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Chef Aarón Sánchez's Chorizo and Beef Burger With Grilled Sweet Potato

The celebrity chef suggests pairing a Malbec with foods that come off the grill

Chorizo and Beef Burger with Sweet Potato

Chef Aarón Sánchez's chorizo and beef burger with grilled sweet potato is the perfect meal for any summer grilling session. Paired with Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec, it's a recipe for success at your outdoor family gathering.


Red chimichurri recipe

  • 2 roasted roma tomatoes
  • 1 can chipotle with adobo sauce
  • 1/2 red onion (roasted or grilled)
  • 4 cloves of roasted garlic
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon pimanton (smoked paprika)
  • 1 bunch cilantro chopped, stems included
  • 1 Cup olive oil

Aarón's Adobo

  • 1/4 Cup cumin seeds
  • 1/4 Cup coriander seeds
  • 1/4 Cup fennel seeds
  • 1/4 Cup yellow mustard seeds
  • 2 pasilla chiles, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and torn into small pieces
  • 2 ancho chiles, stemmed, seeded, deveined, and torn into small pieces
  • 1/2 Cup dried whole oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 2 Tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 Tablespoons garlic powder

Chorizo and Beef Burger With Grilled Sweet Potato

  • 8 Ounces Mexican crema or sour cream
  • 1 jalapeño
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes + juice of 1 lime
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped with stems
  • 1/2 Teaspoon salt
  • 1 Pound chorizo (beef or pork)
  • 1 Pound ground beef
  • 1/2 Cup Aarón’s Adobo*
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and sliced into ¼ inch thick medallions
  • 5 pre-sliced burger buns
  • 1/2 Cup pickled onions
  • 2 Cups arugula or farm greens
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 Cups red chimichurri


Red chimichurri recipe

Add all ingredients to food processor or blender and blend until salsa-like consistency.

Aarón's Adobo

1. Heat a dry skillet over medium-low heat. Pour in the cumin, coriander, fennel, and mustard seeds along with the pieces of pasilla and ancho chiles. Toast, stirring constantly, until it’s very aromatic and just beings to smoke, about 3 minutes. 

2. Dump the mixture onto a plate and let it cool to room temperature. Grind it to a fine powder in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder. 

3. Put the powder in a large bowl and add the oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika. Stir them really well to combine. 

4. Store the adobo in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag in a cool, dark place for up to a month. 

Makes approximately 1½ cups

Chorizo and Beef Burger With Grilled Sweet Potato

1. Preheat grill or grill pan to medium-high heat. 

2. Make cilantro-lime crema: add crema (or sour cream), jalapeño, lime juice and zest (from 2 limes), cilantro and salt to a blender or food processor and combine until smooth.  Remove from blender jar and set aside. 

3. In a bowl, combine chorizo, ground beef and Aarón’s Adobo and mix well.  Season with salt and divide into four to five equal parts and gently shape into patties.  Press a shallow thumbprint into the center of each patty.  

4. Cook patties on the grill, approximately three minutes per side (for medium rare), or longer based on preference. 

5. Season sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt and Aarón’s Adobo and grill for 2 minutes per side. 

6. Remove patties and sweet potatoes from grill and set aside. Lightly toast buns on grill for approximately 30 seconds or until golden brown. 

7. Add arugula, pickled onions, 1 tablespoon olive oil, and juice of one lime to a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste. Lightly toss until well mixed.

8. To assemble each burger: spread cilantro-lime crema on the bottom bun, add patty, sweet potato slice (or slices!), red chimichurri, then top with arugula and onion salad, and finish with top bun. Enjoy! 

Aaron Sanchez's Chorizo and Beef Burger, paired with Terrazas de los Andes Reserva Malbec