If truth be told, there are only two Super Bowls from over the years that I really remember. The first is the 1985 Super Bowl with the Super Bowl Shuffle Chicago Bears vs. the New England Patriots. The Bear’s song would have been enough to capture my 4th grade self’s attention and awe. But, it seems that I was also looking for a way to wage a small rebellion against my dad.
You see, I grew up in Wisconsin and there were few things that would rile my dad up like a Packers Game would. The Packers were pretty bad back then and I could not understand why he would want to root for a losing team. So, I chose the Bears as my team. If you know any Packer fans from the ’80s, you can appreciate how much this irked my dad. I ate it up. At some point during the season, I actually started paying attention to the games and understanding the rules. By the time the Super Bowl came around, much to my father’s chagrin, I was pretty invested.
The second Super Bowl I remember was in 1997. By this point I had changed my tune, left the Bears behind and embraced my roots (I know, fair-weather fan). I was ready to cheer the Packers onto victory against the New England Patriots (Sorry, Patriots fans). I even called my dad to share the good news! I doned my green and gold. I hung a sheet I’d spray painted announcing my allegience to Wisconsin outside the house. I invited all my friends and passed around enough plates of Wisconsin cheese and sausage to make my dad proud. I was all in.
I remember the fun of getting behind a team and going a little over the top with it. But, the real reason I remember this game has nothing to do with football. It has to do with the tall, thin, bearded fellow who walked into the party with no interest what-so-ever in the Packers. This year, we’ll be watching our 17th Super Bowl together (everyone now… Aww!)
So, yes, the Super Bowl holds a special place in my heart. Plus, it gives me something to look forward to in the dead of winter. It’s a reason to chill out with friends. It still gives me something to talk about with my dad. And, increasingly, it’s a reason to take snacking to a higher level.
Whether your a football fan or not, don’t be shy – make some memories during the Super Bowl this year.
1 bag local La Perla tortilla chips
Mississippi Market Made chorizo
1/2 can organic black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4 cup local Snappy Dog or Salsa Lisa salsa
local Fancy Brand cheddar cheese, shredded
local Chippewa Valley habañero jack cheese, shredded
local Organic Valley sour cream (optional)
- Arrange the tortilla chips on 1-2 rimmed baking sheets in a single layer.
- Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add bite-sized pieces of chorizo.
- Cook chorizo until browned and thoroughly cooked. Drain any fat off with a slotted spoon. Sprinkle the chorizo over the chips.
- Stir together black beans with salsa and spoon over chips.
- Generously distribute the shredded cheeses over the chips, chorizo and beans.
- Broil the nachos for just a few minutes, until cheese is melted and slightly browned (watch these closely!).
- Serve nachos immediately with cool sour cream and extra salsa for dipping.
Cooking Tip: You can prepare a single-serving of these nachos in a toaster oven !