Prince Edward Island may account for a healthy share of the world's mussel production, but this recipe takes those mollusks farther south for a Latin American preparation that combines chorizo, chiles and beer.

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  • Cook chorizo in a large saucepan over medium heat until beginning to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomato, chiles, cumin and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomato begins to break down, about 3 minutes. Pour in beer, increase heat to medium-high, and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits.

  • Stir in mussels and return to a simmer. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook just until the mussels have opened, about 7 minutes. Remove from the heat (discard any unopened mussels); stir in cilantro. Serve with the sauce.


Shopping Tip: For this recipe we use fully cooked Spanish-style chorizo--spicy pork sausage seasoned with smoked paprika and chile--recognizable for its characteristic red color. Find it near other cured sausages in well-stocked supermarkets, specialty-food stores or online at

Tip: To clean mussels, scrub with a stiff brush under cold running water. Scrape off any barnacles using the shell of another mussel. Pull off the fuzzy “beard” from each one (some mussels may not have a beard).

Nutrition Facts

284 calories; 6.4 g total fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 48 mg cholesterol; 509 mg sodium. 400 mg potassium; 19.5 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 28.2 g protein; 660 IU vitamin a iu; 23 mg vitamin c; 81 mcg folate; 64 mg calcium; 6 mg iron; 42 mg magnesium;

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Rating: 4 stars
Use Wine In place of Beer I like the flavor of white wine more than beer so try that substitution. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Great as an appetizer!Love it and will cook again!!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
This was OK but not quite what I was looking for and I don't think I"ll make it again. The flavor mix was just a tad bitter for my taste Read More
Rating: 4 stars
These mussels were wonderful! I used a dark lager beer omitted the cilantro because I'm not a fan and used parsley instead. The combination of the cumin beer and sausage made for a delicious meal - everyone loved them. I served the mussels with baked yam fries crusty french bread and a salad. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
there was just nothing "right" about this recipe. Too many conflicting tastes & nothing shone certainly not the mussels. Ate less than half of it & will prob. throw away the other half. Read More