Spanish chorizo is a cured, or hard, sausage made from coarsely chopped pork.
The red color of Spanish chorizo is due to the heavy amounts of paprika in the spice mix; both spicy or sweet. The paprika used in Spanish chorizo is almost always smoked, which gives the sausage a deep, smoky flavor.
Other ingredients are herbs, garlic, and white wine, and the links can range from short to very long.
Because the sausage has been cured, meaning it has been aged for several weeks, it can be eaten without cooking and is often served sliced as part of a meat tray or tapas assortment. Spanish chorizo is also used to add flavor to cooked dishes like stews or paella.