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The Best Football Party Menu

I love to throw football parties. Between the game day decorations, the jello shots and the Super Bowl party food menu, this is definitely one of my most popular parties of the year.

Super bowl party menu including slow cooker meatballs, spiced wings, ribs with BBQ sauce, football deviled eggs, jambalaya and guacamole dip

I’ve been hosting an annual super bowl for many years. So many, in fact, that I think my friends would show up at my house even if I didn’t sent out invitations.

While many people come to watch the game (and the commercials), the food is definitely one of the most important parts of hosting a successful Super Bowl party.

Over the years, I’ve come up with some tried and true recipes that are easy to make and everyone loves.

To conserve oven space (which is usually all used up cooking chicken and ribs), many of these recipes are made in a Crock Pot. Which also means they can be made ahead of time and are easy to serve on a buffet. (Yes, I own a lot of crock pots!)

Here are my favorite dishes for my Super Bowl party food menu.

Game Day Dip Recipes

Bags of chips and boxes of crackers are a staple of any Super Bowl party food menu.

To go with them, I like to serve at least 2 and usually 3 of these popular game day party dips.

Crockpot Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip

velveeta rotel cheese dip in a crock pot
This Crockpot Velveeta Rotel Cheese Dip recipe is a super easy appetizer that only requires 2 ingredients and everyone loves it.
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Crock Pot Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

hot crock pot spinach artichoke dip
This easy hot spinach artichoke dip is cheesy, tasty, and made in the Crock Pot. And it can be made ahead of time so it is a great appetizer recipe for a party.
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Avocado Guacamole Dip

avocado guacamole dip
Guacamole dip makes a great football party appetizer because it is easy to make, can be made ahead of time and everyone loves it!
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Easy Three Cheese Ball

triple cheese ball with crackers on a plate
This easy triple cheese ball recipe is simply the best! So creamy, easy to make and tastes great. And who doesn't love cheese?
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Homemade Caramelized Onion Dip

Overhead shot of a chip in a bowl of caramelized onion dip
Made with sour cream, mayo and Worcestershire sauce, this tasty homemade caramelized onion dip is the perfect party dip for serving with chips or veggies.
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Football Party Appetizer Recipes

At all of my football parties, I try to have some appetizers out and available for the early birds (those people who get to my house before the party starts).

That way they have something to nibble on while I’m finishing up the rest of the food.

Here are my favorite Super Bowl party appetizers:

Help Yourself Nacho Bar

homemade nachos with lots of toppings
Nachos are a great dish for sharing while watching the game. To make these self-serve, I put all of the toppings, the meat, guacamole (see recipe above) and cheese dip (also above) out on a table with the nacho chips. Then everyone can make their own nacho plates with whatever toppings they like.
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Football Deviled Eggs

Football devilled eggs with green onion laces on a tray

In other words, deviled eggs with green onions placed across the top to look like the laces on a football. Perfect for a super bowl party!

Shrimp Cocktail

Rather than serving the shrimp in individual dishes, I put some ice cubes on a plate and pile the shrimp up on top. Then put out the cocktail sauce in a bowl that people can help themselves to.
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Crock-Pot Chicken Meatballs In Tomato Sauce

Crock-Pot chicken meatballs in tomato sauce
Crockpot meatballs are easy to make and this version with ground chicken (or turkey) has a few less calories than the ground beef version without losing any flavor. Serve them with game day toothpicks to add to the party ambiance.
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Wing Recipes

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I never know whether wings are appetizers or main dishes.

But I do know that a Super Bowl party wouldn’t be complete without them.

I usually make at least 3 different kinds.

So here are a few of my favorite game day wing recipes.

Baked Sticky Chinese Chicken Wings

baked sticky chinese chicken wings
Made with soy sauce, brown sugar and garlic, this baked sticky Chinese chicken wings recipe is loved by everyone. And they really are the easiest chicken wings ever…you can't mess them up if you tried!
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Oyster Sauce Baked Chicken Wings

overhead view of oyster sauce baked chicken wings
These baked honey glazed chicken wings are so easy to make (no marinating required!) and they're perfect for a football party since they aren't too messy. So they're great for eating while sitting on the couch watching the game.
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Marinated Spicy Chicken Wings

a plate of marinated spicy chicken wings with blue cheese dressing on the side
Made with fish sauce and spices, these marinated spicy chicken wings are packed full of flavor and can be baked in the oven or cooked on the grill.
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Super Bowl Party Main Dishes

These main dishes are the Super Bowl party food menu items that all of my friends ask for if I don’t serve them.

Especially the drumsticks and the ribs. (They really are the best chicken and rib recipes ever!) I think there would be food mutiny if I didn’t serve them.

Oven Baked Breaded Drumsticks

oven baked breaded chicken legs

While these baked chicken drumsticks taste like fried chicken (even better if you ask me!), they’re not. Which actually makes them a healthier option for football party food.

Fall Off The Bone Ribs And BBQ Sauce

ribs and BBQ sauce
This recipe for fall-off-the-bone ribs and BBQ sauce has been a hit at my annual Super Bowl party for years. Even better? It's super easy to make!
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Crock Pot No Bean Chili

crock pot no bean chili on two hot dogs beside a slow cooker

Around here, everyone loves to eat this no bean chili on hot dogs. But it tastes really good on its own, too.

Shrimp, Chicken, and Sausage Jambalaya

While this isn't traditional game food in most places, jambalaya is a really good football party recipe. It makes a lot, is easy to serve and tastes great with beer.
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Game Day Party Sides

These game day party sides are all great plate fillers to go with the main dishes.

People love them, and there are even a couple of healthy options in the bunch.

Crock Pot Macaroni And Cheese

crockpot macaroni and cheese
This slow cooker macaroni and cheese recipe is made with real cheddar cheese (and no evaporated milk) which results in a creamy and cheesy side dish that everyone loves.
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Lemon Garlic Grilled Asparagus

lemon garlic grilled asparagus recipe
This lemon garlic asparagus recipe is super easy to make on the grill or in the oven. I told you there was a healthy option!
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Southern Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Casserole

Because it wouldn't be a get-together in the south without sweet potato casserole.
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Everyone’s Favorite Garlic Bread

This is a really easy recipe for making garlic bread and everyone loves it!  Since it doesn’t involve actually making the bread, it’s very simple and fast to make…and you don’t dirty any pots in the process!  Everything you need for a winning recipe as far as I am concerned!
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Caesar Salad

Caesar salad

To make this easy, I don’t make my Caesar salad from scratch. I buy a couple of the Caesar salad kits from the grocery store. That way I can get one of my friends to throw it together while I’m busy getting the rest of the food out on the buffet.

Super Bowl Party Desserts

Since I always serve food buffet-style at my Super Bowl parties, I like desserts that come in individual portions, like brownies, cookies and cupcakes.

They just make it so much easier for people to help themselves.

Easy Football Brownies Without A Cookie Cutter

These football brownies are made with a box mix so they are super easy to make and don't require a cookie cutter to get their shape.
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Mini Cherry Cheesecakes

mini cherry cheesecake cupcakes
While these mini cherry cheesecakes aren't specifically football related, they are super easy to make and there's never any left at the end of the night!
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Chocolate Cupcakes

Because who doesn't love chocolate cupcakes? To make them match your football party decor, use cupcake liners in team colors.
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Football Party Drinks

Orange and blue jello shots

Since beer is the main alcoholic beverage people drink at my Super Bowl parties, I only have one other go-to party drink and that’s jello shots.


Because you can make them the day before and they come in pretty much any color. So I always make the jello shots to match the colors of whatever teams are playing.

You can find all of my favorite jello shot recipes by color HERE.

Other Game Day Party Ideas You Might Like

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This post was originally published on January 17, 2020 but was updated with new content on August 19, 2023.

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