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With March winding down, game time is heating up! The basketball season is oh so close to a close but there is still plenty of excitement left as the best of the best battle it out to see who takes home the title! In my house, this time of the year is major. As in “Don’t talk to me unless you’re talking about basketball” major. Most of you know that my oldest eats, sleeps and breaths basketball so it stands to reason that there are very few times during tournament season when the games are not on in our hose and brackets are not being filled in.
As a HUGE basketball fan myself, I know how much energy it takes to cheer on favorite teams and to help ensure that my guys don’t fade out before the final game, I’ve been coming up with game day snacks and party recipes for them to enjoy and share!
However, this year I’ve been thinking outside of the box (so to speak) when it comes to their game time treats. Now let me start by saying that in our home, tournament time goes hand in hand with loaded nachos. It’s just one of those things we always have! But this year I wanted to take our nachos to a whole new taste level. And when I was recently at Target picking up some of our other essentials, I got an idea that allowed me to do just that! You see, with Cheez-It Grooves I have the perfect base for delicious loaded nachos. But even better, I have the added cheese flavor that we all know and love in a cracker that is taking our game day snacking to a whole new level!
After discovering the Cheez-It Grooves and deciding on the original cheddar flavor for my game time creation, I couldn’t help but add our classic traditional Cheez-It snack to the cart and since I was feeling wild and crazy, I picked up the perfectly sized Cheez-It Crunch’d puffs too! With plenty of cheesy flavor to make our game days memorable, I headed home to get to work on the ultimate tournament time snack!
Once I arrived home and put way the groceries, I happened to look at the clock and see that a game was starting soon. Determined that not one more game would go by without something amazing to snack on, I set to work creating the perfect game time nachos!
What You Will Need:
Cheez-It Grooves in Original Cheddar
1/2 Pound of Lean Hamburger Meal
1 Packet of Taco Seasoning
How to Make It:
I started by spreading out my Cheez-It Grooves on a plate. Now, I wanted to make sure that every single Cheez-It Grooves that was picked up had plenty of toppings on it so I tried super hard to spread them out well.
Once I had the base on my nachos on my plate with the Cheez-It Grooves, I cooked and drained my hamburger meat. Then I mixed in three fourths of a cup of water and my taco seasoning and let it simmer down. Once my meat topping was ready, I spooned it over the top of my Cheez-It Grooves.
While my meat was piping hot, I moved onto my next step – sprinkling my shredded cheese on! It was important that the meat was warm enough to melt my cheese to turn this into ooey gooey nachos that no one could resist!
With my cheese melting perfectly, all that was left to do was add my toppings to make these nachos truly tournament worthy! I started by sprinkling on my onions for a burst of flavor.
Next, I added my tomatoes for color and texture.
Thrilled with the way my loaded nachos were looking, I topped them off with delicious ripe avocado cubes and a dollop of cool sour cream.
There was no way to describe my dish except to say that it was perfection! It rivaled any loaded nachos I had made before and I knew without a doubt that the crunch of the Cheez-It Grooves was seriously going to take this dish to the next level.
With my Cheez-It Grooves Loaded Nachos ready for game time, I added my traditional Cheez-It’s and my Cheez-It Crunch’d Puffs to my bowls and placed them on the side, ensuring that there was plenty of food to get us all to the final buzzer.
Then all that was left to do was turn on the games, dig in and enjoy the celebration!
As we took the first bit of our flavorful dish, we all agreed that nachos had never been this amazing! The bold taste of the Cheez-It Grooves totally took this game time must-have to an out of this world level! And when paired with our other favorite Cheez-It snacks, it ensured that our game day food was as satisfying as our favorite team’s win!
Now, no matter which team takes home the title, I know that we have a new favorite game time dish that is beyond compare! And as we finish out the tournament in the coming weeks, I am sure it will be making repeat appearances as we cheer for great shots, memorable moments and above all unforgettable food!
If you’re ready to create a winning game time snack in your home, you’re ready for Cheez-It Loaded Nachos! And guess what? Cheez-Its are on sale for 3/$8 at Target. Even better, you can use Target’s Cartwheel app to save an additional 35% off of this sale price when you buy 3 varieties of Cheez-Its. Be sure to feature them at your next game day celebration and you’re sure to be a winner!
But wait! Do you want a chance to win even more than the title of best nacho maker ever? If so, don’t miss out on the Most Valuable Cheese Contest! It’s taking place from now until April 2015 and you can win big by voting for your favorite flavors/varieties from six popular Cheez-It flavors and playing games! For your chance at the $10,000 prize, be sure to enter to Most Valuable Cheese Contest today!
So don’t wait! Snack big! Win big! Celebrate big! Just be sure to do it with Cheez-It!
Tell me, what toppings would you add to your Cheez-It Grooves Nachos?