Mini Chorizo Sausage and Roasted Pepper Tart Recipe

How to make mini savory tarts with chorizo sausage, roasted peppers and cilantro. Jump to the Mini Chorizo Sausage and Roasted Pepper Tart Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Mini Chorizo Sausage and Roasted Pepper Tart Recipe

What is chorizo? Chorizo is a pork sausage that’s highly seasoned. It’s also one of my favorite ingredients. You can find it as fresh, uncooked (what we call for in our recipe below) or as smoked sausage. It’s usually flavored with spices like smoked paprika or chili peppers.

Depending on who made it, chorizo can be pretty spicy. I like that, especially when it comes to these mini tarts. Thanks to the chorizo, we get to pack a whopping amount of flavor into the tarts even though they are miniature in size.

Mini Chorizo Sausage and Roasted Pepper Tart Recipe

If you are sensitive to spicy foods, these tarts would be excellent with fresh Italian or German sausage. Whether you go with the chorizo or another type of fresh sausage, you will need to remove the sausage from the casing. To do this, simply cut a slit down the sausage and peel the casing away.

YOU MAY ALSO LIKE: If you are looking for a basic, all-butter pastry dough to use for savory and sweet dishes, you have found it. Jump to the Basic Pastry Dough Recipe.

Recipe updated, originally posted October 2010. Since posting this in 2010, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Mini Chorizo Sausage and Roasted Pepper Tart Recipe

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The filling and pastry tarts are cooked separately then we spoon the filling into the flaky tarts before serving. Chorizo sausage is spicy and can vary in heat level depending on where you buy it. If you prefer milder foods, substitute the sausage for an Italian or German sausage instead.

Makes approximately 24 mini tarts

You Will Need

Chilled pie dough for one 9-inch pie, see our pastry dough recipe or use store-bought

1 red bell pepper

1 yellow bell pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 medium onion, chopped small

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 fresh chorizo sausages

1/2 cup queso fresco or feta cheese, crumbled

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Directions

  • Bake Tart Shells
  • Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

    On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry dough so that it is 1/8-inch thick. Using a 2 3/4-inch round cutter, cut out 24 rounds.

    Fit the rounds into a 24-cup nonstick mini muffin tin. If the dough becomes too soft to work with, place it in the refrigerator to chill for 15 minutes.

    Prick the bottom of each tart shell with a fork. Fill each mini tart with dry beans, dry rice, dry lentils or pie weights then bake until lightly browned and set, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven, remove the tarts from the muffin pan and cool on a cooling rack.

    • Roast Peppers
    • Place peppers onto the grill over moderately high heat. Cook, turning occasionally until most of the skin has blistered and turned dark brown or black. Or do this under your oven broiler.

      Transfer peppers to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap so they steam. After 15 minutes peel away the blistered skin from each pepper then remove the stems. Scrape away all of the seeds and membrane inside the peppers. Chop the peppers into small pieces ready for filling.

      • Make Filling
      • In a wide skillet over medium heat, add the oil and onions. Cook until softened then stir in the garlic and cook for another minute.

        Remove the sausages from their casings and add to the pan, breaking up the meat with a wooden spoon. When the sausage is browned and cooked through, add the roasted bell peppers, half of the cheese and the cilantro, cook for one more minute.

        • To Finish
        • Fill each mini tart with a spoonful of the chorizo-pepper filling. Sprinkle the tops with a little cheese and cilantro.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Make-ahead: Mini tart shells can be baked up to 1 day in advance. Cool them then keep in an airtight container. The filling can also be made in advance. Cool it then keep in an airtight container up to 3 days. Reheat before filling tart shells.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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8 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Sharron Clemons December 29, 2010, 1:22 am

    We love chorizo – I think we’ll have to give this a try!

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  • Mrs. L November 9, 2010, 7:02 pm

    Love chorizo, and I think I could probably eat all 24 of these tarts in one sitting!

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  • blackbookkitchendiaries October 26, 2010, 11:46 am

    this looks so lovely and a great way to entertaint. thank you for sharing.

    Reply
  • Esme October 25, 2010, 11:15 pm

    What a fun evening.

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  • Donalyn October 24, 2010, 4:29 pm

    We love chorizo – I think we’ll have to give this a try!

    Reply
  • Mary October 22, 2010, 1:42 pm

    Thanks for the shout. Lovely to meet you two and share food….what a fun evening!

    Reply
  • Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon October 20, 2010, 2:18 pm

    I am so glad you posted this because your tarts helped me discover that I really do like chorizo. I ate the very last leftover yesterday. What the heck have I been thinking for nearly 40 years?

    I must make mini tarts, stat. I hope that you might also share the recipes for the other fillings here on the blog.

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    • inspiredtaste October 20, 2010, 3:15 pm

      Glad that we could help you realize your hidden love for chorizo 🙂 And as for the other two tarts we had the other night, those are going to be our next two posts.

      Reply

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