich and fresh, not unlike what one buys in Spain.
Cons: This is a rustic chorizo, so unless sliced thin the texture can be a little rough for those accustomed to smooth charcuterie products. This is not necessarily a negative, but it is a matter of taste.
Price: Starts at $8.99. Available at local Spanish delis like La Vasca and Paco’s, and Tropical Supermarkets.