- Total Recipe Time: 25 to 30 minutes
- Makes 4 servings
- 1 recipe Mexican-Style Beef Sausage (recipe follows)
- 1/2 cup salsa
- 2 cups frozen Southwestern vegetable blend, thawed
- 4 hot baked medium russet potatoes
- 1/2 cup crumbled Cotija cheese
- Toppings: salsa, chopped avocado, guacamole, finely sliced lettuce, chopped tomato, chopped fresh cilantro leaves, sour cream
- Prepare Mexican-Style Beef Sausage. Stir in salsa until beef is moistened. Add vegetable blend; cook until vegetables are heated through.
Mexican-Style Beef Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar, 1-1/2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves, 1-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika, 1-1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder in large mixing bowl mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles and stirring occasionally.
- Cut slits lengthwise in potatoes; open and fluff potatoes with fork. Divide sausage mixture evenly among potatoes. Top with cheese and additional toppings, if desired.
Test Kitchen Tips
- Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.
- Cotija cheese is a hard, cow's milk cheese that originated in Mexico. You may substitute feta cheese for Cotija cheese.