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Super Bowl is right around the corner and if you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys. I remember when I was a little girl I would dream of growing up to be a Dallas Cowboy cheerleader. I would tuck my shirt up and over to make it look like a midriff blouse like theirs. Ay yay yay!
Well, the Cowboys are out this year, but that doesn’t mean we won’t host friends and family for the big game. If you are hosting a Super Bowl fiesta you will love this Ultimate List of Game Day Snacks & Drinks.
From low alcoholic cocktails and pitcher drinks for day drinking to homemade versions of all your favorite stadium snacks, I’ve got all the recipes you need to host a delicious football tailgate in the comfort of your own home. This roundup is fully loaded with all the tasty ideas you’ll need to keep your football-loving friends well-fed and pumped up to support their favorite teams.
What are your favorite munchies for Super Bowl? What do you crave on game day? Let me know in the comments below!
Snacks To Pair With Chips
Generally speaking, our football viewing parties center on a massive spread of snacks. From dips like spicy salsa, creamy queso, and chunky guacamole, this section is perfect for those of you who are more “potluck” than “fancy feast.”
There’s more than one way to guac – here I share four of my favorite recipes.
5 (10 ratings)
This classic guacamole recipe is super simple and fresh. Beware; it’s also addictive.
This molten cheese dip is topped with a mouthwatering mixture of sautéed shiitake mushrooms and green chiles. This queso is made with two cheeses (queso quesadilla and queso Oaxaca) combined with an irresistible mixture of sautéed mushrooms and Hatch green chile. If you can’t find Hatch chiles, substitute with Anaheim chiles, which are available in most grocery stores. Serve this queso with warm corn or flour tortillas.
This recipe is my go-to potluck contribution, its easy and a crowd pleaser. This recipe falls into the Tex-Mex category. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Tex-Mex, but it is definitely not authentic Mexican. So to all our Mexican foodies out there, try it you’ll like it…it’s naughty.
This Tomatillo Avocado Salsa is often called Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate, Avocado Green Salsa, Salsa Verde con Aguacate, Salsa de Guacamole, or Guacamole Salsa. The creaminess of the avocados combined with tangy and roasted tomatillos, and the pop of spice from jalapeños and serranos make this salsa irresistible.
Homemade Salsa Verde Mexicana is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients – all you need are tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalapeño, serrano, and cilantro. This tomatillo salsa is fresh, tangy, and slightly spicy.
The strawberry salsa stole the show for me – it was spicy, bright, and exotic. This is definitely a creative and zesty salsa perfect as a topping on grilled steak, fish, chicken, or with a basket of tortilla chips.
Seriously who doesn’t love seven-layer dip? It’s easy to make and everyone can dip in his or her own individually portioned jar. It’s a great way to guarantee no double dippers in your dip. You can set the ingredients on your counter and let everyone build their own or make these in advance and refrigerate and pull them out as needed. They make a great afterschool snack too.
I guarantee this dish will be the hit at your next picnic, potluck, or party! This budget-minded salad is chock-full of colorful veggies and black beans in a tangy and spicy dressing that really hits the spot. Serve it as a side salad or with tortilla chips for an awesome dip.
Take your cheese board to the next level with the addition of grilled summer fruit! A simple grilled appetizer that will be a hit with all your guests and it looks stunning! I also included bowls of fresh honey and wild huckleberry jam.
My bruschetta platter included slices of membrillo (quince paste) which I was thrilled to find at my local grocery store, tangy and spicy homemade avocado and tomatillo salsa (recipe below), a spicy and sweet fire-roasted green chile jelly, delicious homemade apricot preserves made by my friend Lola, prosciutto, and an assortment of cheeses.
These are basically protein-packed salsas, made with seafood and meat marinated in lime juice. Yum!
Shrimp Ceviche (Ceviche de Camarón) Tostadas with Avocado Crema
5 (7 ratings)
Ceviche de Camarónes is a light and refreshing classic Mexican seafood dish that will feed a crowd. This shrimp ceviche recipe is served on tostada shells with a creamy, spicy, and flavorful avocado crema. It is the perfect no-cook meal.
Say goodbye to mayonnaise-laden canned fish salads. Transform affordable canned salmon into an exotic, zesty, flavorful salad by adding fresh lime juice and diced cucumber, tomato, jalapeño, and cilantro. This recipe is so delicious and healthy!
Bright, fresh, and bursting with flavor, this Mexican Shrimp Ceviche recipe is sure to become one of your favorite summer recipes. Made with just 11 ingredients and 15 minutes of active prep, this easy ceviche recipe is the no-cook meal of your dreams!
Salpicón, aspicy Mexican shredded cold beef salad can be eaten on a bed of lettuce or on a corn tostada. It is best described as cooked beef ceviche marinated in a tangy vinaigrette dressing that is packed with flavor and a little heat. This is a good recipe to bookmark if you entertain often because the brisket can be prepared a day ahead of time.
As far as I’m concerned, grazing is the name of the football food game. These are some of my favorite things to nibble on while I’m waiting for my team to score.
Baked Chicken Wings with Mild and Spicy Sauce
5 (2 ratings)
Crispy buffalo chicken wings are easy to make at home and perfect for the Big Game! Skip the oil and fryer and make amazing baked chicken wings that rival your favorite restaurants with your choice of homemade mild or spicy wing sauce.
This hot wing recipe is very basic and you can tailor it to your spice level preference. I used Red Devil hot sauce because it reminds me of home (El Paso) and Valentina hot sauce because I can’t live without it and always have it on hand. Substitute your favorite hot sauces and you can’t go wrong with this dish.
Pork-Pineapple Kebobs with Honey Chipotle Barbecue Sauce
5 (1 rating)
If you want to make an impression make these simple kebobs with pork loin chops cooked to juicy grilled perfection. And the tangy, sweet, and spicy barbecue sauce is easy to make and is finger-licking good.
If the idea of french fries smothered in spicy shredded pork and all your favorite nacho fixins sounds like a good idea, you’re going to love this recipe for Pork Green Chile Loaded Fries! This hearty recipe is a real fan favorite, and is perfect for serving on game day.
Freshly baked French fries, with tender pieces of carne asada, topped with mounds of shredded cheese, and baked till the cheese melts. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole, and spicy pico de gallo. Talk about the perfect football food.
Melty cheese, crunchy chips, and all the toppings make for an excellent game-day snack.
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If you’re on the hunt for a delicious and stress-free appetizer, dinner, or game day spread, stop your search! These Brisket Nachos are quick, easy, and totally customizable depending on your topping preferences.
Nachos are the ultimate home tailgating experience! These Classic Nachos are made with a combo of ground beef, homemade roasted green chile salsa, and black beans. Then the magic mountain is topped with shredded Monterey jack cheese and baked. Don’t forget to set out your favorite toppings!
It doesn’t get much easier or tastier than this nacho bar that’s ideal for any fiesta. Instead of corn chips, swap with kettle potato chips for a twist along with crumbled queso fresco and other unique ingredients.
Victory is sweet, but so are these tasty little bites.
5 (14 ratings)
These Cowboy Cookies are packed with chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, oats, and cinnamon. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, meaning there’s a little something for everyone. Make a big batch today to share with all of your loved ones near and far.
Micheladas are a popular beer cocktail served throughout Mexico and is a great way to elevate a Mexican beer with flavorful combinations that include vegetable juice, lime, and hot sauce for some spice. This beer cocktail is tangy, refreshing, and spicy with the bold flavor of Tabasco. It is served in a Tajin-rimmed glass and garnished with a celery stalk and a lime slice.
A chavela is a twist on a michelada, but simpler made with only tomato juice, Tabasco, beer, and ice, with a Tajin seasoned rim. Drink it on its own, or try it with a shot of tequila for a real kick. This beer cocktail is so refreshing and always delicious paired with a spicy Mexican dish.
When you’ve got your eyes on the game, you don’t need any distractions. Whip up a pitcher of drinks in advance so the good times can keep on rolling – with, or preferably without, your assistance. 🙂
Spicy Green Tea & Lemonade Margarita
If you think jalapeños, green tea, and tequila are a weird pairing, think again. I can basically promise that if you’re a fan of margs and Arnold Palmers, you’ll fall in love with my Spicy Green Tea and Lemonade Margarita. Your happy hour will never be the same again!
Make the perfect classic margarita on the rocks at home by following this simple recipe. Have a delightfully tart, perfectly fresh, and lightly sweet cocktail for happy hour tonight. Don’t worry, it’ll take you less than five minutes to make!
When the sun is shining and the weather is sultry, there’s no cocktail I’d rather sip on than a Classic Frozen Margarita. Sweet, tart, boozy, and slushy with a salty rim? That right there is my hot weather love language.
Make sure the kids and DDs have something tasty to cheers with when their team scores! Here are some of my favorite booze-free beverages to get you in the (end)zone.
Agua de Piña (Pineapple Cooler)
5 (3 ratings)
Sweet, tart, and super refreshing, this Agua de Piña is a delightful drink for summertime. Try making your own Pineapple Agua Fresca for your next backyard bbq and revel in the "oohs" and "ahhhs" of your family!
Agua de Melón is a lovely cantaloupe flavored drink that will immediately transport you to the beach. If you are looking for a cooling, sweet beverage to quench your thirst, you’ve come to the right place! Oh, and for all you adults out there? This recipe also makes for a mean Melon Margarita.
Bright, bubbly, and refreshing, this simple Sparkling Limeade (known as “limonada con agua mineral” in Spanish) is my favorite summer beverage. Lightly sweet, beautifully tart and so easy to make, you’re sure to love it as much as I do.
Thanks so much for visiting Muy Bueno! Let me know in the comments below if you found this post to be helpful for planning your game-day shenanigans. You can also tag me in any of your Instagram posts so I can see your gorgeous game-day spreads!
Yvette Marquezis an Emmy-winning producer and writer, award-winning food blogger, and author of Muy Bueno,Latin Twist, and Muy Bueno Fiestas. She is a second-generation Mexican-American, born and raised in El Paso, Texas and currently lives in Colorado. She has been sharing cherished family Mexican recipes since 2010. Her blog is the perfect destination for anyone looking to embrace their culture through food, fiestas, and family life. Yvette has been featured in several prominent publications, websites, radio, and TV. Follow her at: Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / Pinterest / YouTube