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Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos


All you have to do is say "nachos" and people come running. This rendition from Emeril Legasse is fun to put together and even more fun to eat.

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  • Servings: 8

Source: Everyday Food, January/February 2010


  • 1 pound fresh hot pork sausage (casings removed), crumbled
  • 4 scallions, white and green parts separated and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth or water
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 12 ounces large tortilla chips (restaurant style)
  • 3 cups grated pepper Jack, sharp cheddar, or a combination
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno slices (optional)
  • Salsa and sour cream, for serving


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Heat a large skillet over medium-high. Add sausage and cook, breaking meat apart with a wooden spoon, until sausage is browned and the fat is rendered, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to paper towels to drain.

  2. Add scallion whites and garlic to skillet; cook until fragrant and soft, about 20 seconds. Stir in beans and cook 1 minute. Add broth, chili powder, cumin, and salt. With a potato masher or the back of a wooden spoon, mash beans until chunky-smooth. Reduce heat to medium and cook until warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes.

  3. Spread half the tortilla chips in a large ovenproof platter or baking dish. Top with half the beans, half the sausage, half the cheese, and half the jalapenos (if using). Repeat with remaining ingredients. Bake until cheese melts and nachos are hot, about 5 minutes. Serve nachos topped with scallion greens, salsa, and sour cream.

Cook's Notes

If you don't like spicy sausage, feel free to substitute any other variety, such as breakfast pork sausage or even turkey sausage for a lighter touch.

Reviews Add a comment

  • barney_cat
    17 SEP, 2011
    How come this is a taligate recipe? Normally we don't tailgate with an oven.
  • kdroste
    29 JUL, 2011
    this is a tasty recipe for nachos.