Spicy Beef Sausage & Grits


  • 1 cup 1 cup grits
  • ¾ cup 3/4 cup finely shredded Cheddar cheese
  • Cajun-Style Beef Sausage:
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (93% or leaner)
  • 1 tbsp Liquid smoke
  • ½ tsp Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp Onion powder
  • ½ tsp Salt
  • ½ tsp Smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp Ground red pepper
  • ¼ tsp Ground black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Dried thyme leaves


  1. Prepare Cajun-Style Beef Sausage. Remove from skillet; keep warm. Cajun-Style Beef Sausage: Combine 1 pound Ground Beef (93% or leaner), 1 tablespoon liquid smoke, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon onion powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper, 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Add sausage mixture; cook 8 to 10 minutes, breaking into 1/2-inch crumbles, stirring occasionally.
  2. Prepare grits according to package instructions.
  3. Stir cheese and sausage crumbles into grits. Heat mixture 6 to 8 minutes. Serve in bowl and garnish with additional cheese, green onions or pepper, if desired. Cook's Tip: Cooking times are for fresh or thoroughly thawed ground beef. Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160°F. Color is not a reliable indicator of ground beef doneness.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 45 grams
Serves: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 131
% Daily Value*
Total Fat: 8g 10%
Saturated Fat: 3g
Trans Fat: 0g
Cholesterol: 26mg 9%
Sodium: 104mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate: 8g 3%
Dietary Fiber: 1g 2%
Sugars: 0g 0%
Protein: 7g 14%