Growing up in North Texas has engraved a few things in my brain. One that I hold near and dear to my heart is football. No matter what age I am, football has always been very present in my life from growing up with a brother playing to attending a high school that wins state year after year to marrying a man who is completely obsessed with the Cowboys. Even if I hated football (which I don’t), there is no way to avoid it while living in Texas.
If you live in the great state of Texas, you know one thing that always goes with football games – tailgating! It’s a tradition to party and eat before any big game no matter if it’s little league or high school. Even if we aren’t attending the football game, we always have a houseful of friends over for the game. Every good tailgate party has lots of drinks and delicious food. I’m obsessed with entertaining so I love to make food for our tailgate parties but have realized that for tailgating, you can only prepare foods that are easy to carry around and aren’t big. We only have 2 hands so holding big items or multiple plates is not going to happen.
I have a serious love for mexican food, so I came up with a fun way that everyone can enjoy 7 layer dip without having to hover over the bowl. Introducing 7 layer dip cups – the perfect tailgating food. There are a few reasons I love to make these 7 layer dip cups. Not only are they delicious, they are extremely easy to make. If you’re running out of time and need a go-to dish to take to the tailgate or football party, these are the perfect snack. If you’re really running out of time, buy all of the veg
gies needed already prepped. Sure, it costs a little more but time is money, right?
I seem to go overboard on how much food I make when entertaining. I’m often left with a crazy amount of left overs that never got eaten. When I first started making these 7 Layer Cups, I would make tons of them because everybody loves 7 layer dip! What I didn’t realize at the time is these cups are extremely filling. Many people can’t finish one, so don’t feel the need to make more than 1 for each of your guests. Save yourself the time and money.
To begin, gather all of your ingredients. You will need:
- small party cups (you can find these are your grocers next to the sandwich bags)
- refried beans
- sour cream
- green onions
- pico de gallo
Everybody makes their 7 Layer Dip a little different. You can add or subtract any of the ingredients to make it your own.
Now lay out the cups so you can easily fill each with the correct ingredients. Once they are laid out, start with beans since it’s the heaviest ingredient. You can fill your cups as much or as little as you want. I put a hefty serving of each ingredient in the cup. You can put the ingredients in any way that you want. I start with beans on the bottom then add sour cream, guacamole, pico de gallo, cheese, tomatoes and top with green onions.
Not only are these so simple to make, they’re SO tasty. Even if we aren’t having a party or gathering, I’ll make a few of these up and cover them with plastic wrap. I keep them in my refrigerator for a quick snack throughout the week. No matter what you use them for, they’re great to have handy.
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Now I want to know, what is your favorite tailgating tradition or recipe?