Spicy Sausage, Bean, and Cheese Nachos

Prep Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins

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.


  • 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

  • ¾ cup low-sodium chicken broth or water

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • ¼ teaspoon coarse salt

  • 12 ounces large tortilla chips (restaurant style)

  • 3 cups grated pepper Jack, sharp cheddar, or a combination

  • ¼ 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.

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