Throwing a Super Bowl Bash on a Budget

Whether you’re just going to watch the game with a few friends or having a Super Bowl bash, here are some of my favorite recipes that won’t break the bank.

The Chili Bowl
Chili’s a great bargain meal any time and also a dish that’s idea to serve to a crowd. And another great thing about chili is leftovers can be frozen or served as a topping for baked potatoes. Here’s one chili recipe I came up with one day when I was in a hurry to get something on the dinner table.

Chicken Chili with Cheese Cilantro Bread
Serves 6
You have a couple of options when you make this dish. One is to use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, in that case you probably can use just three instead of four. Two, you can leave out the chicken for a vegetarian version. And if you don’t want to serve bread with it, rice and/or tortilla chips are great accompaniments too.

For the Chili•Two tablespoons oil
•Four chicken breasts; remove the chicken from the bone and cut it into half inches pieces.
•One 15 oz. can of Kuners of Colorado Southwestern Black Beans with cumin and chili spices. If you can’t find this brand or anything similar just use a regular can of black beans, but add one tablespoon of chili powder and one teaspoon of cumin to the recipe.
•One 15 oz. can fire roasted chopped or whole tomatoes. Try Hunts or Muir Glen brands. And if you’re using whole tomatoes, chop them into bite size pieces.
•One cup of chopped onions
•One cup of frozen or canned corn: drained or defrosted.
•One cup peeled and chopped sweet potatoes.
•One tablespoon Frontera Chipotle hot sauce, if you can’t find this brand.any other hot sauce will do and add the amount that suits your own ‘comfort’ level.

For the Cheese Cilantro Bread •One loaf French or Italian Bread
•About one tablespoon oil
•One cup shredded cheese mixed with about two tablespoons of chopped cilantro, more if you’re a fan of this herb.

•Heat the two tablespoons of oil in a large pan or Dutch oven, add the chopped chicken and cook until it’s not longer pink.
•Add the onions and stir together with the chicken.
•Cook the onions until they’re translucent, about five minutes.
•Add the sweet potatoes and stir everything together.
•If you’re using regular beans, add the chili powder and cumin and the rinsed beans. If you’re using the flavored beans, don’t rinse them. And add about half a can of water to the pan.
•Add the can of tomatoes and stir everything together.
•Add the hot sauce. If the mixture looks thick, add another half can of water to the pot.
•Bring to a boil, turn down the heat, and let the mixture simmer for about 15 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.

For the bread-
•Meanwhile slice the bread and toast it under the broiler on both sides.
•Brush each piece (one side only) with oil and top with the cheese/cilantro mixture and broil until the cheese starts to bubble.
•I like to serve the chili with bowls of sour cream, shredded cheese, and some more chopped cilantro.

This next ‘recipe’ is really simple to put together. I often serve seven layer dip and chips and if you’ve got more than a few people digging into the dip, the table usually ends up a mess, here’s what I came up with-

Layered Dip Pizza Style
Serves 10-15

You’ll need-
•One large bag of tortilla chips
•Two cans of refried beans, the spicy varieties work really well for this one.
•One 16 oz. container of sour cream
•Two avocados, diced, toss them in lime juice to prevent them from browning
•2 cups of shredded cheese
•One cup of salsa
Take a large platter and place the chips on it, make sure to cover the whole platter, chips overlapping the edges are perfect. Place the refried beans on top, then top with the sour cream and then the diced avocados, and finally the cheese. Usually I place the salsa in the center of everything.

I find it’s best to have a large spatula by the platter so guests can transfer everything to their plate just like they would with a pizza.
And this recipe is perfect if you’re not going the party route and just looking for something tasty to snack while you watch the game.

Pizza Party
Just about everyone loves pizza. Either make your own pizza dough or the day before the game, visit your local pizza store and buy some pizza dough. Cut it into individual size portions and set out various sauces and toppings, like cheese, olives, pepperoni, green peppers slices and have everyone make their own pizza.

One dessert…if you can call it that, that always comes to the rescue and once again a crowd favorite is ice cream. And it’s also always on sale. Set out two tubs, one chocolate, one vanilla and put bowls of toppings alongside them, chopped nuts, toasted coconut, chopped candy bars and even some M&M’s in the team colors and have everyone create their own ‘Super Bowl Sundae’.

Last Minute Snacks
If you’re looking for a last minute snack or something to put on the buffet table, there are two products that you can find at just about any store and they pair perfectly together. Tostitos 100% white corn with a hint of lime tortilla chips, and Pace Pico de Gallo. Every time I serve them, they’re gone in minutes

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