When autumn arrives, the masses crave everything pumpkin, from pumpkin-spiced coffee drinks, to pies, cakes, muffins, and scones. While all of the sweet pumpkin goodness is amazing in its own right, I love finding other ways to use the fall squash. The recipe I have for you today is indeed a pumpkin dish, but I use it in a savory application, combining a classic Mexican appetizer, the taquito, with a traditional American Holiday flavor profile of pumpkin and sage.
The pumpkin not only lends its subtle earthiness to the smoky spice of the Cacique Soy Chorizo, but also aids in keeping its crumbly texture together, making frying the taquitos easier. If you are not vegetarian, you can also make it with beef or pork chorizo as well. Adding cinnamon to the filling brings out the subtle, sweet notes present in the chorizo, reminding you that we are indeed in the Holiday Season. The filling comes together quickly, so you can get these rolled up, fried, and on the table in no time.
To balance the spice, we have Cacique Crema Mexicana mixed with fresh sage as a wink and a nod to the classic, savory pumpkin/sage flavor profile. Fresh lime juice adds some brightness to the sauce, while the sage contributes a hint of herbaceous-ness and color. I love that you can add anything you want to the crema to suit whatever you are making. The cooling tang of this crema pairs perfectly with the hot and spicy filling.
Chorizo Pumpkin Taquitos aim to satisfy your every fall craving in a delightfully crunchy, pumpkin-y, spicy appetizer! I find that a perfect appetizer is one that can be picked up and eaten with ease. Your guests can pick this up, dunk, and go, while continuing to socialize before the big meal.