Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Hot Sausage and Bean Dip

I'm always on the lookout for great dip recipes. Don't tell anyone, but sometimes, on the weekends, I'll make some sort of dip for lunch or dinner (I know, BAD mom!!) and I always prefer that it be a heartier one like this that includes some protein. Although this one seems like it would be very spicy, it's not-- Just super flavorful-- And I love the unique flavor that the sausage provides. It's quickly become one of our favorites!

Hot Sausage and Bean Dip
-Alyssa Griffeth-

1 Lb. Jimmy Dean's sausage
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp. garlic salt
1-7 oz. can green chili salsa (Salsa Verde)
1 sm. can sliced black olives
1/4 tsp. tabasco sauce
1 or 2 15 oz. cans refried beans
1 sm. can chopped green chilis
1 1/2 c. sour cream
4-6 green onions, sliced
2 c. Mexican cheese blend
1-2 avocados, diced

NOTE: This recipe can easily be made in one or two dishes. I usually divide it into 2 pie plates and it fits perfectly. But if you have a larger dish to fill, just layer everything accordingly.

Brown sausage, onion and garlic salt, until sausage is nicely crisped and brown. Drain fat if there is any. Stir in hot sauce.

In a shallow serving dish, layer beans, meat mixture, green chilis, sour cream, green salsa, green onions, both cheeses and olives.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes, until hot and cheese is melted. Top with diced avocado and serve with tortilla chips.

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