Monday Night Football – Time for Some Food!

It’s that time of year again, folks. Or should I say, the BEST time of the year? That’s right, it’s football season! I love this time of year as we arrive closer to my fav season (Fall) – where the temps get cooler, the food gets yummier, and I can wear boots and sweaters again! Please tell me I am not the only one in love with this time of year!

I’m so excited to help my friends here at the Tipsy Verse and what better way to introduce me than with food?! One of the best parts about football season is the chance to eat amazing, unhealthy junk food-esque dishes. Some of my favorite food bloggers – and boy do I have a ton – like to put out annual football food lists and weekly football related recipes to inspire fans to chow down on new and creative dishes. Of course, no one can go wrong with staples like chips and salsa, buffalo wings, and pizza; but I really love the chance to try new appetizers. Making them myself is even better because I can tweak the recipes to at least be like, 300 calories less. Which is a win in my book!

So in honor of the first Monday Night Football game of the year, I am whipping up a new app to treat the mister and myself. I love dips that are pretty easy to put together since I don’t want to spend my football days slaving away in the kitchen. This one definitely jumped out to me when perusing How Sweet Eats list of 200 recipes for football season. I did make a few adjustments as I live with Mister Picky Eater but overall this was still amazing! To make it slightly healthier I skipped the chorizo and instead used ground turkey that I seasoned with  taco seasoning. I left out the shallots and red pepper but I think these would add more dimension to the dip. Jessica’s recipe calls for just white cheddar, but I halved the 12 oz the recipe called for and swapped 6 oz of pepper jack cheese for more oomph. I definitely recommend buying blocks of cheese and grating yourself. It’s a huge pain in the you-know-what but it melts a lot more smoothly which is great! I also left out the black beans – I LOVE them but again Mister Picky Eater is not a fan. If you’re a vegetarian, you could even sub the meat for 2 cups of black beans and swirl in some diced tomatoes and bell peppers for more veggies! This is a really nice versatile cheesy dip that you can easily adapt to your audience.

So cheers to a great football season! (GO BRONCOS!)

Spicy Beer Queso with Ground Turkey

Recipe adapted from How Sweet Eats: Spicy beer queso with chorizo and black beans

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1 lb ground turkey

1 package of taco seasoning (Or you can use homemade – I like this recipe)

1 jalapeno, seeded and diced (can leave a few seeds if you want more kick!)

2 garlic cloves

1 tbsp olive oil

12 oz (1 ½ cups) any beer (I used a classic Miller Lite but this would be great with an amber or porter)

1 8 oz package of cream cheese, softened (room temperature)

6-8 oz white cheddar, shredded

6-8 oz pepperjack cheese, shredded

pinch of red pepper flakes

Heat a large, nonstick skillet over medium high heat and brown the ground turkey. Cook until turkey is no longer pink then reduce the heat to medium and add the taco seasoning along with ¼ cup of water. Cook for another minute or so and then remove the seasoned ground turkey onto a plate and keep warm. Try to get as much of the seasoning onto the turkey so it can sit in the yummy spices.

Reduce heat again to medium low and add in the olive oil,  jalepeno, and garlic and let cook for about 2-3 minutes. You want the garlic and jalapeno to be softened but not burnt! Crank the heat back to medium and add the beer. Let that cook for a few more minutes and stir in the softened cream cheese. You’ll need to keep stirring to help it melt and become smooth. Once its creamy and smooth, add in your shredded cheeses and stir until they are combined. If you are using hand-grated it should melt a little faster as an FYI. Reduce heat to low and add in the seasoned ground turkey (and black beans if you do not have a picky eater or are vegetarian!). Top with your favorite toppings – I would add tomatoes or pico de gallo, avocado and probably more shredded cheese – grab a beer or glass of wine, and get ready for some FOOTBALL!

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