My love for sports begins and ends with the food. While the boy wears his Texans jersey and screams at the TV, I repeatedly dip chips into an array of salsas and guacamole. While he sits on the edge of his seat, talking to the Cris Collinsworth and Al Michaels like they just might talk back, I’m frying chicken and worrying if we have enough ketchup on hand. While he jumps up and down at an epic play or laments another interception by Hoyer, I’m wrapping anything and everything into a tortilla and sprinkling it with cheese.
That’s why I’m actually looking forward to this Super Bowl, aside from the fact that Coldplay is doing halftime and I unashamedly love them. And Cam Newton is like an adorable toddler just running around, grinning from ear to ear while he plays, and it’s delightful to witness. These 6 recipes are our go-to snacks and sinful treats allllll throughout football season. They embody everything good, wholesome, and perfectly tasty about gameday food. Whip any of these up for an all-American Super Bowl Sunday, and enjoy Peyton’s last rodeo. Allegedly.
Just like what you’d get from a sketchy hole-in-the-wall Mexican food restaurant, only wholesome and not entirely questionable for your health. The tender hamburger meat is seasoned to the nines with plenty of spice, then wrapped in the fluffiest tortilla and topped with classic fixings. It’s a staple in our home, not just reserved for football season.
I LOVE THESE NACHOS. And all nachos. But these beauties… The crisp corn tortilla chips are topped with succulent pulled pork that has been slow cooked in salsa verde, topped with fresh tomatoes, cheese, and jalepeno, then baked to crisp perfection in a cast iron skillet. And the pops of color from the green avocados? Heavenly.
I dared to make the hefty statement that this salsa is the best you’ll ever make. In your life. And I stand by that wholeheartedly still. Something about slowly roasting the freshest spring vegetables, and even limes, then pureeing everything to a smooth, spicy, desperately satisfying salsa makes my mouth water even now. HURRY UP, spring garden.
Fried chicken and football go hand in hand. But whenever we buy fried chicken, I usually feel like a puddle of grease and heart disease shortly after consumption. But when I make it at home, my self-hatred is abated just a bit. These are the easiest, crispest, most satisfyingly delicious fried chicken bites. No brining or overnight marinating, just a little bit of standing and waiting for hot oil to do its thing. And then complete happiness.
Aside from being an impressive piece of volcanic rock that is also a traditional Mexican kitchen staple, Molcajetes REALLY DO WORK. I made guacamole in this on a whim, thinking it’d be a fun cultural foray, but the end result made me a believer. Bright purple onion, garlic, and spicy peppers grind together to create a decadent paste immersed with their own natural oils that you simply cannot get from any other method, resulting in the very best guacamole you’ll ever have.
The best tastes of barbecue, all wrapped in a fluffy tortilla. It may seem like an odd combination from which to create a taco, but the tender and slow-cooked pork and spicy, bright, crunchy slaw really do make a beautiful home for themselves in that tortilla, drizzled with vinegar-y barbecue sauce.