Chicharron

Chicharron

Chicharrón is a very popular Mexican snack that mainly consists of pork rinds or pork skin that have been deep fried. They are crispy, salty, and have a delicious meaty flavour that makes them pretty irresistible. It’s normal to serve chicharron with a spicy salsa and a cold beer alongside, or accompanying tequila or mezcal.

Chicharron is often served as a “botana” or little snack to have before a meal, something small to share while you wait for the main course. You can also find homemade chicharrones sold in Mexican market stalls. They come in big pieces or sheets, that you can break into smaller bits and enjoy with a freshly made salsa and some lime.

Another popular accompaniment for chicharrones is guacamole. You often see a good guacamole served alongside this savoury snack.

To prepare pork chicharrones at home you will need a piece of pork rind with some of the fat and a bit of the meat attached. This is normally found at your local butcher, or sometimes even in mainstream supermarkets.

Our chicharron recipe is one that anyone can prepare at home. We love serving our Mexican pork rinds with hot Gran Luchito Mango Habanero Salsa or mild Gran Luchito Tomatillo Salsa. Don’t forget to make our recipe for perfect homemade Guacamole and have some fresh limes on the side.

  • Prep time

    5 mins

  • Cook time

    40 mins

  • Total time

    45 mins

  • Ideal for

    Snack
  • Make it

    Mexican
  • Serves

    2

Nutrition: Per serving

kcal 395 fat 29g saturates 10g carbs 4.2g sugars 1.4g fibre 0.5g protein 28.6g salt 2.7g

How to make it

Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F.

  1. Begin by scoring your pork rind with a sharp knife, then place the piece of meat on a baking tray and season with the flaky sea salt. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  2. After 20 minutes remove your pork rind from the oven and cut into smaller pieces with a sharp knife, then place it back into the tray and bake for a further 15 to 20 minutes, allowing the pieces of pork rind to get crunchy.
  3. Once ready, remove from the oven and while your chicharrones are still hot sprinkle the Smoky Chipotle Fajita and Taco Mix on top and mix with the help of a spoon, making sure they are nicely coated in the Mexican spice mix.
  4. Serve with a side of homemade guacamole, Habanero Mango Salsa, and the lime wedges on the side.

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What To Serve With Chicharron?

Serve these chicharron with some Gran Luchito Salsa or Homemade Guacamole.

You can also crunch them up and serve on top of Mexican Scrambled Eggs or Mexican Black Beans.

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FAQs

Where to buy pork skin?

You can buy it from your local butcher, and some big supermarkets now sell it. Ask them at the meat counter!

How to eat chicharrones?

You can eat them as finger food, dipped in your favourite salsa or a homemade guacamole. Alternatively wrap them in a soft flour tortilla! You could also crunch them up and sprinkle over your scrambled eggs, on top of soup, or into your black beans.

Where does a chicharron originate?

Mexico is one of the world's largest producers and consumers of chicharron, although they originated in the Andalusia state of Spain and gained popularity in the rest of the world afterwards.

What is chicharron in english?

Chicharron is the Spanish name for pork rinds.

Are pork rinds unhealthy?

Pork rinds are a savory, carb-free, high protein snack. They have a fair number of calories and are quite high in unhealthy saturated fat. Plus, a serving of pork rinds provides nearly half the amount of sodium you should eat in a day.

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