As a seasoned (pun intended) chorizo eater back in my pre-veggie days, I can tell you that a good chorizo may be full of disgusting things, but it's the best
disgusting things! Nowadays, I read the ingredients on everything
and some of the more disturbing are next to the register at 7/11. Slim Jims and Penrose Firecrackers are extraordinarily grotesque. Hell, all they need is a little gelatin and taurine to make them perfect
! Slim Jims are delicate in that they only cite "beef" and "mechanically separated chicken", although their website mentions a secret recipe and a special "spice block", whatever that
is. The Firecracker, on the other hand, (another fine product from the good people at Con Agra) is a "pickled sausage" that actually lists "beef lips" as the first ingredient on the package. Delightful! I'm not sure, but "hooves and hair" might be toward the end of the list.
Yep, it's Soyrizo for me from now on. I love the stuff. They've managed to make it really greasy, just like the real stuff; but without the snouts.