Ahhh, football season.  For those of you who are unaware, today is the first day the NFL regular season. From now until January guys everywhere (and some girls) will be glued to their televisions and computers, tracking stats and plays for their fantasy football teams.

If you’ve got a case of fall football fever, or you’re subjected to someone else in your house’s fever, I’ve got some recipes to enhance your viewing experience.  I’ll add Fantasy Football Fuel recipe posts every Sunday or Monday, with ideas for snacks during the game.

Because I looove salsas and all things Tex-Mex, a number of my recipes will be heavily influenced by that style of cooking.  But, if that doesn’t particularly suit your fancy don’t worry, I plan to mix it up a bit too.

So, without further adieu, here are today’s two FFF recipes.  I thought I’d start off with the two snacks that are game-time staples in my house: guacamole and pico de gallo.

Kelly’s Glorious Guac:

2-3 ripened avocados
½ cup red onion, diced
juice of 2 limes
1 tsp. garlic powder
2-3 dashes Tobasco
salt, to taste

Combine all ingredients and mash with a fork to break up avocado.  Refrigerate.  Enjoy!

Pico de Gallo:

4 Roma tomatoes, diced
½ cup red onion, diced
1-2 jalapeno or Serrano peppers (remove the ribs and seeds to reduce heat, if desired)
2 tbsp. cilantro, minced
juice of 2 limes
3-4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp garlic powder
salt, to taste

Combine ingredients and refrigerate up to 24 hours.  (The longer the pico sits, the better it gets as the vinegar and lime help combine all of the flavors.)  Enjoy!