You may be a grown-up, but snow days still have that special power to give you that feeling of carefree joy, just like when you were a kid. These are the days meant for going sledding, making snow angels, hunkering down inside with indoor picnics, building forts, and watching a marathon of movies. And, of course, what snow day would be complete without a parade of comfort food?
We drew on inspiration from classic, spicy Tex-Mex flavors to create a slew of dishes with our own unique spin to warm you up without weighing you down. From chili mac and cheese to spiced-up hot chocolate, this is the spread to whip up next time you're stuck indoors on a cold weekend.
These recipes will warm you up after playing in the snow, and can be enjoyed inside your pillow fort or when you're cozied up on blankets for an indoor picnic.
Spice Up Your Meal Every Step of the Way
The easiest way to give your menu a Tex-Mex twist is right inside your spice cabinet. We started with some of the classics, and included a few twists of our own. A medley of chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika bring slow-cooker chili mac to the table with little to no effort. A spoonful of ground cinnamon and a pinch of cayenne will kick your everyday hot chocolate up a notch. Along with the caramel undertones from condensed milk, cinnamon really perks up a warm pot of arroz con leche for dessert.
And to start the meal off, plain yogurt is transformed into a savory dip with a squeeze of lime juice and a dash of warm and toasty cumin.
Make It in the Morning and Munch All Day
If there's one thing that goes hand in hand with snow days, it's comfort food. But munching all day long shouldn't mean you spend half the day in the kitchen. Put in some work in the morning, then reap the delicious benefits all day long. Stir together a flavorful cumin-lime yogurt dip to go with your favorite cut-up veggies for wholesome snacking. Our Tex-Mex taco salad gets a fresh spin with a base of shredded kale that gets especially tender and flavorful after soaking in the dressing. And because snow days are meant for continuous mugs of hot chocolate, we recommend simmering a big batch on the stovetop so there's plenty to go around from morning through evening.