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Football Food

Recipes for Tailgating, Football Parties or Just Enjoying the Big Game


Gather the family and friends around the big screen for a fun afternoon of football watching and football food. These recipes are easy to prepare (most can be made in advance) and many don't require utensils. After all, you have to have your hands available for cheering!

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Mexican Dip Recipe

Mexican Dip
Stephanie Gallagher

This dip makes an appearance at many football parties, and it 's no wonder why: it's easy to prepare and tastes great. If you have time, make your own salsa.

Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Dip
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This dip is a classic football party food, yet it continues to satisfy year after year. The hot sauce really adds zing to this dip. Don't worry - it's not overpowering, though. If you're a fan of Buffalo wings, you will love this dip, and it's so much easier to make!

Mini Cheeseburgers

Mini Cheeseburgers
Stephanie Gallagher

These mini cheeseburgers are the ideal hand-held food for watching football. They're hearty, yet easy to eat, and you can dress them up lots of different ways. The secret that makes these sliders so good is the Hawaiian rolls. They're sweet, which pairs wonderfully with the meaty cheesy filling of the burgers.

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Microwave Chili Dogs Recipe

Chili Dogs
Stephanie Gallagher

Once I started making chili dogs in the microwave, I vowed I'd never make them any other way. It's easy, fast and most importantly, tastes fantastic. I like the fact that the chili cooks with the hot dogs in this recipe. Set up a chili dog bar at your football gathering, and let your guests help themselves to cheese, chopped onions, relish, jalapeno peppers, bacon bits, mustard, you name it.

Easy Chili Recipe

Easy Chili Recipe
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Chili and football go together like boys' tennis shoes and mud, so it's absolutely essential that you have a good chili recipe to keep your football crowd happy. This easy chili recipe is rich with flavor, but, fortunately, that richness is achieved without you having to spend hours at a stove. The key is to choose the right ingredients - a good-quality prepared salsa, a beer you would drink and brisket or pot roast that is layered with flavor. The results are stellar, and your guests are sure to notice.

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Cornbread with Corn

Stephanie Gallagher

What better football food side dish is there than cornbread? It goes great with chili, burgers, really anything. Real corn and a touch of honey make this cornbread recipe stand out from the rest.

Beef and Cheese Nachos Recipe

Beef Nachos
Stephanie Gallagher

You do not need any special culinary talent to make good nachos. In fact, if you can turn on the oven, you can pretty much make these nachos. This recipe gets a flavor boost from the fresh cilantro. And be sure to use good-quality tortilla chips - it will make a big difference.

Chex Party Mix Recipe for the Crockpot

Crockpot Chex Party Mix
Stephanie Gallagher

This savory party mix isn't just for after-school snacking. Adults like this party mix as much as the kids, and it makes a great game-day munchie that you can make in advance. Just dump everything in the slow cooker, and go on with the rest of your football party preparations. The party mix will be ready when your guests arrive.

Chocolate Football Rice Krispie Treats Recipe

Chocolate Football Rice Crispy Treats
Stephanie Gallagher

Chocolate hazelnut spread and cocoa powder give these rice crispy treats a rich chocolate flavor. Shaping them into footballs and decorating with white gel icing is a fun pre-game activity for the kids.

Fudge Brownies Recipe

Fudgy Brownies
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The perfect fudge brownie is a treat for the senses, and this recipe does not disappoint. It makes great football food (easy to hold in one hand and perfect for soothing wounds when your team isn't doing well). And really, who doesn't like fudge brownies?

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