Gridiron Grub: Football Fiesta in a Cup

(Layered Mexican Salsa Cup / Credit: Amber Ranzau)

The season of getting together to cheer, jeer and make bite-sized snacks is upon us. Yes, football season is here! Here’s a recipe that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser and is perfect for tailgating parties. Rather than making a large bowl of chip dip and having everyone scoop out a spoonful on a little plate, this snack is self-contained, easy to hold and ready to be enjoyed on a nice fall day in a parking lot before the big game or in someone’s living room on a big, comfy couch. 

Layered Mexican Salsa Cup
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Difficulty Level: Easy
Yield: 12 cups


  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 1 packet of guacamole mix
  • 8 oz. container of sour cream
  • 4.5 oz. sliced black olives
  • 1 jar of salsa
  • 8 oz. bag of shredded taco cheese
  • 1 package of 9 oz. clear party cups
  • Bag of tortilla chips


Make the guacamole mix according to directions on the packet. Then take the party cups and add a scoop each of guacamole, sour cream, black olives, salsa and shredded cheese to top it off. Smooth out each layer after adding. If looking for an additional twist, add a layer of black beans, onions, seasoned meat or shredded lettuce. Refrigerate the cups until ready to serve.

When ready to serve, arrange the cups on a tray or platter. Add one tortilla chip to each cup as a garnish. Do not add a chip to the dip until ready to serve because if added too early, the chip will get soggy. 

Looking for a main course? Check out our super juicy Turkey Burger recipe.

Amber Ranzau lives on the edge of Uptown in Minneapolis and is a gal about town. She frequents the local restaurant scene, loves to support new and local businesses, follows the latest and greatest fashion and design trends, and she does all of this while working as an interior designer, spending time with her man, The Specialist, and taking care of her two goldfish Felix and Petunia and their tankmate Huey the Snail. Her work can be found at


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