Game Day Snacks and Appetizer Recipes

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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 A combination of browned ground beef, onion, refried beans, and tomato sauce tops these delicious nachos, along with lots of cheese, jalapeno peppers, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole. Arrange and bake these nachos on an ovenproof platter or shallow baking dish, or use several smaller baking dishes or ovenproof plates for individual servings.

Game Day Chili with Ground Beef This hearty slow cooker chili makes a crowd-size 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  Diced tomatoes are optional in this tasty guacamole.

It's the perfect dip for parties or snacking. It also makes an excellent 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 tasty side dish, too.

Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes or Wings Feel free to use either drumettes or wings in this recipe.

Easy Crock Pot Steak Fajitas These slow cooker fajitas are amazing! Flank steak and seasonings cook low and slow in the crock pot. Serve the steak with tortillas, 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 Cook this simple yet elegant snack during the halftime break. Have them wrapped and ready to bake. 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 contains melty 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.

Serve it with tortilla chips or crackers.

Sesame Chicken Wings Marinate these delicious Asian-inspired wings for at least 2 hours. Pop them in the oven and bake them for 25 minutes. 

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 crock pot barbecued meatballs are made with frozen prepared meatballs or use a 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 will be an instant hit!

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 All you need for these snacks is a French bread baguette and your favorite toppings. Just 10 minutes in the oven and you'll have a fabulous appetizer.

Easy Spicy Cajun Chicken Strips Make these chicken strips as spicy as you like. Serve them with ranch-style dressing or your favorite dips. 

See Also

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