Spicy Grits with Chorizo, Leeks, and Corn

"Spicy Grits with Chorizo, Leeks, and Corn" Recipe
Photo: John Kernick

Recipe from

Real Simple

Recipe Time

Prep: 25 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 321
Caloriesfromfat 20 %
Fat 7 g
Satfat 2 g
Cholesterol 50 mg
Sodium 1,017 mg
Carbohydrate 44 g
Fiber 8 g
Sugars 2 g
Protein 22 g


2 Spanish chorizo (cured sausage), sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 leeks (white and light green parts), thinly sliced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes, including liquid
Kosher salt and pepper
1/2 cup grits or polenta
2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears) or frozen corn, thawed
1 large bunch spinach, tough stems removed


Cook the chorizo over medium-high heat in a large saucepan until browned, about 3 minutes. Spoon off and discard any fat. Add the leeks and garlic and cook, stirring until slightly soft, about 2 minutes. Add the tomatoes and their liquid, 2 cups water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until the grits are tender and slightly thickened, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and spinach and cook, stirring, just until the spinach wilts. Divide among individual bowls.

Substitution: In place of Spanish chorizo (a flavorful, garlicky sausage) you can use Italian sausage. Remove it from the casings, crumble, and cook until browned, 5 to 7 minutes, then continue with the recipe as directed.