The Fort’s Hot Sausage Bean Dip

Are you hosting a party for Playoffs this weekend? We understand that if there is a specific snack football fans crave during an intense Sunday game on a chilly winter day, it is delicious buffalo sausage bean dip. This recipe is also a treat during the summer months and can be heated up over a hot, smoky fire at your campsite. At The Fort, we serve this dip with buffalo sausage, but it is just as tasty with your favorite pork or poultry sausage, if you prefer.

Hot Sausage Bean Dip Grocery List:
Serves 8 to 10 

  • 2 lbs. refried beans (two 16-ounce cans)
  • 8 oz. dark beer
  • ¾ lb. of bulk hot Italian sausage
  • ¾ cup finely chopped white onion
  • 3 to 5 Serrano chiles, seeded and finely minced
  • 1 ½ to 2 cups (6 to 8 ounces) grated Cheddar cheese

Heat the beans and beer in a double boiler to prevent burning. Meanwhile, in a large sauté pan, brown the sausage and onion over medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Stir to crumble the sausage as it cooks. Pour off any fat and add the chiles. Sauté a few minutes longer, then combine with the bean and beer mixture. At the last minute, stir in the cheese, which will melt nicely into the warm dip. Serve with fresh, warm, corn tortillas.

Making Your Own Sausage

It is fairly simple to make sausage, although not too many home cooks attempt it. Heavy-duty standing mixers, such as KitchenAids, are fitted with attachments for grinding and filling casings that make short work of the process. If you don’t want to stuff the meat mixture into casings, you can always form it into patties and pan cook them.

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