After you make the salsa, what else is there to do but to have some margaritas, and taste test your salsa with chips. Maybe make it into a taco or nacho night. Loads of different types of salsa to try to make to suit all different types of tastes.
To get started: You don’t need much for this cheap date idea: cheap tortilla chips (in bulk), cheap tomatoes (in-season, preferably), cheap avocados (if not in season) and cheap limes (you can get 1/2 dozen for under $1).
The steps: There are lots of recipes that use onions and garlic (which will add more flavor depth). If you like cilantro, put that in – if not, leave it out. There are recipes that include tomato paste or tomato sauce, so if you have those around already, put them in. You can blend or food process your salsa for a smoother texture or keep it chunky by leaving the salsa as-is.
What to do with cheap date ideas: Margaritas are cheap at places like Moe’s where they are about $2 each; two will be enough for one cheap date idea night (or double up on the cheap margarita makers). If you’re hosting at home instead of going out, then beer would work too (and cheaper than cocktails). Serve it with chips and guacamole (avocado is cheap – but make sure it’s ripe for this cheap date idea).
Nachos: set out bowls of foods like Fritos and shredded cheddar and pepper jack cheese to build your own nachos. Add sour cream, jalapeño slices (or pickled sliced jalapenos), black olives, green onions, maybe some fresh tomatoes or salsa – whatever you like! Again, cheap ingredients make cheap cheap date ideas.
You could even get weird with cheap date ideas and go Mexican fondue instead of classic French. Who needs expensive wine when you have cheap limes for juice? Velveeta makes a great fondue “cheese”, and then add whatever cheap fillings you want: guacamole (for savory), caramelized onions or pineapple chunks (for sweet).
Cocktails for cheap date ideas: Not into cheap tequila? Go for cheap liqueurs instead. Kahlua is cheap ($15 on Amazon) and then it’s just a matter of mixing in some cheap vodka that you have around. Add Frangelico, amaretto, triple sec – whatever you like! A cheap margarita with Kahlua would be amazing.
You could also try to make your own cheap cocktails by using cheap liquors like whiskey or rum mixed with club soda. Soda is cheap (<$20 for 6-pack on Amazon), but if the idea of soda water makes your teeth chatter, go for tonic water instead ($25/6-pack). Add cheap lemons or limes, cheap bitters, cheap mint leaves and cheap sugar (<$6 for a big bag) to get cheap cocktail ideas.
It’s also cheap date idea time for mocktails! Cheap juices like cranberry and grapefruit juice are easy to find – just be sure that you’re not getting cheap “juice drink” instead of 100% juice. If it says the word “ade” in front of the name (like cran-ade), then it’s probably a cheap beverage with a little bit of juice added.
For cheap date ideas, make your own sparkling water by adding inexpensive flavored extracts like vanilla extract or almond extract – add cheap bubbly cava or prosecco too for bubbles without the booze.
With cheap ingredients, cheap drink recipes and cheap date ideas, you can make your cheap date an event to remember (without any expensive memories).
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