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As football season is in full swing and our favorite teams make their final push towards playoffs, we’re gearing up for a whole bunch of homegating and tailgating fun! Today we’re sharing how we prepare for homgating parties and we’re also sharing an easy spicy bacon ranch dip recipe to serve along with chips or veggies! Check out these tips to help you prepare for your next tailgating or homegating party.
Homegating Party Essentials
Whether you’re tailgating or homegating, you’ll want a few essentials at the ready. Here are a few football game time party supplies I keep on hand for our weekend gatherings. There are three basics to hosting a homegating party.
- Decorations & Tableware
- Food & Drinks
- Party Game(s)
Tableware & Decorations
- Table cloth
- Plates, cups, napkins, silverware
- Football themed decorations
Football Party Foods
The time of year will make a difference in some of the dishes you serve at your party. Early in the season you may want grilled dishes, later in the season you may want more comfort type food dishes that you can make indoors, of course depending on where you live as well. Here in New England you won’t find us grilling in December, but these are a couple of party foods that we like to have at our football gatherings.
- Hot BBQ Drumsticks
- Pulled Pork Potato Skins
- Baked Tortilla Chips
- Drinks of choice, whatever your crew likes
Today, we’re making a delicious spicy bacon ranch dip recipe that is perfect to pair with chips, veggies, chicken and more! This flavor packed bacon ranch dip appetizer recipe is simple, delicious and of course features our favorite all purpose hot sauce, El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero Hot Sauce. We’re serving this dip with our easy tortilla chips.
Spicy Bacon Ranch Dip Recipe
This flavorful spicy bacon ranch dip is perfect to pair with tortilla chips, potato chips, chicken wings or anything else you love to eat with ranch dip! I love dipping french fries too, some say that’s weird – I say whatever! Serve this dip with a platter of all your favorite dipping foods and everyone at your football party will have something to munch on.
- 1/3 cup cooked and chopped bacon
- 1/3 cup diced tomatoes
- 1 packet ranch seasoning mix
- 2 tbs El Yucateco® Red Chile Habanero Sauce
- 16 oz sour cream
Stir together sour cream and ranch seasoning mix.
For the hot sauce, we’re using the El Yucateco® Red Habanero hot sauce. You can use the El Yucateco® Green Chile Habanero or El Yucateco® Black Label Reserve instead, it all depends on how much heat and the flavor you’re looking for. Try them all, they each have an awesome unique flavor that stands out in any dish.
The El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce is the perfect all purpose sauce that we love to use in a variety of dishes. The Green Habanero Hot Sauce packs more heat and the Black Label Reserve Hot Sauce stands out from the others with a unique earthy smokey flavor. It’s really up to you, but we love the El Yucateco® Red Habanero Hot Sauce.
So choose stir in your El Yucateco® Hot Sauce.
Stir in diced the tomatoes.
Stir in the bacon pieces, reserving some to sprinkle on top.
Serve with a platter of these fresh baked tortilla chips. veggies, chicken wings or whatever else you might be serving at your homegating or tailgating party.
See, this dip is super easy and the El Yucateco® Hot Sauce adds so much awesome flavor, it takes this dip from an ordinary bacon ranch dip to an extraordinary, wow dip! It’s a whole lot of flavor and spicy kick from a little bottle!
Homegating Football Party Game
No homegating party is complete without a game to keep things interesting. Here’s a little game that’s fun to play with your family and friends. While you’re all sitting around watching football and chowing down on delicious foods – this game fits right in.
- At the beginning of the game the Keyword will be chosen. This could be anything from a players name to the word “touchdown!”
- Once a word is chosen, no one can say that word without being penalized.
- If someone says the word they get a penalty
- The penalty: you can’t have another chip until the next first down
This game is easily adaptable, you can change the penalty to drink, or next touchdown – you can make the game fit your party. It’s a fun game, especially when a couple of people get a penalty! Make sure you don’t yell “Hey you said Touchdown!” or you’ll be penalized, too!
So before the next football game rolls around, head to Walmart and grab a few bottles of the #1 authentic habanero hot sauce and #1 consumer choice, El Yucateco®, and the ingredients to make this easy bacon ranch dip. Your guests will thank you! El Yucateco® habaneros are hand picked from their own fields. El Yucateco® sauces are handcrafted to deliver rich flavor with just the right amount of heat. Delish!
Learn how to make your own easy baked tortilla chips!
How do you prepare for you tailgating and homegating parties?