Friday, January 14, 2011

Last "Tailgate" of the Season

In honor of the National Championship Game (did you hear...Auburn won!) being played in Arizona, we chose a Southwestern Menu...

(The food had already been attacked before I was able to get a photo. was a hit with the guys!)

Southwestern Tailgate Menu

Grilled Chipotle Chicken (9/2/10 post)
Tortillas...and all the fixin's
Black Beans and Rice (1/8/11)
Jalapeno Dip with baguettes and tortilla chips (9/10/10 post)
Queso Dip
Salad (I cheated...Olive Garden)
Fresh Fruits
Chocolate Cupcakes with a hint of crushed red pepper

Usually I use thighs and bone-in breasts for this chicken, but boneless breasts were on a HUGE sale last week. So MacDaddy grilled them, then sliced them into strips. Many of the guests wrapped the chicken strips into a flour tortilla, with some of the spicy marinate, grated cheese, and a little of the salad. Mmmmm.

When I have a crowd, I often order a salad bowl from Olive feeds a large crowd and comes with everything...croutons, cheese, a dozen breadsticks, a bottle of their dressing, and even serving utensils. All for only $17 including tax.
We still have half a bottle of dressing left!

Black Beans (Frijoles Negros) were served right from the pot.
(Hey, it was mostly guys eating...they preferred simplicity.)

Queso Dip - 1 small block of Velveeta and 1 can Hormel Chili with no beans. Melt the cheese, stir in the chili...add a little hot sauce, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.
(This is basically the recipe used by Chilis...)

Devil's Food Cake Cupcakes with Red Pepper & Marshmallow Frosting
1 Devil's Food cake mix (I used Duncan Hines)
1 tsp. ground red pepper* (you can omit, or use less)

Make the cake according to the directions on the box, but add the pepper. Bake according to the directions.

*You can use cinnamon in place of the red pepper. Both give the cake a little southwestern flavor.

My favorite part is the frosting...EASY and YUMMY!!!
      Mix together 1 thawed container Cool Whip (small size) and 1 jar Marshmallow Cream (Fluff). Whip with a mixer until thoroughly combined and fluffy. Spread on cooled cupcakes.
We sprinkled the tops with orange honor of the AU orange and blue...

(This frosting is so GOOD that I could have just eaten it with a spoon...and I mean the WHOLE BOWL!)

Any of these recipes can be adapted for Super Bowl Sunday...or for any gathering.

Be sure to visit Foodie Friday at There are some really tasty recipes posted this week...  


Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Mmm, all the food looks delicious!!

Deanna said...

All looks great!
Have a great week-end!

Heather said...

War Eagle! SO glad you stopped by our blog. The cupcakes and chicken look phenomenal!

Kathleen said...

Looks like a great party! We would have to serve snow cones here, LOL. We got buried!
Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

What a great menu! Everything sounds yummy!

Donnie said...

I'm sure you all had a lot of fun and then the feast. Yummy.

Amy said...

What a feast! I'm sure it was fun!

I'm having the very first GIVEAWAY on my blog. Please stop by to submit an entry. Good luck.

Anonymous said...

Hey mom, try the red pepper and the cinnamon both sometime. That's how the mayans served their chocolate!


Shellbelle said...

I'm drooling…I would wrap mine up in a tortilla also, I love eating that way with friends.

I also love marshmallow frosting and this recipe sounds so quick and easy that I already added it to my file.

btw, I do that with all your recipes, you cook the way that just makes me drool.

Drawn to The Sea said...

Handsome watched that game... am pretty sure I heard you squealing all the way across the gulf ;-)

I'm surprised you don't paint tigers... wait, maybe you do?