37 Game Day Foods That Will Be a Touchdown at Any Football Party

Snack on these delicious bites that are quick and easy to make!

chicken taquitos with sour cream and salsa on top
Mike Garten

Wondering what to feed your party guests for football season? Easy appetizer ideas and delicious dip recipes are a must. To help you celebrate, we’ve gathered our favorite crowd-pleasing recipes perfect for game day. While we didn’t forget classic football fare (chicken wings, ribs, gooey cheese dips, finger food ideas) we’ve also included creative variations on party classics. Whether you're hosting a backyard tailgate or throwing an all-out Super Bowl party, these recipes are sure to get you in the cheerin’ mood — packed with tons of Super Bowl Snacks, recipes for the big game, as well as tailgate foods.

Skip the store-bought veggie platter and cold takeout wings, and instead try out these easy and delicious recipes to satisfy your guests’ snack cravings this season. Along with all the faves, we’ve also included a few sneaky vegetarian Super Bowl recipes and some healthy game day food ideas to please each and every appetite. Many of these recipes are made to be shared, and can easily be doubled (or tripled!) to please any size crew – no sweat. You can even throw a few of these recipes in the slow cooker to ease your workload as the host. Some of our favorite main dishes like ribs and pulled pork sandwiches are made easy when you let your crockpot do the heavy lifting.

So no need to miss any of the action by slaving away in the kitchen: With these make-ahead recipes and crowd-satisfying bites, party planning has never been easier. And of course, don’t forget the Super Bowl desserts and Super Bowl drinks to really get the party started!

garlicky wings and shishito peppers on a white plate
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Garlicky Wings and Shishito Peppers

Tossing these sweet and salty wings in the air fryer makes for a party-ready app in under 30 minutes!

Get the Garlicky Wings and Shishito Peppers recipe.

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blt shrimp rolls
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BLT Shrimp Rolls

Handheld sammies are the way to go on game day, and these — packed with homemade ranch, crispy bacon and sweet tomatoes — are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

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pork lettuce wraps
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Fiery Pork Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce cups not only give an added crunch to spicy pork, but make this filling dish 100% finger-food ready. Serve with a variety of toppings — cucumbers, radishes, rice, cilantro — for a customizable app on the go.

Get the Fiery Pork Lettuce Wraps recipe.

chicken taquitos with sour cream and salsa on top
Mike Garten
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Chicken Taquitos

This simple and tasty crowd-pleaser is ready in under 30 minutes, making it a perfect easy app in a pinch.

Get the Chicken Taquitos recipe.

a baking sheet of roasted potatoes with toppings
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Crispy Roasted Potatoes

These crispy, golden potatoes are the perfect base for an endless amount of toppings. Set out ranch, salsa, cheese or herbs for the ultimate customizable party fare.

Get the Crispy Roasted Potatoes recipe.

smoky guacamole with charred avocado and chips on the side
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Smoky Guacamole

If the weather is nice, fire up your grill to char the avocados for a boost of flavor in this guac. Otherwise, you can skip that step and stay indoors.

Get the Smoky Guacamole recipe.

chicken nachos with a green salsa and sliced radishes on top
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Chicken Suiza Nachos

Our secret to a perfect plate of nachos is to toss all of the ingredients instead of layering, for the best ratio of toppings to chips.

Get the Chicken Suiza Nachos recipe.

buffalo chicken dip in a white bowl with potato chips on the side
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Buffalo Chicken Dip

Stick with a semi-mild hot sauce for this gooey warm dip — it adds just enough heat and acidity to cut through the rich cream cheese.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe.

meatball subs on a blue sheet
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Air Fryer Meatball Sub

Featuring tender meatballs on a toasted hero roll with creamy ricotta and fresh tomato sauce, this makes a tasty game day hit that’ll have everyone asking for seconds.

Get the Air Fryer Meatball Sub recipe.

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french onion dip with toasted bread on the side
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French Onion Dip

No soup mix here! Rich caramelized onions and a splash of sherry are the secret to this flavor-packed dip.

Get the French Onion Dip recipe.

bean nachos on a sheet pan
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Double Bean Nachos

You'll be the real winner of game day with this 15-minute vegetarian dish.

Get the Double Bean Nachos recipe.

RELATED: 55 Vegetarian Recipes That Are Easy and Quick to Make for the Family

vegan queso in a white bowl with chips on the side
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Vegan Queso

You'll never believe this creamy, dreamy dip is vegan!

Get the Vegan Queso recipe.

RELATED: 70 Vegan Recipes So Good, You'll Forget About Meat and Cheese

green avocado dip with totchos on the side
Mike Garten
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Avocado Dip and Totchos

Step aside, guac. Instead, load your blender with creamy avocado, cilantro and lime, for a crowd-pleasing dip everyone will enjoy. Bonus: Serve with totchos (spiced tots topped with gooey melted cheese) for a tasty dipper.

Get the Avocado Dip recipe.

Get the Totchos recipe.

potato salad with soft boiled eggs in a bowl
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Old Bay–Spiced Potato Salad

Switch up your usual potato salad recipe with this no-mayo version that instead uses a zesty vinaigrette. Warning: With a side this delicious, you might want to make a second helping.

Get the Old Bay–Spiced Potato Salad recipe.

mushroom with muenster cheese sliders
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Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Sliders

Crispy, cheesy vegetarian sliders change the game, and you can make a dozen of these sandwiches in just 25 minutes.

Get the Crispy Mushroom and Muenster Sliders recipe.

maple turkey chili in corn tortilla bowls and shredded cheddar cheese on top
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Smoky Maple Turkey Chili

Tortilla bowls turn this hearty chili recipe into a fun dish for groups gathered to watch the big game.

Get the Smoky Maple Turkey Chili recipe.

RELATED: 40 Super Easy Chili Recipes That Are Perfect for Cold Winter Days

chorizo queso dip with potato skins
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Chorizo Queso Potato Skins

Kick off your party with this fondue-like dip served with crispy, baked potato skins.

Get the Chorizo Queso Potato Skins recipe.

caramelized shallot onion baguette pizza, buffalo chicken baguette pizza and pepperoni baguette pizza
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Baguette Pizza

Fancy baguette pizzas are a game changer when you load them up with any of these three topping varieties.

Get the Baguette Pizza recipe.

slow cooked teriyaki ribs with cabbage slaw on the side
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Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Ribs

Take some of the stress of hosting a party away by letting your crockpot do most of the work with five-ingredient ribs.

Get the Slow-Cooker Teriyaki Ribs recipe.

crispy potatoes on a sheet pan with vegan nacho cheese
Mike Garten
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Crispy Potatoes with Vegan Nacho Sauce

Nutritional yeast gives this dairy-free nacho dip a cheesy flavor that will make it a winner with both vegans and cheese-lovers alike.

Get the Crispy Potatoes with Vegan Nacho Sauce recipe.

RELATED: 58 Easy Potato Recipes For Weeknight Dinners, Thanksgiving and More

tomato soup mac n' cheese in a three bowls
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Tomato Soup Mac 'n' Cheese

An upgrade on the classic grilled cheese and tomato soup combo, this dish combines two delicious comfort foods into one flavor-packed recipe.

Get the Tomato Soup Mac 'n' Cheese recipe.

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Jalapeño Parmesan-Crusted Grilled Cheese

Cheddar and jalapeño were meant to be together on game day, and this grilled cheese sandwich is a perfect delivery system.

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soft pretzels with beer cheese on the side
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Creamy Beer Cheese

Pretzels, beer, and cheese all in one dish? Serve this dip at your next party and put everyone in good spirits.

Get the Creamy Beer Cheese recipe.

ham and cheese sliders on a baking sheet
Mike Garten
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Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders

A simple, grab-and-go appetizer, sliders are a great way to serve a crowd without a lot of mess.

Get the Ham and Cheese Oven Sliders recipe.

buffalo chicken pull apart bread
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Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread

Buffalo sauce makes any dish a winner! The pull-apart bread is loaded with delicious buffalo chicken.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Pull-Apart Bread recipe.

a rack of ribs with bbq sauce on top
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Double Red-Eye St. Louis–Style Ribs

The secret ingredient in these flavor-packed game day finger foods? Coffee!

Get the Double Red-Eye St. Louis-Style Ribs recipe.

spicy jerk drumsticks
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Spicy Jerk Drumsticks

A fun twist on classic game day wings, these fiery drumsticks are roasted in the oven rather than fried, offering a healthier alternative with easier cleanup.

Get the Spicy Jerk Drumsticks recipe.

cheesy pull apart monkey bread with a side of marinara on the side
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Cheesy Monkey Bread

Garlicky, buttery, and cheesy bread just waiting to be dunked in marinara. What more could you ask for in an appetizer?

Get the Cheesy Monkey Bread recipe.

mexican breakfast chilaquiles with avocado and sour cream served in a cast iron dish
Mike Garten
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Mexican Breakfast Chilaquiles

Upgrade your typical nachos with these breakfast chilaquiles at your next Sunday football party.

Get the Mexican Breakfast Chilaquiles recipe.

charred chicken wings coated in six separate sauces
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Crispy Charred Chicken Wings with Six Sauces

Chicken wings are an absolute must-have for big crowds. Top these crispy wings with any of your favorite sauces to make an appetizer that will satisfy all of your guests.

Get the Crispy Charred Chicken Wings with Six Sauces recipe.

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