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      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, recipe follows
      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, recipe follows
      Directions
      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.

      Emeril’s ESSENCE Creole Seasoning (also referred to as Bayou Blast):
      2 1/2 tablespoons paprika
      2 tablespoons salt
      2 tablespoons garlic powder
      1 tablespoon black pepper
      1 tablespoon onion powder
      1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
      1 tablespoon dried oregano
      1 tablespoon dried thyme
      Combine all ingredients thoroughly.

      Yield: 2/3 cup

      Spicy Sour Cream Dip:
      1 cup sour cream
      1/2 cup mayonnaise
      1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped
      1 teaspoon abobo sauce
      1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves
      1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      In a bowl, combine all the ingredients. Adjust the seasoning, to taste. Refrigerate, covered, until ready to serve.

      Yield: 1 1/2 cups

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