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This is my favorite time of year. We are huge football fans, both college and NFL. My husband and I are a split college household and spend Sunday's secretly wishing each other fails in our competing fantasy football league. Competitive spirit always makes for a good time.
We live in Tampa and happen to have an NFL stadium less than 10 minutes from our house. We are also very close to both of our favorite colleges and frequently head over for some tailgate action. With all my years of tailgate experience, the one thing I have learned is finding flexible ingredients. This is why Chili is my go-to tailgate super food.
Coke Chili. I use original Coca-Cola in place of 12oz of water and it brings out such a wonderful unique flavor. I have recently been told my Coke Chili is "on point, legit".
A great tip for all the tailgaters out there: Sam's Club now has a brand new easy order online and pickup feature. This saves so much time when it comes to prepping for the big game. You select what you want online, and it is ready for you to pick up at a specified time. Sam's now has Coca-Cola's brand new 28 packs which are perfect for any football gathering. I loved using the online order to get this product!
Coke Chili Ingredients:
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 medium diced sweet onion
1/2 cup Celery
1 Green Pepper, chopped
1 lb Ground Beef (I use a Kobe beef blend)
2 tablespoons Chili Powder
1 tablespoon Cumin
1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 cloves minced fresh garlic
2 cans tomato paste
2 cans Diced Tomatoes, green chili
2 cups water
1 can Red Beans, drained
1 can Chili Beans
1 can Coca-cola
Saute first four ingredients in a large pot until soft. Add beef and cook through. Drain the fat and return to heat. Add garlic, tomatoes, water, coke, spices, and beans. Cover and simmer about 1 hour.
Tailgate Chili Bar Necessities:
Prepare everything the night before and place in individual plastic containers for easy serving. You can make your Chili the night before and reheat in a pot on your grill on tailgate day.
French Fries (if you have a fryer at your tailgate)
Layout everything in individual bowls or plastic containers as mentioned above. It's much easier if you do the prep ahead of time and use what you store it in as a serving dish.
On game day, layout all your toppings and chili layers so your guests can build their own dream chili. Here are some of my favorites:
Chili Cheese Fries
Sam's Club and don't forget to use their easy order online and pickup feature, which will save you time to prep for the big game!