Chorizo or kick-back is accepted in local culture
by Ivo Henfling
Most people know a chorizo as a sausage made of minced meat and spices, usually dark red or brown and of elongated cylindrical shape. In Costa Rica we have two types of chorizo, a legal one and an illegal one.
Most butchers in Costa Rica make their own chorizo or sausage, some good and some bad. You just have to try them out in different places. Some grocery stores have real good ones; it just depends on the recipe. But that’s not what my blog is all about today.
Today, I will explain all about the other chorizo, a cultural habit that used to be very accepted in Costa Rica but now rejected by many. This other chorizo has nothing to do with a sausage. This chorizo is a bribe, a kick-back or an illegal business transaction. The person who commits the act of the chorizo is a chorizero (chorizera when female) and the plural form of a chorizo is chorizos. A chorizero can also be a person who sells just anything he can get his hands on and . Jaquemate, a well-known Costarican band produced the song El Chorizero in 1983, click here to see the video.