Extreme Super Bowl Food: Build Your Own Tasty Taco Stadium

By Kerry Byrne, Boston Herald

Ready to take your Super Bowl party to the next level? We offer “extreme” tailgate recipes this week for your big-game pleasure. 

To kick off the food-filled festivities, we have blueprints for building a giant edible taco dip stadium, which is pretty damn festive (and tasty).  It comes courtesy of the folks at Ortega. The project is credited to Dan Macey of  Dantasticfood, Inc

I actually saw a nacho stadium last year at the Taste of the NFL in New Orleans, which is a glitzy pre-game tailgate party and fundraiser for food banks around the country. I don’t remember which company sponsored the display last year.  It may have been Ortega. Regardless, it’s that taco stadium from last year pictured above, complete with guacamole grass field, similar to the one described below. It was a huge hit at the party last year.

It takes a few dollars and a few hours of effort to build a taco stadium, but actually comes together pretty quickly. Looks like a fun kid activity, too.


5 15-inch by 10¼-inch foil cookie sheets
1 large 20-inch by 30-inch foam core board to act as the base
Roll of clear packing tape
1 squeeze bottle or turkey baster


4 Ortega flour tortillas
½ cup vegetable oil
4 boxes 
Ortega Fiesta Flats (keep the boxes)
5 jars Ortega guacamole dip
1 8-ounce block cheddar cheese
1 can Ortega black beans, drained
1 can Ortega refried beans
1 cup sour cream
1 head iceberg lettuce, shredded
2 cups tomatoes, chopped
2 cans black olives, sliced and drained
4 8-ounce bags shredded cheddar cheese
4 jars Ortega salsa

To assemble the stadium

Place one of the foil cookie sheets in the center of the foam core board to become the football field. It will later be filled with guacamole.

Sideline seats
Build the stadium seat risers. Using kitchen shears, make one-inch cuts about every three inches at both of the shorter ends of the foil cookie sheets (to make them bend easier).  You will have three short cuts on each shorter end of the foil cookie sheet. Then at each cut, fold the foil sheets in a zig-zag pattern to create steps, using the Fiesta flats boxes underneath each folded pan to hold up the stadium seats.

Flatten the long ends of the foil cookie sheet with your hands and tape the bottom of the seats to the foam core board underneath the foil “field.” Attach the top of the steps to the top of the Fiesta flats box using clear packing tape. Repeat the process with another of the foil cookies sheets for the other side of the stadium.

End zone seats
To create the seats at each of the shorter ends of the stadium, cut each of the two remaining foil sheets into 11-inch lengths and make the cuts on the ends and fold into steps, as you did with the first two sides of the stadium. Attach those with tape to the foam base and the tops of the Fiesta flats boxes. You will now have created stadium seats on all sides of the “football” field.

The goal posts
With a sharp knife, cut out four goal posts out of the flour tortillas (you will only need two but good to have extra in case they break when installing). Basically, they will look like large pitch forks with two prongs each.

Heat 1/2 cup vegetable over medium heat, in a large, swallow frying pan. Crisp the tortilla goal posts in the hot oil for about 1 minutes, flipping once, being carefully not to burn or make too brown. Drain on paper towels and carefully set aside. They will now be rigid goalposts.

The playing field
About an hour before party time, spread the refried beans about two deep inches at either end of the foil field to create end zones. Then spread the guacamole dip onto the remaining foil field. With a squeeze bottle or turkey baster, carefully draw lines onto the guacamole field with the sour cream.

Cut the block of cheddar cheese in half and then cut a one-inch incision in the top of each cheese piece. Carefully pull apart the incision and place the tortilla goal post in the incision, thus creating a secure stand from the cheese blocks for the goal posts. Carefully place the cheese stand and goal post in the center of the refried beans at each end zone of the football field.
Place the Fiesta Flats on the three levels of the foil steps. Fill each level with lettuce, tomatoes, black beans, olives and cheese. At the each stadium corner, open and place jar of salsa for dipping.

Possible Additions:

ONE – Use jalapeno slices as the “players” on the field or in the seats.

TWO – Attach long skewers about three inches apart with the tape onto the boxes and then cut blocks of cheese to fit between the skewers to create lights above the seats.

THREE – Crush the Fiesta flats or Ortega hard tacos shells in the food processor and sprinkle around the outside of the “stadium,” as walkways or parking lots.