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Hostel Eats & Treats:
Spicy Sausage & Brown Rice Stir-Fry

by Meg · 11 comments

Tony and I cooked this meal in our hostel after an exhausting day of hiking in Patagonia.  The mixture of brown rice, veggies, and sausage was the perfect combo to revive our tired bodies – and fill our grumbling stomachs.  We love our spicy food so the added hot sauce gave this dish the extra kick that it needed.

Added bonus: This meal was so cheap that we had money left over that night for some cheap (yet delicious) vino!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 30 minutes


  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 1 medium onion
  • Brown rice
  • 1 can of sliced mushrooms (use fresh if available)
  • 2 large hot Italian sausage links
  • Hot sauce

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Dice the green bell peppers and onion
  2. Prepare brown rice per package instructions (takes roughly 20-30 minutes)
  3. Sautee pepper, onion, and mushrooms in a pan with a dash of olive oil until golden and tender
  4. Cut the sausage in ½ inch thick round slices
  5. In a separate pan (or in the same pan you used for the mushrooms and pepper) pan cook the sausage until golden brown
  6. Once all ingredients are cooked, toss them together and stir in desired amount of hot sauce.
  7. Plate immediately and enjoy!

Total Cost in Chile: Considering we made enough for leftovers for lunch the next day, the price per person for this dinner was roughly $3.50 USD.

About Meg
Exhausted from traveling every week as a Business Management Consultant early in my career, I took a year off in 2012 to travel at my own pace. I am a high-energy girl that loves being active, eating food, drinking wine, and exploring the world with my partner-in-crime (and husband), Tony! I now reside in Portland, Oregon and continue to write about travel, food, wine, and the awesome adventures we have in the Pacific NW!

Magz February 4, 2012 at 2:13 pm

Great food photo… and it looks absolutely DELISH. Very impressive big bro and sis.

Meg February 5, 2012 at 10:27 am

Gracias sis!

Barb February 4, 2012 at 7:41 pm

Very affordable and it looks very good. Well done.

Meg February 5, 2012 at 10:22 am

You should try it at home – so easy and so delicious!

Barry February 5, 2012 at 2:11 am

That looks pretty amazing… Might have to add that to the Super Bowl party menu

Meg February 5, 2012 at 10:26 am

Yeah the hot Italian sausage does take the meal up a notch and makes it perfect for a Superbowl feast… We actually just tried Chilaquiles for the first time and that might be the most amazing dish for the Superbowl ever – Magz should learn the recipe!

Tony February 5, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Chilequiles for the uninitiated… is basically shredded chicken, hot salsa, tortilla chips, cheese, and sour cream… all baked for an hour until soft. It has to be THE best new superbowl dish i’ve ever heard of.

CW February 5, 2012 at 1:32 pm

MMMMMM…..this looks delicious. I was just reading an article in the NYT about a chef who travels the world looking for interesting ingredients. I would love to hear more about the type of sausage and where you bought it. Was it imported or made in Chili? Same with the other ingredients. Are you shopping in grocery stores or outdoor markets?
Here is the article that made me think of you guys this morning.
Happy eating.

Meg February 5, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Great article! We try and buy from the markets when we can but down in Patagonia, food was pretty scarce and very expensive so this sausage was the cheapest packaged sausage we found in the supermarket! lol all the other ingredients were bought in the super market as well for this dish. We try and mix it up between markets and grocery stores as much as possible while travelling – depending on cost and availability/convenience.

Tony February 5, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Mercado Central and the Produce Market next door have been amazing! Very cheap and fresh veggies! We’re really salivating for all of the supposedly wonderful steak we can get in Argentina… only a few days away!

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