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Chorizo Tomato Sauce topping polenta on a white plate garnished with basil

Chorizo Tomato Sauce

Chorizo Tomato Sauce is a delicious, rich tasting sauce that is good on polenta, spaghetti squash, pasta, and potatoes. This sauce is also quick to cook up!

Course sauces
Cuisine Italian
Keyword spicy tomato meat sauce recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 cups
Calories 214 kcal
Author Sandy Clifton


  • 1 lb Chorizo Sausage*, casings removed
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Onion, diced (or 1 Tbsp dried onion, or 1/2 tsp onion powder)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, minced (or 1 tsp garlic powder)
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Basil dried
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme, dried
  • 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 2 15oz Cans of Tomato Sauce (or 1 29oz can)
  • 1/2 tsp Sugar
  • 1 Roasted Red Pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1 15 oz Can of Diced Tomatoes (juice and all)


  1. Heat a large skillet on medium, and add chorizo. Brown the meat until it is done. Drain any fat and remove from pan. Set aside.

  2. Put pan back on the heat and add the olive oil.

  3. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until mostly translucent.

  4. Add the garlic and the spices. Stir well to incorporate, and cook for a minute.

  5. Stir in the tomato sauce, sugar, and roasted red pepper, water, and diced tomatoes.

  6. Add the sausage back in. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  7. Serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

*Chorizo is usually pretty salty, so I don't recommend adding salt until after you taste it. I never add salt to this sauce.

Also, chorizo is spicy! If you don't like your sauce too hot, try 1/2 chorizo and 1/2 Italian or breakfast sausage to cut the heat!

This sauce reheats well on med-low heat. Add a little water if too thick.