It’s officially football season in our house, and my husband couldn’t be more excited. He has been counting down the days to kickoff for a month now. A month? Do you know how annoying that is? He’d randomly come to me and say, “You know what happens in 20 days?” And I’d respond, “Twenty days? Heck, I don’t even know what’s happening today?” I’d get the you-know-what-I’m-talking-about stare and he’d respond with, “Twenty more days until the first Raven’s game!” Normal people get excited for birthdays, holidays, or cake. Not my husband; he’s indifferent to all of that, but what he does get excited about is football, and he goes all out.
We live in Baltimore, so naturally, we’re Ravens fans. Let me repeat that last tidbit… Ravens fans! We bleed purple and black, we’re dedicated to our team, we cheer our guys on, we wear jerseys for Purple Friday, and we light the city purple when our team makes it to the playoffs. We’re hardcore!
Just a word of advice, do not ever mention that team with the black and gold uniforms in a Ravens household. It will not end well, and you may even get booted out of the house like Jazzy Jeff on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Now, this doesn’t mean we can’t be friends; it just means we can’t be friends on game day. And, I may not share my nachos with you. Just sayin’.
Let me explain just how hardcore we are. Our basement is decked out in all things Ravens: signed helmets, signed footballs, framed photos of players in action, bobble heads, neon signs, game day towels, a big foam finger, and a coin counting football (don’t ask, my husband had to have it). To top it all off, we have a 7 ft. tall purple Christmas tree, adorned with purple lights, purple feather boas, and ravens ornaments. A tree, people! If that’s not hardcore, than I don’t know what is.
We like to watch football and eat finger foods, so I made loaded nachos. These aren’t just any ordinary nachos. Nope. These nachos are special. Why, you ask? Because they’re smothered with my homemade chili sauce- a recipe that I’ve perfected over the years. It’s slap-yo-momma good!
The chili sauce only takes about 30 minutes to prepare, and it’s extremely versatile. Have leftovers? Do what we do, make chili dogs. People go nuts for chili dogs. You’ll blink and the chili sauce will be gone. Pinky swear.
Wanna know the great thing about loaded nachos? You get to top them with whatever you like. The options are limitless. We like ours with chili, cheese, salsa, pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and diced tomatoes.
I haven’t even told you the best part yet. You might want to sit down for this. I top my nachos with two different types of cheese. You heard right…two! I top them with a soft queso cheese sauce and shredded cheddar. It’s cheese heaven.
I love when the chips get all soggy. I grab a fork, scoop up the chips, and shovel them into my mouth. So good!
Check out the other game day recipes:
Pre Game Warm-ups:
- Sausage Balls by My Catholic Kitchen
- Edamame Hummus by Girl in the Little Red Kitchen
- Slow Cooker Rueben Dip by The Meltaways
- Buffalo Wing Hummus by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Smokey Guacamole with Bacon by Family Spice
- Pepperoni & Mozzarella Pull Apart by In the Kitchen with KP
- Boneless Honey BBQ Chicken Wings by Juanita’s Cocina
- Candied Pecans by From Fast Food to Fresh Food
- Crispy Coconut Chicken Strips with Sweet Chili Sauce by Crispy Bits & Burnt Ends
- Swabian Mini Meatballs (Schwaebische Mini Fleischkuechle) by Galactosemia in PDX
- Joe Montana’s Touchdown Guacamole by Noshing with the Nolands
- Cheddar Cheese Jalapeno Bites by Mama.Mommy.Mom.
- Hot & Spicy Popcorn Chicken by My Trials in the Kitchen
- Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites by Family Foodie
- Soft Pretzels with Spicy Beer Cheese Sauce by girlichef
- Game Day Loaded Nachos by The Messy Baker
- Buffalo Chicken Dip by Home Cooking Memories
- Southwestern Spring Rolls by Supper for a Steal
- Pepperoni Pizza Puffs by Comfy Cuisine
- Roasted Garlic Bacon Dip with Easy Homemade Tortilla Chips by Daily Dish Recipes
- Beer Battered Spiced Sweet Potato Lentil Fritters by Sue’s Nutrition Buzz
- Indian Spiced Chicken Meatballs by Soni’s Food for Thought
- Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers by Real Best Recipe
On the Sidelines:
- Anne’s Best Potato Salad with Bacon and Peas by Webicurean
- Simple Roasted Purple Potatoes by Ruffles and Truffles
- Spicy BBQ Baked Beans by Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen
- Papa’s Potato Salad & Baked Beans by Kwistin’s Favorites
- Gluten Free Breakfast Sandwich by Cooking Underwriter
- Pollo Adobado con Papas (Adobo Chicken with Potatoes) by La Cocina de Leslie
- Poor Man’s Burrito by Shockingly Delicious
- Ham and Mushroom Handpies by Vintage Kitchen Notes
- Individual Muffuletta Sandwiches by Magnolia Days
- Far East Steak Salad by Diabetic Foodie
- Italian Sloppy Joes by The Weekend Gourmet
- Hot Chicken Chili by Momma’s Meals
- Louisiana Sloppy Joes by Sustainable Dad
- Hawaiian Chicken Wraps by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Grandpa Sal’s Sausage and Peppers by Daddy Knows Less
- Fancy Filet Chili by I Run for Wine
- Homemade Italian Sausage by The Little Ferraro Kitchen
- Jalapeno Crockpot Chili by Mama’s Blissful Bites
- Flavorful Fall Marinade by Midlife Road Trip
- Moose Chili by Mrs. Mama Hen
- Peanut Butter-Stuffed Chocolate Cookies by Chocolate Moosey
- Streusel Topped Pumpkin Bread by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Zucchini Cupcakes by In the Kitchen with Audrey
- Oven-Baked Churros by Small Wallet Big Appetite
- Swirl Nutella Cupcakes by Basic N Delicious
- Peanut Butter and Pretzel Truffles by Gotta Get Baked
From the Cooler:
- Sparkling Tropical Lemonade by Dinners. Dishes, and Desserts
- Strawberry Horchata by Damn Delicious
- MVP Bloody Mary Bar by An Appealing Plan
Wine Pairings by Wine Everyday
Don’t forget to join us on twitter at 7pm ET for some tailgating talk. Use the #SundaySupper hashtag to follow along.
Game Day Loaded Nachos
1 recipe chili sauce (recipe follows)
Queso cheese dip
1 1/2 lbs. ground beef
1 cup water
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 tbs. chili powder
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/2 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. onion powder
2 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp. corriander
1 tsp. cumin
1-8 oz. can tomato sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 tbs. worcestershire sauce
1 tbs. Franks Red Hot sauce (or Tobasco)
2 tbs. tomato paste
In a medium-sized saucepan, add all of the ingredients except for the tomato paste. Mix ingredients to combine. Simmer on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, for about 15 minutes. Add the tomato paste and simmer for another 15 minutes, or until the sauce thickens.
Preheat the broiler.
Place desired amount of chips on a heat-proof platter. Add desired amount of chili sauce, queso, and salsa. Top with a handful of cheddar cheese. Place plate on a sheet pan and under the broiler just long enough for the cheese to melt, about 2 minutes. Top nachos with pickled jalapeños, sour cream, and diced tomatoes. Enjoy!