Friday, January 30, 2015

Football Fiesta

Come Sundays (and Monday night and Thursday night for that matter) in the Fall you will always find a football game on in our house. Most likely it is the Patriots, my hubby's favorite. I don't complain because Tom Brady is pretty dreamy (Deflate-gate or not!) Now that the Patriots have ended up in the Super Bowl we are all excited here. To celebrate the big game I have decided to post this tasty concoction. Perfect for the kids and football lover in your life.

I found a version of this recipe a few years back. This meal has been a family favorite. The kiddos always clean their plates when I serve it up to them and that makes it a winner! To celebrate my baby daddy's team making it to the playoffs I made this tasty meal for him, but added a little something special to it. Go Patriots! (Or if you prefer Go Sea Chickens!)

(I never thought that guacamole could be used as a canvas with sour cream as my paint. There are many possibilities for this artistic combo. You could make this in a spring form pan and build it up, frost it with some guac and write Happy B-Day or something on the top: Fiesta Cake.)


1 Medium Onion, Chopped
1Medium Green Pepper, Chopped
1 Teaspoon ground Cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Pepper
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
1 Pound Ground Beef
1 Can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
14 OZ Vegetable Broth (about 2 cups)
1 cup Frozen Corn, thawed

4-5 Flour Tortillas
1 cup Shredded Cheese

1 cup Guacamole (I could give you a recipe but, honestly, I don't have one yet. its so easy to buy it at the market now. I'm going to work on this though...stay posted.)
1/4 cup of Sour Cream


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Dice the onion and green pepper. Mince your garlic.

In a large skillet sauté the onion, green pepper, cumin, and pepper in oil until the veggies are tender. Add garlic and cook for another minute. Add ground beef and cook until browned. Drain the fat from the pan.

Next add beans and broth. Cook the mixture until the liquid is reduced to about 1/3 cup. Stir in corn and remove from heat.

Place a tortilla on the bottom of your baking dish (you may need to cut it to fit the bottom of the pan.) Layer on about 1 1/2 cups of the meat mixture with 1/4 cup of cheese. Repeat layers until you get to the top of your dish. Sprinkle the top layer with some cheese and pop it into the preheated oven. Bake for 15-20 minutes.

Remove dish from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes. Spread the top with the guacamole. 


Now comes the artistic portion of the program...

Scoop sour cream into a baggie and cut a very small sliver from one of the corners. Now carefully pipe lines onto the top of the guacamole to resemble a football field (please note that I said "resemble.") Adding a few decorations helps to overcome the possible lack of Martha Stewart perfection. I used small skewers and pipe cleaners to create the goal posts. And I randomly had a football sticker from some past crafting project.

I used my computer to add on the Patriots flair but in past versions I simply printed out the team names and places right on top of the guac. It worked great but maybe you have another idea...

Enjoy the game!!