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Tried and true tailgating recipes

You’ve got the table, you’ve got the centerpiece. Top it off with some delicious food…I have used these recipes over and over and they are always polished off with gusto!

Football Queso 2

I am not a fan of processed nacho cheese, but this recipe is so very addicting!

Conzueso Olé*
1 box velveeta cheese (large box)
1 stick butter
1 diced onion
1 4 oz. can taco sauce
2 diced jalepenos or 1 4 oz. can green chilies

optional: 1/2 lb. turkey sausage

In a large pan, melt butter. Stir in onions, cook until soft (approx. 3-5 min.). Add taco sauce and green chilies. Cut velveeta cheese into chunks. Put into a large crock pot and cook on low, stirring occasionally.

Some people in the house love to eat this cheesey goodness with jalapeños – not me too spicey!

This recipe goes a long way. If you have leftovers (like we often do) keeps well in the refrigerator and can be used with many different dishes.

* Near as I can tell, the name of this recipe was made up by my mom…who doesn’t speak Spanish. Awesome stuff.

Football Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon-wrapped Smokies
1 pkg. bacon
1 14 oz. pkg. Lil Smokies
Approx. 3/4 c. brown sugar

Pre-heat oven to 325 and line your baking sheet with foil (don’t skip this step or you’ll never want to use it for cookies again). Cut the bacon into thirds. Wrap bacon around Lil Smokies and secure with a toothpick. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake in oven for 45 min.

I think we first started enjoying these for New Year’s Eve, but really who can resist an opportunity to indulge in anything wrapped in bacon (I’ve also had these with scallops and shrimp)!

Now, any little mini sandwich will do, but we have our favorites. We fluctuate between small turkey sandwiches, sliders and pulled pork.

I will leave the turkey sandwiches and sliders to your imagination, but today I will share our recipes for the sliders and pulled pork sandwiches (no photos here, you’ll notice in this post we had turkey this year.

Crazy Texan Sliders
Ground beef sirloin – we usually use just over a pound for this recipe.
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1/3 pounds ground beef sirloin
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
1/2 cup diced white onion
1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
pepperjack cheese
biscuits, rolls or mini hamburger buns
leaves lettuce
sliced tomato

In a small bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and 1 teaspoon of Cajun seasoning. Set aside. In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, jalapeno pepper, onion, garlic, 1 tablespoon Cajun seasoning, and Worcestershire sauce using your hands. Divide and flatten into patties. Cook on the grill for about 5 min. per side, or until well done. During the last 2 minutes, lay a slice of cheese on top of each patty. Spread the seasoned mayonnaise onto the insides of the buns. Put burgers in the buns, and top with lettuce and tomato. These little sliders won’t stay together very will without a food pick. Want something a little snazzy? Try my football food picks here.

Cafe Rio-like Sweet Pork
2 lbs. pork
3 cans Coke (do NOT use diet!)
1/4 c. brown sugar
dash garlic salt
1/4 c. water
1 can green chilies
3/4 can enchilada sauce
1 c. brown sugar

I like to marinade the meat before hand, but many people choose to skip this step…Put pork in a sealed container. Add a can and a half of Coke and 1/4 c. of brown sugar. Marinade for several hours or overnight. Drain marinade. Place pork, half can Coke, water and garlic in a crock pot. Cook on high for four hours or on low for eight hours. Check periodically. The meat is done when it easily pulls away with a fork and shreds. Remove from crock pot and drain. Blend 1/2 can Coke, chilies, enchilada sauce and one cup of brown sugar. Put sauce and pork in crock pot and cook on low for another two hours.

I know what you’re thinking. Isn’t Cafe Rio a mexi place? Why yes, it is, but I love this pork and will eat it with just about anything. Use it for the mini sandies on game day and then use it later for burritos, salad, tacos, whatever!

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2 Responses to " Tried and true tailgating recipes "

  1. Steph says:


  2. Kim says:

    These recipes look wonderful. I'd like to try the sweet pork, yum.

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