I love, love, love this time of year! The crisp autumn air, pumpkin flavored everything, and FOOTBALL! There are few things better than snuggled up on the sofa with the hubby on a cool autumn weekend day watching football.
Especially when it’s Clemson Tiger football!
He and I may not agree on an NFL team — He LOVES the Pittsburgh Steelers and I have always been an Atlanta Falcons fan — but we can both agree on Clemson! 🙂
If you are looking for some game day party decorations, you can check out the 40th birthday party I threw for him last year with a Pittsburgh Steelers theme.
For our game day snacks, we love guacamole (and tacos)! So, I wanted to share with you today our game day setup!! #GameDayFavorites #OEPGameDay
In the Summer of 2014, my family and I went on a cruise to Mexico. It was amazing! More imporatantly, during that vacation, the staff taught us how to make authentic guacamole! Yum!
Actually, before that, I thought I hated guacamole. I said some terrible things about it. It just looked icky to me, and I’m a texture and sight eater. Even if something is delicious, if the texture is funky, I won’t eat it or, if I don’t know what’s in it, I won’t eat it (which is even more true since I have been diagnosed with Celiac).
After I watched them make guacamole and knew I liked everything in it, I decided to give it a try. And, boy, I’m glad that I did!
So today, I wanted to pass on my knowledge of how to make some amazing guacamole!!
You’re going to want to start with two avocados. I picked mine up on sale at Publix.
Cut avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the insides of the avocados into a bowl. This step is a lot easier with this avocado slicing and coring tool. One end cuts the avocado in half and the other end scoops and slices the avocado!
Now, mash the avocado to the desired consistency. On the cruise, they mashed the avocado with a mortar and pestle. We got the one pictured above from Costco, but you can also get one from Amazon. I just mash it in a bowl with a potato masher. It’s less messy that way.
Add the chopped jalapenos, habaneros (if using), fire roasted tomatoes, cilantro, garlic, and red onion to the mashed avocados.
Note on the peppers: Originally, the recipe only called for jalapenos, but hubby likes things “burn your face off” hot. So to compromise, we add a habanero to up the spiciness. You can adjust this part to taste.
Mix together and add in the spices — salt and cumin.
Now, add in the juice of a quarter of a lemon and lime. Mix together well and serve immediately!
|Homemade Guacamole|| |
- 2 large avocados
- 4 teaspoons fire roasted tomatoes or freshly chopped tomatoes
- 1 ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ medium red onion chopped
- ¼ Lemon
- ¼ Lime
- 2 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped (to taste) ½ habanero pepper seeded and chopped (to taste)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 4 teaspoons cilantro (or more to taste)
- Cut avocados in half, remove the pits, and scoop the insides of the avocados into a bowl.
- Mash avocados.
- Add tomatoes, garlic, onion, jalapeno peppers, habanero pepper, and cilantro.
- Mix together.
- Add in salt and cumin. Mix well.
- Squeeze the lemon and lime juice.
- Mix the contents until the desired consistency. Serve immediately.
For the tacos, I picked up two (They are currently buy one, get one at Publix.) boxes of Old El Paso Stand n Stuff Taco Shells Dinner Kits. You can also click here to get some coupons and recipes from Old El Paso.
Following the directions, I put the shells in the oven for 6 minutes at 325 degrees.
For the taco filling, I started by browning 1 lb of ground turkey and a chopped onion. I’m sure you’ve noticed the two skillets. More on that later…
After the turkey and onion we done cooking, I added the taco seasoning from the kit and water. After letting the water boil off for 3 or 4 minutes, you are left with something like this.
Now, let’s get to the story behind the two skillets. When I started with this project, I noticed that the Old El Paso Stand n Stuff taco shells were marked gluten free on the box, so that was the dinner kit that I chose to grab. However, after getting home, I realized that neither the seasoning or the sauce were marked gluten free. So, erring on the side of caution, I made my husband a batch of taco filling with the seasoning and sauce from the box and made myself a separate batch of filling with my own mixture of taco seasoning that I knew was gluten free.
Now we’re ready to build some tacos!! First — toppings!
For each taco, I layered meat, taco sauce (from the kit), sour cream, lettuce, chopped tomatoes, and cheese in that order. Then, served them on my favorite football platter!
These tacos were delicious! I ate the guacamole on the side with some chips and hubby used the guacamole as an additional taco topping. Highly recommend!
If you’re excited to try these Old El Paso Dinner Kits, be sure to enter my giveaway for $10 Paypal cash so you can get a few boxes for your next game day! #GameDayFavorites #OEPGameDay
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