Monday, February 1

Super Bowl Party Recipes: Spicy Black Bean Dip

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Red 28! Red 28! I like candy! Hut! Hut!

This Sunday is the 44th Super Bowl in American history. Despite its youth, it will be the largest food consumption event of the year, trailing only Thanksgiving. It isn’t a national holiday (though many would like it to be), but that doesn’t stop over 130 million Americans from treating it like one.

It's estimated that Americans will spend over $55 million dollars on food for the Super Bowl. What will all that money buy? Mostly snack foods -- more than 30 million pounds. Pretzels and popcorn get the most play, though chips and guacamole have gained yardage in the last few years. According the California Avocado Commission, over 50 million pounds of avocados will be sold in the days leading up to the Super Bowl, most of which will turned into guacamole and scooped up with 15,000 tons of chips.

Super Bowl foods have to be casual, portable, and, most important, fun. Fans don't want to think about their food; they just want to be able to hold it in their hands and not have it explode all over themselves when they jump up to high-five each other over a touchdown.

For your Super Bowl party, think like a guy. Serve sticky barbecued spare ribs, cheesy pizza, spicy chicken wings, overstuffed sandwiches, and gut-busting gumbo. For dishes requiring utensils, like chili or jumbalaya, I suggest serving them at half-time. This will both ensure the safety of your guests and distract them from the painful Super Bowl half-time show.

Serve beer. Lots of beer.

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Don't use fussy dinnerware and cutlery; sturdy paper plates, double-ply paper napkins, and huge plastic cups perfect for refills are what’s needed.

Keep desserts simple. Brownies, cookies, and cookie bars are the way to go.

When the party's over, you might consider sending your guests home with a bottle of Tums and a doctor's note. Antacid sales spike 20% on "Super Monday," the day after the Super Bowl, when 6% of working Americans call in sick.

Whether you're football-savvy enough to challenge John Madden on the NFL's rulebook, or you think a Hail Mary is a religious term, chances are you'll be at a Super Bowl party this Sunday chowing down some seriously good football grub. So check back all week for more easy and delicious Super Bowl recipes that are sure to score big.

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Spicy Black Bean Dip 
Makes 6-8 servings
Print recipe only here.

This spicy black bean dip couldn't be easier to make. With red onions, garlic, jalapeno, and lime, it's got both heat and tang. The sour cream adds just a touch of silkiness to an otherwise satisfying chunky dip. This vegetarian dip can be made vegan by using vegan sour cream or mayo.

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small red onion, diced
1 small garlic clove, sliced
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
1 small jalapeno chili
The juice of 1 small lime
1 cup salsa of your choice
2 tablespoons sour cream or mayo
1/3 chopped fresh cilantro leaves
salt, to taste

1. In a small pan over medium heat, warm olive oil. Saute red onion and garlic until lightly browned. Transfer to a blender or food processor and add remaining ingredients. Pulse until chunky. Transfer to a bowl. Serve with tortilla chips.

Here are more football-friendly dips and salsas you might enjoy from Food Blogga:
Chipotle Barbecue Bean and Corn Salad (great with chips)
Citrus-Avocado Salsa (pair with chips or serve on fish tacos)
Pineapple-Mango-Habanero Salsa (pair with chips or serve on tacos or quesadillas)

Here are more delicious football-friendly dips you might enjoy:
7-Layer Bean Dip recipe at Simply Recipes
Chile con Queso recipe at Homesick Texan
Baba Ghanoush recipe at Apple Pies, Patis, and Pate
Super Bowl Onion Dip recipe at Cooking with Amy
Creamy Hot Stove Top Crab Dip recipe at White on Rice Couple


Maria said...

Great dip for the big game. I can't wait until Sunday! We are huge football/sports fans!

Maggie said...

Mmmm! This looks tasty!

Dandy said...

I have no idea who is playing but I'm already planning out my menu :)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

A tasty dip! Perfect for such an event!



Valerie Harrison (bellini) said...

Hope you enjoyed the Super Bowl Susan. At least I know you ate very well during the game:D

Susan from Food Blogga said...

maria-Me too! Hut! Hut!


dandy-The Colts and the Saints. :)

rosa-Thank you!

val-It's actually this Sunday. :)

The Teacher Cooks said...

Nice idea for the Super bowl. What a nicely written post. I really like the part about Hail Mary!!

Dave -nibbleanibble said...

Looks great. What's chips without the wonderful dip.

carolyn said...

One of my favorite kinds of dips! Looks simple and delicious!

The Duo Dishes said...

The snacks are the best part about the SuperBowl! The more, the better.

Kate said...

Black beans are one of my most favorite things ever to keep in the pantry. The Teen will eat them without question, and we love a simple beans and rice meal, chopping up poblanos and jalapenos and a lot of onion to give those beans a real kick. A bowl of good black beans never lasts long in my kitchen.

Tasty Eats At Home said...

Mmmm......yum! I am a huge fan of black beans, and this sounds perfect!

Livin Local said...

Mmmmmm! A Super Bowl party just cannot possibly have too many dips. This looks yummy and unlike so many other dips, actually includes honest food ingredients. Thanks!

Sean Thomas McGill said...

With Superbowl coming up, I've been going nuts food shopping and looking for good but simple ideas to feed the crowd. This sounds good!

Soma said...

Mmmmm.. I love the dip. i am not much into sports.. but love it for the food :-)