Being the persistent person that I am, I have found a more than suitable substitute for the real thing. Besides, it's the flavor I'm after, not the fat.
Solution: Soy Chorizo. Don't run away. I'm not talking Tofurkey here, guys. This stuff is awesome. And easier to find than the real thing. It has the exact same flavor as real chorizo, but without the yuckiness.
There are two kinds I've tried:
This stuff is delish and found in most grocery stores. The texture and flavor are really, really good.
|Trader Joe's Soy Chorizo|
This is my absolute favorite. I simply can't get enough. It adds amazing flavor to chili, taco meat, and any Mexican/Spanish dish. The texture isn't soy-ish at all! You know what I mean. Squidgy, mealy, and overall funky. It blends seamlessly into dishes and you'll never miss the meat. I promise. This is coming from a girl who has tried and failed to love many a soy product over the years.
Because this stuff is housed in an inedible casing, ground is the easiest way to serve it. I suppose you could make a patty or something . . . I've never tried nor felt the need. I typically cut the tube in half along the fold and freeze one portion if I'm not using the whole thing in a dish.
Any great soy meat recommendations?