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The Smoking Musket Tailgate Menu: Tortilla Throwdown

Let’s use tortillas the way God intended.

I think by now people know the weird tradition in Lubbock where students toss tortillas in the air/onto the field during Texas Tech games. Don’t worry, there’s no real reason for this other than the plethora of tortillas in Lubbock.

Why you would throw a very good and useful tortilla is beyond me. They’re one of the most versatile food items in the world and perfectly encase whatever filling you want to end up oozing out of them.

So… let’s use tortillas to eat?

Build-Your-Own Quesadilla Bar

Quesadillas are a wonderfully diverse food. You can make a simple cheese quesadilla for a snack or load in meats and veggies to make a whole damn meal in one folded tortilla. At your home tailgate this Saturday, you can set you a BYO quesadilla bar so everyone at the gathering can make a quesadilla they want!

Two key ingredients you can include are grilled chicken and steak. I highly suggest this super-easy marinade using taco seasoning to marinate the chicken. For the steak, a basic citrus and spice marinade will accentuate the quesadilla beyond belief.

You should also include different types of cheese for your guests. Cheddar, pepper jack, and others will perfectly glue the meat and tortilla together.

Championship Bean Dip

Bean dip always seems like a weird thing to bring to a tailgate, to me. That is probably because the bean dip I think of comes in a tin can… but we can do better. Here is an easy way to whip up (literally) a fantastic bean dip that doesn’t have that canned funk.

Most important to this dip is vegetarian refried beans. Rarely will I suggest vegetarian anything, but not using bacon grease or lard in this recipe will make for a better taste because the other ingredients will shine through. Believe me, you’ll get plenty of animal fat from the cheese and cream!

What is great about this recipe is how easy it is to prepare. Simply mix all the ingredients into a slow cooker and turn on low for a couple of hours.

Ranch Water

Paying homage to the West Texas vibe effervescent in Lubbock, this cocktail is an effortless concoction that is both thirst-quenching and biting. The key is finding Topo Chico mineral water.

Now, you can use any mineral water you want, but Topo Chico is the traditional choice for this drink. Make them individually or in a pitcher to kick up the party.

Our Mountaineers will be searching for their first road victory, but we are ready to win another tailgate at home.