In the event that you've never had them, choricitos are--as their name suggests--small chorizo sausages. They are pictured raw above and cooked mouth waters as I type these words. They are so easy to make--mix everything together and shape them--and really versatile. Make them spicy or not, they can be eaten as an appetizer or incorporated into any number of recipes (they are delicious cooked with rice).

(Little Chorizo Sausages)

Makes about 30 choricitos
1 pound ground pork butt
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed hot pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Combine all of the ingredients in a bowl, cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour. Shape into small meatballs or patties and cook them in a skillet or oven.