5 Fan Favorite Football Party Snacks

Last updated 9/21/23

Whether you're a diehard football fan or just enjoy the occasional Saturday or Sunday game, you're probably attending a game day party. And if you're hosting, the pressure can pile up. But coming up with snack foods that everyone will enjoy doesn't have to be difficult. Here's a list of 5 crowd-pleasing foods that are always hits during the football season:

1. Chips & Queso

Here's a recipe for Best Easy Queso Dip

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 jalapeño, minced
  • 12 oz. American cheese, shredded
  • 4 oz. Pepper Jack, shredded
  • 1 c. milk
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 (4-oz.) can green chilis
  • 1/4 c. freshly chopped cilantro
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  • In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes. Add garlic and jalapeño and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add cheeses and milk and stir until cheese is melted. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in tomatoes, green chilis, and cilantro. 
  • Serve immediately with chips.

2. Buffalo Wings

Here's a recipe for Best Classic Buffalo Wings

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 lb. chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp. Vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 c. hot sauce (such as Frank's)
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • Ranch dressing, for serving
  • Carrot sticks, for serving
  • Celery sticks, for serving

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400° and place a wire rack over a baking sheet. In a large bowl, toss chicken wings with oil and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Transfer to prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake until chicken is golden and skin is crispy, 50 to 60 minutes, flipping the wings halfway through.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk together hot sauce and honey. Bring to simmer then stir in butter. Cook until butter is melted and slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Heat broiler on low. Transfer baked wings to a bowl and toss with buffalo sauce until completely coated. Return wings to rack and broil—watching carefully!—until sauce caramelizes, 3 minutes. Serve with ranch dressing and vegetables.

3. Pigs in a Blanket

Here's a recipe for Best Pull Apart Pigs in a Blanket

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooking spray
  • 6 tbsp. melted butter
  • 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch crushed red pepper flakes 
  • All-purpose flour
  • 1 tube Pillsbury pizza dough
  • 2 (12-oz.) packages cocktail weiners 

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 400°. Grease inside of a 8” springform pan with cooking spray. In a small bowl, whisk together butter, Italian seasoning, and garlic powder. Season with salt and pepper flakes. 
  • On a lightly floured surface, unroll pizza dough and cut into 1”-x-2” rectangles.
  • Brush top of each with butter mixture, then wrap each cocktail weiner in pizza dough and pinch seam shut. 
  • Place pigs in blanket standing upright in springform pan. They should be snug, but not too tightly packed together. (Otherwise dough won’t bake!) Brush top with remaining melted butter mixture. 
  • Bake until golden, 50 to 55 minutes.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. 
  • Serve warm with dipping sauces.

4. Sliders

Here's a recipe for Pull-Apart Cheesburger Sliders

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tbsp. Cooking spray
  • 2 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 tsp. yellow mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 slider buns (or dinner rolls)
  • 12 slices cheddar cheese
  • 1 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 c. pickle slices
  • 3 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp. sesame seeds

DIRECTIONS

  • Preheat oven to 350° and grease a 9"-x-13" baking dish with cooking spray. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook until soft, 5 minutes, then add garlic and cook until fragrant, 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking up meat with a wooden spoon, until no longer pink, about 6 minutes. Drain fat.
  • Return beef mixture to skillet and stir in mustard and Worcestershire. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place bottom halves of slider buns in prepared baking dish and top with cooked beef mixture, cheese, tomatoes, pickles, and slider bun tops.
  • Brush melted butter on top of buns and sprinkle with garlic powder and sesame seeds.
  • Bake until cheese is melty and buns are golden, 10 to 12 minutes.

5. Meatballs

Here's a recipe for Slow-Cooker Mini Meatballs

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 c. bread crumbs
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp. chopped chives (plus more for serving)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 c. ketchup
  • 1/2 c. sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

DIRECTIONS

  • In a medium bowl, combine ground beef, panko, chives, worcestershire, eggs and garlic and stir until well combined. Season with salt and pepper. Roll into 1” meatballs.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to the slow cooker and stir to combine. Place meatballs on top. Cover the slow cooker and cook on low for about 4 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Toss well with the sauce in the slow cooker before serving. Garnish with chives and serve on toothpicks.

These recipes are SURE to please any football-watching crowd, whether they're there for the game, the commercials, or just the food!

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