Smoky Mexican Cups

This post for Smoky Mexican Cups is sponsored by Johnsonville. All opinions expressed are all my own, as usual. #ad #TailgateThrowdown

Oh my word – I’m so excited, and I know you will be, too. You all know (if not, you do now) that I’m a pretty big Roll Tide fan. Obviously, I’m also a big appetizer/grilling/smoking girl. I came across this contest and my foodie mind has been going crazy trying to decide what kind of deliciousness I want to submit.

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Johnsonville wants to find the best sausage inspired tailgating recipe – and the prizes? Two finalists will be sitting at the 2019 SEC Championship Game, and one Ultimate Fan Favorite will get some fantastic goodies from Johnsonville. Both are great, but I want to be sitting at the game, don’t you?

The winners are broken down in more detail by this:

One Ultimate Fan Favorite and Two Finalists. The Ultimate Fan Favorite is determined by a public vote, conducted on between the dates of Nov. 6-15, and will get a year’s worth of Johnsonville Sausage and a Sizzling Sausage Grilling.

Smoky Mexican Cups

The two Finalists will be judged by Johnsonville members and will be notified the week of November 18th, just in time to get ready and prepared to go to the SEC Championship Game in Atlanta. They will receive two tickets to the 2019 SEC Championship Game, a two-night double occupancy hotel room in market, and a $1,000 gift card for travel, expenses onsite and potential taxes associated with the prize.

The two Finalists will also  be showing off their tailgating masterpiece a the Life Throwdown Event with the Johnsonville Big Taste Grill the morning of the SEC 2019 SEC Championship Game, and the one main winning recipe will be decided on.

Let’s get to the food.

My submission is fun, simple to prepare, but is full of flavor. 

I used Johnsonville Sweet and Spicy Sausage, one of the new sausages in their Flamed Grilled lineup. 

What are Smoky Mexican Cups?

Wonton cups filled with cheese, Johnsonville’s Flame Grilled Sweet & Spicy Sausage, baked and topped with diced green tomatoes, cilantro, olives, hot sauce and fresh lime.

They’re extremely addictive. 

Eat ’em with extra hot sauce, or maybe no hot sauce…

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Want extra sausage?

Pile it on…

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And OMG, there is something about the lime juice on them.

SO, SO good. Please don’t underestimate it…

It kind of wakes everything up, just trust me on this.  

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These little wontons can handle a good bit, as long as you don’t WAY overdo it with wet things like sour cream and hot sauce, so try to put those on top.

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These are easy to assemble, portable and a real crowd pleaser.

Y’all, these are the epitome of real tailgate fare. 

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Now, it’s your turn to create an epic sausage-inspired tailgating recipe by going here. Enter to win from now until November 5th, 2019 at 11:59 pm ET. You will need to share the name of your recipe and its ingredients, cooking instructions and a photo of the winning dish.

For official rules go here

Roll Tide!

Here’s your printable – 

Smoky Taco Cups

Smoky Taco Cups



  1. In a mini muffin pan, place wonton skins in the muffin pan, pushing down to form cups.
  2. Cut sausage links into coins.
  3. Fill each cup about 1/4 way with cheese, then place a coin into each one.
  4. Place the pan on grill rack and grill for 8-10 minutes, until edges are starting to brown and cheese is bubbly.
  5. Top each with diced tomato, cilantro, olives, hot sauce and sour cream.

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  • Shea

    Shea Goldstein is a writer and the voice behind Dixie Chik Cooks. She's also a recipe developer and brand ambassador. She has been published in several media platforms such as Redbook, Parade, Food Blogger Magazine and more. She has been developing recipes and writing since 2009. Shea is a Southern Belle Who's Thinking About What's For Dinner While Eating Lunch

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  1. Julie Menghini

    We are finger-food fanatics and this recipe is perfect for tailgating or holiday parties. Love your lime tip. I’m sure it takes these delicious bites over the top!

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