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The Best Game Day Recipes

This list is the ultimate guide to the best game day recipes! It has everything from cheesy dips, to chili, to sliders, to soup, and even some hoagies. Whatever it is you crave while you watch the big game, this list will surely have something to satisfy you.

This list includes some of my most popular recipes that are perfect for game day or any hosting event. I enjoy watching football, but when it comes to the super bowl, I am definitely more into the food than the actual game. That is, unless my team is in the super bowl. Then, I am very much invested in the actual game. My team isn’t in the super bowl this year, so it’s the perfect time for me to focus on what I do best, and that is food!

  1. Jalapeño Popper Dip – Do you love jalapeño poppers? If so, get ready to enjoy this Jalapeño Popper Dip topped with Pepper Jelly. This gooey, cheesy, and delicious dip is made with jalapeño peppers, garlic, and bacon. Then, I topped the whole dip with pepper jelly, which is a sweet and spicy jelly that pairs perfectly with cream cheese. If you love traditional cream cheese filled jalapeño poppers, I know you will love this dip. Grab some chips and dippers and enjoy! Recipe: Jalapeño Popper Dip
Jalapeno Dip with cream cheese, fresh jalapenos, garlic, bacon, and pepper jelly

2. Crab Rangoon Dip – This crab rangoon dip is a delicious Asian inspired hot crab dip. Crab rangoon is a combination of crab, green onions, soy sauce, and cream cheese stuffed into a fried wonton. It is then served with a sweet dipping sauce. I combined all of these amazing flavors of and made it into a Crab Rangoon Dip! You can either fry your wonton chips in oil or use an air fryer. Serve with a sweet chili sauce. Recipe: Crab Rangoon Dip

crab rangoon dip

3. French Dip Sliders – Oh my goodness these are delicious. These french dip sliders are made with Hawaiian rolls, roast beef, provolone cheese, and caramelized onions. Then it is baked until the cheese is melted. When they finish baking, you have the most perfect little melty french dip sliders which are ready to be dipped into delicious au jus! I make a lot of slider recipes, and this is definitely one of the best varieties I have made. Recipe: French Dip Sliders

French Dip Sliders with Au Jus

4. Spanakopita Puff Pastry Pinwheels – These Spanakopita Puff Pastry Pinwheels are a delicious party appetizer to make if you want to wow your guests. Spanakopita is one of my favorite Greek dishes but it can be a bit time consuming because of the phyllo dough. Using puff pastry and rolling them into pinwheels simplifies the recipe while still being able to enjoy the delicious flavors of feta cheese, spinach, and lemon in a flaky, buttery crust. Recipe: Spanakopita Puff Pastry Pinwheels

Spanakopita Puff Pastry Pinwheels

5. White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese – Chili season is here and one of my favorites to make is this White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese. This is a great alternative to traditional beef chili and makes for the best leftovers. The creaminess of the cream cheese plus the seasoned chicken and white beans are my #1 pick for football season and for cozying up on the couch on a chilly day. Recipe: White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

White Chicken Chili with Cream Cheese

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip– If you love buffalo wings, this creamy and cheesy dip is for you. Buffalo Chicken Dip is an easy dip made with shredded chicken, buffalo wing sauce, cream cheese, sour cream, and melty cheese. You combine everything in a baking dish, cook until melty and bubbly, and then serve with tortilla chips, celery, bread, or crackers. This list of the best game day recipes would not be complete without this recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip. Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

7. Big Mac CasseroleBig Mac Casserole a.k.a. Cheeseburger Casserole is a delicious and easy meal made with lean ground beef, special sauce, cheese, and pickles. I then top the dish with tater tots and more cheese and bake it until the tater tots are all nice and crispy. Add some shredded lettuce on top, more pickles, and Big Mac sauce and enjoy! Recipe: Big Mac Casserole

Big Mac Casserole topped with Tater Tots

8. Air Fryer Sausage and Pepper Sandwiches – This Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers recipe is made with juicy and crispy Sweet Italian Sausage, Bell Peppers, and Onions all served on a traditional Italian roll. Making this recipe in your air fryer takes less than 30 minutes and clean up is so easy. You can even make this with Spicy Italian Sausage for a spicy kick or Chicken Italian Chicken to lighten it up. Recipe: Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers

Air Fryer Sausage and Peppers

9. Tzatziki – This delicious Tzatziki sauce is the perfect recipe to jazz up any meal. It is so fresh-tasting, creamy, and makes the perfect dip. It is a creamy greek yogurt based dip mixed with garlic, cucumber, dill, and lemon. Recipe: Tzatziki


10. Smashburger Dumplings – The perfect combination of delicious dumpling meatballs pressed into a crispy tortilla topped with sauteed cabbage and dumping sauce. These Smashburger Dumplings are based off the viral tik tok Big Mac Smashburger Tacos! You absolutely need to try these. Recipe: Smashburger Dumplings

smashburger dumpling taco

11. Cheeseburger Egg Rolls – Anything cheeseburger is a must have on this list for the best game day recipes. All the flavors of a juicy cheeseburger rolled in to a crispy crunchy egg roll wrapper. These Cheeseburger Egg Rolls are similar to the ones sold at Disney Parks and the Cheesecake Factory. You can pan fry them or even make them in the air fryer. I also created a quick “big mac” sauce to dunk these in! You must try these – they are so good! Recipe: Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

cheeseburger egg rolls

12. Cottage Cheese Green Goddess Dip – This is definitely a healthier option. This high protein cottage cheese green goddess dip is a blend of creamy whipped cottage cheese, avocado, lemon, garlic, and herbs. It is a nutritious dip that feels decadent at the same time. I love to eat this with some toasted sourdough bread and some crudite. It tastes absolutely delicious and it is going to be a staple in my house all summer long. Recipe: Cottage Cheese Green Goddess Dip

Whipped Cottage Cheese Green Goddess Dip

13. Spicy Feta Dip (Tirokafteri) – Tirokafteri is a creamy and spicy whipped feta dip. This Greek inspired dip recipe includes a blend of whipped feta cheese, ricotta, olive oil, garlic, and the perfect amount of spicy peppers. It is perfectly salty and creamy with the perfect hint of spice. Serve this for a party and it will for sure be a hit! Recipe: Spicy Feta Dip

tirokafteri (spicy feta dip)

14. Baked Reuben Hoagie – This Baked Reuben Hoagie is made with deliciously tender corned beef, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing on long Italian Bread and oven baked in foil until warm and melty. It is the best way to serve Reubens for a party or event. Recipe: Baked Reuben Hoagie

Baked Reuben Hoagie

15. Air Fryer Potato Skins – Deliciously loaded air fryer potato skins will be an absolute hit when you make them! They taste just like the fried version, but so much better for you! Make them in the air fryer or bake them in the oven. This is definitely one of my favorites on this list for the best game day recipes. Recipe: Air Fryer Potato Skins

air fryer potato skins

16. Reuben Sliders – These corned beef reuben sliders are made with swiss cheese, Russian dressing, and sauerkraut all layered together on a delicious hawaiian roll slider bun. So great for sharing! Recipe: Reuben Sliders

Corned Beef Reuben Sliders

17. Guacamole Nachos – Nacho chips topped with melted cheese and freshly made guacamole. These guacamole nachos are simple to make, filling, and absolutely delicious. An amazing appetizer to make for gameday or any day! Recipe: Guacamole Nachos

Guacamole Nachos

18. Best Guacamole Recipe – All you need is 6 ingredients + salt to create the best guacamole recipe you will ever taste. After making guacamole for over 20 years, this is the recipe that I make every single time. No list for the best game day recipes is complete with a guacamole recipe. Recipe: Best Guacamole

The best guacamole recipe

19. Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders – Shredded chicken mixed with ranch dressing and bacon creates the most delicious little Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders. Add in some cheddar cheese and bake them up to create a delicious dish that everyone will love. Recipe: Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders

chicken bacon ranch sliders

20. Oven Baked Wings – My mom’s tried and true crispy oven baked wings recipe that I have been in love with for over half my life. It is my absolute favorite baked chicken wing recipe of all time! There is no flour or batter, just easy to find seasonings. Every time I make these oven baked chicken wings, everyone raves about them and asks for the recipe. Honestly, they are just finger lickin’ good! Recipe: Oven Baked Wings

Oven Baked Wings

21. Turkey and Cheese Hoagie with Fig Jam and Caramelized Onions – A delicious and warm baked turkey and cheese sandwich with caramelized onions, mayonnaise, and fig jam. The perfect dish to make for a party or to pack for lunch. Recipe: Turkey and Cheese Sandwich

Turkey and Cheese Sandwich with smoked turkey, white cheddar cheese, fig jam, mayonnaise, and caramelized onions

22. Buffalo Chicken Nachos – Does anything say “Super Bowl Snack” more than these Buffalo Chicken Nachos? No! Spicy and Cheesy Chicken Nachos made with your favorite hot sauce, Frank’s Red Hot! Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

23. Crab Rangoon Egg RollsCrab Rangoon Egg Rolls are egg rolls filled with cream cheese, crab, green onions, plus a few other seasonings. Then you roll them up, fry them, and dunk them into a delicious sweet sauce. If you love cream cheese wontons and crab rangoon, this little snack is perfect for you! These are one of the best game day recipes on the list. Recipe: Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls

Crab Rangoon Egg Rolls

24. Slow Cooker Potato Soup – This Slow Cooker Potato Soup recipe is the creamiest and most comforting soup I have ever tasted. Flavored with crispy bacon, green onions, and cheddar cheese, this soup will make even the pickiest eaters so happy. Recipe: Slow Cooker Potato Soup

Slow Cooker Potato Soup

25. Crispy Ground Pork Tacos – This recipe for ground pork tacos is a hit in my house. They are crunchy, flavorful, cheesy, and delicious. Also, I love baking them in the oven and folding them over to create the perfect portable taco. These baked ground pork tacos are sure to be a hit in your household, as well! I used ground pork in these tacos, but you can use ground beef, ground turkey, or ground chicken too. Serve these with a creamy Salsa Crema for maximum yum! Recipe: Ground Pork Tacos

Oven baked Ground Pork Tacos. Crispy and Crunchy

26. Slow Cooker Pulled Beef – This Slow Cooker Pulled Beef recipe is adapted from my Instant Pot Beef Barbacoa recipe. I used easy to find ingredients (stew meat, herbs, and citrus) and then let them cook together in a crock pot! The tenderness of the meat is so amazing, I know you will love it. I served this on some tacos, my Avocado Crema and my homemade Peach Mango Salsa. What a wonderful combination! Recipe: Slow Cooker Pulled Beef

Slow Cooker Pulled Beef

27. Healthy Beef Chili – This Healthy Beef Chili is a typical weeknight meal in our household. The days have been long and cold and at the end of the day I just want to sit back and relax with a warm bowl of something hearty. Perfect for everyday and for the Super Bowl! This can also be made vegan by omitting the meat and doubling the beans! Recipe: Healthy Beef Chili

Healthy Beef Chili

28. Cheesy Chili Dog Cups – Remember that Chili recipe I shared above? Well, you can eat it plain or you can use it to make these Cheesy Chili Dog Cups! It’s not a Super Bowl party until someone brings these! These are one of the best game day recipes out there. Recipe: Cheesy Chili Dog Cups

Cheesy Chili Dog Cups

29. Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings – Crispy, Crunchy, Garlicky, Cheesy – Just how I like ’em! I have been working on a recipe for these Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings and they are finally ready just in time for Super Bowl. Recipe: Air Fryer Garlic Parmesan Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings made in the Air Fryer

30. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders – These sliders are so juicy and cheesy anddd easy to make! I lived in Philadelphia for a long time and I know the city is known for Cheesesteaks, but very few places actually make a delicious one. I made my own and I think it’s not getting much better than this! Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

I hope you enjoyed this extensive list of the best game day recipes! You can find me and my other fun creations @spinachandbacon on instagram, facebook, pinterest, and tiktok! I include videos for many of the recipes listed above on my social media sites, so head there to see the recipes comes to life.

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