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Easy Recipe: Sausage-Onion-Pepper Scoops

This is a super-easy contraption that I created by accident.  I figured it would be a tasty finger food to create for Super Bowl Sunday, so I thought I would share it.  We often make sausages with onions and peppers to either serve whole on sub rolls or cut into pieces on top of rice.  Well one night, my sausages and veggies were almost cooked perfectly, but I did not realize we were out of rice until I opened the cupboard.  I was forced to improvise and this is what I came up with . . .

Recipe:  Sausage-Onion-Pepper Scoops

1 package Sweet or Spicy Italian Sausage
1 large yellow onion
1 large yellow pepper
1 large red pepper
Tostitos Scoops! Tortilla Chips
garlic salt
black pepper (optional)

Step 1.  Slice onion.  Then cute slices into quarters to create short strips.

Step 2.  Melt enough butter to coat the bottom of your frying pan or French skillet.

Step 3.  Add cut onions and cook over medium heat until onions begin to soften, stirring occasionally.  Sprinkle with garlic salt.  Then turn heat to low and allow onions to cook until tender.

Step 4.  While the onions are cooking, cut the peppers into small bite-size pieces.  Then add them to the skillet and sprinkle with garlic salt and black pepper, if desired.  Continue to cook the vegetables on medium-low heat until the peppers start to get tender.

Step 5.  While the peppers are cooking, place your uncooked sausages (approximately 6) on a microwave-safe plate.  Then microwave the sausages for 3 minutes on high or until there is very little red visible on the outside of the sausages.

Step 6.  Add the whole sausages to the skillet and continue to cook on medium heat until sausages are fully cooked.  You can cut them open to check for redness in the centers.

Step 7.  When sausage is thoroughly cooked, remove them and cut them into small chunks and combine them with the onions and peppers.

Step 8.  Fill a large plate or platter with empty unbroken Tostitos Scoops! Tortilla Chips.  Then fill each cup with the sausage, onions, and peppers.  It is important for taste and presentation for you to put some of each in every cup, including both colors of peppers.

These should be served freshly assembled because they taste best warm.  Also, the cups will eventually soften from the moisture of the vegetables.  If you have extra filling, you can refrigerate it and save it for a snack the next day.  You can also make this the day before and reheat the filling right before serving.

It is difficult to say how many the recipe yields because I served it to my family as a meal and did not think to keep count at the time.  I must say that my children loved it!  They found it much easier to eat than a whole sausage and peppers on a roll.  If you try this recipe, let me know how you like it.

All ingredients for this recipe were purchased with our own funds and no compensation was received for sharing this recipe with our readers.