Welcome to Foxes Love Lemons’ WEEK OF DIPS! I’m bringing you all sorts of dippin’ goodness so you can find a recipe your party crowd will love for the big game!
We’re still in the prime snacking season of the year. New Year’s Day (the ultimate snacking day in my household) has come and gone, with pulled pork nachos and Asian-style chicken wings being our snacks/meals of choice. Oscar night is on the horizon next month, which calls for elegant snacks to complement the fancy evening gowns on television. And the big game is next weekend! Some say that the food for this event is their favorite part (more so than the game itself), and I couldn’t agree more.
While many people automatically stock their coolers with beer for the big game, I sometimes get a little tired of beer, and reach for wine instead. I love that the Gallo Family Vineyards website offers food pairing notes for each of its wines. It makes it so simple to pick a wine based on whatever food you might be serving at your party!
This spicy bean & chorizo dip is inspired by an appetizer at one of my favorite restaurants in town. It calls for only five ingredients (although, you can also add the optional toppings if you’re feeling fancy). It takes only a few minutes to prep the ingredients and stir together, and then it just simmers away on the stove until it is nice and thick and delicious. The spicy chorizo and tangy tomatillo salsa flavors the stewed beans. A little lime juice for brightness and sour cream for richness is stirred in right at the end.
Based on the food pairing notes for Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato (“The honeyed sweetness is a wonderful contrast to spicy Asian take-out or Mexican dishes, and complements everyday desserts”), I thought it would be the perfect complement to this spicy dip. I was right, and the hot spicy dip paired with the cold sweet wine was a match made in football-watching heaven!
Be sure to stock your bar with Gallo Family Vineyards wine for your game-watching party. Find a local retailer here, and connect with Gallo Family Vineyards on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.
Bean & Chorizo Dip
- 3/4 pound chorizo sausage, casings removed, crumbled
- 2 cans (15 ounces each) pinto beans (do not drain)
- 1 jar (16 ounces) tomatillo salsa
- Juice of 1 lime
- 2 tablespoons sour cream
- Toppings (optional): crumbled queso fresco, chopped fresh cilantro, chopped white onion, hot sauce
- Tortilla chips for serving
- In medium saucepot, cook chorizo over medium-high heat 6 to 8 minutes or until cooked through and browned.
- Add beans and salsa; heat to boiling. Reduce heat to medium; simmer 30 minutes or until very thick, stirring occasionally. About halfway through simmering time, coarsely mash some of the beans with a potato masher.
- Stir in lime juice and sour cream. Serve warm with desired toppings, and tortilla chips.
Other dip recipes for the big game:
- Roasted Garlic & Almond Dip
- Burrata with Grilled Red Pepper Dip
- Sweet ‘n Spicy Black Bean Dip
- Country Ranch Hummus
- Roasted Red Pepper & Onion Guacamole
- Lightened-Up Buffalo Chicken Dip
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