As we enter the summer and time for cookouts with friends and family, one of the best things you can do is bring a great dish/entree to a cook out. Whatever you bring does not have to be a huge hassle. As long as it tastes great, you are doing just fine.

1) Spicy Corn Dip


1 can of corn

1 can of black beans

Package of cream cheese

Package of spicy Ranch dry mix

Handful of chopped cilantro


Mix everything in a bowl, and serve with chips. A perfect party hit!

2) Queso


Block of Velveeta cheese

1 can of Rotel

Pound of ground beef


Brown the ground beef, and dice up the Velveeta cheese. Combine all ingredients in a Crock-pot on low for 1-2 hours. Make sure you stir the queso periodically. Serve with chips, and you are good to go.

3) Pepperoni Pasta Salad


3 ounces of pepperoni

8 ounces of cherry tomatoes

1 tablespoon of garlic

2 teaspoons of oregano

¼ of a teaspoon of pepper

1 teaspoon of salt

¾ of a cup of olive oil

½ of a cup of red wine vinegar

8 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese

8 ounces of shredded mozzarella cheese

¾ of a cup of parmesan cheese

16 ounces of cooked rotini


Mix all ingredients, and serve cold.

4) Firework Fruit Kabob





Get kabob sticks. Cut pieces of watermelon into 3 inch stars and put on top of the kabob stick. Fill the rest of the kabob stick and blueberries. A refreshing snack, for sure!

5) Buffalo Shredded Chicken Sliders


3 medium chicken breasts

16 ounces of buffalo sauce

1 package of dry ranch mix

1 package of Hawaiian sweet rolls


Put the chicken breasts, buffalo sauce and dry ranch mix in a Crock-pot. Cook on low for 8 eights or high for 4 hours. About half way through your cook time, shred the chicken. Once your chicken is done, place in the sandwich rolls and serve.

6) Deviled Eggs


6 hard boiled eggs

2 tablespoons of sweet relish

Salt and pepper to taste

1 tablespoon of yellow mustard

Paprika for taste

Bacon bits


Cut the boiled eggs in half, and put the yolks in a bowl. Mix with all ingredients, and then place in the boiled egg shells. Garnish with paprika, and bacon bits for a little something extra!

7) Jalapeno Poppers


10 jalapenos

1 package of cream cheese

10 strips of bacon


Cut the jalapenos in half long ways, and remove all the seeds. Stuff the jalapeno halves with cream cheese, and then wrap each jalapeno half with half a strip of bacon. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. Cook in the oven for 25-30 minutes at 400 degrees or until the bacon is crispy.

8) Potato Salad


6 good size Russet potatoes, boiled and chopped

4 boiled eggs

1 stalk of celery

¼ cup of mayonnaise

Squirt of yellow mustard

Salt and pepper to taste


After you cook your potatoes, chop them into small pieces and let them cool. Chop up the celery and boiled eggs. Mix all ingredients, and you are ready to go.

9) Grilled Mesquite Chicken Breasts


4 chicken breasts

Mesquite seasoning


Marinate the chicken breasts in mesquite seasoning for at least 3 hours. Get the grill going at a medium heat, and cook each side for 5-7 minutes. Make sure the inside of the chicken hits 165 degrees. Serve as is or cut into smaller pieces.

10) Avocado and Black Bean Salad


1 can of black beans

1 can of corn

Medium sized avocado

1 green bell pepper

½ cup of sweet onion

1 cup of your favorite salsa

Juice from ½ a lime

Salt and pepper to taste


Cut the avocado, green bell pepper and sweet onion into small pieces. Mix all ingredients together, and let sit for an hour to let the flavors mix. Serve as is or with chips.

Kallie B
When Kallie is not working full time trying to raise money, she is often studying how people process political messages. Powered with 2 undergraduate degrees, 1 graduate degree and now working towards a Ph.D., she has dived into the world of political communication and psychophysiological research. She is a 5th generation Texan, and has been in politics since she was 8 years old.