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Hi friends, happy Wednesday! Rather than show you a day of eats today, I’m giving you a recipe to hopefully inspire some of your eats!
Tailgating is the best part of football season, right? At least I think so. Especially when there are creative, yummy appetizers galore. Usually, though, it’s chicken wings, burgers, hot dogs, casseroles. All things I love, but things that my vegetarian friends can’t eat.
Since I work in the health and nutrition field, I often try to bring options that everyone can enjoy. I pretty much know the standard selections so I try to think outside the box. Many tailgate spreads are full of saturated fats and simple carbohydrates, so having alternative options is important. Who says veggies can’t be a big part of the party?! The more the merrier if you ask me.
When we watch games at home, we love having some people over and being outside as much as possible. We’ve named this “homegating.” It’s an easy, convenient way to bring the social aspect of tailgating to home. I’m sure this is what alot of people do – I just put a name to it 🙂
We don’t yet have a tv on our porch (maybe some day), but we do congregate outside around the grill while we’re doing the food prep. Usually, the party happens where ever the food is. So, we’ll be outside socializing and snacking, and once the food is done and hot off the grill, we move it inside for the game. But, food on the grill is my absolute favorite. That extra flavor you get from the grill is unmistakable, you just have to grill it to believe it.
We love dips in our house, so I wanted to create a healthier vegetarian dip option for those tailgates that usually lack them. Remember this Mexican Corn Dip? That was a hit for a while, until I came up with this option. It starts off with the typical guacamole base, and then we go rogue.
The great part about this recipe is that it can completely be made outside if you have a grill, so you don’t have to leave your “homegating” party to make it. The secret ingredient is MorningStar Farms® Spicy Black Bean Burgers, also known as America’s #1 Veggie Burger. And lucky for you, they are pretty easy to find! I found mine at my local Walmart in the frozen entree aisle. While these burgers are great on their own, I chose to get a little more creative in throwing them in a dip. If you prefer a spicier dip, I would recommend the MorningStar Farms® Buffalo Chik Patties.
How to Make Black Bean Avocado Dip
This recipe is especially great during football and tailgating season, but it is also a fantastic option for family get togethers. Best of all, MorningStar Farms products are not exclusively for vegetarians – they are great options for all to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a quick and convenient meal option, or something to reheat quickly for a meal, these burgers can apply to anyone. Each MorningStar Farms Black Bean Burger has 10 grams of protein! And, many of us can benefit from eating less meat and saturated fat.
You’ll first start by mashing your avocados, like you would guacamole. You already know this is going to turn out amazing, right? I like to add a little bit of sea salt, lime juice and pepper at this stage, but you may have your own preference. Next, add the garlic powder, paprika, red pepper and cherry tomatoes. If you have special spices you like, use those. Those are just my typical go to’s, and add an ideal flavor for a dip in my opinion.
Then you’ll mash up your cooked black bean burgers and add them to the dip. So, this dip has turned into something that is nothing like your typical guacamole. I love that it’s so flavorful and full of protein. Even Ed went up for seconds and thirds. We loved using chips, but carrots, celery and other veggies make great “dippers” too!
Requires only 4 ingredients (plus spices)
Is high in vegetarian protein
Is delicious and tasty
Versatile enough to use as a topping for sandwiches, burgers, or stand alone as a dip
Black Bean Avocado Dip
- 3 MorningStar Farms Spicy Black Bean Burgers cooked
- 2 ripe avocados
- 1/8 tsp salt
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp paprika
- ¼ cup red pepper diced
- ¼ cup cherry tomatoes diced
- 3-5 cups tortilla chips for dipping
Cook black bean burgers (about 5 minutes per side).
Mash avocados into guacamole like texture. Add in spices, red pepper and cherry tomatoes.
Cut or break black bean burgers into smaller pieces and add to the dip. Mash it all together.
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I hope you enjoy this dip and consider it for your next tailgate!
What’s your favorite tailgate food?