Chorizo, Habanero and Chive Potato Salad



Hi, I’m Alyssa and I’m a secret hoarder.

(Hi Alyssa)

Not really like the, I have 352 cat in my house and I’m thinking of adopting another sort.  More like the I have a really hard time throwing away leftovers and other small things sort. 

I mean, who knows when I may need that issue of Good Housekeeping from 5 years ago or that belt that I haven’t worn in years but might look cute with just the right outfit. 

This recipe is a hoarder’s justification: I still had a little bit of chive aioli from my salmon wraps that I just couldn’t throw out; and since I had planned to throw some stuff on the grill, I thought I’d put it toward good use it in a potato salad.  See, it’s good to hang on to stuff…you never know when you’ll need it again!



Chorizo, Habanero and Chive Potato Salad
Prep time: 10 mins
Cook time: 15 mins
Total time: 25 mins
Serves: 2
  • 1 lb baby red potatoes
  • 1 link chorizo sausage, chopped
  • 1 small habanero pepper, diced and seeds removed
  • 1/4 cup chive aioli
  • 2 tablespoons diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • salt/pepper
  1. Put the potatoes in a medium pot and cover with water. Heavily salt the water and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook the potatoes until they are just fork tender. Drain the water and cool them.
  3. While the potatoes cook, sauté the diced chorizo and habanero over medium high heat until the chorizo browns, about 2-4 minutes. Remove the chorizo mixture to a paper towel to drain and cool.
  4. In a bowl, mix together the aioli, onion, cumin and honey. Mix in the chorizo. Fold in the potatoes and cilantro. Season with salt and pepper and chill.

The potato salad will keep up to three days, chilled in an airtight container.


Recipe adapted from my Mom’s classic potato salad

Chive Aioli recipe can be found here

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Nami | Just One Cookbook - Great! It’s good that you don’t want to waste food. I have some friends who don’t like eating leftovers and I feel that’s so much food wasting! I love recycling recipes and this is a good one! Love your potato salad. It goes well with BBQs!

On the other hand…I have a rule for what can stay in the house… if I don’t wear it or use it in the past 3 years, I am donating them. We just did spring cleaning 2 weekends ago. I like to keep my house less stuff and simple as possible…:-)

Ramona - You and I are alike…I hate to throw good food away too! I think you re-purposed it perfectly!! This potato salad would really be a meal for me… love the habanero! :) My husband thinks I’m a hoarder…. but it’s for my cookbooks and cooking magazines that I never throw out. I need a room just for them…. LOL!

alyssa - LOL, I’m the same way with cookbooks or food magazines! We left most of our stuff in storaage, but I told my husband when we moved that I HAD to bring every magazine I’ve saved in the last few years and cookbook with me! One of the biggest fights we had when we first got married was when he threw out the magazines I had been “collecting” for 5+ years. He has since learned his lesson :)

Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts - Great recipe! Love the use of leftovers. This sounds like a very flavorful potato salad – we love anything spicy here!

Sandra's Easy Cooking - I also put my uneaten food in fridge or freezer, and don’t like to waist. We either eat it later or I make something else with it! I love this Alyssa! My kind of salad…Creamy and delicious! Well done!

Tina@flourtrader - Having leftovers can be a real inspiration! This salad looks to be to good to pass up, chorizo and chive aioli are some great flavor additions for potato salad-yum!

Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I love this kicked up potato salad! Habanero scares me a bit, I have to admit. My face and ears had a very painful experience not long ago with it, lol!

Lacy @ NYCityEats - Ha! I’m the same way Alyssa! I have many many food magazines from years and years ago, but I might want to make one of the recipes in there…some day! :) This potato salad sounds insane! Spicy, meaty & delicious! YUM!

Carolyn Jung - Now, THAT is potato salad with a kick. A great way to shake-up the same ‘ol, same ‘ol summer salad with bold new flavors.

Chandra@the plaid and paisley kitchen - Oh alyssa I think we are all like that!!!! I know I am! This looks like a great salad! So yay to left overs!

Tiffany - Do you really have 352 cats in your house?!?!?!? That’s pretty impressive! As is this potato salad! Mmmmmm, habanero!

Kelly @ Inspired Edibles - Hee,hee! Loved reading about your hoarding ways… I think I might suffer from the same affliction. But look at the result?! Who can argue :).

alyssa - I agree…can’t argue with success :)

alyssa - HAHAH!!!! No, we don’t have any pets….but there is that crazy tv show where people really do!

alyssa - Glad to know that I’m not the only one!

alyssa - Thanks, I do like a classic potato salad, but this was a fun twist!

alyssa - Those magazines are so hard to get rid of….you just never know when you’re going to need a recipe (and it’s not like they are online or anything;) )

alyssa - I have the same experience everytime with habaneros….but I just love them so much that I keep coming back for more!

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