Chimi’s owner Brandon Fischer shares his devotion to tasting and creating great food.
Owning a restaurant that is 30 years old has many ups and downs. When purchasing Chimi’s Mexican Food 5 years ago I felt it was very important to uphold the integrity of a celebrated institution, such as Chimi’s.
One of my great joys in life is creating food that people love to eat. In making the necessary improvements to keep up with changes in guest expectations, I devoted the first couple of years as Chimi’s owner to integrating new, fresh and exciting original recipes to keep our customers interested.
Chorizo, a spicy, red, Mexican sausage, is a staple for Mexican Food, so one of my proudest moments was creating our unique Chimi’s original beef chorizo.
At first I simply ordered several samples of pre-made chorizo from our supplier and set about the task of finding the one that tasted and cooked the best. However, after several sub-standard chorizo samples I decided that the best course of action would be to stick with what Chimi’s now does best: creating fresh food from scratch.
Fresh foods made daily insure the highest quality of product and taste. So when it came to chorizo, the task was easy: nail down a recipe that could be consistently made in each location on a regular basis.
After months of spice packets and countless recipes me and my manager at the 81st & Sheridan location, Salvador Chávez, finally found one that worked.
Chimi’s original chorizo recipe involves 13 different spices such as onion, garlic, red pepper, cumin, and oregano that I now mix at my house and then distribute to each location. The Cumin with its peppery flavor and aroma adds a nice nutty flavor, while the complex flavor of the earthy oregano compliments the combination perfectly.
This spicy concoction adds diversity and a layer of flavor that the Tex-Mex ground beef cannot quite attain. We now use it in several menu items, Chorizo con queso, Pollo con Chorizo, and last but not least Chorizo Tacos.
So, if you haven’t tried Chimi’s signature chorizo recipe, order yourself a Chorizo con queso. I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!