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Are you ready for some football? #MakeGameTimeSaucy with two easy and yummy Mexican tailgating recipes.
I love me some football! And, I love having a reason to bring family and friends together. A big TV, a great football game, a few decorations and lots and lots of food, that’s what I call a good time!
Living in a state that doesn’t host a national football team can make decorating a little more challenging. Between all of our family and friends, I bet that we have a fan for each team. So, out of respect, I only pull out our teams decorations when they are playing. Hopefully I’ll be pulling them out a lot this year!
To avoid showing favoritism for any one team (except mine, of course) I decided to make our homegating parties themed around food. Being a Southern California girl, a Mexican themed party seemed like a great way to kick off the football season.
So I headed off to my local Walmart…..
As I was strolling through the Mexican isle at Walmart I spotted the Pace® Salsa and was hit with some foodie inspiration. Two delicious ideas that would be perfect for this years first, football homegating party.
I couldn’t decide which one of the recipes I wanted to share with you first because they were both so good and super easy, the 3-Bean Mexican Salad or the Chorizo Cheese Ball, I decided, what the heck, I’ll share them both.
3-Bean Mexican Salad (easy!!!)
As far as easy recipes go, this is pretty much as easy as it gets!
Open the cans of beans and corn, drain and rinse with cold water. Normally this is the easiest part of the recipe, that is if your can opener doesn’t decide to die before your done, like mine did.
Pour the rinsed beans and corn into a medium sized bowl and mix together.
Chop up the onions and cilantro and add it to the bowl of beans. Give the beans a good stir so that everything is evenly mixed together.
Stir in some Pace® Chunky Salsa to add some genuine southwest flavor. Refrigerate one hour before serving.
- 15 ounce can black beans, drained & rinsed
- 15 ounce can pinto beans, drained & rinsed
- 15 ounce can kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 15 ounce can corn, drained
- ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
- ½ cup red onion, chopped
- 2 cups Pace® Chunky Salsa
- Drain beans and corn, rinse with cold water. Mix beans and corn together in a medium sized bowl.
- Add onions and cilantro to the beans and mix well.
- Stir in Pace®[Chunky Salsa and refrigerate for at least an hour before serving.
Chorizo Cheese Ball (easy!!!)
Easy recipes are the best when your making a lot of different dishes.
Cook the chorizo until it starts to crumble, about 4-5 minutes. There will be a lot of grease, so drain on a paper towel and pat to remove as much grease as possible. Refrigerate until your ready to use it.
*Chorizo is a Spanish pork sausage which can be found with the Mexican cheeses at Walmart.
With a mixer, whip the softened cream cheese, until it’s light and fluffy.
Add the cheddar cheese and the chilled chorizo to the whipped cream cheese. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix together.
Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. After 2 hours, remove from refrigerator and scoop out the center with a small spoon. To add some kick, fill with Pace® Picante (hot). Serve with tortilla chips.
- 8 ounces chorizo
- 2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
- 2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
- Pace® Picante
- tortilla chips
- Cook chorizo until it starts to crumble, about 4-5 minutes. Drain on a paper towel and pat to remove as much grease as possible. Refrigerate until your ready to use it.
- Using a mixer, whip the softened cream cheese, until it's light and fluffy.
- Add the cheddar cheese and the chilled chorizo to the whipped cream cheese. Using a rubber spatula, gently mix together.
- Form the mixture into a ball, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
- remove from refrigerator and scoop out the center with a small spoon. Fill with Pace® Picante (hot). Serve with tortilla chips.
Thank goodness these Pace® inspired dishes were such a big hit because the game was a huge disappointment. I’d love to hear how you #MakeGameTimeSaucy! Leave a comment below.
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David @ Spiced says
I don’t care which teams are on tv if these gameday appetizers are coming out! I’ll be there for sure! I love a good cheese ball, and what a fun way to use the cheese call as a serving vessel for salsa. Yum! Thanks for sharing! #client
The mexi salad looks great and I love a good reason to mix a dip with Mexican flavors. These both look so good, thanks for sharing!
I’m not a fan of beans, but that looks yummy. I think I should give it a try. The cheese ball is definitely a yes.
This looks really great. We do not have Walmart here but I will check to see if we have that salsa sauce here, if not I can try it with another similar one,
That cheeseball looks amazing!! Definitely adding both of these to my list of recipes to try! Yum!
This looks delicious and the perfect side dish for gameday! We love adding a mexican twist to our food to give it a little extra kick!
Nikki Arnold says
My youngest son loves beans and I am always trying to think of new ways to make them for him. This would be a great salad to make him with mild salsa!! Yumm
Dana Vento says
I would love to try this Chorizo cheese ball for my family on our movie night. It’s so creative and looks delicious Thanks for sharing the ingredients and procedure.
Terri Steffes says
Oh my! I know I would love serving this to families. That bean salad is one of those dishes that once people start eating, they can’t stop. Thanks for sharing!
Taylor Mobley says
That recipe looks totally amazing. I love it. I pinned for later so that I can make it when we have friends over later next week!
Jena Proctor says
This looks like a tasty appetizer! I love black beans, so this would be something I’d like!
That chorizo cheese ball dish looks delicious! It reminds me of an appetizer I had at a restaurant in Mexico. I would love to have it again so I see myself trying this soon.
Reesa Lewandowski says
That cheese ball looks so delicious! Love the idea of using it as a bowl!
Miz Helen says
We will really enjoy your Bean Salad and Cheese Ball, great for the big game day! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
These both look like easy recipes that would be a big hit! I could definitely see them being a tailgate favorite!
Oh my yum!!! This would be perfect for football Sunday! Gotta try this cheese ball recipe next week!
So many great flavors in this fun appetizer idea! Great for parties!
Molly Kumar says
Those Chorizo Cheeseball looks so yummm ! I bet these two recipes would make such a great addition to gameday parties or a delicious nosh with family.
I don’t get into football like my family does, but I’d enjoy this recipe, nonetheless. Thanks for sharing the recipe!
Omg, “yum” is an understatement! Definitely saving this to make next time I have people over for a Panther’s tailgate!!
Jake Tyler says
Yummy! These dishes look so good, and the pics are great as well. I love Chorizo Cheese Ball!!! Gonna give it a try!