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I’m a fairly bland eater. I didn’t think I liked spicy things–Until I met Jay. I discovered buffalo wings and pepperoncini and jalapeños, and now even I’m on board sometimes with thinking certain dishes need a bit of a kick. Like these Spicy Sausage Totchos.
Made with Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Jalapeño Flavor, these are totchos with bold flavor. Too bold for the bambino, so Jay and I ate these ourselves. And they were tasty!
I love making totchos, not just because I could eat tater tots every day for the rest of my life, but because they’re never the same meal twice. And you can customize them to your liking. In our case, Jay and I had a lot of sausage as well as all the other toppings.
I picked up everything I needed at Walmart here in Brookings. You’ll find the different Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages in the refrigerated meat section of the store (before you get to the cheese):
I appreciate that they’re made with no fillers, no artificial flavors or colors, are high in protein, and are gluten-free (I am not celiac, but that may apply to some of you readers). They’re even on sale for $3.48/package from now until Memorial Day. And if you’re really lucky?
Coupons on the back! Which, obviously, I didn’t even notice until AFTER I got home. But I’m telling you so you can save even more.
To make the totchos, you start by cooking your tots.
Add 5 minutes to the maximum cooking time on the package directions. You don’t want to burn them, but if they’re slightly over-cooked/crispy, that’s okay. There’s nothing worse than soggy tots. And depending on your choice of toppings, if they’re “wet,” the tots will hold up better if they’re crisp. While the tots are in the oven, fry the sausage. If you’re planning on portioning these out, allow for one sausage per person.
The sausages are already fully cooked, though I opted to slice them and brown them a bit.
After that, it’s simply a matter of layering all your toppings.
And then, you eat!
- 1 32-oz. bag of tater tots
- 1 package Jack Link’s Wild Side Sausages Jalapeño Flavor, cut into slices 1/8-inch thick
- 1/2 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 C shredded cheese (Mexican blend, cheddar-jack, colby-jack)
- 2 C shredded lettuce
- 1 C diced tomatoes
- sliced black olives
- sour cream
Cook the tater tots according to the package directions, adding 5 minutes to the cooking time (check to make sure the tater tots don't burn).
While the tater tots are cooking, brown the sausages in a large skillet with about 1/2 Tbsp. of olive oil. Once the sausage is browned to your liking, remove it from the heat.
Divide the tater tots among 4 serving plates. Top each with 1/4 of the sausage, 1/2 C cheese, 1/2 C lettuce, 1/4 C tomatoes, and black olive and sour cream as desired.
Do you like spicy foods, or do you prefer your food to be mild?