Football season is here and besides figuring out where you are going to watch the game, the next important question will always be, "What are we going to eat?!" Game day should not come with such stress about food. Rather, the only thing stressful should be watching the game. And no matter what, it will be stressful. Luckily, there are plenty of delicious snacks, dips and finger foods to take your mind off of what's happening in the screen.
The best football game snacks should be easily shared and perfectly snackable. They should also provide comfort, just in case there are a few rough moments during the game when all you can do is stuff dip-laden chips in your mouth until your team gets the lead back. This means cheesy options, chicken wings, fried foods, and lots of dips. You need something for everyone, especially on the big game when all of your friends and family will be crowding around the TV cheering your team on.
To make game day easier and allow you to focus on the important things, we've compiled a list of fool-proof snacks to eat during game day. These foods are quick to prepare and made to please the crowd, and they'll be the perfect snacks for celebrating a win or commiserating after a loss. Here are 20 football snacks that are easy to whip up and even easier to serve to those hungry, and maybe even disappointed, guests this weekend.
20 Football Snacks For Game Day
1. Hot Crab Dip
As a recent resident of Maryland, I have quite the affinity for crab. Regardless of where you are from, this big game day snack and appetizer will have you satisfied and in the game.
Serve this party snack with tortilla chips or butter crackers.
Get the recipe at Amy in the Kitchen.
2. Buffalo Wings
In no way, shape, form, or fashion can you have a Game Day without Buffalo wings. This chicken wings recipe is renowned across the country and now it's in your possession.
Use your favorite hot sauce to spice up this tailgating snack up to the max.
Get the recipe at The Wall Street Journal.
3. Loaded Crockpot Carne Asada Tacos
On Superbowl Sunday, be sure to start these tacos the night before or early in the morning. When the game comes on, they will miraculously be ready for consumption.
Serve with a side of black beans or nachos topped with cilantro and guacamole
Get the recipe at Half Baked Harvest.
4. Southwest Loaded Potato Skins
Do you like tacos? What about crispy loaded potatoes?
Try this recipe at Le Creme de la Crumb and combine the two. Add some shredded chicken or beef to make them even more filling and delicious.
5. Beef Queso Dip
A football party with no Mexican queso dip recipe is nothing short of a travesty.
Get the party started with the cheese dip recipe at Damn Delicious!
6. NFL-Themed Cupcakes
Follow this recipe from Chelsweets to get the Game Day desserts going.
Remember to change the color of your icing based on your favorite team (no, I'm not a Packers fan). These will always be a hit at your Super Bowl party.
7. Fried Pickles
Dip. Crunch. Repeat. Fried pickles for the win! These football snacks are great with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Get the recipe at House of Yumm.
8. Diamond Burgers
Grab some Hawaiian rolls, cheese, sesame seeds and most importantly, beef.
Once collected, follow this recipe from Kevin and Amanda to greatness!
9. Swedish Meatballs
Not sure if the Swedes enjoy American Football, but we definitely enjoy their appetizing cuisine and their Super Bowl snacks.
Here's a recipe from Damn Delicious to get the finger foods going during that Game Day party! Football fans will love how delicious these are.
10. Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Want to switch up from regular Buffalo wings, but still want that same flavor? Stand out at the Game Day potluck with this fresh take on an American classic! Serve these tailgate snacks with ranch and veggies!
Get the recipe at Cooking for Keeps.
11. Skirt Steak Quesadillas
Steak has some addictive qualities and these quesadillas will have your Game Day guests coming back for more! Top with sour cream
Get the recipe at the Cooking Channel.
12. Easy French Bread Pizza
Who has time to roll dough and make pizza from scratch?! If you do, then more power to you; for those who don't, take this shortcut and enjoy your Game Day with this Italian snack.
Get the recipe at Two Peas and Their Pod.
13. Touchdown Brownies
These brownies are superb for Game Day. The salty pretzels combined with the caramel frosting will have your taste buds firing on all cylinders.
Get the recipe at the Baker Mama.
14. Spinach Artichoke Dip
One of my all-time favorite snacks! You can never go wrong with cheese and a hidden portion of vegetables.
This recipe from Yammie's Noshery calls for the use of olive chips, but my personal favorite dip vessels are thin slices of French bread.
15. Bacon Tot Jalapeno Poppers
We needed more potatoes and more spice on this list. So why not combine them both?!
The unique recipe from Oh Bite It! is far from a disappointment.
16. BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Don't let the kids be the only ones enjoying grilled cheese. Everyone is a little childish, right? Get the recipe from Closet Cooking here!
The recipe does not mention how to cook the pulled pork, so if you're new to this, here is a separate recipe from All Recipes for slow cooker pulled pork.
17. Bourbon Apple Glazed Wings
Bourbon, bourbon, and bourbon. These wings have a nice and sweet tang, with slight heat and will give you a break from the typical "sweet wings".
Try something new and show off this new recipe from the Cooking Channel when your favorite team is on.
18. BBQ Brisket Sliders
These little sandwiches of greatness are flavorful, moist and Game Day changers. Brisket takes quite some time, so use this slow cooker recipe from Tori Avey to cut down on the wait!
19. Barbacoa Tacos
Tacos, in my opinion, are only second to wings when it comes to Game Day eats. Top it how you feel fit, but don't forget the squeeze of lime. It is a key play!
Get the recipe at Houston Brunchaholics.
20. Fried Boudin Balls
Creole and Cajun cuisine has put New Orleans on the map for some of the best food in the country.
Take those flavors to your kitchen with this amazing recipe from Louisiana Cookin'.
This post was originally published on September 1, 2021.