Over 50 Best Football Party & Gameday Food Recipes | Appetizers, Dips, Desserts, & More

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In the need of gameday food? We’ve got you covered with football food ideas from the first kickoff to the final play.

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Plan your gameday food with these delicious recipe ideas! 🏈

Are you ready for the big football game and looking for the best recipes to make for your family to snack on? We’ve got ya covered and are sharing over 50 football food ideas! From appetizers to desserts, we’ve got it all! There’s nothing like enjoying the biggest football game of the year while enjoying delicious food with your family!


Start out with these yummy gameday dips.

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4 Different Cheese Dips on 1 Sheet Pan

Why have one when you can have FOUR dips for your football-watching party?! Please any crowd with this oversized and abundant sheet pan dip idea — dippers included!


Low Carb Mexican Queso Dip

Queso dip is always a win, and even more so when it’s prepped in a pan that can be tossed after the crowd leaves!


Velveeta Queso Dip

Yep, more CHEESE! Keep things simple with this classic queso recipe (and bookmark it whenever you’re in a pinch for a staple appetizer recipe!)


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Baked Taco Dip

No fiesta is complete without a spicy and savory taco-inspired snack! You may even have all these ingredients on hand already for this football food idea. 🙌


Blue Cheese Creamy Onion Dip

Spice not your thing? Keep things cool and creamy with this simple onion dip. Grab some potato chips and veggies and you’re ready to serve!


Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you need a crowd-pleasing dish this football season, you can’t go wrong with this tried and true recipe. If you want to jazz up your presentation, try serving your Buffalo chicken dip in a bread bowl.


Keto Pimento Cheese Dip

Low-carb lovers will rejoice when this cheesy dip is served. Put out a bowl of pork rinds or keto veggies and no one will realize their snack is full of flavor without the carbs!


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Fresh Avocado Feta Salsa

Looking for a creative dip to serve on gameday? Look no further than our avocado and feta dish. This refreshing salsa is a touchdown!


Homemade Guacamole

Simple recipes can be a smash and this yummy guacamole is no exception! This easy recipe is a welcome addition to any football party. 🥑


Jalapeño Popper Dip

Want to spice up your gameday food selection? Your guests might just tackle each other to get the last bite of this delicious jalapeño popper dip. We love that this recipe calls for only a few common ingredients like mayonnaise and cream cheese.


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Layered Melted Pizza Dip

Pizza is one of the most common football food ideas. Make your party stand out with this highly-rated dip that puts a spin on a classic!


Parmesan Artichoke Dip

Looking for a quick gameday food idea? Parmesan artichoke dish is always a hit and our recipe only uses 4 ingredients!


Sour Cream French Onion Dip

Calling all blue cheese lovers! This tasty French onion dip tastes amazing with your favorite potato chips. Serve this football food idea at your next party if you want a crowd-pleasing appetizer.


Swiss Cheese Bacon Dip

Are you out of recipe ideas and need a Hail Mary? This crave-worthy recipe will come to the rescue. This bacon with Swiss cheese dip is so popular that we never seem to have any left after the game! 😋


Restaurant Style White Queso Dip

Break out the tortilla chips and get to snacking on this scrumptious white queso dip that tastes just like it does in the restaurant!


Keto Queso Dip

Just because you’re watching your carbs doesn’t mean you have to sit on the sidelines. Join in on the football food feast with this keto-friendly queso dip!


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If you’re serving multiple gameday dips but don’t own more than one slow cooker to keep them warm, no worries! This life-changing Crock-Pot hack from Reynold’s Kitchens uses aluminum foil and slow cooker liners to create a divider inside your slow cooker, enabling you to cook two dips simultaneously. Genius!


Up next: appetizers and handhelds – the ultimate gameday foods!

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Air Fryer Empanadas

Wow your guests with this homemade empanadas recipe! These empanadas look intricate, but they’re easy to make! Stuff them with ground beef or turkey based on your preference.


Bacon Jalepeño Cheese Ball

Score some compliments when you serve this tasty cheeseball. This ultimate football food idea combines bacon, cheese, and jalepeño for the win! 🏆


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Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts

Fall is football season and this quick recipe makes the most out of a favorite autumn vegetable. You just need bacon, Brussels sprouts, salt, and pepper. Spear them on toothpicks for the perfect handheld appetizer! 🥓


Bacon Wrapped Jalepeño Poppers

Own an air fryer? You can whip up these yummy jalepeño poppers using just 3 ingredients! It’s the perfect fast and keto-friendly recipe for a football party!


Bacon Wrapped Sausage Stuffed With Cheese and Jalepeños

Can’t choose between sausage or bacon? Now you don’t have to! This meat-lovers delight will keep your guests satiated as they watch their favorite football team try to win the game.


Buffalo Chicken Roll-Ups

This keto-friendly, low-carb dish is the definition of comfort food! Wrap your Buffalo chicken mix in flavorful browned cheese. In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a meal to remember!


Cheesy Cowboy Supper

Simplify your gameday cooking with a hearty crockpot recipe. This cheesy cowboy supper is made with ground beef, potatoes, corn, beans, and gooey cheese. This tasty dish will be the hit of any football potluck or tailgating party. 🤠


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Cheesy Taco Stuffed Breadsticks

Even picky eaters seem to love this innovative side dish. With only 3 ingredients, this recipe is hard to fumble. These taco-stuffed breadsticks are sure to be the MVP of your next football party.


Chicken Parmesan Sliders

You’ll hardly believe these amazing sliders only take 40 minutes to make. This recipe is a party in your mouth. Make these chicken parmesan sliders all in one pan using your favorite dinner rolls, frozen chicken tenders, and melted mozzarella cheese.


Easy Corn Salad

Headed to an early-season football game or tailgate? This simple corn salad makes for a flavorful and refreshing side dish. 🌽


Crispy Roasted Potato Bites

These handheld potato bites are a nice change from standard French fries, tater tots, or mashed potatoes. Bake sliced potatoes on a sheet pan and coat them in delicious parmesan garlic oil. Take them out of the oven and watch how fast your guests huddle around the pan.


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Crispy Tater Tot Nachos

Can’t decide between nachos and tater tots? Now you don’t have to choose! This hearty recipe is one of our favorite gameday food ideas.


Everything Bagel Seasoned Chicken Tenders

Try a creative spin on traditional chicken tenders. Some bagel seasoning and breadcrumbs transform your tenders into a delicious handheld bite.


Everything But The Bagel Cheese Ball

While the football players throw their ball, make one of your own! Use bacon, mozzarella, cream cheese, and bagel seasoning to make this fun cheese ball that’s worthy of a spot on the table come gameday. 🏈


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Grilled Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwiches

Feeding a small party? These tasty ham and cheese sandwiches are just what you need! One of our most popular recipes, these sandwiches are a cinch to make and are easy to hold in one hand while you cheer for your team with the other.


Keto Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers

Going low-carb? No problem. These appetizing stuffed peppers don’t lack flavor. For a satiating snack, fill your favorite colored peppers with garlic, onions, chicken sausage, and cheese.


Jalepeño Popper Chicken Taquitos

Impress your guests with these homemade taquitos that you can whip up in your Crockpot! If you have any leftovers, these yummy taquitos heat up well the next day, too!


Loaded Zucchini Skins

This low-carb football food appetizer is a fun play on the popular potato skins. In just 30 minutes, you can serve a healthy snack that tastes positively sinful.


Oven Baked Burgers

This easy slider recipe is a hit with adults and children alike. We still can’t believe how simple they are to make. Bake the burgers and the Hawaiian rolls in the oven and in 25 minutes, you’ll be able to feed a small party. 🍔


Philly Cheesesteak Party Sliders

Here’s another one of our favorite simple slider recipes! Philadelphia Eagles fans will have fun serving these scrumptious sandwiches at their next football party or tailgate.


Pine Cone Cheese Ball Appetizers

Hosting a football party near the holidays? This festive cheeseball with almonds is the perfect addition to your gameday food table.


Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil

Love Southern cooking? Us too! This easy sheet pan shrimp boil is perfect for a tailgate or football party. Whether your group loves Southern food or you’re fans of a Southern football team like the New Orleans Saints, this recipe is sure to please! It’s so easy to make and it’s ready in just 35 minutes! 🍤🙌


Southwest Chili

This comfort food will keep you warm on those colder football nights. We love how easy this recipe is to make over the stove and how each of your guests can customize their toppings. It’s the perfect recipe for a make-your-own chili bar.


Sweet Potato Fries With Avocado Dipping Sauce

Sweeten your gameday spread with these crispy sweet potato fries made in the air fryer. What sets this dish apart is the delicious avocado dipping sauce. Made with cilantro and lime, this dip is creamy and refreshing.


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Hip Tip: Want a hands-off hosting approach? Try Walking Tacos by having a slow cooker full of taco meat and use individual-sized chip bags as the base of the tacos. Then your guests pile on their favorite toppings like cheese, sour cream, salsa, and guacamole for a hand-held snack in the bag—just grab a fork, no plate required!

You can even try this method as a dessert with Nilla wafers and banana pudding. Yum!


Feed your inner carnivore with chicken wings & meatballs.

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Air Fryer Parmesan Meatballs

Meatballs are one of the most popular gameday food ideas and now you can make them in the air fryer. Using common ingredients, you can whip these flavorful meatballs up in about 15 minutes.


Cream Cheese Sausage Balls

These keto meatballs are worthy of a trophy. They combine sausage and cream cheese for a decadent bite. The recipe makes 45 balls which is the perfect amount for your next tailgate, gameday party, or fantasy football league get-together.


Dill Pickle Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are the ultimate football food and this keto-friendly recipe gives them a tangy spin. Use dill pickle juice to season your wings and pop them in the air fryer to make a delicious handheld treat. 🥒🍗


Honey BBQ Baked Chicken Wings

Looking for a finger-lookin’ good football food idea to serve this season? Bake these sweet and smoky honey BBQ wings that will make your mouth water.


Keto Meatballs

These juicy keto meatballs are made with marinara sauce and melted parmesan cheese. This simple recipe is versatile and adaptable so you can customize it to your liking.


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Slow Cooker Buffalo BBQ Chicken Wings

Need an entree that is easy to transport to a tailgate party or football food potluck? These slow cooker Buffalo wings fit the bill! These super tender chicken wings are full of flavor and ready to fall off the bone.


Slow Cooker Cranberry Chili Meatballs

These sweet and sour meatballs are a party for your mouth. This simple recipe is a hit with readers too! It only takes 3 ingredients to make these highly rated zesty meatballs!


Sriracha Honey Chicken Wings

Are you a fan of crispy chicken wings? These sriracha honey wings are dusted with baking powder and cooked in the oven. The result is a flavorful and extra crisp outer coating.


Don’t forget kid-friendly gameday foods for the little ones!

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Air Fryer Bagel Dogs

This unique recipe puts a healthier spin on the average hot dog. Cooked in the air fryer, this recipe avoids excess grease. Plus, kids love the puffy dough crust that takes the place of a boring old bun.


Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

What kid doesn’t love cheese sticks? Keep your kids happy and full with these 5-ingredient air fryer mozzarella sticks. The adults will love them too!


Ham & Cheese Air Fryer Hot Pockets

These hot pockets are made with homemade dough that only calls for 2-ingredients! Your kiddos will enjoy this tasty treat that looks like one of their favorite frozen snacks.


Low Carb Pigs In A Blanket

This fun party food is keto-friendly! Who doesn’t love pigs in a blanket? Wrap your hot dogs in fathead dough for a trendy take on a traditional dish.

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Make-Your-Own Hot Dog Board

This charcuterie-style hot dog board is one of our favorite gameday food ideas! Both kids and adults will love this innovative idea that allows them to customize their hot dogs to their tastes. 🌭


Mini Corn Dog Muffins

How cute are these sweet and savory muffins? They make a great appetizer or meal come gameday. Spend more time watching the football game and less time in the kitchen. These poppable bites are ready in under 30 minutes!


3-Ingredient Pizza Crescents

Ready in just 25 minutes, these easy 3-ingredient pizza crescents are a crowd-pleaser. Every bite is full of delicious cheese and pepperoni! Yum!


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Pull Apart Pizza Bread

This recipe is an oldie but a goodie. Use pizza dough or biscuits as your crust. Add it to a baking dish along with your toppings and in 35 minutes you’ll have a savory pizza bread for all to enjoy.


Turkey and Cheese Roll-Ups

Kids love these simple handheld snacks that utilize ingredients you may already have in your fridge. Combine crescent rolls with Colby Jack cheese sticks, turkey, and salami for a delicious mouthful that kids will actually eat.


Game Day Bingo card

Hip Tip: Want to keep the kiddos entertained during the long game? Check out Play Party Plan for printable bingo sheets featuring popular commercial appearances. Pass out bingo dabbers or candies to mark each square when it appears. The first with 5 in a row (or 4 corners if you play by those rules) wins!


Never skimp on gameday dessert!

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Chocolate Dipped “Football” Apple Slices

Themed recipes are so much fun! These festive football apple slices are perfect for tailgating on Sunday, enjoying Monday night football, or partying for the Superbowl.


Almond Joy Brownies

These brownies are anything but boring! Use marshmallow creme, almonds, and coconut to make a dessert that stands out from the rest.


Campfire S’mores In A Bag

A sweet variation of a walking taco, these s’mores in a bag are perfect for fall nights watching football. Talk about an easy cleanup!


Candy Corn Pretzel Hugs

Fall is time for football, falling leaves, and tasty Halloween candy desserts. All you need to make this festive recipe is pretzels, candy corn, and Hershey Hugs. These are great to make when you want something small to snack on without making you overly full. 🥨


Cannoli Dip

This Italian dessert is positively addicting. If you love cannolis, try this dip variation. It tastes excellent served with our easy cinnamon chips.


Chocolate Fudge

This crave-worthy chocolate fudge requires only 3 ingredients and can be made right in your microwave!


Cream Cheese Caramel Apple Spread

This ooey gooey caramel apple spread is a crowd-pleaser. Who knew such a simple autumn recipe could taste so sensational?


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Cream Cheese Brownies

These decadent brownies will be the hit of your next football party. This rich and flavorful dessert is sure to score you compliments.


Homemade Thin Mints

Football season is before cookie season starts, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your favorite flavors. This innovative recipe uses Ritz crackers to recreate the popular Girl Scout cookie, thin mints.


Keto Kitchen Sink Brownies

We know that those on keto still like to enjoy something sweet. These brownies incorporate delicious ingredients like coconut, peanut butter chips, pecans, shortbread cookies, and more. These kitchen sink brownies are so good, you won’t even know they are low-carb. 🙌


No-Bake Oreo Balls

A no-bake recipe is ideal for those wanting to transport their dessert. If you have a tailgate or football party to attend, these no-bake oreo balls make the perfect dessert bites. We love that you can customize the flavors. Best of all, they only require 3 ingredients!


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No-Bake S’mores Lasagna Recipe

Nothing says fall like s’mores and watching football outdoors! This no-bake s’mores lasagna has all the marshmallow goodness you’re looking for except it will keep your hands clean while you eat it! Prepare to drool over this mouth-watering dessert!


Reese’s Peanut Butter Ball

Do you love a good cheese ball? Now you can try this dessert variation! The taste of peanut butter and Reese’s Pieces together is perfection! The festive autumn colors of this dessert make it ideal for a fall football party.


Sopapilla Cheesecake Squares

This unique dessert was made with cheesecake lovers in mind! It’s a Hip2Save “Family Favorite” recipe and one that is super simple to make. You just need cream cheese, crescent dough, and a few other simple ingredients. This cinnamon and sugar dessert is sure to be a smash!


Texas Sheet Cake

You don’t have to be a Dallas Cowboys fan to love this sheet cake! This tried and true recipe creates a decadent and moist cake. If you love the flavors of chocolate and peanut butter, don’t miss out on this flavorful dessert!


Vanilla Crazy Cake (Eggless, Dairy-Free, And Vegan!)

Want an affordable cake made from scratch? Whether you’re on a special diet or you just don’t have any dairy on hand, this dessert recipe can fit your needs. Many readers report having their own family recipe for this popular depression-era cake. We hope you love this Hip2Save version too! 🍰


Eat low-carb? Check out our keto gameday foods on Hip2Keto.com!


About the writer:

Jenna has a Bachelor's Degree from Lycoming College and her Master's from Penn State, holding 3 years of writing experience between a variety of publications and Hip2Save.


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Comments 6

  1. BobbyAnn34

    Now I’m officially starving!!! Thanks for the recipes, there’s many I want to try!!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      You’re SO welcome! Enjoy! 🙌🤗

  2. Couponanimal

    I’m pretty excited to try the crockpot divider hack!

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! It sure is a cool tip! Hope you love it too! 💞

  3. Jackie

    Wohoo just in time for Sundays game. Go chiefs! I still can’t believe that game from last Sunday. Hoping we can make it to the Super bowl again 🏈🏈🏈I’m gonna have to try the nachos, dips and those tiny airfryer empanadas! I wish I had time to try all of those recipes because they all look delicious!

  4. Sonja B

    Transplant to Cincinnati 8 years ago…now to try to decide which ones to make (so many great ideas)!!! Go Bengals…Who Dey🏈

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