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My love of snacking that has existed since I was a little girl has carried on into my grown-up-hood. I love to plan snacks, make snacks and eat snacks and I especially like to make them while my family and I watch any kind of sporting event. There's just something about sports games that just screams "snack time!" and I love it. I think that's probably why so many people are searching for snack ideas during game season. Ahhhh, it all makes sense to me now...
So, in our house we have a lot of sandwiches for lunch. We like sandwiches a lot. But, sometimes when we want something different and something quick, I will grab my favorite snack, make a dipping sauce or a side dish to go along with it and have them for lunch while we watch "the big game" (whatever the big game is at that time!) This time, I decided to make a yummy Chipotle Cheese dipping sauce to go along with our Delimex Taquitos and a fresh corn salad that I had picked up at Walmart earlier in the week. You know how I love my cheese sauces, don't you? I'm a cheese sauce queen.
While I was scanning the frozen snack aisle in Walmart I also spotted some Delimex Beef Tamales! They also make great quick lunches and snacks! Yummm. One of my hubby's favorites, so I've gotta have them on hand.
Plus, right now there's a coupon you can print where you can save $1 off two Delimex products (It's valid from March 9th, 2015 through April 7th, 2015 -- expires on May 4th).
In my opinion, any good recipe starts off with a medley of beautiful vegetables, (like the one above!) Unfortunately, there are no stands selling fresh corn right now, so I did have to use canned corn. But, as soon as the fresh corn is out... it's on.
For my zesty corn salad, I minced up my veggies into small little chunks. No one (in my family) wants to get a giant mouthful of jalapeño peppers. I made sure to really scrape out the inside of the jalapeño so it wouldn't be too spicy. The children in this family are pretty sensitive to heat.
How beautiful is that? I love the bright colors! It's a big bowl of springy goodness. Plus, my bowl matches perfectly. Look at that!
Now, onto the cheese sauce! It doesn't look too pretty at first... But, trust me... After this gloopy bowl of goo is all melted down and hot, it will be perfect.
See? Perfection in a bowl. I topped mine with a little crumbled queso fresco because I just really, really wanted to. Don't ask me why... it was just calling my name. It ended up being a pretty little topper and it gave the cheese sauce a little texture, which I liked!
My husband found that the cheese sauce and corn salsa both made delicious toppings to the Delimex Taquitos. He smothered them in both and it looked really delicious! Of course you're welcome to eat the corn salsa on the side. I won't judge you and neither will he... I promise. So, next time you're looking for something yummy to make while you're watching the next big game, I hope you'll remember these yummy little ideas.
What do you like to eat while you're watching your favorite sporting event?
Zesty Corn Salad:
- 2 (15 ounce) cans whole kernel yellow corn
- 1 red bell pepper, minced
- 1 jalapeño, halved, deseeded & minced
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- Salt & pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and combine. Season with salt and pepper until desired taste is achieved. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Chipotle Cheese Dipping Sauce:
- 2 cups shredded mild cheddar cheese
- 1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 3/4 cup half & half
- 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
- *Optional queso fresco to top
Place all ingredients in a double boiler over medium-high heat. Use a spatula to stir until cheese has melted completely, about 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.
You can reheat the sauce by adding in a little half and half and microwaving at 30-second intervals, stirring in-between.