Publication date January 30, 2024

5 Super Bowl Food Recipes That You Can Make Before the Kickoff

Hold onto your helmets, football fans (and halftime show enthusiasts)! Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, and while the gridiron action and dazzling performances might steal the spotlight, let's be honest, the food is a main player in this game. As Blogger Ree Drummond says, "Super Bowl Sunday is primarily about football, but following close behind is the food surrounding the big game."

That's why we've rounded up a list of 5 foolproof Super Bowl Food recipes that are guaranteed to keep your crowd fueled and cheering through the final whistle. From finger-lickin' Buffalo wings to crowd-pleasing dips and refreshing sides, these recipes are easy to make ahead of time, so you can focus on soaking up the game day atmosphere (and maybe those hilarious commercials).

So, don't fumble the food! Get your game face on, whip up these flavourful eats, and prepare for a touchdown of taste bud satisfaction. 

1. Sweet Potato Chili

If you’re craving some veggie deliciousness, look no further than this sweet potato chili. This veggie chili is so comforting that you won’t even miss the meat. You can whip up a steaming pot of this hearty chili in under 1 hour. 

You can also skip the vegetable broth and transform it into the perfect taco filling. But, if you choose to enjoy this chili, don’t skimp on the fixings! We're talking about sour cream, avocado, green onion, and plenty of cheese, of course.

Ingredients 

Here are a few ingredients that you need to make Sweet Potato Chili: 

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 poblano pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tbsp. chili powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped 
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 1 (28-oz.) can fire-roasted diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 (15-oz.) cans of black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15-oz.) can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 c. vegetable broth
  • 1/4 c. masa harina
  • 1/2 c. warm water
  • 1/2 c. chopped fresh cilantro, plus more for serving
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Sour cream, shredded cheddar, sliced green onion, diced avocado, lime wedges, and tortilla chips, to serve

How to Make Sweet Potato Chili?

Step 1. Begin by heating the oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Now add the sweet potatoes and cook, stirring from time to time, until lightly golden, 5 to 7 minutes.  Add the bell pepper, onion, and poblano to the Dutch oven. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the garlic, chili powder, cocoa powder, cumin, salt, oregano, and pepper. Now, cook, stirring for 30 seconds. 

Step 2. After this, stir in the tomatoes, black beans, pinto beans, and vegetable broth. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce the heat to medium-low, cover and cook stirring occasionally, until the flavors meld and the sweet potatoes are tender, at least for 20 minutes.  

Step 3. Now mix the masa harina with the warm water and stir it into the pot. Simmer for around 15 minutes more.

Step 4. Stir in lime juice and the cilantro and add more salt and pepper to taste.

Step 5. When it’s ready to serve, top each bowl of sweet chili potato with sour cream, cheese, green onion, avocado, and more cilantro. You can also serve with lime wedges and tortilla chips to make the dish more appealing. 

2. Buffalo Wings

Buffalo Wings

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When it comes to snacking while watching the big game, there’s no substitute for a classic buffalo wing. These wings are fried and then tossed in a buttery hot sauce, served with blue cheese dipping sauce and celery. The tangy blue cheese dressing is the perfect partner to the wings and the dish is one of the great options when looking for Football food ideas. 

Ingredients

For Blue Cheese Dressing

  • 1/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons whole buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon)
  • 4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

For Buffalo Wings

  • Vegetable oil
  • 10 small (1 pound total) chicken drumettes, patted dry
  • 10 small (13 ounces total) chicken wing flats (wingettes), patted dry
  • 1/2 cup Buffalo-style hot sauce (such as Frank’s RedHot)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Additional ingredients

  • Celery sticks

Easy Buffalo Wings Recipe

Here’s how to make Blue Cheese Dressing:

Step 1. To make the dressing, start by stirring together sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, and lemon juice in a medium bowl; fold in blue cheese, chives, and salt. Then cover and let it chill until ready to serve.

Here’s how to make healthy Buffalo Wings:

Step 1. To fry Buffalo Wings on the stove, begin by placing a wire rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Pour vegetable oil in a large Dutch oven to a depth of 2 inches and heat oil to 375°F over medium. Now, fry chicken drumettes and wing flats in 2 batches until golden brown and until a thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of chicken registers at least 165°F, 6 to 8 minutes. After this, transfer to the wire rack.

Step 2. While chicken is cooking, bring hot sauce and butter to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium, whisking occasionally. Simmer, whisking from time to time, until sauce is slightly thickened and coats the back of a spoon, about 1 minute. Now, cover and set aside.

Step 3. Place Buffalo Wings and sauce in a large bowl and toss until wings are evenly coated. Finally, it’s time to transfer to a platter and serve with Blue Cheese Dressing and celery sticks. 

3. Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

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Filled with four kinds of cheese and plenty of tender artichoke hearts, is undoubtedly one of the easy Super Bowl recipes. This creamy dip has a crisp, golden top that is sure to keep your crowd cheering through the final whistle. 

Ingredients 

  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 ounces low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 ounces Gouda cheese, grated (about 3/4 cup)
  • 3/4 cup chopped thawed frozen artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup chopped thawed frozen spinach, drained well
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions (from 3 scallions)
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped garlic (from 1 garlic clove)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 ounce Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1/4 cup)
  • Crostini or tortilla chips

How to Make Warm Spinach-Artichoke Dip? 

To make this delicious Super Bowl food, start by preheating the oven to 400°F. Now stir together cream cheese, Gouda, mozzarella, spinach, artichoke hearts, scallions, mayonnaise, garlic, salt, and cayenne pepper in a medium bowl until smooth. Spoon into a 1-quart baking dish and sprinkle top evenly with Parmesan. Now it’s time to bake in a preheated oven until browned and bubbly, about 25-30 minutes. When it’s baked, serve Spinach-Artichoke Dip with crostini or tortilla chips.

4. Roasted Hot Honey Sweet Potato Salad

This colorful sweet potato salad is a perfect satisfying Super Bowl food for football fans. Seasoning the potatoes with smoked paprika develops a sweet and savory balance while the hot honey dressing adds a touch of tangy heat. Homemade red onions, crunchy toasted pecans, and fresh parsley round the dish out. 

Ingredients 

Here are the ingredients you need to make Roasted Hot Honey Sweet Potato Salad:

  • 1 cup water
  • ¾ cup, plus 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
  • 2 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 medium-size (about 8 ounces) red onion, sliced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch half-moons (6 cups)
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons hot honey (such as Mike's Hot Honey)
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup toasted pecan halves
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Easy Roasted Hot Honey Sweet Potato Salad Recipe 

Step 1. Begin by preheating the oven to 425°F. Stir together sugar, water,  3/4 cup of vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of salt in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over high. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, undisturbed, until sugar is dissolved 2 to 3 minutes. Now remove it from heat. Place onion slices in a heatproof jar or bowl; carefully pour the pickling mixture over the onion, and ensure the slices are completely submerged. Seal jar with lid, or cover bowl with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature until ready to use.

Step 2. Now, toss together sweet potatoes, smoked paprika, cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 2 tablespoons of oil in a large bowl until well mixed. Arrange sweet potato slices in an even layer on a baking sheet and roast in a preheated oven until fork-tender, 20 to 25 minutes. Then remove from the oven, and set aside.

Step 3. Stir together hot honey, mustard, pepper, and remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons oil in a large bowl until smooth and combined. Now, drain the pickled onion to measure 1/2 cup drained onion; reserve the remaining pickled onion and pickling liquid in a sealed jar in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Add sweet potatoes, drained pickled onion, and parsley to the hot honey mixture in a bowl; toss until evenly combined. Before serving sprinkle this Super Bowl Food with pecans and enjoy!

5. Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip

Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip

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The combination of chicken, bacon, and ranch is one of the all-time favorite Super Bowl sides for many so it's no wonder we added it to a crowd-pleasing dip! You can serve it up with toasted crostini, tortilla chips, or even veggie sticks if you prefer.

Ingredients 

  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. ranch seasoning mix
  • 1 (8-oz.) package of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 c. sour cream, room temperature
  • 2 c. shredded sharp cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1 1/2 c. chopped cooked chicken
  • 6 green onions, thinly sliced and divided
  • 4 oz. diced pimientos, drained
  • Tortilla chips, crackers, or raw vegetables, to serve

How to make Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip?

Step 1. To make Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip begin by preheating the oven to 350°F. In a 12-inch skillet, cook the bacon over medium heat, stirring occasionally until crispy, about 8 minutes. Now remove the bacon from the pan using a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate.

Step 2. In a medium bowl, use a rubber spatula to soften the cream cheese until very smooth and creamy.  Next, add the sour cream, and the ranch seasoning mix, whisking until very well mixed. Fold in  1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese, pimientos, chicken, 5 sliced green onions, and all but ¼ cup of bacon.

Step 3. Spoon the mixture into a 1-quart casserole dish and top with the remaining ½ cup of cheddar cheese and reserved ¼ cup of bacon. Now bake on the center rack until bubbly, 25 to 30 minutes. 

Step 4. Before you serve it, sprinkle with the remaining sliced green onion and immediately with tortilla chips, crackers, or raw vegetables.

So there you have it, 5 Super Bowl food ideas that are sure to win over your guests (and of course yourself!). Which recipe will be your MVP dish this Super Bowl Sunday? Share your pick in the comments below, and don't forget to share it with a friend who would love to try these game-day eats! 








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