This month, the Allrecipes Ambassadors program challenged us to make a 6-ingredient recipe and substitute the protein with sausage. I read all the reviews, and there were comments about being bland and dry. I substituted Johnsonville® Italian Hot Ground Sausage for the ground beef which really elevated the flavor and brought some life to this recipe (it was not bland). For a 9" pie plate, I felt 4 cups of crushed tortilla chips was too much, so I cut that amount WAY back, just enough on the bottom to form a nice crust and hold the filling (I used crushed corn chips, it's what I had on hand). I browned the sausage and the onions, and then stirred in the beans and tomato sauce. Recipe doesn't say whether or not to drain the beans, but DON'T because you will need that bean liquid for moisture. By doing it this way, I could see whether or not the pie filling would be moist enough. Layering the beans on top of the sausage mixture, then pouring on the tomato sauce will not allow you to do that. Baked for 17 minutes, it was full of flavor, moist enough, and had the right consistency. One reviewer said "…not very pretty," but it will be if you garnish it with ingredients such as sour cream, salsa, chopped parsley/cilantro, etc. Granted, I didn't make the ground beef version of this recipe, but was pleased with the Johnsonville® Hot Italian Ground Sausage version. And WOW, this is a fast dinner for a weeknight meal with a single skillet to clean up. Thumbs up from me!!
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This month, the Allrecipes Ambassadors program challenged us to make a 6-ingredient recipe and...