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Finally… It’s Time for Tailgating!!

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Ah! It’s football season and time for tailgating. Whether you’re a Tiger or a Jaguar or a fan of any local high school team, this is a surefire recipe that’s sure to score big with your tailgating teammates. I made up this recipe during my college years and perfected it for the bar menu as chef at Jumelles Restaurant in Bocage Village. Great for tailgating and casual parties, I call it Southwest Dip (which sounds a little better than taco dip right?). It’s made with fresh ground beef and has all the flavors of the Southwest combined in one tasty dish. Top it with cheddar cheese, jalapenos and green onions, and serve with tortilla chips. I guarantee your guests will love it. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re not voted this week’s MVP.

 

Southwest Dip

For Meat Mixture:

– 5 lbs. ground beef

– 3 cups onions, chopped

– 1 cup celery, chopped

– 1 cup bell pepper, chopped

– ¼ cup garlic, chopped

– 2 – 1.25 ounce packets of taco seasoning

– 2 ounces jalapenos juice

– ¼ cup jalapenos from a jar, finely chopped

– 1 – 31 oz can re-fried beans

– 8 beef bouillon cubes

– 1 ½ tsp. salt

– ½ tsp. black pepper

– ½ tsp. red pepper

In a large heavy bottom pot, sauté ground beef over medium high heat until completely cooked. Drain off most of the fat and add onions, celery, bell pepper and garlic. Simmer until wilted and add remaining ingredients. Simmer about ten minutes longer and keep warm.

Additional garnish:

– 4 cups shredded cheddar cheese

– 1 cup sliced jalapenos

– ½ cup sliced green onions

Assembly:

Place hot meat mixture in a large casserole or small chafing dish. Sprinkle with cheddar cheese and heat in oven until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and garnish with jalapenos and green onions. Serve with tortilla chips.

 

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