Create a Tex-Mex Super Bowls Buffet

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.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls

Tex-Mex Bowl | Photo by Meredith

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.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Tex-Mex Beef Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Tex-Mex Beef Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing | Photo by Amanda Frederickson

Try this recipe: Tex-Mex Beef Bowl with Avocado Cilantro Dressing

Meaty MVPs

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!

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Andy's Spicy Green Chile Pork

Andy’s Spicy Green Chile Pork | Photo by CookinBug

Try these recipes:
Andy’s Spicy Green Chile Pork
Charley’s Slow Cooker Mexican Style Meat
Slow Cooker Cilantro Lime Chicken

Beans & Rice

A must-have for your Tex-Mex menu, and a thoughtful option for guests who don’t eat meat.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Black Beans, Corn, and Yellow Rice

Black Beans, Corn, and Yellow Rice | Photo by homeschooler3

Try these recipes:
Black Beans, Corn, and Yellow Rice
Best Black Beans
Mexican Rice

Top-Notch Toppings

Go all in with colors, flavors, and textures to top up your Tex-Mex super bowls.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Tex-Mex Toppings

Tex-Mex Buffet | Photo by Meredith

You’ve got to have fresh guacamole, so here’s how to rock the best guac of your life. A snappy bowl of homemade salsa will step up your flavor game; here’s how to make it.

Everything Else

Sour cream
Shredded cheese
Crumbled queso fresco
Shredded lettuce
Chopped cilantro
Sliced green onions
Lime wedges
Hot tortillas

More: How to Make a 100-Yard Football Field of Dips

How to Buffet Like a Boss

The Set-Up

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.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl

Buffalo Chicken Nacho Bowl | Photo by Amanda Frederickson

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.

Beer Margaritas

Beer Margaritas | Photo by docswife

Try this recipe: Beer Margaritas


Make or order a big Texas sheet cake, cupcakes, or cookies decorated in team colors.

DIY Tex-Mex Super Bowls | Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies

Butter Icing for Sugar Cookies | Photo by MrsRossa

You’re all set to have a super easy, super delicious Super Bowl party.

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