Big Flavor Taco Boats Two Ways: Buffalo Chicken Salad and Churro Ice Cream Sundaes
This post is sponsored by General Mills but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
With a little help from Old El Paso and Wal Mart, impress everyone at your next party with these delicious and easy taco bowl recipes. The first, a spicy buffalo chicken salad- a fun twist on the much loved buffalo chicken wing. And, second, sweet and sugary churro taco boats- cute little edible bowls perfect for ice cream sundaes.
I was born and raised in a football loving family. Both sides of my family love to watch, love to play and love to bet against each other on whose team will win... I guess you could say that football is kinda a big deal around my house both now, and as a kid.
I have many memories of squeezing in on the couch with family members while the men screamed at the television and the women prepared the food. Some things have changed, some things have not, but one thing that will always remain when football comes around: everyones love of food.
In fact, the food has always been my favorite part about football season.
So, while I was shopping at Wal-Mart the other afternoon buying shoes for Octavian (they have the best slip-on neutral sneakers), I also hit the food section to prepare myself for upcoming games. Um, you guys, I hit the Game Day finger food JACKPOT!
I discovered Old El Paso Taco Boats. I am obsessed.
You guys, I am not exaggerating, these taco boats are my new favorite party food must-have! Coming in regular flour and whole wheat (yay!), these little boats are great for just about anything and everything you can think of. Wal-Mart and Old El Paso have always been my go-to for football prep, but these taco bowls seal the deal! With football season here and the parties just getting started, I knew I was going to need a lot of taco boats. So, I stocked up. Obviously.
I arrived home, unloaded by bags and bags of taco boats and then had to make a decision on what to make first.
This was a really hard decision. I seriously wanted to make a million things at once; things like 7 layer Dip Taco Boats, Honey Lime Chicken Taco Boat Salads, Taco Boat Pudding Cups...
However, for today, I wanted to make something with BIG BOLD flavor. I decided on Spicy Buffalo Chicken Salad Taco Boats and Churro Taco Boat Ice Cream Sundaes- I couldn't decide on one, so I made both. Besides, you can't celebrate Game Day without something spicy and something sweet.
Ok, I guess you could, but it would be way less fun.
Buffalo chicken wings are a quintessential Game Day or party food. Wings are easy to eat, taste delicious and don't break the bank to buy in bulk. However, chicken wings are also heavy and well, that's all they are, just chicken wings. Being the veggie lover that I am, chicken wings always leave me begging for some greens.
My solution, thanks to Old El Paso Taco Boats, are Buffalo Chicken Salad Boats. These perfect little salads are delicious, miniature versions of one of my favorite salads and practically beg your family and friends to gather, eat and enjoy the game.
My favorite part about these Buffalo Chicken Salad Taco Boats (aside from how delicious they are) is how easy they are to prepare. So easy that you can prepare everything ahead of time and fill them up just before the game. They also require no maintenance. Simply build your boats, lay them out on your table and walk away.
They will be gone in no time. I swear. My husband may have eaten 5 in one sitting.
Buffalo Chicken Salad Taco Boats
Prep Time: 10 minutes / Cook Time: 45 minutes / Total Time: 1 hour
Yield: at least 16-24 taco boats
Old El Paso Whole Wheat Taco Boats (2-3 packages, or more!)
2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
1-2 bottles buffalo or wing sauce (use your fav)
1 head romaine lettuce, finely chopped
10 ounces cabbage, chopped
1 cup purple cabbage, chopped
1 small bunch cilantro, chopped
1 cup matchstick carrots
4 stalks celery, chopped
1/3 cup green onion, chopped
Corn from 2 ears of sweet corn
Feta or blue cheese crumbles (optional)
Blue cheese or Ranch dressing (for topping)
Place chicken and 1 cup buffalo wing sauce in a large zip lock bag. Allow chicken to marinate for at least 15 minutes to bring chicken to room temperature before grilling. Longer marinating time is always a good idea- in that case, however, make sure to keep chicken refrigerated until ready to use.
While chicken marinates prepare the salad ingredients. Toss everything together in a large bowl except for the feta or blue cheese and salad dressing. Set aside.
Preheat grill to high heat. When grill is hot add chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Reduce heat to low and continue to cook until chicken is cooked through with an internal temperature of 155 degrees F (of course, stovetop or baked chicken will also be delicious, so don't feel obligated to grill).
Remove chicken from the grill and allow chicken to rest for 5 minutes before chopping into small pieces. Toss with additional buffalo sauce and set aside.
Build your salad boats. It's easiest to lay out each whole wheat taco boat and fill each with salad before topping with chicken (the game is on! efficiency is key). Once all boats are filled with salad, sprinkle with crumbled blue cheese or feta cheese (if desired) and top with a spoonful of chicken (although, at this point, hands are easiest). Finally, drizzle with your favorite dressing (ranch or blue cheese is recommended) and a little more buffalo sauce and you're done!
*Store leftover salad in a ziplock bag for 3-4 days- it makes the easiest leftovers!
*The Old El Paso Taco Boats hold up much better than I expected and these little salad boats can be eaten without utensils if desired #winning
By this point everyone is good and full, piled on the sofa and a few drinks deep (21 and older please!). A couple family members in particular are getting so loud that, as a small child, you think you feel the house shake.
At least that's how football was at my house. Nothing has changed (except now I am 21+).
My solution for football madness is dessert. It brings everyone to the same level- the kids get hyper(er) and the screaming adults get quieter, at least for a minute as the sweet stuff distracts them. What better way to celebrate football and family then with ice cream. I mean, seriously, every one loves ice cream, right? And, now you can make ice cream even better with Old El Paso (CHURRO) Taco Boats.
All you need to make these delicious and colorful Churro Boat Sundaes are,
Old El Paso Taco Boats- flour or whole wheat
and...ALL THE TOPPINGS
But, toppings aside, these delicious edible bowls could not be easier to make! Slap on some melted butter, sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon and bake for 10 minutes. What you get are dessert taco bowls that taste like a churro. You're welcome :)
Now, you can go as wild and crazy as you want with the toppings. But I HIGHLY recommend that you go a little crazy. It's for football, remember?
Easy Churro Taco Boat Sundae
Prep Time: 15 minutes / Cook Time: 10 minutes / Total Time: 25 minutes
Yield: 8 churro taco boats (double recipe as needed)
1 package (8 boats) Old El Paso Taco Boats
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1/2 granulated sugar
1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
Fresh fruit- strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, banana
Candy bar pieces
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a small bowl mix together sugar and cinnamon and transfer to a large shallow dish or bowl.
Using a pastry brush, gently brush a thin layer of melted butter over the surface of the entire taco boat. Immediately sprinkle with the cinnamon sugar mixture until fully coated, dusting away any excess. Carefully transfer to prepared baking sheet.
Repeat for all taco boat shells.
Bake for approximately 10 minutes or until just starting to turn golden. Remove from oven and allow them to cool before serving. Create a sundae bar and top each boat with all your favorite toppings!
*Too much butter or sugar can create a soggy boat, so take care not to drown them in butter :)
*Your churro taco boats will come out of the oven warm and pliable, but will quickly harden into a sturdy shell as it cools. If the sides of your boats drooped while baking, you can mold them back upright while they are still warm.
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