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Supercheap Super Bowl parties

By Dan Miranda ·
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Posted: 4 pm ET

Pull those jerseys out of the closet, football fans; the Super Bowl is almost here! Admittedly, I’m not much of a sports man. I only just found out this week that the game would involve the talents of the New York (not San Francisco) Giants and the New England Patriots (which does not nor has ever had Tim Tebow in its roster). Despite my apathy toward this Sunday’s most lucrative television event, Super Bowl parties are definitely something I can get behind. This year, instead of squeezing into a crowded sports bar, call some friends over for a party of your own.

But parties are too expensive, you say? That’s simply not true. Super Bowl parties by their very nature are one of the cheapest parties you can throw. You don’t really need to worry about decorations, fancy hors d’oeuvres or dressing to impress. The main attraction is pretty much sitting down with some friends to watch commercials, knock back a few beers and eat cheap, delicious finger foods.

Asking your friends to bring their own beer will help curb those costs, so all you really have to worry about is food. Fortunately, you shouldn’t have to spend more than $20 to feed a decent-sized group of people. Sticking some potato skins in the oven, chopping up veggies, and setting out dip and chicken wings should be enough to keep everyone happy. But you don’t want to do the bare minimum, do you? You want to sling a d’oeurve that will amaze and satisfy without tackling your wallet. You want Super Bowl XLVI to be the game to remember. What you need is a walking taco.

You may have heard of the walking taco through its varied nomenclature: Frito boat, chili pie or by its most descriptive yet boring name, taco in a bag. All you need to make these bad boys are small bags of chips (traditionally Fritos, though I prefer tortilla chips for a more authentic taste -- anything works, really) and some taco-appropriate ingredients you’re likely to already have in your kitchen such as shredded romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, sour cream, beans and salsa. Put your ingredients out on a table, and each of your guests can make their own walking taco for easy, reach-free snacking during the game.

The level of customization is nearly infinite. Love ground beef or shredded chicken? Need the kick of a jalapeno? Prefer cheeseburger-flavored Doritos for some fast-food ambiguity? Throw them in the bag! Once you’re satisfied with the toppings in your "tacobomination," shake the bag up, and you’re done. It’s that easy. The end result is a perfectly portable, tasty, cheap snack.

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