Nacho Ordinary Super Bowl Party!
Are you still trying to decide on what to serve your guests this Super Bowl Sunday? Well, follow my five easy steps for setting up a Nacho Bar and you’ll have a surefire winner regardless of which team you’re rooting for!
A Nacho Bar is a great idea for a party because it’s inexpensive, all prep work can be done hours in advance, and, it’s a really fun and easy way to entertain! As the hostess, all you have to do is periodically check to see if anything on the Nacho Bar needs a refill and your job is done. So, sit back, relax, and let’s get started with how to set up a Nacho Bar:
- Fire up those crockpots! Crockpots are a great way to keep your toppings warm. I like to keep my cooked meat in one crockpot and my melted queso in another. I’ve seen multiple recipes that call for mixing all of your ingredients together (meat, cheese, beans, salsa, etc.), but I think it’s best to keep them all separated. This allows your guests to customize their plate of nachos exactly to their liking – extra queso and jalapenos, yes please!
- Have Your Guests “Chip” In! When guests ask what they can bring, tell them a bag or two of their favorite tortilla chips. Red, Blue, or Yellow, anything that will make a great base for a big ‘ole plate of nachos and that will hold a mountain of toppings!
- Say Cheese! Don’t stress about the cheese, just make sure it’s smooth, creamy, and that you have enough to last throughout the game. You can find a lot of good homemade queso recipes online, or, you can buy pre-made queso at your local grocery store/Mexican restaurant. Last, but not least, classic Rotel Dip is always an acceptable cheese option for a Nacho Bar. It’s your party, if you like it, serve it!
- Top that! Toppings are the very best part of the Nacho Bar! I like my nachos with all the trimmings, so my toppings always include seasoned ground meat (beef, turkey, or chorizo) and big bowls of fresh jalapenos, black olives, black beans, diced tomatoes, pico de gallo, shredded lettuce, guacamole, sour cream, and sliced scallions. But, don’t stop with just the basics, this is the time to be creative! Again, if you like it, serve it!
- Margarita, anyone? As we all know, margaritas and nachos are a culinary match made in heaven! A Super Bowl party is the perfect time to show off your bartending skills and serve a signature cocktail such as a Prickly Pear Margarita or Jalapeno Pineapple Margarita. Alongside a big pitcher of margaritas, be sure to always have lots of water and other non-alcoholic beverages on hand for your guests.
As you can see, throwing a memorable Super Bowl party really can be easy and fun! Years from now, your guests may not remember who won the game, but they’ll always remember that delicious Nacho Bar you had at your 2014 Super Bowl party. Enjoy!