8 cups tortilla chips, home-made or store bought
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1/2 lb chorizo sausage, casing removed (or use 1 lb. ground beef)
1 large onion, chopped
liquid red pepper seasoning (Tabasco)
1 (1-2 lb) can refried beans
1 (4 ounce) can whole green chilies, seeded and chopped
2-3 cups shredded monterey jack cheese or mild cheddar cheese
3/4 cup prepared green taco sauce or red taco sauce
1 medium avocado, peeled,pitted and coarsely mashed (garnish)
1 cup sour cream (garnish)
1/4 cup chopped green onions (garnish)
1 cup pitted ripe olives (garnish)
1 mild red pickled pepper (garnish)
chopped fresh cilantro (garnish)
Crumble beef and sausage into a wide frying pan over medium-high heat; add onion and cook, stirring to break up meat, until meat is lightly browned.
Spoon off fat; season to taste with salt and hot pepper seasoning.
Spread beans in a shallow 10×15-inch baking pan or oven proof dish.
Top evenly with meat mixture, sprinkle with chiles and cheese, then drizzle with taco sauce.
Bake, uncovered, in a 400° oven for 20-25 minutes or until very hot throughout.
Meanwhile, prepare garnishes of your choice.
Remove pan from oven and quickly garnish, mounding avocado and sour cream in the center, and adding other garnishes as desired.
Quickly tuck tortilla chips around edges of bean mixture and serve immediately.
If desired, keep platter hot on an electric warming tray.