The Best Foods for Game Day (Over 50 Football Recipes)

The Best Foods for Game Day (Over 50 Football Recipes)

Whether you’re looking for a main dish, an easy dip, a scrumptious dessert, or a drink, you can find it all with over 50 football recipes.

As the fall season starts, that means one thing in the Lynch household: Football! We watch a lot of football this time of the year. My husband has been a Jacksonville Jaguars fan his whole like. And since we both graduated from The University of Central Florida we watch a lot of UCF football.

If you ask either of the boys, “What do we say during football?” They will both respond with, “U-C-F Let’s Gooooooo Knights!” Yes, hand motions and all.

While Justin’s team has never made it to the Super Bowl, we also enjoy getting together with friends to watch the big game.

But, when your team isn’t in the game, what do you go for? The snacks!

I compiled a list of my favorite snacks, foods, desserts, and drinks for watching football.

Originally Published On: September 13, 2021

Appetizers and Dips

Buffalo chicken dip with a ritz cracker in the dip in a round brown bowl with a brown and white towel behind all on a wooden surface
Buffalo Chicken Dip
An easy appetizer or pot luck recipe is Buffalo Chicken Dip. It's spicy, tangy, and cheesy with an addictive flavor served on crackers.
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Hot crab dip topped with sliced green onion in a round brown bowl surrounded by Ritz crackers on a brown plate with a brown and white towel behind
Hot Crab Dip
Hot Crab Dip is a perfect appetizer whether you are attending a potluck or need a snack for game day. The slow cooker makes it an easy recipe.
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Woman's hand using a chip to scoop 5 layer bean dip from a rectangular white casserole dish with a round white bowl of chips behind on a grey placemat on a wooden surface
5 Layer Bean Dip
A recipe for a 5 Layer Bean Dip is great to have on hand for potlucks and get-togethers. It's easy and tasty and everyone will love it.
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Roasted green onion dip in a round white dish with a plate of pita chips and a white and brown towel behind all on a wooden surface
Roasted Green Onion Dip
If you have extra green onions, use them for a delicious cream cheese-based dip. It's perfect for a potluck or appetizer served with crackers.
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Round white bowl full of spinach artichoke dip with a small round white bowl of crackers in front and a white and grey towel behind all on a wooden surface
Spinach Artichoke Dip
There are two ways to easily make a delicious spinach artichoke dip. Try it either on the stovetop or in a slow cooker. 
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Hot Virginia Dip in a brown dish with crackers around the bowl and a brown towel in the background
Hot Virginia Dip
Hot Virginia Dip is an amazing, creamy, salty dip that is perfect for an appetizer or a late-night snack that is great with crackers.
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Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip in a square white bowl next to a pile of square crackers on a white and grey marble surface
Easy Cheesy Ranch Chicken Dip
It only takes 4 simple ingredients to make this cheesy ranch chicken dip that is delicious served warm or cold and is a crowd-pleasing appetizer!
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Taco Dip covered with shredded blended cheese in an off-white serving dish with round tortilla chips behind the dish all on a wooden surface
Taco Dip
Easy taco dip made from only 4 ingredients and sure to be a crowd-pleaser! But be careful, once you start eating it can be hard to stop!
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Slow cooker Swedish meatballs garnished with parsley in a white oval dish with a brown and white towel behind all on a brown wooden surface
Slow Cooker Sweet Meatballs
The slow cooker makes dump-and-cook recipes a breeze. With only 4 ingredients, these sweet meatballs are a perfect appetizer.
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Woman's hand using a toothpick to grab a sausage from a bowl of Hawaiian Lit'l Smokies
Hawaiian Lit’l Smokies
Perfect for an appetizer or dinner, Hawaiian Lit'l Smokies is easy to make and only takes a few hours in the slow cooker.
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Roasted shrimp in a white oval dish with a small stainless steel bowl of sriracha cocktail sauce next to a white and blue towel on a wooden surface
Roasted Shrimp with Sriracha Cocktail Sauce
Add some spice to your typical appetizer by mixing up a sriracha cocktail sauce to go with roasted shrimp. It's easy to make for one or many.
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Woman's hand dipping a tortilla chip in homemade queso in a cast-iron skillet with chips behind all on a wooden surface
Homemade Queso with Real Cheese
You can easily make homemade queso with real cheese in a cast-iron skillet for a delicious appetizer any time of the day.
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Woman's hand pulling a piece of five cheese pull-apart bread from the center on a black slate tray with a white and black towel behind
Five Cheese Pull-Apart Bread
For an appetizer that is sure to please, make a five cheese pull-apart bread. It's easy, delicious, and won't last long.
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Cheesy Baked Crab Casserole in a white dish with a woman's hand holding a cracker with dip on it
Cheesy Baked Crab Casserole
Crab casserole is served at Chinese buffet restaurants, and is so easy to make at home. It's a delicious dip that makes a great appetizer.
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Spinach and Artichoke Bites on a round bamboo tray with a white bowl of spinach artichoke dip in the center all on a white wooden surface
Spinach and Artichoke Bites
Spinach and Artichoke Bites are a perfect easy appetizer that combines a favorite dip with crescent rolls for a delicious finger food.
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Cut sliced of cheesy crab roll on a square white plate next to a bowl of tartar sauce and a grey and white napkin on a wooden surface
Cheesy Crab Roll
Cheesy Crab Roll is a perfect, easy to make appetizer to bring to any gathering. In about 30 minutes you have a hot dish ready to go.
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Veggie pizza on a bamboo tray on top of a white and brown towel on a wooden surface
Veggie Pizza
Great as an appetizer, Veggie Pizza is made with a dough crust, ranch 'sauce', and fresh veggies on top. Easily customize to your tastes and enjoy!
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Sticks of beef jerky in a round brown and tan bowl with a brown and white towel behind all on a wooden surface
Beef Jerky
Use a dehydrator to dry out seasoned beef to make your own homemade beef jerky. It keeps a long time for a great snack at home or on the road.
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Rotel Dip
Make Rotel Dip in your slow cooker with Velveeta, ground beef and 2 cans of Rotel Tomatoes. Perfect dip for parties and gameday. – The Magical Slow Cooker
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Cheesy Baked Shrimp Scampi Dip – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
This baked hot and cheesy Shrimp Scampi Dip dip goes beyond delicious. It’s got all the classic flavours in one heck of an addictive dip.
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Tailgate Cheese Board (Snack Platter for Football) – Foxes Love Lemons
Keep your football parties delicious with a platter piled high with sweet and salty snacks. Fans of all ages will enjoy this Tailgate Cheese Board!
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Main Course

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks on a white rectangular tray with a small round white bowl of bbq sauce all on a wooden surface
Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
Dinner made simple! Only 4 ingredients are needed for BBQ Chicken Drumsticks. With just 5 minutes of prep, the instant pot does the rest!
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BBQ burger on a white plate next to coleslaw on a wooden background
Justin’s Famous BBQ Burgers
A regular hamburger is great, but add some BBQ flavor and you have an amazing burger! This is better than you can get at a restaurant!
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Shredded bbq chicken with melted cheese on a hamburger bun with coleslaw on a white plate with a brown towel behind all on a wooden surface
BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Combine BBQ sauce with Italian dressing for a delicious sauce with shredded chicken on a bun with melted cheese for perfect slow cooker sandwiches.
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Steak and Shrimp Kabobs on a brown plate with a bowl of potato salad in the background
Steak and Shrimp Kabobs
Kabobs are perfect for a delicious, customizable meal that you can cook on the grill. Ideal for those summer nights spent outside together.
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5 ranch chicken drumsticks sprinkled with parsley on a long white platter with a white towel behind all on a wooden surface
Air Fryer Ranch Chicken Drumsticks
Try making ranch chicken drumsticks in the air fryer for a quick and easy meal without all the added oil from regular frying.
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Extra Crispy Oven Baked Chicken Wings (with Garlic Parmesan Sauce) | Borrowed Bites
Crispy Oven BAKED Chicken Wings with Garlic Parmesan sauce are ultra-crispy and juicy! The secret ingredient is baking powder.
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Cheesy Shredded Chicken Enchiladas | Maple Mango
These Cheesy Shredded Chicken Enchiladas are easy to make and extra cheesy and delicious thanks to a special ingredient: homemade nacho cheese sauce!
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baked chicken tenders
These helathy crispy chicken fingers are breaded in panko breadcrumbs mixed with seasoning and oil, then baked to make a super crispy coating. Kid approved!
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Vegan Sloppy Joe Tacos
Vegan Sloppy Joe Tacos sound unusual don’t they? They are! Easy, unusual & delicious and it will all take you under 20 minutes. Just hold these not too sloppy tacos over your plate & take a big bite.
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Hot Dog Nachos for Baseball Season – Foxes Love Lemons
Celebrate baseball season with Hot Dog Nachos, a mashup of two ballpark foods! Includes recipe for homemade beer queso sauce. | foxeslovelemons.com
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Touchdown Totchos & Tasty Wings
Totchos are tater tots, topped with ranch dressing, sour cream, cheese, bacon, and green onions. It’s is perfect football food!
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Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
I love Philly cheese steaks and I love egg rolls. Why not combine the two?
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Honey Butter Baked Lemon Pepper Wings – Dish ‘n’ the Kitchen
Baked Lemon Pepper Wings are crispy chicken wing perfection! Simply bake them in your oven, then glaze with a spicy sweet honey butter sauce.
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Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple Skewers with Coconut Quinoa
This is an easy, summer meal that comes together in no time! You can even throw some extra veggies on the grill for a balanced, colorful meal.
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Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce
Chicken satay with “peanut” sauce is paleo, low carb, keto friendly and gluten free. Cashews make a delicious substitution for the peanuts.
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Easy Oven Baked Ribs
Tender, fall off the bone pork ribs can absolutely be cooked in the oven. Instructions for prepping ribs and how to bake ribs in the oven.
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Buffalo Chicken Sliders
These Buffalo Chicken Sliders make the perfect game day appetizer the entire family will enjoy! You’ll want to make these again and again!
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Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets
The EASY way to make delicious homemade Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets. Ready in under 30 minutes.
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Sticky Pineapple Hawaiian Grilled Wings Recipe – Ottawa Mommy Club
You can do so many yummy things with chicken wings. This Sticky Pineapple Hawaiian Grilled Wings recipe yields one dozen tasty wings!
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Desserts

Three oatmeal raisin cookies stacked on pieces of parchment paper with oats and raisins around them with a plate of cookies and a glass of milk behind all on a wooden surface
Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
Oatmeal Raisin is a classic cookie that is really simple to bake. This recipe yields a few dozen, so great for baking for a crowd.
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5 stacked s'mores cookies with a bite out of the top one on a piece of brown paper with a bamboo tray of cookies behind all on a wooden surface
S’Mores Cookies
Bring the campsite home with these easy-to-make s'mores cookies, similar to the ones the Girl Scouts sell, with 3 easy ingredients.
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One brownie leaning on top of another brownie surrounded by brownie bits next to a glass of milk all on a white surface
Brownies
Brownies are an easy, quick way to have a delicious chocolate dessert. Top them with powdered sugar for an extra little pop of flavor.
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4-Ingredient White Chocolate Churro Popcorn | Borrowed Bites
White Chocolate Churro Popcorn is soft and chewy, coated in sweet white chocolate and sprinkled with cinnamon sugar. An addicting movie night snack!
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fudgy greek yogurt trail mix brownies
These Fudgy Greek Yogurt Trail Mix Brownies are next level. They are the perfect uber chocolatey, gooey, crunchy dessert to take to your next potluck,
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Chocolate Coconut Cream Stuffed Strawberries | Maple Mango
These Chocolate Coconut Cream Stuffed Strawberries are deliciously decadent and easy to make. Perfect for date nights, special occasions or Valentine’s Day!
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Fantasy Football Candy Bark – Drugstore Divas
Looking for a sweet way to root on your favorite team? Try this Fantasy Football Candy Bark. You can make it in any team colors!
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Mini Chocolate Dessert Cups
Delicious mini chocolate dessert cups made with a soft cream filling piped inside homemade cupcake-sized pastry.
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3-Ingredient Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
The classic cookie now gluten-free, vegan, grain-free, keto, & sugar-free! These 3-Ingredient Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies are so easy to make!
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Score Points with This Awesome Football Cookie Pops Recipe
If you’re looking for a fun treat for your next football get together, these football cookie pops are
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Golden Graham s’Mores Recipe
Golden graham s’mores bars are an easy no bake treat to make when you want a s’more but don’t want to turn on the oven or roast a marshmallow.
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Vegan Buckeye Candy
Buckeye Candy is a classic with sweetened peanut butter and chocolate being the winning combination. An easy buckeye recipe that is also a no bake vegan recipe.
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Chewy Chocolate Cherry Cookies – Holiday Dessert Recipe
These chocolate cherry cookies are rich and chocolatey, and filled with a sweet, juicy cherry. Fabulous Valentine’s Day or holiday dessert!
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Drinks

Classic Mojito in a beer mug on a wooden board with a muddler, measuring cup, and mint leaf
Classic Mojito
A classic mojito is the perfect drink to cool off during the heat of the summer. Make your own in 10 minutes with this easy recipe.
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Orange mojito on a grey and white marbled background with slice of orange and lime
Orange Mojitos
Impress your friends by serving a refreshing orange mojito: a classic drink with a summer twist. It looks so pretty, they'll never know it was easy to make!
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Strawberry mojito in a class on a bamboo cutting board
Strawberry Mojitos
Strawberry Mojitos are a delicious, refreshing drink made from a few simple ingredients. The strawberries set it apart from a regular mojito.
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Glass mug of spiked hot apple cider topped with whipped cream and caramel sauce with fall decorations behind all on a wooden surface
Spiked Hot Apple Cider
Spiked Hot Apple Cider is a hit at any holiday party, and is perfect for a crowd since each cup can be customized by the drinker. 
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Kickoff Cosmo Recipe – Drugstore Divas
#ad Looking for a drink for your tailgate? Check out this Kickoff Cosmo recipe from www.drugstoredivas.net. It’s a perfect drink for game day.
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Alcoholic Drinks – BEST Football Margarita Recipe – Easy and Simple Alcohol Drinks
This will be your new favorite margarita recipe for football season. Check out the best football margarita. This is the perfect cocktail to serve anytime of year but perfect for football season.
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micheladas
Here’s how to make killer micheladas, also known as red beer. It’s a savory beer drink, served with ice, lime, hot sauce and tomato juice.
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Silver Cadillac Margarita
Silver Cadillac Margarita is a special cocktail with a perfect balance of 5 ingredients. Serve on the rocks or sip it with a straw. It will go great with any Mexican style meal or on any holiday.
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4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail (Gluten-Free, Vegan)
Give your Orange Julius a grown-up boozy twist! A quick and easy 4-Ingredient Orange Julius Cocktail recipe that’s gluten-free, vegan, and makes for a perfect frozen, creamy, and fruit treat! A sippable Creamsicle for adults only!
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Touchdown Game Day Cocktail and Free Football Printable
Looking for the perfect game day cocktail to serve at your bowl game party? The “Touchdown” is easy
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Tiki Bitters Whiskey Sour | Rye Whiskey | Craft Cocktail | EmilyFabulous
This Tiki Bitters Whiskey Sour has amaretto, orange liqueur, and fruit juice that will bring you to the sunshine no matter where you are!
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14 thoughts on “The Best Foods for Game Day (Over 50 Football Recipes)”

  1. So many delicious recipes! I’m definitely going to try the vegan tacos – they sound yummy! And I’ve never heard of some of the drinks, but they sound very good!

  2. Wow! This is a great list of recipes to enjoy while I watch football. My favourites are the shrimp, veggies, vegan, and chocolate and strawberries.

  3. This is what I call a “clutch post”. As a sports fan (not just an American football fan), I love to eat while I watching games. This is especially true in October, when I’m tuned into every pitch of the MLB postseason. Having food prepared is a Godsend. I’m going to give some of these recipes a go and see how my palate feels about them.

    1. You’re right, they would be great for watching any sport. We mostly watch college football (UCF Knights) and NFL here. But, my husband does like to watch baseball playoffs, especially if the Cardinals are in since that’s been his team since he was a kid.

  4. With College football ongoing, I am sure both my husband and brother would be grateful that you share this list with me as I am going to make most of them.

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