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Silver sheet tray with 3 mini phyllo cups filled with cooked sausage and melted cheese topped with half slice black olive.

Fiesta Sausage Bites

  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Yield: 60 shells 1x


Crispy phyllo cups with a spicy cheese and sausage filling!  This recipe is inspired from an old Hidden Valley® ad found in McCalls magazine. 


Units Scale
  • 1 lb pork sausage, spicy or hot
  • 1 1/2 cup mild Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 1/2 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup fresh red pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh yellow pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 cup prepared Hidden Valley® Fiesta Dip
  • 4 boxes Toasted Phyllo Shells, (60 shells total)


  1. Follow the Toasted Phyllo Shells recipe for prepping the shells before filling.
  2. In medium skillet, completely cook sausage until golden brown.
  3. Strain excess grease from sausage and place in large mixing bowl. 
  4. Cool the sausage for approximately 10 minutes so the cheese does not melt when added.
  5. In small bowl, mix sour cream and Hidden Valley® Fiesta Dip until well blended.
  6. Add prepared Hidden Valley® Fiesta Dip, finely chopped red, yellow, orange peppers, red pepper flakes and hot sauce to the cooled sausage.
  7. Lightly stir the sausage mixture.
  8. Add cheddar cheese, Monterey jack cheese to sausage mixture and stir until well blended.



  1. Generously fill toasted phyllo shells.  This can be done up to 3 hours prior to baking. 
  2. Top each cup with half slice of black olive (optional).
  3. Place filled shells in the refrigerator until ready to bake.
  4. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  5. Place filled cups on sheet pan.
  6. Bake until bubbly.  Ovens vary so I have provided estimated baking times   
    • Standard oven – bake 20 minutes
    • Convection oven – bake 15-20 minutes
    • Air Fry oven – bake 8 minutes



  1. Generously fill each shell and place back into plastic tray.
  2. Once you have each shell filled in the tray lay the plastic back over the shells.
  3. Place the full tray back into the original Phyllo Shell box, tape the open end closed and use a permanent marker and write on the box Fiesta Sausage Bites, Bake 350, 30 minutes, and the current date.
  4. Place in the freezer until ready to use.  It is best not to stack the boxes in the freezer until shells are completely frozen.



  1. Pre-heat oven 350 degrees Fahrenheit .
  2. Place frozen filled cups on sheet pan or the air fryer tray.
  3. Bake until bubbly.  Ovens vary so I have provided estimated baking times.   
    • Standard oven – bake 30 minutes
    • Convection oven – bake 20-25 minutes
    • Air Fry oven – bake 10 minutes


  • Prep Time: 45
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Category: appetizer, snack
  • Method: baking, pan-frying
  • Cuisine: American

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