I love watching football but I love planning for the food for Saturday football more. It really is exciting to me to see what I can put together for what is at our house a big day. Our 15-year-old son’s friends invade (and I mean invade with the kindest of intentions) our home and each and every one of them cannot wait to see what food is prepared.
This week I am going to do a Taco and Candy Bar and let the boys pick and choose which fillings they want to stuff their tacos with and what candy they want to top off their meal with. The taco and candy bar can be used for all types of parties or just for a fun night for your own family. Here are the recipes below and enjoy trying them for your next party or fun family night in your home!
1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning mix
2/3 cup water (or the amount stated on the seasoning mix directions)
1 (15.5-ounce) can pinto or black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups shredded lettuce
2 medium tomatoes, chopped
1/4 cup sliced black olives
1 large red, yellow or green bell pepper
4 green onions, sliced (green and white parts)
1 medium avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
1/2 cup salsa
1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) finely shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
12 taco shells or soft taco-size flour tortillas
Add the ground beef to a large, non-stick frying pan. Over medium-high heat, stir constantly for about 10-12 minutes until the meat is thoroughly cooked. Drain excess fat. Add taco-seasoning mix onto the meat and add water. Reduce heat to low. Cook for another 5 minutes until most of the liquid is absorbed. Prepare all the remaining fillings for the taco shells or tortillas and place in individual bowls. Heat and crisp the taco shells (or flour tortillas) as directed on the package. Place warm shells (or flour tortillas) on a serving platter. Arrange your taco bar to your liking. Be as creative as you would like and add your own decorative flare to your fiesta!
Candy Buffet Bar
Its fun to plan a color theme and decide on the amount of candy you will need but most importantly don’t forget everyone’s favorites. The amount needed will depend on the type of guests who will be attending your event – kids vs. adults It is safe to start out with 8 ounces per guest. Use clear bowls, containers and platters to display your sweet treats and decorate your candy bar with your own style and own taste.
Get creative decorating your Taco and Candy Bar. Get the kids in on the decorating. Go to your local dollar tree for inexpensive décor for your table. It gives a creative flare to your food!