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A new year has rolled around, and you know what that means – we’re in the middle of bowl season! Needless to say, we are huge football fans in this house. I root for my state’s college team, while my husband is more of a pro fan. Between the two, lots of bowl and playoff games have graced our television screen this year.
It’s always fun to have some friends over to cheer our teams on with us, and this year I think I had just as much fun putting together the food and decor as I did watching the game.
Since football season overlaps my busy season in the salon, as well as all of the other holiday craziness, our party food needs to be quick and easy to prepare. My team made it to a big bowl game this year, so we wanted to have a little viewing party, but since it fell on New Years day, we didn’t have a lot of time to prep. I have mentioned before that Walmart is about a block away from our house, and it saves my bacon when I am short on time and have company coming! For this game I decided to have easy chili and bread bowls, with some finger food on the side.
I already had some chili ingredients on hand, but a quick trip to Walmart, and I was ready for the game!
The star of the chili is Pace® Medium Picante sauce, which is my go-to ingredient to kick up the flavor. It’s a really versatile product, because I can use what is left as a dipping sauce on the side! I grabbed an extra jar to have on hand for all of our football parties this season.
Easy Bread Bowls
Bread bowls might sound like the last thing from quick and easy, but I have a secret – use frozen bread dough. I buy frozen bread dough in 1 lb loaves, let it defrost in the fridge until it is pliable (I put mine in the fridge overnight), then divide the loaf into 3 equal portions. Shape into a round ball, then place on a greased baking sheet. Cover with a damp towel and let rise for about 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
Preheat the oven to 350°, then pop them in for 25 minutes. I like to put a bread pan with a little water in it on the bottom rack to help the crust come out perfectly. Once they are done, they will be a beautiful golden brown. Let them cool completely, then slice the top off. Carefully remove the center of the bread with a knife and spoon and scrape out a bowl shape.
- 1 Can Red Kidney Beans
- 1 Can Black Beans
- 1 28 oz Can Diced Tomatoes
- 2 28 oz Can Tomato Sauce
- 2 C Pace Picante Sauce, Medium
- 1 T Chili Powder
- 1 t salt
- 1 t cumin
- Drain and rinse beans, then add all ingredients to slow cooker. Turn to low heat for 6-8 hours, or high for 4 hours. Serve hot in bread bowls.
Check these these recipes out if you are looking for some more food with a kick for your next football party. I definitely want to try the Taco Kumpir! Which one looks good to you?