Cook Along with Chef Deniz: Fresh Chorizo Meatballs with Johnston's Pork

November 26, 2020

Cook Along with Chef Deniz: Fresh Chorizo Meatballs with Johnston's Pork

Our Cooking Along LIVE series continues! Thank you to all who registered, donated to support our chefs, or ordered a cook-along kit so you could follow along live.

Tonight we are cooking up some super delicious dishes with our friends from Johnston's Pork.

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Fresh Chorizo Meatballs with Spicy Tomato Sauce, Mint, and Yogurt

By Chef Deniz Tarakcioglu



  • 1.5lbs Johnston's fatty ground pork
  • 10 cloves garlic ,minced
  • 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 4 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 5 sprigs of basil
  • 1 serrano chili, sliced thin
  • 10 mint leaves
  • 200ml thick yogurt


  • Put all the spices, half the garlic and meat in to a large bowl and mix until homogenous.
  • Rest at least 2 hours and roll into 1/2’’ diameter balls. In a medium sauce pan heat up 50ml extra virgin olive oil. Fry serrano and garlic until light brown and fragrant. Add basil leaves fry 30 seconds further. Add the hand crushed tomatoes and reduce on high heat until it starts spitting around 20 minutes. Fry the meatballs in a separate pan. Pour half the hot tomato sauce over and simmer for 5 minutes. Garnish with yogurt and mint, serve with bread on the side.

Prep Time: 15 minutes + 2 hours rest time.

Cook time: 30 minutes

Yield: 6 servings

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