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Monday, January 18, 2016

Jess's Tailgate Queso and 50 Ideas for the Big Game #HolidayFun


     My sister-in-law Jess and her husband, Anthony are both proud Northwestern alumni.  They have a group of friends that tailgates at every home football game.  We try to join them at a game each year, though as the number of kiddos expands it gets a little more difficult.  The regular tailgaters plan who is bringing what.  There are a number of game day treats that have to be there.  This queso dip is a must-have.  A huge pot of it is set out with plenty of tortilla chips and people just dip into the communal queso pot.  It also gets slather on brats and burgers.  It is always a hit.



Jess's Tailgate Queso

Ingredients:

1 2 lb block of Velveeta
2 cans Rotel
1 can Hormel hot no bean chili
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
Optional: diced jalapenos or hot sauce if you like more kick

  1. Cut Velveeta into cubes and put it and all the other ingredients into a saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium-low heat until completely melted.  Make sure to stir frequently because it can scorch quickly.
  3. Serve with sturdy tortilla chips or on burgers, brats or hot dogs.
     Jess says she normally likes to make things from scratch or with store brands, but in this case she prefers using exactly what she spelled out in the recipe.  Enjoy!




     I don't know about you, but I love having people over for football.  It is a great time to make all of those treats that it is hard to justify making when you're not having people over.  This year has been extra busy for Matt and I, so we haven't had a chance to have as many Sunday get togethers as normal.  In years past, there would be a pot of chili on the stove almost every week.  It would also give me a chance to make other snacks and treats.  To me, the mark of a perfect game day food is something you can prep that morning and have it ready when your guests arrive.  Then it can hold all afternoon and people can help themselves as they are ready.  Of course there is an extra big game coming up, so we wanted to give you plenty of ideas!  Below are 50 super festive ideas to help you plan your party for the big game.  Now the hard part is going to be picking which ones to do.  I want one of each!



























Now that we have your menu planned, it is time to make your party a little extra festive.  Katie from Love My Messy Messy Mess made a printable prop sheet for you to use!  Now get those invitations sent, we're ready to party!

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30 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, I love all these snacking ideas!! Great list, many of which I'll be trying for sure!! I hope you had a great weekend and you have a wonderful start to your week!

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    1. Don't they all look so good? It makes me hungry just looking at the pictures. We did have a great weekend, I hope you did too. Thanks, Andrea!

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  2. You said we should try to not overdo it with snacks for the big game this year and then you do THIS. Lots of yummy ideas.

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    1. I know, it's going to be hard to decide!

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  3. Thank you for putting together this great selection of game day ideas. It will be hard to choose what I will make. Thanks for sharing at #overthemoon!

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    1. I'm having a really hard time choosing myself, I want a little of each! Thank you so much for hosting!

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  4. All of these snacking recipes and ideas look so good!
    Thanks for sharing them at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.

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    1. Thank you! I just love snacky foods like these, so seeing all of these pictures makes me hungry. Thanks for hosting!

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  5. This looks really good! thanks for sharing on What's for Dinner!

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    1. Thank you! I am actually enjoying a little bit of it right now!

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  6. Mmmm... Jess's Tailgate Queso is one of my favorite types of dip! I haven't had it in years!
    Now I have to go check out all the other yummy recipes you shared :)

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    1. Mine too! I don't make it often throughout the year, but I look forward to it when we tailgate with them and we have to have some when we watch the big game!

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    1. Made it, loved it :) I was going to sub in cilantro for the oregano but I forgot, so I ended up skipping that ingredient. Still turned out awesome! Will have a write up for it next month on my blog. Thanks for the recipe :D

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    2. Yay! I am glad you liked it! I can't wait to see it over at your place =)

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  8. Thank you for sharing this recipe. I make one similar but I am going to try this one for the super bowl.

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    1. We really enjoy this one. I had enjoyed them before with just rotel or just chili, but the combination was new to me and now it's my favorite!

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  9. Queso is always a must for parties! I like it with the chili.

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    1. I love the mix of rotel and chili and can't wait for the next excuse to male a batch!

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  10. Wow. I'm not sure why making my own queso never crossed my mind. I'll have to try it for the Super Bowl this year.

    Thanks for sharing at the Tips & Tricks party. That's how I found this post. Be sure to come back again on Monday!

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    1. It is a perfect party food! We drained the whole batch while watching the playoffs. I am sure we'll have to make more for our Super Bowl party! Thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Queso dip is one of my favorites too, perfect for a party and all of these other ideas look so good too, I need some Hot Cuban Dip in my life soon! Thanks for sharing at What'd You Do This Weekend?!

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    1. Doesn't the Hot Cuban Dip sound awesome! That is my list of things to try soon. Thanks for hosting!

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  12. What a fun party with so much good food! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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    1. I know, my jeans get tighter just looking at it all (and it is completely worth it!) Thank you!

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  13. Thank You Jess! This sounds fantastic! Pinning! So glad you shared at Inspiration Thursday.

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  14. Tailgating and queso are not really part of my culture - and I didn't even recognise half of those ingredients! But some of those snacks certainly made my mouth water. I love the look of the stuffed footballs, they look so cute. Thanks for sharing this cultural experience with the Blog Fair.

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    1. I love seeing some of your ingredients too! In a lot of ways we eat very similarly, but there are some fun differences as well. It is really cool how this blogging stuff makes you a little more aware of how things are on the other side of the globe!

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