Crispy tortilla chips, smoked sausage, a mix of peppers, and onions drowned in beer cheese sauce. For the main dish or easy appetizer, smoked sausage nachos are not your ordinary finger food.
I was looking around for some Midwest favorites to remake for Mitten Movie Night. That’s when I came across this article: 52 Comfort Foods All Midwesterners Know. Even as a Midwesterner, there were loads of recipes in here I had never even heard of. One that immediately jumped out to me on the list was Beer and Brat Nachos from Taste of Home.
A NACHO RECIPE LOADED WITH MEAT THEN COVERED IN BEER CHEESE? Yeah, that sounds good. For this nacho recipe, I swapped out the bratwurst and made it even simpler with cooked smoked sausage. Then made a simple recipe for beer cheese sauce and we are on our way to tasty town.
What craft beer pairs well with sausage nachos?
The beer: Tropical Beer Hug from Goose Island Beer Co.
While this imperial IPA does weigh in at a hefty 9.9%, it goes wonderfully with the citrus flavors in the beer and goes perfectly with the smokiness in the sausage and the sharp cheddar of the beer cheese sauce.
What book pairs well with beer and nachos smothered in beer cheese?
The book: No Exit by Taylor Adams.
Holy smokes, this book is a thrill ride from beginning to end. I could not put it down and you won’t want to either.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.” – Stephen King in On Writing (print from InkInTheOzarks)
I’ve always been an avid reader so I thought this would be a great time to add another entertainment aspect of the blog and start adding book recommendations along with movies and TV shows.
——-> Let’s follow each other on GoodReads! <——-
These smoked sausage appetizer nachos have-
- Tortilla chips
- Diced yellow onions and sliced sweet mini peppers
- Sliced smoked sausage, you can use cocktail wieners or lil smokies
- Beer cheese sauce
How to make smoked sausage nachos step-by-step
The best thing about this recipe is how easy it is! Let’s start with the beer cheese sauce.
For this, I used a recipe from one of my favorite bloggers, The Chunky Chef. This Creamy Beer Cheese Sauce turned out great using Yuengling.
Start the rest of the nacho recipe by chopping the smoked sausage, peppers, and onions.
In a pan heat up 1 teaspoon olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon butter, then
On a sheet pan spread out the tortilla chips. Add the sausage and peppers over the top.
Tips & variations for this nachos recipe
- Eat these nachos IMMEDIATELY! The beer cheese sauce, once poured, can make the nachos soggy.
- What if I’m thinking of serving them at a party? Add the items in serving trays and bowls and let guests build their nachos directly on the plate.
- Not a fan of beer cheese sauce? Skip it and use regular shredded cheese. Put under the broiler in the oven to melt for 3-5 minutes.
More sausage and beer pairings
And here you are……
From our home in the Bottom Left of the Mitten to yours ~ Enjoy!
Smoke Sausage Nachos
- large baking sheet
- parchment paper
- medium saute pan
- medium sauce pan
- 1 13-ounce bag restaurant style tortilla chips
- 1 small yellow onion chopped
- 1 cup sliced sweet mini peppers seed removed and sliced
- 14 ounces smoked sausage I used skinless smoked sausage
- 1/2 tablespoon butter
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 cups beer cheese sauce I used The Chunky Chef's Creamy Beer Cheese Sauce recipe
- For the beer cheese sauce, I used a recipe from, The Chunky Chef. I used Yuengling for the beer.
- Chop the smoked sausage, peppers, and onions.
- In a pan heat up 1 tsp olive oil and butter, then saute the sausage, peppers, and onions until the peppers and onions are cooked, around 6-8 minutes.
- On a sheet pan spread out the tortilla chips. Add the sausage and peppers over the top.
- Finally, pour the beer cheese sauce over the top. Serve immediately.
Tips for making this recipe:
- Only make this recipe if you are going to eat it immediately because the beer cheese can make the tortilla chips soggy.
- If you are not making it immediately, you could set the ingredients in separate containers and let the guest build the nachos and pour the sauce on their own.
Originally published in March of 2019. Updated photos January of 2022 with new photos and slight recipe adjustments.
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Last Updated on February 22, 2022 by Erin@BottomLeftoftheMitten