When it comes to bar snack pairings, we like beer and pretzels or peanuts. Popcorn, too! Those combos fill a grumbling stomach. And on some afternoons nothing beats the click-whoosh-fizz sound of opening a beer to pour into an ice-cold pint glass…with a bowl of salty snacks sitting patiently in front of you, waiting to be crunched. Beer and salty snacks like pretzels, peanuts, or popcorn may be “the” classic best bar snacks combos, but we seek tequila-influenced noshes to fire up Friday night.
Best Bar Snacks: Countdown to Great Apps
Snacks make any hour better. But they really amp up the happy hour. Who doesn’t want an amped up happy hour? Not us! The best bar snacks have been ranked, categorized, and ranked again. We got through hundreds of said rankings and noticed one terrible trend. They all talk about the best bar snacks as they relate to beer. While beer is beautiful (and wine is fine), tequila is terrific. We have no choice but to create our own tequila-tinted best bar snacks countdown.
5. Flaming Hot Cheese (Part I)
Yeah, we said it. Flaming hot cheese. Again. If you can’t tell by now, we love cheese. That’s why it takes up a couple of spots on our best bar snacks list. Spoiler alert: cheese is what makes our number 1 best bar snack so downright delicious, too. And given our love of queso, it’s too predictable that number 2 on our best bar snacks list would also be cheese.
The Queso Flameado from Liquor.com is no ordinary cheese dip. It’s muy caliente! Because it’s lit on fire! Being that the dip is made with tequila, you almost don’t need to have a tequila cocktail with it. But, if you were to imbibe, we’d suggest a simple, yet perfect, pour of Azuñia Reposado organic tequila. Why complicate such an elemental taste sensation?
4. Pop To It
Next to pretzels, popcorn wins as the most classic bar snack. Your favorite bar is always popping up (or serving days old) popcorn. The buttery salty goodness pairs with just about any drink from beer to tequila. In fact, tequila and popcorn pair so well that the Citizen Public House in Scottsdale created an heirloom popcorn infused cocktail. The Agave Maize is a cocktail and bar snack combined in one that will pop up any hour, especially the happiest one.
3. Fish Dip
When you want to lighten up your happy hour, one of the best bar snacks is ceviche. Chopped whitefish, shrimp, plum tomato, diced onion, and chile peppers marinated in a lime juice make this a snack worth dipping. Food science is cool, and the science behind ceviche is no exception. Ceviche fish is actually “cooked” in a process called “denaturation” whereby the protein structure of the seafood is altered (cooked) by the citrus.
Try it yourself with this easy ceviche recipe from Chef Joanne Weir paired with a classic tequila cocktail like the Paloma. We think you’ll agree that this light, bright citrus combo deserves its spot at number 3 on the list of the best bar snacks – the tequila edition.
4. Flaming Hot Cheese (Part II)
Crusted crunchy-coated jalapeños bursting with molten lava cheese. What’s not to love about the number 5 best bar snacks? Except for the 3rd-degree burns suffered when the cream cheese inevitably squirts out the bottom. Leave it to us to find a solution to craving jalapeño poppers with our cocktails: Jalapeño Popper DIP. Come on now. A creamy cheesy dip with roasted peppers is everything we love about jalapeño poppers, without the burns.
We suggest lightening up the spice and cheese with the El Arnoldo. The spiked Arnold Palmer is refreshing enough to cut the heat of the dip and sweet enough to balance the spice.
1. Nacho Pile Up
Get in our bellies. NOW. Nachos are hands down the best bar snack ever. And no, we aren’t exaggerating. Crunchy chips. Gooey cheese. Fresh tomatoes. Spicy jalapeños. Cool crema. Loaded with guac. The best part of this best bar snack is that the layers of flavor ideal for sharing. Whether it’s a dynamic duo or a standing room only crowd, nachos please even the pickiest partygoer.
And while we’re talking about parties, check out this ridiculously awesome nacho pile innovated by none other than Guy Fieri. He created a nacho pile so big that it’s made in a trash can! To cool your taste buds alongside the “nacho average” best bar snacks, try the simple Organic Skinny Margarita. Because “balance”, of course.
Had Enough of the Best Bar Snacks?
Are you full yet? Without a doubt, we are. Nachos, cheese, more cheese, popcorn, and ceviche don’t make the healthiest of meals. Although we never suggested you eat them all in one sitting. That would be irresponsible. If this high of caloric intake is too much for you to bear, we have some healthier options when it comes to happy hour cocktails on our blog. Scoot on over and check out our recent blog posts for some veggie alternatives. Or better yet, sign up for our newsletter and never miss a tequila trend again.
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You can find Azuñia tequilas at fine restaurants, bars, and retailers across the country.white