• 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


  1. 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. 
  2. 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

  1. 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.
  2. Cotija cheese is a hard, cow's milk cheese that originated in Mexico. You may substitute feta cheese for Cotija cheese.