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Serve guests a variety of spicy antojitos, or little cravings, for the big game like these Barbacoa Street Tacos. Spicy, slow-cooked beef tacos topped with fresh, local veggies.
Spicy, southwest inspired cuisine is at the heart of Thyme for Cocktails; combining comfort dishes from my midwest upbringing with the Latino flavors Paul grew up with. We are BIG football people and love to entertain our melting pot of friends and family. We usually watch the big game while enjoying traditional Mexican dishes and beverages. It is an all-day boisterous affair!
~ Antojitos Party Ideas ~
We love antojitos, or little cravings, which is traditional Mexican street food. Think tacos, tamales, gorditas, quesadillas, empalmes, tostadas, and chalupas. All which are great goodies for parties. Similar to tapas you are serving a variety of small food options rather than a big meal. Guests are able to help themselves & customize dishes with fresh veggie toppings. Very helpful for people with dietary needs or allergies.
For our antojitos party I set up a series of small tables as food stations, reminiscent of food stalls then decorated them with brightly colored table covers and dishes. Paul hung streamers while I prepped food for the party and got a little crazy with the southwest confetti.
The casa crew has so many different team affiliations it would be impossible to include them all on game day. This way no one gets upset about their team being left out! lol
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Guests can grab a taco or make a Bloody Maria shooter, then garnish them at the DIY Topping Bar full of fresh veggies and flavorful sauces. El Yucateco sauces give recipes like these Barbacoa Street Tacos a real kick.
~ Barbacoa Street Tacos ~
Earlier this week I mentioned a new beef recipe and here it is! Pork has been on sale quite a bit lately, and as much as we love it, the kid asked for something different. When I found this chuck roast on sale it immediately went in the cart for our party along with El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce.
This rich habanero sauce stands out with it’s unique flavor and appearance. It has an earthy smoke flavor without an overpowering smoke taste. The deep habanero flavor is great with red meats and hearty stews or chili.
I paired it with guajillo chiles, lime juice and other traditional Latino flavors to make this tender, fall apart beef recipe.
- 3 pound beef roast, cut into 2 inch chunks
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- 2 teaspoons cumin
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
- 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
- 2 dried guajillo chiles, smashed into small pieces
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 tablespoons El Yucateco Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce
- 1 cup beef stock
- Juice of 3 limes
- Toss beef with spices and place in a crockpot.
- Add remaining ingredients.
- Cook on low 6-8 hours. Shred beef and serve hot.
~ Fiesta Corn Dip ~
Paul won’t agree with this, but the casa crew cannot survive on tacos alone. Even though we try… The man will seriously eat anything if it is wrapped in a tortilla! Just to prove him wrong I made a spicy Fiesta Corn Dip that is completely addictive and perfect for dipping. A great compliment to the Barbacoa Street Tacos.
Corn, onions, peppers and green chiles are mix together with lots of mild cheddar cheese and green habanero creme sauce.
El Yucateco Green Habanero Sauce is made with fresh green habanero peppers, garlic, select spices and seasonings. It packs a little more heat, but has far less vinegar then the average hot sauce.
It blends perfectly with the creme in this creamy dip, toning down the heat while still bringing a fresh habanero flavor. If you don’t have traditional Mexican creme, dilute sour cream with a little heavy cream for a tasty substitute. I used a healthy dose of hot sauce because we like things spicy, but please adjust based on your personal preference.
- 3 cups frozen corn
- 1 small red bell pepper, diced
- ½ small red onion, diced
- 1 4-ounce can green chiles
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ cup Mexican creme
- 2-3 tablespoons El Yucateco Green Habanero Sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Combine all ingredients in casserole dish.
- Bake 20 minutes until melted and bubbly. Serve hot.
~ Bloody Maria Shooters ~
A party at the casa wouldn’t be complete without adults-only beverages. This Bloody Maria recipe gives our favorite brunch cocktail a southwest makeover with El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce and tequila. Guests can visit the DIY Topping Bar to make their own veggie skewers for garnish.
Rather than serve full sized cocktails, which can be overwhelming because of the spice factor, shooters pack lots of flavor without kicking your tastebuds. Bigger than a shot, these little guys are perfect for dressing up.
The red habanero sauce is a great “all-purpose” sauce that packs a little more kick then the average hot sauce. It blends well with tomato juice and you get the true flavor of the pepper. Fresh garlic, Worcestershire and plenty of black pepper made this mix a real hit with the casa crew.
Bloody mixes are like opinions, everyone has one they think is best, so I won’t preach about how great mine is. Just add 3-4 tablespoons El Yucateco Red Habanero Sauce to 46 ounces tomato juice for your base and customize from there!
I also like to serve a veggie taco option because not all the casa crew are carnivores. Roasted butternut squash with a hint of lime pairs well with a simple black bean salsa and all the veggie toppings. Corn tortillas give party-goers a gluten-free option as well.
And for the non-drinkers a refreshing tangerine jalapeño aguas frescas hit the spot. You can add a touch of honey for sweetness if you like but the fruit itself has plenty of natural sugars to balance out the peppers. Just been sure to seed your jalapeños otherwise it will be too spicy.
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You can find El Yucateco sauces at your local Walmart in the Hispanic food aisle. We shopped there for party supplies after picking up veggies for the DIY Topping Bar at the farmers market last Sunday.
~ DIY Topping Bar ~
My favorite part of the party was our topping area. Versatility is key to a good party setup, especially the menu. I like to give people plenty of food options, but at the same time who wants to be bogged down cooking all day. Easy customizable recipes make everyone happy!
I used brightly colored dishes we already own to keep in line with the viva la fiesta theme and added fun little chili pepper shaped dishes. The same pepper concept carries over to the signs I made for the stations. You can print your own copy here.
And don’t forget to set out your El Yucateco sauces so party-goers can spice up their antojitos even more. These recipes have plenty of kick, but everyone’s tastes are different!
The big game is an exciting affair but let’s face it, playing games while you watch keeps things lighthearted and fun. We like to place friendly wagers on different aspects of the game like who can guess closest to the final score. Football trivia and other fan games are fun too.
To keep things from getting crazy we skip monetary bets and instead give fun prizes to the winners. El Yucateco Hot Sauce has an online store for cool gear such as Aprons, Tailgate T-Shirts and Hoodies which all make great swag gifts for party-goers. Visit the El Yucateco gear store online to shop men and women’s apparel including board shorts for the summer, hoodies for the winter and even embroidered shirts for a casual night out.
Now that your party is set up don’t forget to take a few minutes to relax before your crew arrives. The big game is an exciting all-day affair and you want to be in top shape to enjoy it. What are your plans for the big day? What recipes are you spicing up with El Yucateco sauces?