Either take 1 pound of good fresh chorizo or italian sausage (Venison, Moose, Elk, Beef, Pork, etc) out of the casings, cook in a frying pan and stir into the crockpot after pureeing. Good sausage is what makes this soup shine so don’t choose some Jimmy Deans breakfast sausage. Please. Unless that’s your favourite sausage and you think it’d be the best thing ever in this soup…then who am I to judge…
Make your own quick sausage out of ground meat (Venison, Moose, Elk, Beef, Pork, Turkey etc. This needs to be mixed up a minimum of one hour, unto 3 days before cooking (I did it after I threw the soup into the crockpot in the morning.)
Store in a container in the fridge until ready to cook.
Brown in frying pan until cooked, and stir into the crockpot after pureeing the soup.