Chouriço is a term for a smoked
pork sausage spiced with paprika, ground pepper and
other herbs. Chouriço sausages are quite
distinctive from their red colouring, which is a
result of the pimento.
Unlike the Spanish version, where
ingredients are ground, the meat in Portuguese
Chouriço is chopped and gives a more rustic texture.
The Chouriço sausage is served sliced as an
entree at many cafes and restaurants. However it is also a major
ingredient in many Portuguese soups including Caldo Verde and Sopa
de Pedra (soup of the stone).