Game Day Appetizers Roundup

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Game day appetizers may be my very favorite excuse to get together to watch football! Can I get a shoutout for the FOOD which is the real MVP here?

Football season is approaching and I want to be ready with the best of the best appetizers for my tailgating or watch parties! I can’t resist a good game day appetizer and I don’t want you missing out either so I have rounded up all of the best! A few of my favorites are Hot Corn Dip, Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts, and Sticky Honey Garlic Wings.

Collage of game day appetizers.

Game Day Appetizers

Be honest, do you look forward to watching the game more, or are you just there for the food? Game day appetizers are my absolute favorite thing! I love that they range from sweet to savory. This means I can have a ton of different flavors and options on my plate all at once! I think that there isn’t much better than being at a party and having what feels like unlimited options for my tastebuds! Plus, they are super simple! A lot of the time you will already have all of the ingredients on hand in your kitchen! Appetizers and snacks are so delicious and I can’t wait to gobble them all up!

Because I love game day appetizers so much, I have rounded up forty-five (see, I couldn’t stop at just a few!) different recipes. They are all quick and easy and loved by all– kids included! Because of the wide variety, I am positive that you will find something that you love. They are my favorite tried and true recipes that are so yummy that you won’t be having them only one game day. You will now have a list of go-to game day appetizers for all of your future parties and get-togethers! Happy eating!

Creamy BLT Dip

BLT Dip is an appetizer that is delightfully light and oh so good! A creamy seasoned base is topped with all the flavors of the classic BLT, you are going to love it!
Ingredients: Sour Cream, cream cheese , onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tortilla chips

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip is an insanely delicious way to jazz up your next party. Chock full of intense but balanced flavors this appetizer is going to disappear fast.
Ingredients: chicken, cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch, cheddar cheese, green onions and blue cheese crumbles optional

Shrimp Cocktail

Shrimp Cocktail is a classic party appetizer that needs to be at your next gathering! This party favorite is easy to throw together and can be made in advance. 
Ingredients: medium RAW shrimp, water, lemon, onion, bay leaves, granulated sugar, salt, ketchup, lemon juice, lemon zest, prepared horseradish, Tabasco sauce, Worcestershire sauce

Air Fryer Onion Rings

Crispy Air Fryer Onion Rings are going to be your new go to favorite. Golden, crunchy and cooked to perfection, these onion rings are so addicting!
Ingredients: onions, flour, baking powder, eggs, panko, grated parmesan cheese, paprika, garlic powder, olive oil spray

Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts

These Bacon Wrapped Chestnuts are crunchy sweet chestnuts, that are enveloped in a savory bacon and marinated in a sweet spicy sauce for the perfect flavor combination.
Ingredients: whole water chestnuts, bacon, brown sugar, sweet chili sauce, mayonnaise

California Avocado Dip

California Avocado dip is so easy to make and has so many delicious and fresh ingredients! Avocados, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeno, and cilantro come together in this irresistible dip!
Ingredients: Avocados, Roma tomatoes, onion, jalepeno, salt, lemon juice, cilantro

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Perfect Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries are crispy outside and tender inside. Lightly seasoned and golden, they are a delicious addition to any meal. These are a healthy way to indulge  without the guilt. Pair them with your favorite dipping sauce and your side dish is done!
Ingredients: sweet potatoes, olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper

Hot Caramelized Onion and Bacon Dip

Delicious and sweet caramelized onions inside this incredible creamy and cheesy dip! With the added bacon this dip is sure to be a huge hit at your next party!
Ingredients: oil, large sweet onions, water, cream cheese, mayonnaise, grated remand cheese, bacon, salt and pepper to taste

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Dip is a creamy and slightly spicy chicken dip.  It has all the flavors you love in your favorite hot sauce combined with more mild ranch dressing and topped off with the strong cheese.  
Ingredients: fat free cream cheese, reduced fat blue cheese or ranch dressing, Buffalo or Red Hot sauce, crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese, Premium Chunk chicken breast, drained, or 2 cups shredded cooked chicken

Sticky Honey Garlic Wings

Sticky honey garlic wings are incredibly delicious and an excellent appetizer for absolutely any event or party! They have a mouthwatering, sweet taste that will keep you snacking all night long!
Ingredients: chicken wings, Baking Powder, honey, soy sauce, Apple Cider Vinegar, garlic, water, cornstarch, sesame seeds and chopped green onions for garnish

Little Smokies

Little Smokies, smothered in a sweet tangy BBQ sauce are one of the easiest, most loved appetizers out there. These are guaranteed to disappear whether it's for a party or dinner, these are just too tasty and fun not to eat.
Ingredients: little smokies, barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar*, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, paprika

Sheet Pan Nachos

Oven Baked Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe are filled with a layer of chips, ground beef, refried beans, black olives, chopped tomatoes, corn, cheese sprinkled over top then baked to perfection! The possibilities are endless!
Ingredients: ground beef, homemade taco seasoning , refried beans, corn , sliced olives, black beans , salsa, shredded mild cheddar cheese, shredded jack cheese, cilantro, chopped , sour cream, jalapenos, roma tomatoes, chopped

Crispy Potato Skins

Baked Potato Skins have a crispy outer shell that is loaded with a cheddar cheese, bacon and green onion combination. These potatoes are everyones favorite appetizer or side dish! 
Ingredients: small Russet Potatoes, olive oil, salt and pepper, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions, Ranch or sour cream for serving

5 Minute Million Dollar Dip

5 Million Dollar Dip is only 5 ingredients and they don’t call it million dollar dip for nothing! It is so deliciously addicting and will be the biggest hit wherever it goes!
Ingredients: green onions, cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, real bacon bits, slivered almonds

Awesome 7 Layer Dip

Awesome 7 Layer Dip is an addicting creamy dip that includes all of your favorites, like guacamole, refried beans, and sour cream!  You will be amazed how simple it is to put together such an incredibly delicious dip!
Ingredients: refried beans, Homemade Guacamole, sour cream, Homemade Taco Seasoning, salsa, Colby Jack cheese, sliced olives, cherry tomatoes, green onions
A close up of a buffalo chicken slider.

Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These buffalo chicken sliders are perfect for feeding a hungry crowd quickly and easily. Whether it's a weeknight dinner or a casual get-together, everyone will love the spicy rotisserie chicken sandwiched between soft dinner rolls with ranch dressing, melted cheese, and crunchy coleslaw.
Ingredients: dinner rolls, shredded mozzarella, rotisserie chicken, Frank's Buffalo Sauce, ranch dressing, habanero hot sauce, premixed bagged coleslaw, butter, Italian seasoning

Ranch Pretzels

For a quick snack make these Ranch Pretzels. These make the best party, movie night, or after school snack!
Ingredients: mini pretzels, butter, Homemade Ranch Seasoning

Ham and Cheddar Sliders

Delicious and cheesy ham and cheddar sliders that are easy and are great for a gathering!
Ingredients: white dinner rolls*, smoked or baked deli ham, cheddar cheese, Mayonnaise, poppy seeds, yellow mustard, butter, Worcestershire sauce

Fluffy Marshmallow Cream Cheese Fruit Dip (3 ingredients!)

Marshmallow cream cheese fruit dip is one of the best dips to enjoy year round. Fluffy fruit dip is sweet and creamy that is served with all your favorite fresh fruits! 
Ingredients: marshmallow cream, cream cheese, strawberry yogurt, sliced fruit for serving

Chili’s Copycat Skillet Queso

This Chili's Copycat Skillet Queso combines smooth Velveeta cheese that melts magically with flavorful chili and Mexican spices in a skillet to pure queso perfection, hands down one of the best copycat recipes EVER!  A super easy appetizer that will disappear faster than it took to make it. 
Ingredients: box Velveeta cheese, milk, paprika, ground cayenne pepper, can Hormel Chili, chili powder, Lime Juice, ground cumin

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

A delicious no bake truffle that is combined with pumpkin and cream cheese!
Ingredients: gingersnap cookie crumbs, graham cracker crumbs, cream cheese, confectioners’ sugar, canned pumpkin purée, ground cinnamon, of fine salt, white chocolate chips, white chocolate chips

Churro Cupcakes

Churro Cupcakes are fluffy and light cinnamon sugar cupcakes that are easy to make and even easier to fall in love with!  They are made with common baking ingredients that you may even have in your pantry right now!
Ingredients: flour, cinnamon, baking powder, salt, butter, room temperature, sugar, eggs, vanilla, vegetable oil, milk, cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon

Hot Corn Dip

Hot Corn Dip is super cheesy, packed with flavor and such a crowd pleaser. This always one of the first dips to disappear! 
Ingredients: olive oil, onion, red pepper, jalapeño, corn, cream cheese, sour cream, Colby jack cheese, chili powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper, sliced green onion

Grasshopper Popcorn

A delicious and minty popcorn that is coated with chocolate and has grasshopper cookies and anded mints hidden inside!
Ingredients: popped popcorn, fudge mint cookies, milk chocolate melting candy *, Andes Créme de Menthe Baking Chips, Green candy melts for drizzle

Jalapeño Poppers Recipe with Bacon

Jalapeño Poppers Recipe with Bacon is a spicy hot, creamy cheese with crumbled pieces of bacon stuffed in a jalapeño and baked to perfection! The perfect holiday appetizer!
Ingredients: jalapeños, cream cheese, garlic powder, salt, pepper, shredded cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions

Asiago Dip

Asiago dip is super creamy and is loaded with flavor!  There are just a few ingredients and simple, easy to follow steps.  It has the perfect flavor combination, and trust me when I say one bite of this delicious dip will not be enough!  It will get devoured in no time by anyone who tries it!
Ingredients: light mayo, bunch thin sliced green onions, grated Asiago Cheese, artichoke hearts diced, sun dried tomatoes, carton low fat sour cream, grated Parmesan, fresh minced garlic

Baked Soft Pretzels

Baked Soft Pretzels are soft and chewy on the inside with the perfect salty golden exterior.  This recipe will walk you through these easy homemade pretzels with step by step instructions!
Ingredients: warm water, active dry yeast, sugar, salt, flour, vegetable oil, hot water, baking soda, coarse salt for topping, Cheese Dip

Classic Muddy Buddies (Puppy Chow)

This quick and easy no bake sweet treat is a combination of cereal, chocolate and peanut butter and tossed in powdered sugar. It's snack attack perfection! 
Ingredients: rice Chex cereal, chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, butter, vanilla, powdered sugar

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Bites are delicious appetizers loaded with shredded cheese, a pop of color from the green onion, cooked bacon chunks mixed with black olives and pecans all rolled together in a tight ball with a pretzel on top. An elegant appetizer to enjoy this holiday season!
Ingredients: each packages cream cheese, packet dry buttermilk ranch dressing mix, cheddar cheese, green onion, of bacon, chopped black olives, pecans or almonds, Pretzel Sticks

Peanut Butter Bars

These peanut butter bars are thick, rich and heavenly! A thick layer of peanut butter with rolled oats mixed together making a creamy filling with a smooth chocolatey frosting that is an irresistible combination. 
Ingredients: Brown Sugar, White Sugar, Butter, Peanut Butter, Eggs, Salt, Baking Soda, Rolled Oats, Flour, Butter, Cocoa, Powdered Sugar, Vanilla, Milk

Sugar Cookie Bars

These are so simple! They are so easy to whip up a batch and have a delicious sugar cookie in a bar!
Ingredients: butter, granulated sugar, egg, egg white, sour cream, vanilla extract, all purpose flour, baking powder, salt, unsalted butter, powdered sugar, half and half, vanilla, Any color of food coloring

No Bake Oreo Balls

No Bake Oreo Balls are rich and smooth truffles that are moist and flavor packed and coated with a smooth chocolate shell.  They are quick and easy to prepare and are a treat everyone will go crazy over!
Ingredients: Oreo cookies, cream cheese, white chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, crushed Oreos for topping

Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Pumpkin Cream Cheese Frosting

Moist chocolate pumpkin cupcakes with an amazing cinnamon pumpkin cream cheese frosting! These are the perfect fall treat!
Ingredients: Pillsbury® Traditional Chocolate Cake Mix, canned pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil, cinnamon, nutmeg, cream cheese frosting, butter, powdered sugar, canned pumpkin, cinnamon

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies

Easy 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies are soft, fluffy and full of creamy peanut butter with sweet sugar and a large egg, it is that simple. Only 3 Ingredients to make these deliciously desirable cookies! 
Ingredients: sugar, peanut butter, egg

Air Fryer Zucchini Pizza Bites

Air fryer zucchini pizza bites are the perfect low-carb way to eat your pizza and love it too! Quick and easy these make a perfect snack, appetizer, or light meal any time of the week!
Ingredients: zucchini, salt and pepper, marinara sauce , mini pepperoni, sliced olives, mozerella cheese, Italian seasoning, chopped basil for garnish

Air Fryer Fried Pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles are the ultimate appetizer! They are tangy, zippy and perfectly seasoned! 
Ingredients: dill pickle slices, flour, egg, water, bread crumbs, grated Parmesan, Italian seasoning

Insanely Delicious Air Fryer Coconut Shrimp

Coconut shrimp are insanely delicious! One of the best appetizers out there, these mouthwatering air fried coconut shrimp are crispy, lightweight and completely delightful! This appetizer is one that is sure to have your guests coming back for more!
Ingredients: large shrimp about 25, eggs, flaked unsweetened coconut, panko breadcrumbs, all-purpose flour, garlic powder, paprika optional, Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Creamy BLT Dip

BLT Dip is an appetizer that is delightfully light and oh so good! A creamy seasoned base is topped with all the flavors of the classic BLT, you are going to love it!
Ingredients: Sour Cream, cream cheese , onion powder, garlic powder, dried parsley, tomatoes, bacon, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tortilla chips

Classic Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs are a favorite appetizer for parties and holiday celebrations. This traditional deviled egg recipe is simple and perfect.
Ingredients: eggs, mayonnaise, dijon mustard, kosher salt, paprika

Cheesy Cheddar Garlic Breadsticks

Delicious and cheesy cheddar garlic breadsticks that are made with a quick and easy dough recipe!  These will be in and out of the oven in no time and you won’t be able to stop eating them! 
Ingredients: warm water, sugar, yeast, flour, Salt, salted butter, garlic powder, Italian seasoning, cheddar Cheese, parmesan cheese, chopped parsley for garnish

Angel Food Cupcakes

These ultra-fluffy, delicate angel food cupcakes are the best base for light and tasty summer treats. Top with fresh whipped cream frosting and berries for a dessert that is a perfect combination of airy and sweet.
Ingredients: Cake Flour, A dash of Salt, Granulated Sugar, Egg whites, warm water, Cream of Tartar, Heavy Whipping Cream, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, Strawberries or other fruit

Insanely Delicious Hot Crab Dip

Hot Crab Dip makes the perfect party appetizer. This delicious and addicting crab dip is ready in just 30 minutes and will instantly wow the entire crew!
Ingredients: cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, cheddar cheese, garlic powder, paprika, Worcestershire Sauce, lemon juice, salt, pepper, lump crab meat

Melon Salad with Citrus Honey Mint Dressing

I don't know about you but nothing hits the spot more on a hot summer day than fresh fruit and salads! Combine the two together and our melon salad will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied!
Ingredients: watermelon, cantaloupe, honeydew, Juice of half lemon, Juice of half of a lime, honey, mint

Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls

Tender meat, sautéed peppers and onions is smothered with cheese and wrapped in egg roll wrappers and fried to perfection in these Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls. This is going to be your go to appetizer or snack when you want to impress without a lot of stress.
Ingredients: oil for frying, Olive Oil, green bell pepper , onion sliced, sirloin steak , monetary jack cheese, beef broth, steak sauce, salt and pepper, egg roll wrappers

Antipasto Skewers

Antipasto Skewers are a super easy and delicious appetizer, perfect for any occasion. Colorful and full of flavor, these are true crowd pleaser!
Ingredients: cheese tortellini, kalamata olives, black olives, grape tomatoes, of salami, pepperoni, marinated artichokes, small fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, balsamic glaze, wooden skewers

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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