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Macho Nachos

lb. bulk Italian turkey sausage or hot Italian sausage

cup chopped onion

cup chopped green or red sweet pepper

1 8-ounce can red kidney beans, rinsed and drained

1/3 cup thick-and-chunky salsa

6 cups tortilla chips

2 cups shredded co-jack cheese (8 ounces)

-1 cup guacamole dip (optional)

cup sliced ripe olives (optional)

Combine sausage, onion, and sweet pepper in a skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes or until sausage is browned and vegetables are tender. Drain well. Stir in beans and salsa; cook until heated through. Arrange half the chips on a 12-inch round microwave-safe platter. Spoon half the sausage mixture evenly over chips. Top with half the cheese. Microwave, uncovered, on 100% power (high) for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese melts, giving the dish a half-turn once. Top with guacamole dip and sliced ripe olives, if desired. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Serve warm. Makes 16 servings.