Looking for game day food ideas? I've curated a list of some of the best snacks, apps and meals you can make for the most wonderful time of year!
The air is crisp (if you're lucky), the football game is on, and the company is aplenty. When you turn on your favorite team, the next most natural thing to do is to grab some fun game day snacks to enjoy! After all, the games are long.
Read on for some of our favorite football Sunday food ideas.
Best Game Day Recipes
Growing up, football Sunday was one of my favorite times. If I'm honest, not for the game. I was never big on the sport itself (sorry, Dad), but I loved the overall feel of the day. The game would be on in the family room, the temperature would be just right so I could throw on my favorite sweater and comfy socks, and Mom would have a pot of her famous chili slow cooking throughout the day.
It was perfect.
I still thoroughly enjoy football Sunday even though I don't get to indulge in Mom's chili as often, but I still use this time to try out fun nibbles to enjoy during the game.
Whether you are hosting a watch party or relaxing at home, following are some dishes I think you'll love.
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1. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders
Quick, easy, and perfect for allllll the dipping sauces. These Air Fryer Tenders are kid- and adult-friendly, making it the perfect dish to make when you're in a pinch! One of our favorites.
These chocolate football shaped whoopie pies are the perfect game-day treat! They're filled with marshmallow fluff buttercream and are as easy to make as they are adorable! Best of all, they come together in just 30 minutes!
3. Cheesy and Gooey Jalapeño Popper Balls
This cheesy, crunchy and gooey appetizer is about to be your new favorite game day snack! Think of it as your favorite jalapeño poppers combined with a cheese
4. Smokey Dutch Oven Beer Braised Chili
This smokey dutch oven beer braised chili is so easy and hearty, with just the right amount of spice and flavor. Braised in a smokey beer sauce, this dutch oven chili is perfect on a cold evening and is the only chili recipe you will ever need!
This Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious 5-ingredient dip that is perfect for your football party! Whether you're serving a group or just your family, this tangy and cheesy dip will be a huge hit!
6. Crockpot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
If you like sweet, spicy, and effortless, these crockpot meatballs are about to be your new go-to crowd-pleasing dish. These are jam-packed with flavor and far less complicated than they taste! f you appreciate simple, give these a try.
7. Air Fryer Gluten Free Coconut Shrimp
This crispy air fryer coconut shrimp recipe is the ultimate gluten free party appetizer! Made using simple ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry, these crunchy shrimp are bursting with coconut flavor. Serve them with homemade sweet chili sauce for a delicious restaurant quality seafood recipe at home!
This creamy baked dish with a bit of spice is perfect for game day! Serve it up with some salty tortilla chips and watch it disappear.
9. Sous Vide French Onion Short Rib Sliders
NEXT LEVEL short rib sliders, coming right up! If you love tender and juicy, and you love it in sandwich form… these sliders are going to make you wonder how you've ever eaten them in any other way.
10. Pub Style Soft Pretzels with Stout Beer Cheese Sauce
These Pub Style Soft Pretzels are so fun and are the best soft pretzels you’ll ever make! Perfect for football Sunday- these incredible pub style pretzels are served with a stout beer cheese sauce that is extra cheesy and absolutely delicious.
11. Perfectly Crispy Buffalo Wings
Nothing beats the perfect buffalo wing recipe! If you're looking for classic football Sunday food ideas, this is the one for you.
This cottage cheese dill dip is light and fresh, with the best flavour of fresh herbs. Serve with crudites, chips or crackers for football Sunday!
13. Jalapeno Popper Wonton Cups
Everyone will love these crispy, jalapeno popper wonton cups! Best of all? Only you'll know how quick and easy they were to make because they taste so amazing.
14. Honey Chipotle Shrimp Tacos
These delicious Honey Chipotle Shrimp Tacos are topped with spicy marinaded shrimp and cabbage slaw. It's easy, full of flavor, and comes together in just 40 minutes!
15. Roasted Sweet Potato Hummus
Roasted sweet potato hummus is easy and quick to make, requiring very simple ingredients. Serve it with toasted pita chips, crackers, or veggie sticks for a perfect healthy snack!
16. Salt and Pepper Pork Chop Bites
Pan fried pork nuggets aren’t hard to prepare and I find this recipe even better than the Chinese takeout version. In the mood for Asian food and football? This recipe is a real winner.
Roasted chili corn salsa is a simple Chipotle copycat recipe. Ready in 20 minutes, this chunky dip features sweet yellow corn kernels, blackened poblano peppers, red onions, and lime juice. Serve it with burritos, tacos, or tortilla chips!
These Stromboli Rollups are always the first to disappear! They're served warm and they're so delicious.
These honey lemon pepper wings are made with a sweet and savory glaze, baked in the oven or in an air fryer, extra easy to make, and taste absolutely incredible.
Oven-Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites are a fun and easy appetizer or snack made with just a few simple ingredients. Fully loaded with all the awesome flavor of chicken wings, these low carb and vegetarian Buffalo Cauliflower Bites have a soft and tender inside and crispy outside.
This is the BEST White Chicken Chili recipe, and it’s easy to make it on the Stove Top or in the Crock Pot! The creamy broth adds the perfect contrast to the green chilies, corn, shredded chicken, and simple seasonings.
22. Turkey Sweet Potato Sliders
Turkey Sweet Potato Sliders are a tasty paleo and gluten free appetizer. The “buns” are made from sliced sweet potatoes for a fun twist!
This crockpot white queso dip is smooth, creamy and super easy to make! It's the perfect appetizer for game day, or just any time that you're craving nachos!
24. Easy Sheet Pan Vegan Buffalo Chicken Nachos
What's easier and more delicious than a big batch of sheet pan nachos? These Easy Sheet Pan Vegan Buffalo Chicken Nachos are gluten-free, allergy-free, & 100% meatless! Whip up these quick, bold, & spicy chips for a snack, party appetizer, or fun dinner! This baked plant-based recipe will be your go-to for nachos!
No party is complete without Puff Pastry Sausage Rolls, they are everyone’s favorite appetizer! Crispy puff pastry surrounding spiced sausage, who could possibly resist?
26. Party Pinwheels
These tortilla pinwheels make a great appetizer or main dish for watching the game. This recipe has instructions for making them two ways: with buffalo chicken and a vegetarian version.
27. Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
Chinese Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings are a restaurant takeout that taste way better when made at home. Generously seasoned with salt and pepper and dredged in a light coating of cornflour makes these deep-fried chicken wings extremely moreish and crunchy.
28. Seven Layer Dip
An update on this classic tailgate dish. Chips and dip are essential party food, but it doesn't have to be fancy to be delicious. Fresh, quality ingredients and plenty of flavor make for an easy appetizer or snack that everyone loves.
29. Shredded Chicken Sliders (with Hot Honey)
Packed with the most amazing sweet and spicy sauce, these chicken sliders layer sweet Hawaiian rolls, gooey cheese, and a smokey hot honey sauce! Finish them off with a creamy coleslaw for the best bite-sized sandwich around. Made with rotisserie chicken they make the perfect Football Sunday food!
30. Cheesy Italian Meatball Sub Dip
Homemade Italian mini meatballs are surrounded by a ricotta and rich tomato sauce in this cheesy meatball sub dip. A fun twist on a classic meatball sub, this dip is easy to make and perfect for the big game!
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