Inspired by… Super Bowl LI:
Who doesn’t love eating crunchy, tasty pretzels during a big game? They’re addicting, right? If you think regular pretzels are hard to stop eating, wait until you try my Taco Pretzels! They’re crispy, smoky, and salty with a kick of heat. Perfect for the Super Bowl or just anytime you want a crunchy, flavorful snack (read: all the time!)
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It’s that time of year again, guys! That one magical day where people who don’t really watch football the other 364 days of the year come together with those who do, and watch one of the biggest televised events of the year. Yup, you guessed it. It’s the SUPER BOWL (what gave it away?) I have to admit that I generally fall into the former category of people watching. I can follow the game and I like football enough, but it’s not really my thing. That being said, I absolutely LOVE the Super Bowl! Yes, I do love the halftime show (usually), the commercials, and all that other good stuff. But, the thing I love the most about the Super Bowl is memories I have of watching it with my dad, when I was growing up. He loves sports—NFL, NBA, NCAA, you name it. I, on the other hand, not as much, BUT we always watched the Super Bowl together.
There was this one time, back when I was about 15 years old, that my mom went to visit relatives leaving my dad and I at home, just the two of us, for Super Bowl Sunday. We decided to use this opportunity to make all the food that mom usually didn’t want us to eat. You know, JUNK FOOD! We cooked it all from scratch: nachos, pesto meatballs, chili, mac and cheese, wings etc. etc. You name it; we cooked it. We had enough food to feed the whole Super Bowl stadium, but there was only the two of us to eat it. Needless to say, we were very happy and VERY full by the time the game was over. Plus, leftovers for days. Cooking all that Super Bowl food with my dad is one of my favorite memories, especially since it was one of many things that jogged my interest in cooking. So, of course, I had to make a snack inspired by the Super Bowl in honor of my daddy.
My dad loves pretzels, so my Super Bowl LI inspired snack is one of his favorites: my Taco Pretzels! The first time I made him these Taco Pretzels, he literally could not stop eating them. He dipped them in some spicy hummus that we had and didn’t stop until the hummus tub was empty. I don’t blame him; they really are addicting! Plus, these pretzels are “healthy-ish” enough for mom and tasty enough for dad! Mom AND dad approved! That’s how you know they’re good.
These pretzels are extra crunchy with a smoky, spicy taco flavor running through them. And, they’re super easy to make! I just mixed a pre-made taco seasoning (I recommend Old El Paso ) with some vegetable oil in a gallon-sized Ziploc bag. Even though, taco seasoning is mainly chili powder, I added a little extra chili powder to kick up the heat (you can omit this if you don’t want them to be as spicy.) Then, comes the fun part. I add the pretzels to the bag, close it tightly, and shake it up (carefully!) until the pretzels are fully coated. I add them to a baking dish, bake them off for 90 minutes until they’re deliciously crunchy and toasted, and they’re done! It’s that easy and so much better than regular, old pretzels. You’ll want to make them all the time!
If you’re looking for other Super Bowl snacks, be sure to check out my easy Smoky Ranch dip too! It actually complements the Taco Pretzels perfectly, as a dipping sauce, as well as wings, raw veggies, mini hot dogs, or anything else you may be serving.
No matter what team you’re rooting for, enjoy these crunchtastic Taco Pretzels with your family and friends, and I guarantee you’ll have an amazing time! Or, hog them all for yourself… either way. 😉
PS How cute is this Football Stadium Chip and Dip set I got?? It’s super durable and hand painted. You can get your own in time for the Super Bowl, right here!
- 1 (16 oz) bag of pretzel twists (see note)
- ¾ cup vegetable oil
- 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Guacamole, salsa, queso, black bean dip, or anything else you want, for dipping (optional)
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Add oil, taco seasoning, and chili powder into a gallon ziploc bag.
- Zip tightly and shake well.
- Carefully open bag and add pretzels. Shake well (but carefully) until all pretzels are evenly covered in taco oil.
- Place pretzels in a large baking dish. Pour any remaining oil from the bottom of the bag on top of the pretzels and toss to coat.
- Put baking dish in pre-heated oven and cover with foil.
- Bake for 90 minutes, removing from oven and stirring every 30 minutes or so to ensure even baking. Pretzels should be hot and crispy.
- Allow pretzels to cool before eating. Serve with your favorite dip (I love them with guac) or enjoy on their own!
The pretzels will keep for several weeks stored in a tightly sealed jar or bag