Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos will make you forget about taco dinners

Eckrich Garden Nachos, photo provided by Eckrich
Eckrich Garden Nachos, photo provided by Eckrich /
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If you like dip for dinner, Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos will be your new favorite recipe.

For many people, nachos are a meal. With the Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos recipe by Eckrich, there is a reason to make some extra sausage. After trying this recipe, you might re-think your favorite nachos topping.

A recent trend has been eating appetizers for dinner. Whether people are tired of cooking or just want something different for dinner, it seems that those traditional dinner recipes are taking a back seat. From dip for dinner to shareable plates, that traditional dinner plate is looking a little different.

In this Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos recipe, even the traditional nachos get a little flavor twist. While many people put chicken, steak or ground beef on nachos, the smoked sausage offers creative flavor boost.

Many people think about serving a smoked sausage on a bun or served in a hash, the smoked sausage works well when paired with the nachos. Since the sausage isn’t spicy, it doesn’t overpower the other flavors and ingredients. In a way, it offers a delicious balance.

Looking the ingredients list, there are many ways that this recipe can be customized. If you prefer a little more spice, consider adding a few more jalapenos or substitute a shredded pepper jack cheese. Or, you prefer a more robust flavor, consider charring your corn.

Thinking about this recipe, it can be a great second-use recipe. For example, if you have extra smoked sausage that has been grilled, it can be used in this Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos recipe. It is always good to have a couple extra recipes to ensure that all that tasty sausage is eaten since food waste is never a good idea.

Here’s how to make Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos by Eckrich.

Ingredients:

Meat

  • 1 (10-14oz) packages Eckrich® Smoked Sausage, sliced into 1/4”-slices

Produce

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 ears corn, kernels removed
  • 1 small red onion, sliced thin
  • 2 jalapeños, sliced thin
  • 2 limes
  • Fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

Dairy

  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup sour cream

Pantry

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 ounces tortilla chips
  • 1 (15oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed

Preparation

  • Pre-heat oven to 400°F.
  • Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced sausage and cook until starting to brown and crisp, about 5 minutes.
  • Arrange tortilla chips in even layer on baking sheet. Top with layers of sausage, tomatoes, corn, red onion and beans. Sprinkle with cheeses and top with jalapeño slices. Bake until cheese is melted, about 6 minutes.
  • Zest and juice 1 lime into small bowl and mix with sour cream. Slice remaining lime into wedges. Drizzle lime sour cream over nachos, garnish with cilantro and serve with lime slices.

The lime sour cream really makes this recipe pop. The brightness from the lime cuts through the richness of the sausage. Remember that little flavor trick for a variety of your recipes.

Additionally, remember to drain the sausage on a paper towel prior to putting the sausage on the tortilla chips. No one likes a soggy nacho.

Also, remember any recipe can be customized to your own personal preferences. Just because this recipe uses cilantro doesn’t mean that you have to use it (some people are anti-cilantro).

Why not skip the Taco Tuesday and have these Smoked Sausage Garden Nachos for dinner. It could become a new dinner tradition.

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