The fall and winter seasons mean different things to different people. For me, colder weather means tall boots, wool socks, chunky sweaters and cozy throws strewn over all the furniture I might sit down on.
For my husband, fall and winter means football.
While I can’t muster up any true excitement or love for the actual sport, there’s one thing about football I can get behind: game day snacks.
That’s right, food is enough to get me to know when our team is playing and if we’re “Homegating” at our house or elsewhere.
What does Homegating mean? It’s an excuse for people like me to plan a little party around football without calling it a party. It’s fun, it’s casual and it means I get to make appetizers and fun drinks for friends and family.
So, even though I rarely have my eyes on the television, the colder months mean I can start thinking of crowd-pleasing snacks that can be whipped up and served without too much effort.
If you want to make serving a snap, set out a buffet and label the food. Labels are key! Labels mean you won’t be spending your time explaining the dishes over and over again. Labels will let you socialize and have fun.
You can go super fancy and get little place cards for your food labels, or you can stick to the football theme and print off my friend Chrysa’s fun football dish markers. I vote for the second option 🙂
As for foods to label, I vote for convenient, tasty foods that will still wow your friends. Serve food you know your friends will love, like Tyson® Any’tizers® snacks and kid-friendly foods like Ball Park® beef hot dogs. Another great idea is using Wright® Brand Bacon as a snack hack.
What’s a snack hack? It’s taking a favorite food or recipe and making a change that takes it from ordinary to WOW!
Think of your favorite appetizer recipe. Now think of it with bacon. I think most of us can agree that just about any snack can be hacked with bacon, and Wright Brand Bacon is the best bacon to use for a snack hack!
- It’s thick, hand-crafted bacon that’s hand-selected and hand-trimmed.
- It features Best Cuts for premium meat.
- “Always” thicker, heartier slices.
My latest snack hack involved taking my Mexican Street Corn Dip recipe to the next level with bacon.
First of all, the original dip is delicious. It takes everything tasty about Mexican street corn and makes it easier to eat. It’s creamy, tangy and just a tiny bit spicy. It also adds tortilla chips, which is never a bad thing!
Adding bacon to my Mexican Street Corn Dip puts it into “amazing” status. Putting thick, premium Wright brand bacon on this dip launches it into the “to die for” category. I’m not kidding. Everyone homegating with you is going to love this recipe!
Mexican Street Corn Dip recipe with crisp bacon
Mexican Street Corn dip recipe ingredients:
- 6 slices of Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon, cooked and roughly crumbled
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 3 15 ounce cans corn, drained
- 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
- 4 tablespoons Cojita cheese, crumbled
- 4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
- ½ teaspoon chili powder
- 1 clove garlic, pressed
- Juice of 1-2 limes
- Salt and pepper to taste
Mexican Street Corn Dip recipe directions
- Make sure the corn has been drained and is as dry as possible.
- Melt the butter in a large skillet over high heat. Add the corn and cook, until it starts to brown. It’s ok if a few pieces burn. Traditional street corn is charred.
- Set aside half of the crumbled Wright brand bacon, one tablespoon cilantro and one tablespoon cheese.
- Mix the remaining bacon, cheese, cilantro with the mayonnaise, chili powder, garlic and lime juice. Add the corn, stirring gently with a spatula or spoonula until the kernels are evenly coated.
- Stir in salt and pepper to taste.
- Top with the remaining crumbled bacon, then garnish with cilantro and cheese.
The Mexican Street Corn Dip with bacon can be served hot or cold. Here’s how:
- Serve immediately while the dip is hot from the cooked corn.
- OR pop it in the fridge until it’s chilled, then serve it cold.
Pin the recipe on Pinterest to save it or share it with others!
However you decide to present it to your guests, be sure to serve it with lots of tortilla chips. I also like to put out a big bowl of salsa. Believe me that dip will disappear shortly after you put it on the buffet, so it’s nice to have salsa left for the remaining chips!
Print the Mexican Street Corn Dip recipe here:
Nutrition Information: Yield: 10 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217 Total Fat: 10g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 14mg Sodium: 154mg Carbohydrates: 32g Fiber: 4g Sugar: 9g Protein: 6g