One of my favorite ways to do food at a party is to allow my guests to assemble their food themselves.
A Nacho Bar is the perfect build your own meal for your upcoming football parties.
I provided an assortment of toppings for my guest to build their own nachos. People love to design their own food! To make the setup and the clean up easier for everyone I used these great Rubbermaid Easy Find Lid products. I picked them up at Target using one of the great coupons you can print at home and use to purchase your own containers.
The best thing about the containers is how the lid snaps right onto the bottom. No searching for your lid when you’re ready to put the food away!
Because the containers come in all kinds of sizes I could use them for all my Nacho Bar toppings.
Then there was also the refried beans, Cafe Rio black beans, cheddar cheese, monterey jack cheese, mexican spiced beef (recipe coming) and chili con queso dip (see below)
Loved how there was a container for everything and it made set up on the table so easy. I could prep everything ahead of time and then just keep it in the refrigerator until the party was ready to start. Those things that needed to be heated up could be popped in the microwave right in their containers.
Build Your Own Nacho Bar
Let your guests have fun and get creative. I used aluminum pie tins from the Dollar Store as our plates. They go right into the oven under the broiler. You may want to provide a plate to put it on when it comes out of the oven but it really wasn’t that hot when it came out. Just leave it in long enough for the cheese to melt.
I have to admit I did hesitate in sharing this recipe with you because it contains something I don’t normally eat or cook with – Velveeta. I must make a disclaimer for this recipe – it is definitely not health food! So if you are looking for a healthy, low calorie addition to your football viewing party this is not it but it is GOOD! I have tried queso dips that use Cheddar Cheese but it just doesn’t melt as nicely or have as good a texture.
I use a combination of Velveeta cheese and cream cheese because I think it gives it a better and smoother texture than just straight Velveeta.
I melt it in the microwave and then doctor it up a bit with a can of Rotel tomatoes. If you like heat use the spicier one. I used the mild. Also add in a can of mild green chilies, fresh tomatoes, fresh garlic, green onion and some cilantro.
Then if you’d like to take the heat factor up add in as many jalapenos as you’d like. I used one. I like to keep my heat factor moderate to mild.
Mix it all up and just start dipping!
After the party was all over it was so easy to just pop the lids on everything and put them back in the refrigerator – leftovers for the next day! As empty nesters we tend to have a lot of leftovers so I know these Rubbermaid containers are going to get a lot of use.
Love a party that is fun for everyone and easy on the hostess!
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Not here’s that Chili Con Queso Dip Recipe!!
- ½ lb. Velveeta Cheese
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 1 10 oz. can Rotel Tomatoes
- 1 4 oz. can of green chilies
- 2-3 fresh tomatoes, chopped
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1-4 jalapeno peppers, chopped (to taste)
- 2-3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
- ½ bunch cilantro, chopped
- Melt cheese together in a container in the microwave
- Stir in other ingredients
- Serve warm
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