All you have to do is read my Bio under my profile picture to know that I am a HUGE Alabama football fan. My family (including ALL of my children) live and breathe Alabama and College football. If you need us on a Saturday you better not need us during game time because we most definitely will NOT be available. My husband and I tell our kids that if they get married during an Alabama game we will miss their wedding (we of course are joking… maybe).
College football is a thing of beauty in our house and the only thing that even compares to College Football is the Game day food. If College football is Heaven then Game Day food is the Pearly Gates, they just go together.
Old El Paso on Game Day
We would give anything to always be at an Alabama game, but that’s just not in the cards for us right now. 5 kids and one of them being a new baby means we don’t get a lot of game time in the Stadium, so we have to make the most of it in our own home. Bryant Denny Stadium is my Home away from Home. You always feel a kinship to those you meet within its sacred walls. College football is the marrow of life and I’m all about living life to the fullest.
We are self-proclaimed Taco Fans in our House. A good Taco goes a long way brighten anyones mood around here. So of course if we can’t be in the stadium then we need to be eating some Dip and Tacos to really get in the Game Day spirit.
If you were to go open my cabinets right now there would be two things that you would be sure to find in there no matter what. Those two things would be Old El Paso Taco Shells and Refried beans. Every single time I go grocery shopping at Walmart I throw some more in my cart, because we are always in the Taco mood, but especially right now with is being the best Season of the year, Football Season. Walmart is definitely my go to for Game Day goodies. I love walking into Walmart and seeing other people decked out in their game day gear. We simply get each other and have a deep understanding of one another as we nod our heads and proclaim “Roll Tide!” when we pass by each other in the aisles. Walmart has an Excellent selection of Old El Paso Refried Beans and they are seriously addicting. I will admit right now that I am a refried bean snob. Not all refried beans are created equal. I have yet to find a refried bean that even compares to Old El Paso’s.
I made sure before the big game this weekend that I headed to Walmart to pick up a few of my Game Day Essentials.
One of the Dips we like to make the most for game day is what we affectionately call Crack Bean Dip, because it’s seriously so addicting you can’t stop at just one bite. Even my son who swears he hates cheese gobbles this stuff up. My kids can’t get enough of it, and now that they are growing up and eating more I think it’s time for me to start doubling the recipe. In the recipe I like to use the Old El Paso Refried beans with Green Chiles because it adds a bit more of a kick to the flavor.
CRACK BEAN DIP
2 cans of Old El Paso Refried Beans
1 packet of Old El Paso Taco Seasoning
8 oz Cream Cheese
1 cup Sour Cream
1/4 cup Salsa
2 cups cheddar cheese
2 cups Mozzerella Cheese
1 cup of Chopped Green Onions (not required)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Soften your Cream Cheese in the microwave for about 3o seconds.
Mix the Old El Paso Taco Seasoning, refried beans, sour cream and cream cheese in a large bowl.
Add the Salsa and mix well.
Spray a 9×11 pan before adding the Refried Bean mixture.
Top with Cheese and heat for 20-30 minutes until your cheese is melted and bubbly.
Add the Green Onions to the top if you wish.
Of course because I LOVE parties and I love TACO’s and Football, I HAD to make a party table to kick off the Alabama vs Arkansas Game.
Taco bars are so easy and so delicious. The Old El Paso Taco Shells are so Flavorful and they are even better when you heat them up for a few minutes in the oven. We like our spice around here so we added 2 packets of Seasoning to our Taco meat and some jalapeños to our Tacos. Even our 4-year-old daughter ate some jalapeños on her Tacos. The Crack bean dip is excellent on the Tacos or simply with the Tacos and some chips.
One of the things we love the most about Tacos is that my kids can make them however they want them and they don’t have to have Mom or Dad help them get their food, it’s a win win for the Parents AND the kids. No more kids complaining that they don’t like dinner, those are always the best meals around, especially for the chef. My 6-year-old is Mister Independent so its fun to watch him load his Taco up with things he enjoys. He may eat mostly cheese, sour cream and a tiny bit of meat on his Taco shell, but hey, that’s the beauty of Tacos and College game day. It’s the little things.
I HATE missing the Games so we make sure we have our Food and Water easily accessable and ready to be consumed. I don’t just like watching Alabama football but I LOVE all College football games so I want to make sure the recipes I am making and the food I am eating is not only fast and easy to make (I don’t want to miss any of the games being stuck in the kitchen cooking) but is also delicious and filling. That’s why Bean dip and Tacos are the best thing to happen to our College Football Saturdays. Well that and Alabama winning games.
Fun side not about my Big AL cookie jar. My mom painted that and made it for my Granny years and years ago and then my Granny gave him to me. He hits proudly on our bookshelf all year long. And fits in perfectly on our Game Day table.
Why don’t you stop on over for the next College Game Day Saturday and enjoy a Taco and Some Bean Dip on us? Our door is always open and we welcome company with open arms, especially Football and Taco loving company.Be sure to head on over to Walmart to prepare for all your Game day needs and don’t forget to stock up on some Old El Paso goodies while you are there.
What your favorite thing about Game Day?