Who loves football games?
Regular season, playoffs, and Big Game all rank HUGE in our house.
Food and football are the perfect partners, then add in your favorite teams and you’ve got a party!
What’s an even bigger deal?
These are 41 Football party recipes that are simple to prepare are perfect for pre-party, game-time partying and post-game chowing!
No matter your food preferences from meatless to full-on meat, these recipes will be successful touchdowns!
Compliments will be fly on how yummy the food is as effortlessly as NFL Quarterbacks toss the football to their receivers.
These football party recipes will be tackled and each is a ‘class act’.
Just so we are clear, there may be some ‘dives’ into the dips that but there will be plenty of each recipe so no worries.
Of course, you could totally showboat by pulling out some crazy good desserts at the end, and I’ll toss a few of those in as a bonus to this article!
All of the recipes have been tested, over and over until I was happy with their taste and so were my party-goers.
Use these 41 football party recipes as your cheat sheet to succeed with simple eats that create big smiles!
41 Football Party Recipes
To create many of these recipes, I don’t use my oven.
In fact, more often or not, I use 2 of my favorite appliances to cook for any party.
Food turns out perfect every time, so there is no guessing or worrying!
Plus, each allows me to just drop it in and go about my other preparation while the food cooks.
Last, I can cook in bulk, which is easier than several pans!
#1 Best 7 Layer Single-Serve Dip Cups for my FIRST Football Party Recipes
Single-serve is always a great alternative to the ‘Seinfeld’ issues of eliminating Double Dipping!
Tasty, portion perfect, and great with tortilla chips, pita wedges, etc,
No. 2 CheesyBacon Corn Dip
This dip deserves fingers, chips, bowls, spoons, baked potatoes, and more.
Mmm, are the only words to describe the taste!
Bacon, Cheese, and corn is a filling dip perfect for crostini chunks too!
No. 3 Guacamole Salsa
What happens when you combine Guac and Salsa?
An explosion of flavor.
Dip, Dip, Hooray!
So, this is my go-to dip, yet it’s more of a cheeseball.
Grab a knife, and some great french bread or whole-grain crackers, and just indulge.
Lemon, feta, and olives nail this cheese ball spread.
If you are gonna dip, you better have a hearty chip.
Try these spiced wonton chips.
Really easy to make, and you can add any spice you like!
Crunch and enjoy.
Consider everyone you will have at your home for game day.
DO you have a dip for those who don’t eat meat or seafood?
Baba Ganoush is bursting with flavor and basically over-roasted (well not really) eggplants.
Easy prep and delicious eats!
No. 7 Mock Lobster Dip
Each time I make this, I am asked for the recipe.
It’s so easy, you might just say, “why didn’t I do this sooner!?”
No. 8 Cheesy Sausage Squares
Sausage is perfect no matter how it’s prepared and it is great party food!
Mix sausage with this cheese and set it atop incredible bread and you’ve got a party for your mouth.
Easily made in bulk and AHEAD of the party!
No. 9 Bacon-Wrapped Chestnuts
For all those fans of bacon-wrapped scallops, this is a twist and it’s super easy to make.
No seafood required, which IMO might make it the best appetizer you’ve not tried!
What are you waiting for, grab the recipes!
Don’t let the dainty name fool you, these are easy to make and filling.
It’s everything the guys could ask for Meat and Cheese!
Rather than just all the basic cold cuts at your party, Proscuitto elevates the offerings!
No. 11 Smoked Salmon Pinwheels
Want something a little different?
This football party recipe can be made ahead and always slices up perfectly.
Seafood is a great option for those that don’t want to dig into meat eats!
What team are you cheering on?
Is there an in-house family rivalry?
Make these Sushi rolls in ANY Color to coordinate with your favorite team!
When it comes to easy, these flour tortillas win.
COuple them with some shredded chicken or Shredded Lime Beef and let the food babies begin!
Spare a beer or 2 and you’ll love the bread bowls.
Then, whip up some chili, taco meat, or dip and use these beer bread bowls for serving!
No. 15 Cheesy Pepperoni Biscuits
Pepperoni belongs at every party in some shape or form.
Here, these cheesy pepperoni biscuits can be made heartier as an alternative to burgers with fried eggs!
Of course, they are great with just pepperoni and cheese too!
I just need to know what we all did before air fryers?
The next recipes will use an air fryer and can be made ahead and in bulk.
No. 16. Firecracker Shrimp
Great food for those that don’t eat meat, but do eat seafood.
Crunchy and flavorful and they look like a pro chef made them.
You’ll be able to whip these up in minutes and make large batches!
Each handheld single server calzone can be made with meat or without.
Add in any stuffings you like from black olives to anchovies.
Talk about easy and perfect every single time!
What’s a party without a hot dog?
Take those Dorito’s and coat the hot dogs, air fry them, and enjoy!
Who loves buffalo anything?
In our house dough knots reign supreme.
Use this simple recipe to create air-fried buffalo garlic knots.
If you love these then try the next recipe too!
Garlic and Parmesan are perfect for warding off people getting in your face during a game.
Your breath will knock them FAR away.
Make sure to make a batch of these air fried knots and keep the smack-talking to a minimal roar!
Good old grilled cheese sandwiches but bite-size.
Make a huge platter and cut them into pieces, they taste so much better when you feel like you can eat so much more.
The smaller pieces truly are an illusion, lol.
These crab cakes will not only be some of the best you have EVER had, but ever made as well.
Stack them on a bun, load them up with fries, and you’ll forget you are watching a football game and think you are at the beach.
Don’t forget to make the Lemon A’glio that pairs so well with these!
Caprese Salads 2 Different Ways ~Football Party Recipes
A party needs pasta and this answers the void.
Bite-size tomatoes, fresh pasta, and cheese.
It’s a foodgasm on a plate, but wait, I’ve got more foodgasms coming!
If you can eat Caprese with pasta, then you can enjoy it on skewers.
Individual servings make this the perfect party food to grab and toss on a plate!
To really dig into the spirit of game day, add skewers of your team’s colors!
No. 25 Cucumber Strawberry Salad
Yes, I did put a salad or 2 on this list.
This is not only refreshing but it gives the ‘girls’ something to nibble on while they Wine it Up!
Not only that, but the cucumber strawberry salad is simple to make and quite refreshing after noshing on too many chips and dips!
What goes great with pita bread?
Game Day greek salad.
It’s a great big bowl of yum!
Really, this will disappear faster than you might think!
Simple, filling, and a great alternative meal for anyone not wanting meat or seafood.
Long delicious strips of provolone cheese, and plenty of crunchy greens.
Top it off with dressing options and you’ve got a big green FIELD of fun!
No. 28 Cheesy Tortellini Kielbasa
Really is there a better game day combination than kielbasa and tortellini?
Easy to make.
And any item you don’t like, shove aside and eat the other!
No. 28 Honey Glazed Instant Pot Ham
This is my all-time favorite recipe and when I first created this year back, maybe 5+ ago, I couldn’t believe how easy it was.
Now you won’t be purchasing the world’s largest ham, but there will be more than enough once you cut it all up.
No matter how many times I’ve made this or the recipe has been downloaded, it’s always, “thanks Dana!” because it turns out amazing!
Mushrooms are oh so versatile and with this take on them, you’ll end up with great appetizers or the ability to use than as a side to anything else you are serving.
Simple ingredients yield a nice flavor!
Pot roast either turns out really delicious or really dry.
Somehow, I’ve found there is NO middle ground.
Rather than finding out that the meat you just cooked is dry and nasty, Pressure Cook it.
I heart this recipe for its simplicity and fork-tender meat every time I make it.
The key to this recipe is cooking in BBQ and then draining at the end, and adding MORE BBQ when the meat is warm.
It’s simple and great for sandwiches as well as the ability to make it in bulk for parties!
A total feast on a stick.
No need for bread, as this area breaded.
Your pressure cooker does the work and delivers meat that falls off the skewer.
This brings me to the next point.
You could SKIP the skewer and use the meat.
So versatile and delicious!
Football Party Recipes Require More Meat recipes and Pasta and Potatoes, I’ve got them, keep reading!
Grab a bun, a piece of sausage, and smash it into the bread.
Don’t knock it until you try it and understand WHY smashed could be better as an option!
My recipe allows the sausage to be smashed because it is so soft after it cooks.
Naturally, it can be left whole as well.
Smashing is great for stacking tall with cheese and peppers to really get your mouthfuls’ worth!
Tucked inside this meatball is a treasure-load of pepperoni!
Perfect for those meat-lovers that want meatballs and pepperoni!
Here, is a healthier version (really?) of good eats for game day?
All in all, this roasted chicken in a pressure cooker is perfect.
In short, you’ve created vggies, potatoes, and moist, succulent chicken.
That said, its bulk feeding made easy!
No. 36 Cheesy Potatoes
What goes with meat?
Even more so, Cheesy Potatoes!
Your crew will LOVE the taste and you’ll love how easy these are to create!
Nevertheless, pasta is perfect when you don’t know what else to make.
Put another way, this recipe will also help you clean out the pantry which around January is usually over-stocked.
By extension, cheddar and ranch are two big football party ingredients you have to have in some of your recipes, it’s like an unwritten requirement!
So, this meal is great if you want a healthier football party recipe that is easy and meatless.
Seafood takes the place of meat and everything combines to make your mouth say, “WOW!”
Meatballs are a staple and you gotta have them.
For that reason, make sure to have plenty of rolls or make some Garlic and Olive Oil Pasta as a side!
I think I make these at least once a month.
Of course, the queries on this recipe and the inbound mail have solidified my recipe in many other homes as well.
Easy, delicious and no need for the grill (unless of course, you want to do that instead of broiling at the end! )
Last but hardly least is a wonderful ‘bulk’ prep pork tenderloin.
Serve it with baked potatoes, or even pasta.
It’s easy to make, and delivers big on taste!
Now enjoy all the eats, and I hope YOUR team wins ~ Dana XO