Football season is here, and I have a confession to make. I am pretty excited 😁.
I grew up with football on TV all fall, every fall 🍂. My dad and brother were, and still are of course, big football fans. Go Lions! (It’s been a sad many many years)
So for me this time of year is nostalgic. However, being the food fanatic that I am, it should come as no surprise that my favorite part of football season is the food that comes with it. Dips, chips, breads, chili, more bread, and snacks galore! All the comfort food!!
Sadly, there has a been a football hiatus in our house for the past few years. Except it’s not that sad. We’ve been listening to some lovely British accents announcing crossed balls and goals, whilst watching dudes running around chasing those crossed balls and trying to score goals. In much simpler terms, we were watching futball, aka ⚽, instead of football, aka 🏈.
Soccer is nostalgic for me as well, because I played for many years. But for some reason, I don’t feel super comfortable chowing down on a bowl of cheesy dip while watching a bunch of guys running more in five minutes than I’ve run in the past week (okay maybe more like month 😖). Call me crazy, but I feel much more at ease with my gluttony along side the all-American version of football.
But this year we are back in the swing of things. The entire day was a whirlwind of teams, touchdowns, and fans cheering. My contribution to this day was a new dip. Per the request of my lovely husband, I created a dip that combines some serious favorites. Tater tots and carne asada are kind of secretly made for each other. Like peanut butter and carrots (truuuuuust me), they complement each other in an unexpected way.
This dip is a definite win 🏆 and a perfect use for leftover carne asada! Using high quality meat is key in achieving the right balance of textures here. Shredding or tearing up the meat quite small ensures you’ll get some in each bite too!
- 8 oz cream cheese
- 1 c yogurt
- 1/4 c mayonaise
- 1 c cheddar cheese shredded
- 1/2 c mozzarella cheese shredded
- 1 jalepeno minced
- 1/4 lb prepared carne asada shredded
- 30 frozen tater tots, thawed
- Preheat the oven to 425° F.
- Mix the first seven ingredients together and poor into a medium sized casserole dish.
- Crumble the tater tots on top and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the cheese is bubbling and the tots are crispy.