Spice Up Your Game Day

16 Recipes to Spice up Your Game Day

You plan the party, we’ll plan the menu. Whether it’s football, basketball, or hockey, nothing kicks off the big game like an all-star lineup of tasty snacks and drinks. You’ll keep sports fanatics talking with these easy game-day recipes and ideas.

1. Mile High Nachos

Holy guacamole, are these nachos good! An expert nacho-stacking technique leaves no chip un-cheesed—so everyone gets a taste of this epic stack on a large stoneware platter. The best part? You can add whatever you want…prefer steak to chicken? You got it. Like fresh jalapeños? Use those instead of the pickled kind. Plus, homemade guac. There’s nothing better to please a crowd.


Mile High Nachos
Mile High Nachos


2. Cheesy Chicken Dip

This cheesy dip only takes 10 minutes to prepare and will be a crowd-pleaser at your next game-day party. You can bake it in the oven in a stoneware serving bowl or microwave the cheese and chicken dip.


Cheesy Chicken Dip
Cheesy Chicken Dip


3. Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepper Poppers

No game-day spread is complete without a tray of killer bite-sized appetizers—and this recipe delivers. The combination of crispy bacon, sweet mini peppers, and a creamy, cheesy filling is a total touchdown.


Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepper Poppers
Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepper Poppers


4. Michelada

What is a Michelada? Well, it’s a Mexican-style beer cocktail that will seriously turn up the flavor of your favorite lagers. Our take on a Michelada combines Mexican lager with Worcestershire, soy sauce, and a hint of hot sauce, for a drink that packs a little punch. Take one sip, and you’ll be totally refreshed and in love with this trendy recipe. You’ll want to make a whole pitcher!




5. Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Any time is the right time for serious, spicy chicken wings, and game day is no exception. The combination of hot Sriracha, honey, and lime juice gives these wings a kick that’s all their own. These snacks are the perfect combination of spicy and sweet, and they’re so good, you’ll be licking your fingers.


Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings
Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings


6. Spicy Snack Mix

Keep your “team” fed with an easy, budget-friendly snack mix that’s sure to satisfy sports fans of all ages. This mix is perfect for munching, and since it’s homemade, there are fewer preservatives than you’ll get in store-bought bags.


Spicy Snack Mix
Spicy Snack Mix


7. Artichoke Dip

Ditch the spinach and make the artichoke the star of this dip. Topped with roasted red pepper and olives, this easy-to-make dip will impress your guests without keeping you in the kitchen too long. Plus, it cooks in a slow cooker so you can make it early in the day and keep it warm to serve throughout the night.


Artichoke Dip
Artichoke Dip


8. Cheese Stuffed Italian Meatballs

Mozzarella-stuffed meatballs are a fun twist on the classic recipe. Make the meatballs into bite-sized pieces and serve with cocktail picks so your guests can enjoy without the mess.


Cheese Stuffed Italian Meatballs
Cheese Stuffed Italian Meatballs


9. Mexican Street Corn Dip

Bring the spicy taste of Mexican street corn to your game-day party. Instead of eating it off the cob, turn it into a dip that your guests can enjoy with tortilla chips or fresh veggie slices.


Mexican Street Corn Dip
Mexican Street Corn Dip


10. Pico de Gallo

Skip the over-priced salsa and make your own fresh Pico de Gallo at home. This recipe takes just a few minutes to make with the help of a hand-powered food processor.


Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo


11. Veggie Nacho Supreme

Nachos are an essential to any game-day party menu. And this veggie spread is great if you want a healthier appetizer. Customize this recipe with your favorite veggies, cheese, and toppings.


Veggie Nacho Supreme
Veggie Nacho Supreme


12. Pressure Cooker Homemade Chili

Chili and game days go hand-in-hand! This hearty beef chili comes together in the pressure cooker and will win you major points with your guests. The keep warm feature lets guests serve themselves during the game.


Quick Cooker Homemade Chili
Pressure Cooker Homemade Chili


13. Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Pretzel

Get the best flavors of two popular game-day foods when you mix them together for one delicious recipe. This pepperoni stuffed pretzel is fun to make and will satisfy your stadium-food cravings.


Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Pretzel
Pepperoni Pizza Stuffed Pretzel


14. Pretzel & Cheese Football

Cheese in the shape of a football! Is there anything better? Served with a selection of crackers, this recipe will score with party guests.


Pretzel & Cheese Football
Pretzel & Cheese Football


15. Creamy Brussels Sprouts Dip

Whether or not you love Brussels sprouts, you will love this dip recipe. Since the sprouts are thinly sliced, they add the perfect flavor and texture to the appetizer. This dip will be one of your new party favorites and it cooks in under 20 minutes.


Creamy Brussels Sprouts Dip
Creamy Brussels Sprouts Dip


16. Old Fashioned

Cocktails are a staple of any great party. And this classic recipe is easy to serve to a crowd. It uses basic ingredients like orange peels, bourbon, and a simple syrup to create delicious flavors. Plus, this classic drink pairs well with Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepper Poppers.


Old Fashioned
Old Fashioned Cocktails and Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Pepper Poppers


This post has been updated since it was originally published in January 2016.

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13 Responses to 16 Recipes to Spice up Your Game Day

  1. Sandra November 4, 2016 at 10:19 am #

    Love the “Nacho” Average Snack with the zucchini! Such a great idea!

  2. Bre February 2, 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    The Game Day Taco Cups are the perfect appetizer! No more double dipping in the taco dip! Brilliant!

  3. Ruby February 4, 2017 at 4:24 pm #

    I’m going to make the wing tomorrow!

  4. Janice Marshall January 31, 2018 at 3:29 pm #

    hello, your charming Mother-In Law here.. I was scanning through the recipes.. printed several.. will certainly give them a try.. MILE High nachos.. !!!! perfect.. and the cheese football. sounds good for Sunday dinner snacks etc.. card night here..
    thanks for sharing..

  5. Lindy Bay February 1, 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    These recipes look so fun . Thanks for sharing. Passing them on to my daughter in law.?

  6. Nene February 1, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    I can’t wait to try all of these recipes. They all sound very tasty with quick preparation time.

  7. Karen Vitale January 23, 2020 at 9:16 am #

    I’m making many of these recipes. Thanks for sharing simple recipes. They all sound wonderful. ?

  8. Kathy October 14, 2020 at 2:41 pm #

    All delicious ideas. Creamy cheesy chicken dip and the mile high nachos would be my picks.

  9. Jen February 5, 2021 at 3:25 pm #

    The Honey Sriracha Wings are such a delicious change from Buffalo wings. A great spicy alternative.

  10. Katherine February 7, 2021 at 2:48 pm #

    Can’t go wrong with Veggie Nachos Supreme.
    Gonna try the pepperoni pretzel. Kids love pretzels

  11. Sylvia October 21, 2021 at 6:30 pm #

    Illl try the mike high nachos!

  12. Deb Lamp November 17, 2021 at 10:54 am #

    Spicey snack mix

  13. Nata February 12, 2022 at 8:31 pm #

    I think I will make the artichoke dip. It looks so good!

    However, I am on a crusade. It’s up to me, a native Texan, to let the world know that chili does not have beans in it. Beans are a side dish. OK, class is dismissed.

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