With Houston hosting the biggest, baddest bowl game of the year, the perfect food theme for your Super Bowl 2017 party has got to be Tex-Mex served in bowls. Here's how to pull together a build-your-own super-duper Tex-Mex bowl bar/buffet, including top-rated recipes and smart serving tips.
Tex-Mex Super Bowls
Set out a generous spread and let your guests storm the field to customize their individual bowls to suit their own game plan. Read on for recipe ideas.
Try this recipe: Tex-Mex Beef Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing
A slow cooker full of Mexican-style shredded pork, beef, or chicken makes a hot and hearty base for your bowls. Pulling the meat apart into bite-size bits eliminates the need for knives. Easy to serve + easy to eat = win/win!
Beans & Rice
A must-have for your Tex-Mex menu, and a thoughtful option for guests who don't eat meat.
Go all in with colors, flavors, and textures to top up your Tex-Mex super bowls.
Crumbled queso fresco
Sliced green onions
How to Buffet Like a Boss
Use a table large enough to hold one or two slow cookers plus toppings. We're not talking about neat and tidy finger foods here, so do yourself a favor and cover the table with a big plastic tablecloth. You can find football-themed tablecovers and party accessories on Amazon and at party stores. Word to the wise: Shop early before they run out of the good stuff.
Try this recipe: Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl
At one end of the buffet table, set out big soup or pasta bowls, and put a stack of paper napkins and dinner forks at the other end. (If you've taken my advice and made all the food bite-size, you won't need knives.) Arrange all the various food down the middle of the table, and coach the crowd to start at the bowls and end with the forks. Put a little "Start Here" sign on the table if you have to. It's all about going with the flow.
It's always a smart move to set up the drinks in a separate area to prevent traffic jams. Keep beers on ice in a cooler or galvanized tub, and make a big pitcher of serve-yourself margaritas to go with your super Tex-Mex bowls.
Try this recipe: Beer Margaritas
You're all set to have a super easy, super delicious Super Bowl party.