Its a staple ingredient in our house too thanks to DP. He's obsessed with the stuff. Whenever he cooks he just googles chorizo recipes. It became a tad annoying when he ruined my bolognese with it though but he redeemed himself by making an amazing chicken and chorizo pie. Its also the only way I can cook an otherwise vegetarian pasta meal without him moaning. Pasta, pesto, cheese and chorizo is amazing as a calorific treat. Thats the only real issue with chorizo, the fat and calorie content is off the chart.
Since my DH is half Spanish I am very lucky indeed to go there a lot and eat the gorgeous food his mum and aunty cooks. They eat really well and drink fab wine. If you like chorizo, you should also check out Jamon Iberico and Jamon Serrano and look up tapas from the Pais Basco area and La Rioja. I have always loved Spanish food but thought I had died and gone to heaven when I went to Bilbao and La Rioja last year. Lots of us go to South Spain on holiday but one thing I have learned from my DH's rellies is that the north is the best place and their food (and wine) is the best in the world.
Madame - my MIL always scores the outside and peels the skin off in one go. Spaniards don't eat the skin. Sometimes they also boil it for a bit in water to get rid of the fat.