Let’s Taco 'Bout A Win

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By: Kelsey Graves of We Heart Parties

This year for the big game, I am serving my favorite food group: Mexican!

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My motto is you can never have too many tacos. I love hosting big game day get-togethers, and think football food should be delicious and the cleanup should be easy.

The Chinet® Chip & Dip Party Tray is the perfect solution for large groups of people. I love that they are microwavable, leak-resistant, and best of all—recyclable! I made sure to stock up on plenty of chips, salsa and guacamole to fill the trays for my Mexican-themed game day party.

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Food for the big game should also be portable! I like to make it easy for guests to bring yummy appetizers and snacks back to the couch so they don’t have to miss a minute of the game. And really, is there anything better than a walking taco?! These individual game day walking tacos are a cinch and guests will go wild for them.

Simply layer your choice of taco meat (I used ground beef and added taco seasoning), cheese, lettuce, chopped tomatoes and corn chips in a sturdy, yet elegant, Chinet® Cut Crystal® 9-oz. cups. I also recommend having sour cream on the side for people to add on top of their walking tacos if they prefer. 

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I love how crystal clear these cups are so you can easily see the delicious walking taco layers. I added bright duct tape to Chinet Cut Crystal forks for a pop of color.

As I said, my motto is you can never have too many tacos. And especially when it comes to mini traditional-style tacos—you can definitely never have too many. These mini pineapple chicken tacos are easy to pick up and snack on as you walk around a party. And they are DELICIOUS!

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The ingredients are simple: shredded rotisserie chicken, store-bought pineapple salsa, cilantro and corn tortillas. The fun part is making the mini taco shells.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Warm your tortillas in the microwave (wrapped in damp paper towels) or on the stove. This prevents them from cracking as you are working with them. Using a 3-inch round cookie cutter, cut circles out of warm corn tortillas. Spray each side of your tortilla circles lightly with cooking spray. Turn over a mini loaf baking pan (you can also use a muffin pan) and arrange the tortilla circles into a taco shape. Bake in the oven for about 10 minutes or until they start to brown. Then, let the mini taco shells cool on a wire rack. 

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Once cooled, fill them with shredded rotisserie chicken, pineapple salsa (I found mine in the produce section near fresh Pico de Gallo), and garnish with fresh cilantro. Finally, arrange them on a sturdy Chinet® Classic White platter and they will disappear in no time at all. Can you say, "YUM!?" These mini tacos are citrusy and delicious! The perfect one- (or two-) bite party appetizer!

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My all-time favorite concession snack at a stadium event is the nachos with cheese dipping sauce. So, I had to serve nacho cheese-drenched chips at my game day party! I discovered my go-to game day dip on Stuck On Sweet’s blog, and it’s so easy that I can’t stop making it.

Spread an 8-ounce package of cream cheese (it helps if it’s softened) in the bottom of a small baking dish. Layer some black beans (about half a can), salsa and shredded cheese. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted. Simple and irresistible. 

What is a Mexican fiesta without some maracas?!

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Create this easy spirit shaker napkin wrap by wrapping a knife and fork in Chinet Classic White napkins. Wrap a piece of washi tape around the napkin, cutlery and shaker, and all your guests will be ready to start shaking and celebrating the touchdowns!

Combining two of my favorite things—Mexican food and football—is the perfect way to celebrate the big game! Make sure you stop by and visit me at We Heart Parties for other entertaining ideas, recipes and party DIYs to make your game day party a success.

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Kelsey Graves' love language is PARTIES! She finds true happiness in celebrating life's most special moments and sharing her easy party ideas on We Heart Parties (www.weheartparties.com/blog).