Gridiron Gourmet Taco Salad Bowls for Football Fanatics

It’s time to kick off Football season with some fun ideas for food and creating Taco Salad Bowls. Football season means the foodies are coming over. Make their day with a homemade taco salad bowl setup where they can fill their own bowl!

Homemade taco salad bowls are the perfect crowd-pleaser for game day menus. Gather your friends and family for exciting touchdown parties. Create a set-up with a variety of foods with easy clean-up on game days for you. In addition to being delicious, these culinary treats are a lot of fun to make and consume while rooting for your preferred team. So let’s enter the world of Gridiron Gourmet while you put on your jersey and grab your apron!

The Perfect Game Day Dish

When it comes to football parties, the menu is almost as important as the game itself. You need something hearty, flavorful, and easy to share. Taco Salad Bowls tick all the boxes. They’re a complete meal packed into one edible vessel, making them a convenient choice for game day.

The perfect party menu for game day is almost as important as the actual game. You want the foods to be filling, flavorful and easy to eat from a sofa. What is great about Taco Salad Bowls, it checks all the boxes. In fact, they make a convenient choice for game day because the bowl is edible, making cleanup easier.

Why Homemade Tortilla Bowls Make All the Difference

In our area in the Rio Grande Valley, buying premade tortillas are easy to locate. I have choices of the local HEB (grocery stores), Walmart and smaller tortilla factories also called tortillerias. For today, I was already at HEB so chose the brand we prefer. One can also make homemade tortillas, but I haven’t made that attempt yet. What’s great about making your own bowls, is that you can have your guests come early and join in on the process.

Kick Off Gridiron Gourmet Taco Salad Bowls

Let’s keep it simple and stress free. Grab your favorite flour tortillas. Look through your cabinets for some bowls that are oven safe – if your cereal bowls are oven safe, go with those. I happen to have a couple Pyrex brand bowls that are oven safe so I can make 2 at a time.

Creating Your Homemade Taco Bowls

I will first microwave the tortillas 2 at a time for about 10 seconds or until they are more flexible to work with.

Now, working with a single tortilla at a time, spritz the tortillas with a bit of oil on both sides. Place inside the bowl. Place the bowls on a baking sheet and put into a 400 degree oven for about 9-12 minutes. They are done when golden brown. If you are using smaller tortillas, you can even use your muffin tin by flipping the tin upside down. What’s great about making smaller bowls is that the gang will come back for more and enjoy making them different each time.

Option: If you like your bowls to create those puffy, crispy bubbles you see at restaurants, you can do a flash fry in a skillet with the tortillas first. Then place the tortilla in the bowl or on the bottom

Once you have your tortilla bowls made, now you can set the fillings onto the table. You can even make desserts out of the shells.

Inside Scoop for Filling the Taco Salad Bowls

Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to Taco Salad Bowls. Have some fun!

Here are my suggestions of Tradition fillings:

Firstly, the meats. You can do the basic ground meats of beef, turkey or chicken browned and simmered with taco seasonings. Keeping it in a crockpot to keep it warm during the whole game is a great idea, but make sure you line that crockpot with the liners and save yourself on the clean-up! But don’t leave out doing chopped up grilled steak, brisket or even shredded chicken (check out my recipe!). All of which can be made up the day before and placed in the crockpot. If you have a large roaster, you can place all the meats inside and keep it on warm.

Secondly, the salsa choices are very important. You are going to have a variety of guests, have a variety of salsas for them to try too! Have some mild, some spicy, both chunky and smooth. One of my personal favorites is my Roasted Corn Salsa.

Next, you always want lettuce. Whether you prefer iceberg, romaine or perhaps a spring mix, all will be great inside the taco salad bowls.

Building Your Gridiron Gourmet Taco Salad Bowls

  • Other Fresh Vegetables: tomatoes, onions (red, white, yellow and green), and bell peppers.
  • Cheese: If you can’t find a “Mexican or Taco” blend of cheeses, simply have Shredded cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese adds creaminess.
  • Sour Cream: A dollop of sour cream cools down the heat.
  • Guacamole: Creamy guacamole adds a luxurious touch.
  • Black Beans & Refried Beans : For added protein and flavor. And Refried Beans are great to put as the first layer at the bottome of the bowl.
  • Cilantro: Fresh cilantro leaves for garnish.
  • Lime Wedges: A squeeze of lime juice brightens up the flavors.

Dig In to the Taco Salad Bowls and Enjoy the Game!

As everyone settles in for kick off with their Salad bowls, take a quick inventory

Game Day Beverages

A great game day event will always need the beverages to keep everyone’s whistles wet. You need to keep the cheering and chatter at high volume. We understand most everyone’s go to is a cold beer, but perhaps its time to raise it up a notch with a some choice wines. We have some suggestions of what to pair it with. What’s great is that taco salads offer a unique opportunity to have either reds or whites! Our incredible Wine Club offers a wide selection of varietals. So it can literally be your preference and you won’t be disappointed.

Make it a Wine Tasting at Half-Time

In fact, Half-time would be a great time to experiment with the different aromas and flavors of the wines with the taco salad bowls. Start with the whiter, lighter wines and move into the bolder, heartier, beautiful reds. Some of our suggestions for those that are doing the “No Meat” decision, we suggest our More than Muse Sauvignon Blanc or perhaps the Tanya Pinot Grigio. The lighter, citrus flavors enhance the veggies.

Additionally, for those piling on the meat and bean, get ready to try a Pinot Noir or a Grenache. The enhanced flavors, smoothing of the spices, will have you going back for more of both!

Start with sipping the wine, letting it sit and be swirled in the mouth. Exchange comments about the taste of the wine. Then as your guests take a bite of their salad and a sip of the wine, have them share what surprised them with how the combination of the salad and wine did for them. Then have them cleanse their palate a little by breaking off a bit of the bowl itself. Move on to another wine. Remember, half-time is only around 12-13 minutes!

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After Game Wrap-Up

Celebrating the team win or possibly commisserating a tough loss, No one is ever wanting to just jump up and head for home. It’s time for dessert! Use those tortilla bowls and put a scoop or two of ice cream inside. Every one can build their own bowl with a fun variety of toppings with chocolate, caramel, even berries, candies, marshamallows and more!

So, there you have it, a great way to spend a day of football: Gridiron Gourmet Taco Salad Bowls. These homemade creations are a surefire way to elevate your football party and leave your guests cheering for both your culinary skills and the winning team. Make your next game day memorable with a touchdown-worthy taco salad experience that’s both delicious and entertaining.

As a proven way to upgrade your football party, the Taco Salad Bowls make rooting for the winning side of your guests appetites an easy win-win. However, don’t be surprised if the gang wants a repeat next week!

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