When it comes to football and the big game, I mostly know nothing and just hope both teams have fun! So, I may not know who’s playing, but I got you covered with all sorts of game day recipes to serve up at your next get-together. I mean, let’s be real, the game day snacks really are the best part.
Browse some of my favorite game day snacks and appetizers – from nachos, cheese sticks, dips, and ribs there are all kinds of way to satisfy those game day cravings.
Crispy Panko Shrimp
Panko shrimp is an easy appetizer or snack with some sauce on the side for dipping. They’re so easy to make (no deep-frying!) and great for parties or any time you want a crispy appetizer to snack on.
Chips and Salsa
Homemade salsa that’s not watery, not too thick, and full of fresh flavors from tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno. This is a cooked salsa recipe that is ready to go in less than 30 minutes. It’s full of fresh flavors and so easy to make.
Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
These sweet and spicy meatball bites are so easy to make (the sauce has just two ingredients!) and are a great game-day snacky treat. You can make them up to a day in advance and warm them up when you’re ready to serve them.
Green Chile Pork Quesadillas
Pork quesadillas with green chile are cooked in the oven on a sheet pan. This is an easy way to make four quesadillas at a time – the tortillas crisp up under the broiler, so they’re hot, cheesy, and toasty when they come out of the oven.
Garlic Parmesan Fries
These garlic parmesan fries are so easy, thanks to store-bought frozen French fries. A few ingredients like garlic-infused olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley make them a go-to snack to satisfy a salty craving.
Baked Chili Dogs
Baked chili cheese dogs are topped with chili, cheese sauce, and garnishes for a great dinner or game day meal!
Blue Cheese Dip
Cool and creamy Blue Cheese Dip is the best dip for buffalo chicken wings, veggie sticks, or crackers. It’s easy to make in about ten minutes and can be made ahead.
Frito Pies are a great way to use up a batch of chili. Lay out your favorite toppings and crunchy corn chips, and everyone can make their own Frito pie for the game.
Pimento Cheese Dip
Pimento cheese is a classic Southern cheese spread made with simple ingredients that, when combined, is hard to resist. It takes less than 15 minutes to make and can be made ahead.
Crispy Baked Chicken Sliders
These crispy baked chicken sliders are a delicious bite for a game-day get-together.
Loaded Pizza Sandwiches
Loaded pizza sandwiches with salami, pepperoni, provolone, mozzarella cheese, olives, green peppers, and fresh herbs. It’s made with a large loaf of bread that you can slice up into individual sandwiches. It’s delicious!
Bacon & Goat Cheese Sliders
All-beef sliders topped with goat cheese, bacon, and herbed mayo. Make the herb mayo first and keep it in the fridge to give the flavors a chance to mingle. After the bacon and burgers are cooked it’s just a simple assembly operation and the sliders are ready to serve.
Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels
These pinwheels are so simple to make and a great appetizer when you need something easy to make. I like to use whipped cream cheese because it’s easy to spread without having to wait for a block of cream cheese to soften. Also, these are best when they have a chance to chill in the refrigerator before serving, so plan to make these up to a day in advance.
Chili Nachos topped with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, cilantro sour cream, and green onions is a great way to use up leftover chili. They’re perfect for game day, parties, or any time you’re craving some seriously good nachos!
Pork Sausage Rolls
Tasty bite-sized pork sausage rolls with apple and sage – make extra because these will disappear fast!
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Oven-baked jalapeno poppers wrapped up in crispy bacon and stuffed with a zingy cilantro-lime cream cheese filling. These are the quintessential party food and are always a hit.
BBQ Chicken Nachos
These BBQ chicken nachos are loaded with tender chicken, BBQ sauce, and a super simple homemade cheese sauce. I use several shortcuts like rotisserie chicken and store-bought sauce, so they’re easy to make.
Easy Italian Sandwich Sliders
These Italian slider sandwiches are a great combination of salty/sweet with a tangy kick from banana peppers. They’re easy to prep and great as a game day snack or party appetizer.
Easy Cajun Fries
If you need a super easy appetizer, these Cajun fries are the answer. Three ingredients, 10 minutes of prep, and 20 minutes of baking time. They come out hot and crispy with garlic and smoky seasoning!
Homemade Mozzarella Sticks
Learn how to make hot and crispy mozzarella sticks at home! These mozzarella sticks are a great make-ahead snack or appetizer that can be frozen and fried whenever you have a craving.
These easy teriyaki ribs cook in the slow cooker and then are brushed with teriyaki sauce and broiled. They’re juicy and tender with a delicious caramelized sticky-sauce crust.
Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip
Creamy, hot spinach artichoke dip is always a crowd pleaser. This is a super easy dip recipe – just mix, bake, and serve. It’s cheesy, creamy, and perfect with tortilla chips, crackers, and veggie sticks.
5 Ingredient Honey Garlic Meatballs
All you need is a slow cooker and five ingredients to make these honey garlic meatballs. You can use frozen meatballs, to make them really easy.
Slow Cooker Queso Blanco
This easy Queso Blanco is a creamy white cheese dip made with two kinds of cheese, spices, and garnished with tomatoes and cilantro. If you love warm cheese dip, you need to give it a try.
Cajun Baked Onion Rings
Baked Onion Rings are crispy and flavored with Cajun seasonings for a great appetizer or side dish.
Cowboy Caviar Guacamole
Cowboy caviar combined with creamy guacamole is a quick and easy dip recipe loaded with fresh flavors. It has avocado, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and fresh lime juice all mixed up and ready for a big bowl of tortilla chips to go with it.
I hope you’ve found some new game day food to serve for the big game!
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Post updated from the archives. First published in January 2018.
Thanks to you, the snack lineup for this week’s Super Bowl will be MUCH better than the game itself. Thanks for sharing!
Oh my gosh, all of these look amazing and are easy to make. Which ones to try first … I gotta try them all!
jenn peas and crayons says
Pinned! Loving this list like woah! – especially the garlic knots oMG!
Natasha @ Salt & Lavender says
Thanks for including my recipe!! I want it to be Super Bowl right now. These all look great. 🙂
What a mouthwatering lineup! I have got to try those garlic fries of yours!!