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BBQ Taco Football Boats

BBQ Taco Football Boats are perfect for your next tailgate party. These crispy taco boats are filled with beef taco meat made with BBQ sauce and decorated with sour cream “laces” to resemble bite-sized footballs.
overhead photo of BBQ Taco Football Boats on a platterThis post is sponsored by Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q.

I’ve been sharing a lot of Thanksgiving recipes these last few weeks but I wanted to squeeze in a football-themed recipe one because many people will be tailgating and watching football over Thanksgiving weekend.

I am really happy with how these football appetizers came out. I had this idea in my head but I didn’t know if I could actually get them to look like footballs. I think they came out pretty darn cute!
close-up photo of BBQ Taco Football Boats

I started out by frying mini flour tortilla taco boats because I prefer my tacos crispy. I then made taco meat using a mix of homemade taco seasoning and Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce.

Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce is the real deal. Its bold flavors come from real ingredients, with no artificial flavors, colors or sweeteners, and no high fructose corn syrup, which is the number one ingredient in most national BBQ sauce brands.
photo showing how to spoon the beef into the taco boats

The taco boats are filled with the meat, along with all your favorite taco garnishes – I used diced tomatoes and scallions. For the final touch, I piped sour cream “laces” onto the top of each of the taco boats to make them resemble mini footballs.

These are so fun and tasty and I will definitely make them again soon for my next game day party!
close-up of one BBQ Taco Football Boat

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BBQ Taco Football Boats

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Crispy BBQ Taco Boats are a fun dish to serve at your next tailgate party.


  • 1 (12-count) box of mini flour tortilla boats
  • canola oil for frying
  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1/4 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 tbsp chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp table salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 to mato diced
  • 2 scallions finely chopped


  • Add ½ inch of oil to a deep skillet or pan being used for frying the tortillas. Bring pan to medium heat. Working in small batches, add a few taco boats into pan after oil is heated. Fry lightly on both sides until golden and crispy. Use a knife to deflate any large air pockets that may form on the tortilla boats while they are being fried.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, paprika, ground cumin, salt and pepper.
  • Add beef and onions to a skillet and bring skillet to medium high heat. Saute until meat is browned. Drain out any liquid and oil that may have been released during cooking. Add in small bowl of spices and ¼ cup + 2 tbsp water. Stir and mix until everything is cooked and evenly coated. Stir in Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce.
  • Fill taco boats with ground meat. Add sour cream to piping bag and pipe laces over the meat. Garnish with a few tomatoes and scallions. Serve immediately.

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Stubb’s Legendary Bar-B-Q. All opinions are entirely my own.

BBQ Taco Football Boats

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