3 Southern Dips for Every Tailgate

Alisa von Dobeneck

It's coming ya'll! The best time of the year, football season, is almost here. And with every game comes a tailgate. Be prepared for a big crowd with these amazingly easy dips. They are packed with flavor and can be made ahead of time. There are some warm options, cold options and one option for those with a sweet tooth. 

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    Texas Caviar

    Alisa von Dobeneck

    Fresh and tangy, Texas Caviar is like salsa but better. Some recipes call for black-eyed peas but try adding black beans and corn to the pico de gallo mix. You can also add avocado to give it a creamy texture. If you make this a couple days ahead, it just gets better and better in the fridge. Serve it up with chips or with celery sticks to keep it fresh.

    • 2 jalapeño pepper (deseeded and finely chopped)
    • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans (drained)
    • 1 (15 ounce) can whole kernel corn
    • 5 Roma tomatoes (chopped)
    • 1 small white onion (chopped)
    • 1 bunch cilantro (chopped)
    • 6 tbsp. white wine vinegar
    • 6 tbsp. olive oil
    • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
    • 1 tsp. creole seasoning

    Directions

    • Chop fresh ingredients and add to a large mixing bowl.
    • Add canned ingredients
    • In a separate bowl, combine oil, vinegar, cumin, and creole seasoning. Whisk.
    • Pour over vegetables.
    • Allow mix to marinade for up to 2 days (5 hours is best). Serve.
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    Hot Pimento Cheese Dip

    Alisa von Dobeneck

    This dip is a touchdown with everyone. Pimento cheese is so quintessentially Southern and so amazingly easy. It is creamy, tangy and has a bite. Try making it a day ahead and stick under the broiler before bringing it to the game so it has that golden crust. Serve this with toast points or chips for maximum effect. 

    • 1 cup grated Cheddar
    • 1 cup grated Colby Jack
    • 1/2 tsp. dried mustard
    • 6 ounces cream cheese
    • 1/3 cup mayo
    • 4 tablespoons pimentos (chopped)
    • Salt and pepper (to taste)

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 450 F.
    • Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
    • Stir well.
    • Spread into an oven. Bake until golden, about 10 minutes.
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    Warm Chorizo Dip

    Alisa von Dobeneck

    This dip is a touchdown with everyone. It doesn’t have many ingredients but with a few minor adjustments, a plain sausage dip becomes an elegant chorizo appetizer that you can take to the game or serve at a dinner party.

    • 2 packages lite cream cheese
    • 1 lb. ground chorizo (or ground Italian sausage)
    • 2 small cans of Rotel (drained)
    • 3 cloves garlic (minced)
    • Salt and pepper (to taste)

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 400 F.
    • Brown chorizo in a pan over high heat. Add minced garlic and stir until browned.
    • Combined the sausage, cream cheese and Rotel in a mixing bowl
    • Add salt and pepper.
    • Spread into an oven-safe casserole dish.
    • Bake until bubbling.