The most important football game of the year is almost here, and on that day – the second biggest eating day of the year in America next to Thanksgiving – billions of chicken wings will be devoured, millions of pizzas will be ordered and tons of chips will meet their destiny beside dip bowls across America.
I’m not a big fan of football, but I am a huge fan of the snack table. Cheesy dips, stacked sandwiches and everything doused in Buffalo sauce – that’s what gets my attention on game day.
When you’re going on a trip, sometimes the best thing to do is to follow your stomach. In recent years, food tourism has become more and more popular.
No matter what team you’re rooting for this year, the food is something we all can agree on.
Here are some of our favorite game day snacks from around the web.
It wouldn’t be a proper game day party without some dips on the table. From light salsa to rich queso, dips make chips – and football – better.
Taco queso dip (Serious Eats)
Buffalo chicken dip (Frank’s Red Hot)
Touchdown chili recipes
Chili is one of the quintessential game day snacks to have on hand because it’s great for a crowd and so easy to customize. Spicy or mild, loaded with meat or totally meatless, you can use any one of the recipes below as a base to build upon. Serve with soft tortillas, crunchy tortilla chips or cornbread and set up a topping bar with a variety of shredded cheeses, sour cream, limes, diced onions and salsa for your guests to pile on.
Fiery chili with red beans (NY Times Cooking)
Veggie chili (The Pioneer Woman)
White chicken chili (Simply Recipes)
Game day nachos
When building the perfect nachos platter, it’s all about layering and choosing a sturdy chip, according to these tips from the Bon Appetit test kitchen. To ensure your nachos don’t get soggy, remember to put the shredded cheese on first before adding the other ingredients and baking/broiling to melt.
Buffalo chicken nachos (The Girl Who Ate Everything)
Mexican street corn nachos (Simply Recipes)
If you want to go all out, take on the fully loaded black bean nachos with red and green salsa from Bon Appetit. Or for an easier version of a classic nachos platter that will save you some time, try macho nachos from the food blog I Wash You Dry.
It’s a fact that mostly everyone loves to have wings when they’re watching the game. There’s just something about eating them that enhances the entire experience. If you’re tired of the classic Buffalo (sorry, we can’t be friends) or just want to offer more options, here are a few more flavors you can try.
Crispy baked Parmesan chicken wings (Jo Cooks)
Grilled honey chipotle wings (Serious Eats)
One-pot sticky Asian chicken wings (Andrew Zimmern)
More game day snack recipes
Three more snacks to add to your repertoire. The football-shaped dessert dip from Buzzfeed is not only an adorable edible centerpiece but absolutely irresistible.
Philly cheesesteak sliders (Delish)
No-bake peanut butter touchdown dessert dip (Buzzfeed)
What are some of your favorite game day snack recipes to make and eat? Tell us in the comments!
This post was originally published in 2018 and has been updated.