May 25, 2018

Our Memorial Day Backyard Lunch Date with Unique & Delicious Summertime Recipes: Fancy Tacos & Florida Hot Dogs

This  post  is  sponsored  by    Tyson    Foods,  Inc.  ,  but  the  content  and  opinions  are  my  own.

Memorial Day is approaching rapidly, which means BBQ and sundress season is in full swing, and I'm in my own little version of heaven because of that fact. This is part of what life really is all about after all - comfy clothes and good food... am I right?

With this holiday approaching quickly, I finally decided to get into the spirit of summer and have a little family lunch date on our back patio.

After all, what's better than a home-cooked meal enjoyed with your family? The thing is, I wasn't traditional in the slightest with our menu... which made this little Backyard Lunch Date that much more tasty and amazing!

Plus, like the genius I am, I decided to go ahead and make some of our dishes in advance, which made for easy prep since half of our food was already ready to go and we just took the other half of our adventure out to the grill when it was time.

Making Ball Park® Hot Dogs was a breeze, just a a few minutes on the grill and then slid into a couple  of Ball Park Hot Dog Buns, topped with piquante peppers and pineapple for a fun, tropical flair - ya know, Florida style dogs!

Next on the menu was our Fancy Tacos... because, well, if you know me, you know I have to have tacos for every occasion. These Tyson® Chicken tacos may very well be THE BEST we've ever made at home though, so hurry up and jot this recipe down:


Fancy Chicken Tacos:
1 lb Tyson® Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, sliced into approximately 1/2" pieces
Corn Tortillas
3 tbsp butter

Chicken Seasonings:
1/2 tbsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/8 tsp white pepper
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 tsp coriander
1 tbsp vegetable oil
6 pieces of bacon, already cooked to a crispy texture, made into bits

Goat Cheese Crema:
1 cup Sour cream
2 oz Goat Cheese
1 clove dried garlic

Tropical Florida Hot Dogs:
Ball Park® Hot Dogs
Ball Park® Hot Dog Buns
Piquante Peppers

Lipton® Iced Tea Bags


To get this cooking party started, combine all seasonings listed above. Then go ahead and drizzle the vegetable oil over chicken in dish, evenly coating both sides. Then do the same, coating both sides with the seasoning mix.

Grease pan well with 2 tbsp butter and on medium-high heat, add chicken, cook each side approximately 2 minutes then begin chopping/separating within the pan with spatula. Turn down to medium and continue shredding, add in bacon bits.

Now turn to low and add 1 more tbsp of butter while allowing the meat to simmer and warming tortillas in a pan.

While you're warming tortillas, if you wanna make the fanciest part of my fancy tacos, just toss the garlic, sour cream, and goat cheese into a food processor and let it spin for a few. I have found that this has a more amazing flavor once it's been warmed up a bit so I suggest pouring into a small sauce pan and letting it get a bit creamier on low heat for a few minutes.

While you're standing there, warming tortillas, and making the crema, grab a pitcher of water and make your tea too. All you need to do is warm up water and stick in the tea bags. Lipton® tea bags work the magic beyond that. Just add ice and sugar to your preference once following box directions!

After all this fun in the kitchen, it's time to head out to the grill and get your Ball Park® Hot Dogs grillin'! Just toss them on a medium heat grill and cook until the grill lines look delicious! Add into a Ball Park® Hot Dog bun and top with pineapple and chopped piquante peppers.

That's it, your main dishes are ready to go! If you're wondering what else hubs and I prepped in advance, it was our famous guac & chips and a tasty and colorful black bean and mango salad. Two easy and amazing side dishes for this little bit of backyard shenanigans.

The best part is, Delainey loved it all too! We'll be repeating this little day-date backyard BBQ fun pretty much every weekend this summer... but of course, we'll be out there on Memorial Day enjoying the weather and being thankful for our freedom & those who served our country!

So tell me, how do you like to spend Memorial Day? If you plan on spending time near the grill, check out all the amazing deals you can find on Tyson®, Ball Park® Hot Dogs & Ball Park ® Hot Dog Buns, and more at Walmart.

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