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Loaded Nachos Served In A Football Is This Year’s CLUTCH Game Day Snack Recipe


Chips and dip are the snack everyone mindlessly munches on during the big game. Whether you’re watching the commercials or standing around catching up with friends, chances are you’ve got at least a few of these on your plate.

That ubiquity comes with a price, though, as these are often just put together with store-bought cheese sauce or dip that can be heated at the last minute. Going the extra mile to make your own cheese sauce, salsa, and meat to pile on top, and THEN serving that in a halved football? As Cris Collinsworth would say, here’s a sign that a true gourmet is running the snack show.

These Loaded Football Nachos are the snack that will wake people up out of their grazing in a momentary pause of “WOW, that’s amazing!” They’re stacked with a custom cheese sauce, Hansen’s Root Beer-marinated steak, and a mango-pineapple salsa infused with Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda syrup.

All of these ingredients combine for hits of sweet, savory, spicy, tangy, and acidic that create an orchestra of flavors that’ll have the entire football shell it’s served in empty by halftime.

Forget your favorite team taking home the Vince Lombardi Trophy. Getting everyone to ask you for this recipe and to make it again next year will be the real win come game day.

To make these Loaded Football Nachos, peep the recipe below.

Ingredients:

1 Pound Skirt Steak

1 Can of Hansen’s Root Beer Soda

1 Bunch Large Mexican Green Onion greens and bulbs divided

½ Cup Ketchup

2 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce

1 Tbsp minced Fresh Garlic

 

For the Cheese Sauce:

2 Tbsp Butter

2 Tbsp Flour

1 Cup Milk

1 1/2 Cup Mexican Style Shredded Cheese

 

For the Nachos:

2 Roma tomatoes, diced

1 Can Sliced Black Olives

1/2 Bunch Cilantro, chopped

1 Can Black Beans  

1 Bag Round Style Restaurant Tortilla Chips

Sour Cream

 

1 Football (Composite)

 

For the Mango Pineapple Salsa:

1 Pineapple, ¼” cube

1 Mango, ¼” cube

3 Cans Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda

1 Orange Bell Pepper, diced

1 Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Jalapenos, diced with seeds removed

⅓ Cup diced Red Onion

½ Cup Lime Juice

½ Bunch Cilantro, chopped

Salt (To Taste)

Directions:

Step 1:

Combine thinly sliced green onion bulbs, Hansen’s Root Beer Soda, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic for the meat marinade. Marinate meat for 12-24 hours for best results.

Step 2:

In a small saucepan over medium heat, add butter and flour, and whisk together until combined. Continue whisking while slowly adding milk. Once mixture comes to a simmer, turn off the heat and incorporate cheese until melted.

Step 3:

In a large skillet, lightly oil pan and set the temperature to high. Drain marinade from meat and reserve for later use. Once pan is hot, sear both sides of the meat. Pour some of the reserved marinade in on the seared meat. Cook meat on both sides, and once the liquid is evaporated, remove meat and cut into small pieces.

Step 4:

For the Mango Pineapple salsa, pour Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda in a small pot and reduce half the volume to make a soda syrup. Set aside to cool.

Step 5:

Combine cooled soda syrup, lime juice, red and orange peppers, pineapple, mango, jalapeno and cilantro. Let rest in a refrigerator for 2 hours, drain excess liquid.

Step 6:

Time to cut your football in half! Using a box cutter, x-acto, or utility knife, carefully cut the the football in half along the seam. Remove rubber lining.

Step 7:

Assemble the nachos! Line the football with parchment paper. Layer the chips, cheese, steak, warmed black beans, diced tomatoes, thinly sliced green onion stalks, black olives and chopped cilantro inside the half cut football. Repeat this process until all ingredients are used, put as much sour cream as you want on top, and serve!


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Famed Quesadilla Maker All Flavor No Grease Will Debut New Food At This Festival

All Flavor No Grease has become a household name to foodies in Southern California. Although there’s a slight kitschiness to the name, the hype around one of Los Angeles’ premiere quesadilla makers is reaching monumental heights.   

What started out as a small quesadilla operation in the front yard of a house in Watts, California, has grown into a booming food truck business, specializing in ultra savory shrimp, steak and chicken quesadillas, thanks in part to more than 100K Instagram followers, a community of die-hard fans willing to wait hours for a taste, and – of course – delicious food.

Now, as All Flavor No Grease prepares for two upcoming food festivals, Hansen’s Natural Sodas Fresh Coat Mural Fest on Saturday, Oct. 7 and OOZEFEST 3 on Saturday Oct. 14, LA’s famed purveyor of quesadillas is making something that’s never been on the All Flavor No Grease menu — and never will be again.

The Flava Bomb, an original one-time only AFNG creation starts with a flour tortilla, filled with a three cheese blend of Colby Jack, cheddar, and mozzarella, then stuffed with steak and bacon. The final result is the equivalent to a money bag emoji of savory, crispy decadence that provides a seemingly endless cheese pull.  

“The next time I make this, it will be for my family,” Keith Garret, owner and operator of AFNG explained to FOODBEAST.

This melty, cheesy and crispy creation is exclusive to Hansen’s Natural Sodas Fresh Coat Mural Fest, at The Container Yard in DTLA’s Arts District, and OOZEFEST 3 at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana, Calif.

If you’re already salivating — there’s still time to plan ahead and get yourself a spot in line — you won’t find it anywhere else.    

Photos by Evan Lancaster


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Ever Had A Cheesy Dumpling? This Food Truck Is Making It Reality

The Mad Dumplings Food Truck has attracted large crowds thanks in part to a robust menu of Asian-inspired dishes like Longanisa Dumpling with pork belly – a sweet, succulent longanisa sausage dumpling, topped with a sliver of grilled, marinated pork belly and a fresh strip of jalapeño.

Mad Dumplings has been gearing up for two major upcoming October food festivals, equipped with a Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Cheesy Dumpling that will give you serious FOMO if you happen to miss it.  

Starting with pan-fried cilantro and jalapeño, these four-cheese shrimp and pork dumplings are cooked and then topped with shredded melted Monterey Jack cheese – in case there wasn’t enough cheese on here.

On October 7 you’ll find Mad Dumplings serving up their exclusive Shrimp and Pork Stuffed Four Cheesy Dumpling at the Fresh Coat Mural Festival in DTLA’s Arts District, presented by Hansen’s Natural Sodas.

However, if that’s out of your way, there’s still one more chance to lock down this cheesy combination at Oozefest III – Foodbeast’s 3rd Annual Cheesy Food Festival, on Oct. 14 at the MainPlace Mall in Santa Ana.  

Get these cheesy dumplings while you can!


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Take BBQ To The Next Level With This Massive Root Beer Glazed Pulled Pork Hot Pokket

Mess Hall Canteen is like a rolling fortress, serving hungry meat-lovers across Southern California.

Now, Mess Hall is gearing up for one of its most rigorous battles yet – Hansen’s Fresh Coat Mural Fest happening in DTLA’s Arts District on October 7.

Later, Mess Hall will be slinging at OOZEFEST 3, FOODBEAST’s third annual premiere Southern California Cheese Festival on October 14.

However, don’t think for one second that Mess Hall isn’t bringing heavy artillery to these culinary showdowns. If there’s one thing you should know about the purveyors of Giant BBQ Meat Shanks, it’s that they nothing they do is small.

So, in true oozey fashion, Mess Hall has reimagined a Hot Pocket, but in the cheesiest way possible.

Mess Hall’s Hansen’s Natural Soda Root Beer Glaze Hot Pokket is stuffed with Hansen’s root beer glazed pulled pork, aligot potatoes, and pickled cherries all stuffed inside a deep fried dough roll.

 

To make this dish even more unique, Mess Hall is serving it with a side of Hansen’s root beer glaze to dip in.

So, if you’re ready to battle with Mess Hall, we’ll see you at Hansen’s Fresh Coat Mural Fest, and OOZEFEST 3!  


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Check Out This Spanish Twist On The Classic Egg & Chorizo Sandwich

The Tumaca Truck is known for its authentic, Spanish-style food from one of the most popular regions in the world.

For the Tumaca Truck, the phrase, “happy food from Barcelona,” is an endearing motto, and a fact of life, as these purveyors of delicious items like Catalan sausage and Spanish serrano ham never seem to disappoint.

 

If you’ve never stopped by the Tumaca Truck, Hansen’s Natural Soda is giving you an exclusive opportunity to check them out on October 7 at Fresh Coat Mural Festival in DTLA’s Arts District.

If that doesn’t work for your schedule, the Tumaca Truck will also be at FOODBEAST’s third annual OOZEFEST, an all-you-can-eat and all-you-can-drink cheese festival in Santa Ana, California on October 14.  

At both events, you’ll be able to try one of the most famous items on Tumaca’s menu, the Eggs & Chorizo served on a toasted ciabatta from well-known baker Bub & Grandma’s.

Tumaca’s Eggs & Chorizo features Spanish dry-cured chorizo, two over medium eggs, melted Manchego cheese, and crispy smoked bacon topped with chives.

This breakfast-meets-lunch sandwich is the perfect combination of savory and spicy, and is paired perfectly with Hansen’s Mandarin Lime Soda. Grab a can of your own and come join the festivities on October 7 and October 14!

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Deep Fried Cheesy Ramen Hot Pockets Are The College Food Mashup You’ve Been Dreaming Of

The Pho King Awesome Truck is one of Southern California’s most recognizable Asian-inspired food trucks, thanks to their delicious original creations like Spamusushi and Spicy Asian Tacos.  

Thanks to a partnership with Hansen’s Natural Soda, Pho King Awesome is getting ready to show off its cheesy side with a deep fried cheesy ramen patty you can only find for a limited time.

On October 7, Pho King Awesome Truck will be one of the many vendors at Fresh Coat Mural Festival in DTLA’s Arts District, serving up their limited-time item, which is a deep fried cheesy ramen patty, mixed with diced ham, Gouda and brie cheese.

Served with a crispy outer shell, Pho King Awesome’s ramen-based creation is  intensely creamy, and the perfect snack for any cheese-lover.

The Pho King Awesome Truck will also be serving up their deep fried cheesy ramen patty on October 14 at FOODBEAST’s OOZEFEST 3 event.

However, that’s not all. The deep fried cheesy ramen patty is taken to another level, as it is served on a bed of creamy cheese sauce made of feta, parmesan, cheddar cheese, sliced cherry tomatoes, Chiffonade basil, and – of course – crispy bacon bits for extra flavor and texture.

Be sure to come check out Fresh Coat Mural Festival October 7 in Downtown LA, or swing by FOODBEAST’s 3rd annual OOZEFEST on October 14.

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Beat The Summer Heat With This Green Mango Mule Cocktail


With summer in full swing, there’s nothing like sipping on a deliciously cool beverage to help beat the heat. While it’s nice when a drink keeps you cool, it’s even better when it takes the edge off.  

If you’re trying to squeeze in some fun while soaking up the sun, Hansen’s Natural Soda has a tasty mango mule recipe that will help keep the party going all summer long.

Taking inspiration from the traditional Moscow Mule, which is made with ginger beer, this fruity cocktail – developed by mixologist Nitin Tiwari from ROOH restaurant in San Francisco – is topped with Hansen’s Ginger Ale for a crisp, citrusy bite.

To bring this reimagined cocktail to life, grab a cocktail shaker, add some ice, and a spoonful of green mango murabba — a sweet fruit preserve, made with fresh fruit, sugar, and spices. Next, add a shot (or two) of your favorite vodka and some fresh lime juice. Shake as desired, and pour into a glass without straining the ice.

Garnish with a slice of green mango and any type of edible flower for some drama. If you’ve ever wanted to impress your friends with your outstanding mixology skills, Hansen’s is giving you the perfect opportunity to demonstrate your talents.

Salud!


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5 Sinful Eats To Chow Down On In Costa Mesa

Culinary entrepreneur and Southern California foodie Thomas Pham has an undeniable influence within the vibrant SoCal food scene.

He holds a heavyweight belt as a well-respected social media influencer, and we have him to thank for bringing an East Coast food icon to sunny California in the form of the popular mediterranean restaurant Halal Guys, which opened in Southern California back in 2015.

With that in mind, we were stoked when Thomas let us tag along with him as he munched his way through some of his favorite spots in Costa Mesa, California.

During our first stop, we anchored ourselves down at West Coast Fish, located within The Camp in Costa Mesa. West Coast Fish is fairly new but already booming with popularity. Thomas ordered one of his favorite dishes: The Bjorn Battered Tacos.


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The temperature was rising and we needed something to cool off, so naturally, Thomas recommended we stop by Creamistry for some made-to-order liquid nitrogen ice cream. Thomas grabbed one of his favorite frozen treats, the Taro Nitro MilkShake, topped with marshmallows and Fruity Pebbles cereal.

Next, we drove over to Paderia to watch Thomas tear open one of his favorite pastries, a cheese ensaymada — a soft, Spanish pastry made with sweet bread covered with sugar and filled with with cheese. It’s the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

After indulging our sweet tooth, we headed over to Orange County’s East Borough to indulge in an OC favorite: the French Pho Dip. Made with beef brisket, Thai basil, bean sprouts, onions, and Sriracha hoisin aioli on a fresh baguette, this culinary creation is an incredible fusion of East meets West, and should be on your list if you haven’t tried it yet.

Finally, for our last bite, Thomas took the gang over to Capital Noodle Bar to try another East-meets-West creation: Thai Basil Spaghetti. The dish was made with minced pork, bell pepper, egg, fresh chilli, Thai basil, and spaghetti noodles.

Thanks, Thomas. We’re stuffed.


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