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Recipe

Manly Mexican Bites

  • Yield: 16 hors d'oeuvres

Ingredients

  • 24 ounces chorizo or other hot sausage, removed from casings and crumbled
  • 2 cups finely chopped yellow onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon Essence
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 cups grated Monterey Jack
  • 2 cups grated cheddar
  • 4 large fresh jalapenos, stems and ends removed, cut into 20 slices about 1/4-inch thick each
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • Chopped fresh cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • Spicy Sour Cream Dip

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  • In a skillet, cook the sausage over medium-high heat, stirring, until browned and the fat is rendered, about 4 minutes. Add the onions, garlic, Essence, and chili powder, and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.
  • In a bowl, combine the cheeses.
  • Place 4 tortillas on a work surface. Top each tortilla with about 1/4 cup of the sausage mixture.
  • Top each with some cheese and a few jalapeno slices and top with another tortilla.
  • Add another layer of sausage, cheese, and jalapeno finishing with 1 more tortilla. Each stack should be 3 tortillas and 2 layers of filling.
  • Press firmly down on the top of each stack.
  • Lightly oil the grill or griddle and cook the stacks for about 3 minutes per side, or until the tortillas are golden brown and the cheese is melted. Cut each into 4 pieces.
  • Place on a serving platter and garnish with the cilantro. Serve hot with Spicy Sour Cream Dip, if desired.