Ragu Tailgate Party {$300 AMEX GC Giveaway} #MomstheWord CLOSED

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My husband and I are big football fans. Even though our team was a huge disappointment this year (sorry, Vikings but it is true!) it hasn’t stopped us from watching the games or still enjoying the season, especially since we both participate in fantasy football.  I decided last month to prepare a fun tailgate party at my mom’s house and by using some simple recipes with Ragu and other party favorites, we had a great spread that was easy to prepare!

I decided to serve a favorite in our family, meatball subs! We were able to create these bad boys with some Ragu Tomato and Basil pasta sauce, flavorful prepackaged meatballs, mozzarella cheese and hoagie buns. I heated up the meatballs and sauce and assembled them before wrapping them in aluminum foil and baking them in a 350 degree oven until the cheese had melted. If you love garlic I highly recommending adding garlic butter to the inside or even the outside of the bun! Yum! And because they were wrapped they stayed nice and warm as they waited to be served.

We couldn’t just leave it at meatball subs (we love choices after all!) so we made a favorite of my mom’s for years, Rapid Ragu Chili! While we don’t prepare ours with light ingredients or serve over rice and we use our favorite Ragu Robusto varieities for even more flavor, it is an easy recipe to throw together without much fuss at all. You would never guess while you are eating it that Ragu is the base! Use your favorite chili seasoning mix instead of only chili powder for even more flavor. Top with sour cream and shredded cheese if desired.

Of course, what tailgate party wouldn’t include some sort of dip with chips for all the football fans? A favorite in our family is this taco dip. It goes fast and is treat for us all. In fact, I’m having a major craving for it as I type right now!

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Taco Dip
Recipe Type: appetizer
Prep Time: 
Total Time: 
Serves: 10
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 1 packet of Taco Seasoning
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
  • 1 medium tomato, chopped
  • 1 cup chopped lettuce
  • green onion (optional)
  • black olives (optional)
  1. Mix the sour cream and seasoning together.
  2. Add softened cream cheese and mix until creamy.
  3. Layer ingredients with cream cheese mixture on bottom, then salsa, lettuce, tomato, green onion and olives (if desired) and top with cheese.
  4. Chill for one hour or more.
  5. Serve with tortilla or corn chips.
Better- For-You Options: Fat Free or Lite Sour Cream Lite Cream Cheese Fat Free Shredded Cheese Feel free to change the topping amounts to suit your tastes. I don’t really measure but just eyeball it!

We also served other goodies like crackers and cheese spread, a fruit tray with dip, jello squares and more! And after seeing all these goodies I bet you’ve got the tailgate party itch as well! How would you like the chance to win a gift card to throw your own Super Bowl tailgate party? Yeah, that is what I thought.

And don’t forget, we’d love you to join the conversation at Ragu’s Mom’s the Word on Dinner on Facebook or on twitter with the hashtag #MomstheWord. Check out more information and find other easy recipes at Ragu.com .


{ Giveaway }

One of my readers will win a $300 American Express Gift Card to throw their own Super Bowl tailgate party with Ragu!

MAIN ENTRY: Browse the recipes at Ragu and tell me one you’d love to try for a tailgate party!

Want more entries? (Of course!) After answering my question do any of the following and leave a comment telling me what you did. Each is worth one entry unless otherwise noted. Your comment is your entry so please leave the appropriate number of comments for each extra entry.

-Like Ragu on Facebook or follow Ragu Sauce on Twitter (1 entry each)
-Share or like this giveaway on Facebook (daily)
-Join in on the conversation at the Moms the Word on Dinner & leave me a link to your comment
-Enter any of my other current giveaways (leave a comment for each)
-Like Baby Loving Mama on Facebook , follow me on Pinterest or via Networked Blogs (1 entry each)
-Subscribe to my feed in a reader (1 entry) or by email (2 entries)
-Follow BLM on twitter and tweet about this giveaway (You can do this 2x daily! Must be at least 2 hrs apart)

#Win a $300 AMEX GC from @RaguSauce to throw a Super Bowl party! @babylovingmama http://bit.ly/tOK6mQ  #giveaway #MomstheWord

-Blog about this contest (at least 30 words) with a link back here and Ragu (3 entries/5 entries if you include the a picture)

This contest will end on 1/17/12 at 11:59 pm CST. U.S. residents 18+ only. The winner will be drawn via random.org and will have 48 hours to respond to winning notification email before I draw another winner or do a live giveaway.

Disclosure: I am an Ambassador for Ragu Mom’s the Word on Dinner program and have received gift cards for monthly expenses and this party. The thoughts and opinions I’ve expressed are 100% my own and yours may differ.
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