Super Recipes for A Game Day Gathering

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Diana Rattray

Our favorite game day recipes include delicious snacks, nachos, chili recipes, hot dog snacks, cheese dips, sandwiches, and more. All you need for a successful game day gathering.

Game Day Nachos These delicious nachos are topped with a mixture of ground beef, onion, refried beans, and tomato sauce, along with lots of cheese, jalapeno peppers, and optional chopped cilantro, sour cream, salsa, and/or guacamole.

Arrange and bake these nachos on an ovenproof platter or shallow baking dish, or use several smaller baking dishes or ovenproof plates.

Game Day Chili with Ground Beef This hearty slow cooker chili makes a big batch, and it's packed with beef and spices. Feel free to add some jalapeno peppers for a little more kick, or add some beans if you'd like.

Crock Pot Shredded Beef Barbecue​​ ​​Only 4 ingredients make it a breeze to prepare, and the slow cooker makes it practically hands-free.

Homemade Barbecue Chicken Meatballs  These barbecue chicken meatballs are made with ground boneless chicken thighs. The chicken thighs keep the meatballs juicy. To make them a little lighter, use a combination of half chicken thighs and half chicken breasts. 

Southern-Style Deviled Eggs Nearly everyone loves deviled eggs, and they make a great party snack. Top the stuffed eggs off with a slice of pimiento and a little paprika or with slices of cornichon or piece of cooked bacon.

Classic Guacamole with Lime and Cilantro  This basic guacamole can be made with or without diced tomatoes, and it's the perfect dip for parties or snacking. It also makes a great topping for turkey burgers or burritos.

Crock Pot Pulled Pork Pulled pork is the perfect football game food. Serve pulled pork sandwiches warm from a slow cooker or chafing dish with split buns, extra barbecue sauce, your favorite coleslaw, and pickle slices.

Baked beans make a great side, too.

Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes or Wings I usually use drumettes when I make these, and I always add extra cayenne and hot sauce.

Easy Crock Pot Steak Fajitas These slow cooker fajitas are amazing! Flank steak is cooked in the crock pot with seasonings then served in tortillas with tomatoes and optional toppings.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms
Tasty crab stuffed mushrooms with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make a great party snack.

Cheesy Mexican Appetizer A Mexican-style appetizer recipe with bean dip, cheese, jalapeno peppers, chili sauce, guacamole, and tortilla chips. Feel free to use a little sour cream to garnish this appetizer.

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Shrimp is wrapped in bacon slices then broiled. What could be easier or more delicious?

Pulled Pork Pizza Use your favorite pizza crust recipe to make a deep dish or thin crust pizza with a tasty topping of purchased or leftover pulled pork and barbecue sauce.

Chile Con Queso Cheese Dip A party favorite, this dip is made with cheese, tomatoes, and chile peppers. Feel free to add some chopped jalapeno peppers to turn up the heat.

Easy Bean Dip  This easy bean dip is made with only 5 ingredients, and it's an excellent dip for any party or gathering.

Sesame Chicken Wings These chicken wings are delicious. The wings are marinated in a simple mixture of garlic, green onions, sesame oil and seeds, and soy sauce. The chicken wings are then baked to perfection.

Barbecued Chicken Wings These baked chicken wings are first marinated, then they're slowly baked in the oven. Allow at least 5 hours of marinating and cooking time for this slow-baked chicken wing recipe.

Pizza Pinwheels Little appetizer rolls and easily prepared with crescent roll dough, pepperoni, and cheese, along with other finely chopped additions. Serve with marinara or prepared pizza sauce for dipping.

Crock Pot Party Meatballs With Tangy Sauce These party meatballs are flavored with a sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce. I add a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to the sauce, but feel free to leave it out.


No-Fuss Beer BBQ Meatballs   These crockpot barbecued meatballs are made with frozen prepared meatballs or your own homemade meatball recipe.

Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms These mushrooms are stuffed with a wonderful mixture of bacon, spinach, and melty fontina cheese.

Tortilla Pinwheels with Cream Cheese Filling These easy tortilla appetizers are always a hit. Serve them with some salsa, sour cream, or guacamole.

Simple Clam Dip This clam dip is delicious as it is, but feel free to add some sour cream, grated onion, or onion powder to the mixture. The dip may also be made with sour cream instead of cream cheese.

Sweet and Hot Pork Meatballs   These pork appetizer meatballs are cooked with a sweet and spicy sauce. Use ground beef or a combination of beef and pork.

Pizza Crostini These crunchy little bites are topped with pizza toppings. 

Easy Spicy Cajun Chicken Strips Serve these chicken strips with your favorite dips.

See Also

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Top Game Day Party and Super Bowl Recipes