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A Texas Trifecta: Guacamole, Queso Dip, and Margaritas

Summer is the perfect time for snacking. After a day at a splash pad or pool with the kids or when you want to have some friends over to beat the summer heat, snacks are a great option to fill hungry bellies while you throw together something more substantial. And the most quintessential Texas appetizers are chips with guacamole and queso. And, of course, the obvious adult beverage to accompany this trio of goodness is a cold margarita.

Often, summertime entertaining can be spontaneous, and you don’t have time to get out labor-intensive recipes. Sometimes the neighbors wander over after the kids’ playdate, or your friends or family at your vacation rental house want something to tide them over. We all need some super simple go-to snacks that keep people snacking until the grill is fired up. And we need recipes that are not measuring cup dependent. (Who can ever find them in rental houses, especially when you have had an adult beverage or three?)

I love all things Tex-Mex, but I had never made tableside guacamole, queso, or margaritas. A few years ago, my New Year’s resolution was to learn how to make tasty homemade guacamole that I could replicate without using a recipe. This was a challenge for me because I am a recipe follower. So, over a few months, I experimented with different ingredients until I mastered learning a recipe by heart that worked whether I had some or all of the ingredients. Later that year, a friend introduced us to the easiest sausage queso recipe on the planet that requires zero culinary skills, but disappears as soon as it’s on the table. 

Two other friends helped with margarita recipes. One is frozen and super delicious on a hot summer day. The other is on the rocks, and perfect for making pitchers for a party when a lone blender cannot keep up with the demand. Bonus: it does not require making simple syrup and measuring out exact ounces.

So, go purchase your favorite tortilla chips (or veggies if you are healthier than me!) and get ready to impress your family and friends with easy, no-measuring-cup-required appetizers. Experiment with them until you find the perfect combination. And be ready to be asked to make them again — all of these are now our summer traditions with family and friends!

Guacamole
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1066 calories
76 g
0 g
89 g
16 g
13 g
997 g
1239 g
15 g
0 g
70 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
997g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1066
Calories from Fat 749
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 89g
138%
Saturated Fat 13g
65%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 11g
Monounsaturated Fat 59g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 1239mg
52%
Total Carbohydrates 76g
25%
Dietary Fiber 47g
189%
Sugars 15g
Protein 16g
Vitamin A
78%
Vitamin C
228%
Calcium
14%
Iron
26%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 3 Avocados, halved, peeled, and de-stoned
  2. 2 Roma Tomatoes, seeded and diced
  3. ½ Medium Onion, diced
  4. 1 Lime, juiced
  5. ½ Tsp. Salt -- or to your liking (Remember, no measuring devices needed! I usually do about 2 pinches.)
  6. 1 Clove Garlic, minced
  7. ½ Tsp. Ground Cumin -- or to your liking
  8. Optional: ½ Tsp. Cayenne
  9. Optional: 1 Tbs. cilantro, chopped
  10. Optional: ½ Jalapeño, seeded and diced
Instructions
  1. Coat avocado pulp with the lime juice in a large bowl.
  2. Mash with a fork or potato masher.
  3. Add salt, cumin, and the optional cayenne. Combine.
  4. Fold in tomatoes, onions, garlic, and optional jalapeños.
  5. Garnish with or mix in optional cilantro.
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calories
1066
fat
89g
protein
16g
carbs
76g
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Skillet Sausage Queso Dip
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2155 calories
9 g
576 g
198 g
82 g
84 g
680 g
3613 g
7 g
1 g
92 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
680g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 2155
Calories from Fat 1768
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 198g
305%
Saturated Fat 84g
418%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 19g
Monounsaturated Fat 73g
Cholesterol 576mg
192%
Sodium 3613mg
151%
Total Carbohydrates 9g
3%
Dietary Fiber 0g
0%
Sugars 7g
Protein 82g
Vitamin A
68%
Vitamin C
5%
Calcium
26%
Iron
33%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. 10 oz. Rotel
  2. 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  3. 1 Lb. Sausage (like Jimmy Dean)
Instructions
  1. Brown sausage in a skillet over medium heat, breaking into fine crumbles with a wooden spoon.
  2. Add undrained can of Rotel and cream cheese.
  3. Stir until cheese melts.
  4. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
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calories
2155
fat
198g
protein
82g
carbs
9g
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Frozen Margarita (Pitcher)
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1065 calories
69 g
0 g
0 g
1 g
0 g
920 g
183 g
61 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
920g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1065
Calories from Fat 3
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
1%
Saturated Fat 0g
1%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 183mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 69g
23%
Dietary Fiber 2g
8%
Sugars 61g
Protein 1g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
45%
Calcium
4%
Iron
3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Frozen Limeade -- one can
  2. 10 oz. Tequila
  3. 3 oz. Triple Sec
  4. Ice
  5. Optional: 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  6. Optional: Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a blender a little less than halfway with ice, and add the can of frozen limeade.
  2. Use empty limeade container to measure out tequila (fill the limeade container mostly full).
  3. Add a splash or two of Triple Sec.
  4. Blend until the ice is liquified.
  5. Serve in a glass garnished with lime and salt, if desired.
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calories
1065
fat
0g
protein
1g
carbs
69g
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Margarita on the Rocks (Pitcher)
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1053 calories
54 g
0 g
0 g
2 g
0 g
1299 g
192 g
35 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
1299g
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1053
Calories from Fat 2
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g
0%
Saturated Fat 0g
0%
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
0%
Sodium 192mg
8%
Total Carbohydrates 54g
18%
Dietary Fiber 4g
15%
Sugars 35g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A
1%
Vitamin C
78%
Calcium
7%
Iron
6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Ingredients
  1. Lemon-Lime Soda -- one 12 oz. can (I use a low-calorie Sprite)
  2. Frozen Limeade -- one can
  3. 12 oz. Tequila
  4. 12 oz. Light Beer (I use Corona Light)
  5. Ice
  6. 1 Lime, quartered
  7. Optional: 1 Lime, cut into wedges
  8. Optional: Salt
Instructions
  1. In a pitcher, stir together frozen limeade, light beer, and lemon-lime soda.
  2. Use empty limeade container to measure out tequila.
  3. Add ice and quartered lime to the pitcher.
  4. Serve in a glass garnished with lime and salt, if desired.
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calories
1053
fat
0g
protein
2g
carbs
54g
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