The game is on, the beers are served, the burgers are hot... and the vegetarians are hungry. It happens every year, the Super Bowl rolls around and we set our tables with beef topped nachos, chili laden hot dogs, and mounds and mounds of chicken wings. The vegetarians get no love. This year make some room between those trays of chicken wings and pots of chili for some game changing vegetarian dishes: black bean cemitas, cheese jalapeno poppers, meatless meatball nachos, and more.
For some help with our menu, we turned to celebrity chef Cindi Avila. "I have had carnivores say that food at my gatherings is some of the best they've ever had, vegetarian or not," said Avila. "People sometimes don't even notice that a certain item is vegetarian. They expect [meatless] food to be bland, but they are blown away when they realize there is just as much, if not more flavor, than meaty food."
Here, game wining vegetarian Super Bowl dishes.
This guacamole recipe is the classic, no frills, no muss. "I can never make enough guacamole," said Avila. "I go through 8-10 avocados at a party and I like to make each batch fresh so I usually will do two avocados at a time"
This recipe is just ripe ingredients, combined, and enjoyed on fresh tortilla chips. And though this is the perfect size for two to share (to ensure freshness) it's easy to scale up if and when the party grows.
Keep out of the frozen appetizers section and get a leg up on delicious finger foods with Jalapeño Tequeño Poppers! Tequeños, made of sticks of queso blanco wrapped in sweet dough and fried to a crisp, get a lift with the addition of fresh jalapeño and a new dumpling shape making an addictive and completely vegetarian pasapalo your guests will love.
A twist on a classic, this recipe uses falafel in lieu of meat or seafood. It's loaded with colorful fresh veggies like green pepper, red pepper, mushrooms, and sweet peas and mixed with filling and spicy roasted red pepper falafels.
Sometimes even vegetarians miss the meatiness of chili-topped nachos. But you can make carnivores happy with a few simple switches. "It’s easy to swap foods that contain meat and chicken," said Avila. "My favorite Super Bowl swaps include things such as beans, dips like hummus and avocado and meat-substitutes like Veggie Patch."
This recipe uses vegetarian meatballs to provide the same taste as beefy nachos but without the meat and the soggy chips chili often brings. It's a win win.
Ortega Black Bean Cemitas with Cheese and Salsa are delicious and bursting with Mexican flavor thanks to green chiles, black beans, Monterrey Jack cheese, and a chunky salsa. Just mix up the beans ahead of time and assemble on site. They'll be game ready in less than 5 minutes!