Football food favorites are perfect for tailgating and watching the game! Over 100 delicious recipes are great for serving as you cheer on your favorite team!

Looking for even more game-day recipes? Browse through all of my Tailgating friendly recipes here! Fair warning, though, it’ll make you hungry! 🙂

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Football food. It’s a thing, right? Well, it certainly is around here! And during football season, you better believe we’re pulling out our favorite tailgating and game day recipes to share! The delicious food is my favorite part of planning for tailgating or watching the games. I love to make a variety of easy, satisfying foods that I know my family and friends will enjoy! It’s just even more fun to cheer for your team when you’ve got some great food, don’t you think?!

I hope you enjoy my recipes for Football Food Favorites as much as my family and friends do!

Football Food Favorites


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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Buffalo Chicken Dip tastes just like the buffalo chicken we all love. This creamy buffalo chicken dip comes together easily and is always a winner! Now, updated to include traditional buffalo chicken dip as well as how to prepare in the slow cooker! 

Photo of spinach artichoke dip on a slice of toasted baguette.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip is quick and easy to make! With just six ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes, this is the best spinach artichoke dip recipe and a favorite any time!

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Restaurant-Style Salsa Recipe

The Best Salsa Recipe is a delicious restaurant-style salsa that’s easy to make and ready in minutes! It’s the perfect appetizer with tortilla chips and tastes fantastic with Mexican food and many other dishes!

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Seriously the BEST Cookie Dough Dip Recipe that I’ve ever tasted! So quick and easy and always a favorite when you serve it! This creamy dip tastes just like cookie dough in dip form. Made with cream cheese, chocolate chips, and a secret ingredient that takes it over the top! Serve with graham crackers, pretzels, or fruit.



Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe - Sheet Pan Nachos make a quick and easy appetizer for a crowd or easy weeknight supper! These nachos are always a favorite! //

Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe

This Sheet Pan Nachos Recipe makes a quick and easy appetizer for a crowd or a favorite weeknight supper! These are the best nachos and are so simple to make in your sheet pan! These nachos are always a hit! 

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Sweet and Spicy Meatballs Recipe

Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs are an update on a classic party favorite; these sweet and spicy cranberry cocktail meatballs are always a hit!

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Fried Dill Pickles Recipe

Fried dill pickles make a delicious treat! These are a definite crowd favorite, made with just a few simple ingredients and ready in minutes.

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Pretzel Bites Recipe

Pretzel bites make a delicious snack or appetizer. With just a few simple steps, these delicious pretzel bites are perfect for your next party or for snacking!

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Smoked Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings are a definite favorite that we make time and again at my house. These smoked chicken wings are delicious and simple to make!

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Baked Crispy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Crispy buffalo wings don’t have to be deep-fried to be delicious! This easy recipe for baked chicken wings makes everyone’s favorite wing crispy and amazing!

If you love chicken wings, I also think you’ll love the recipe that I share for them in my cookbook. So easy!


BBQ Chicken Sandwich on a bun with slaw, dripping with homemade bbq sauce - on a white plate on a marble countertop. //

Easy BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches make an easy and delicious meal! Made with shredded chicken tossed in my flavorful homemade BBQ sauce!

Stromboli stacked on a blue platter. Covered in cheese and filled with meat, melted cheese, mushrooms, peppers and more //


Stromboli makes an easy family favorite recipe! Stuffed with meat, cheese, and vegetables, or whatever you prefer, then rolled and baked to perfection!

Metal baking sheet with Meatball Sliders - buns with meatballs covered in sauce and melted cheese //

Meatball Sliders

Meatball Sliders make a great appetizer, lunch, or even supper! Just be sure to make plenty of these meatball sliders because they go fast!

Photograph of pulled pork on a bun with bbq sauce and pickles. //

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

This simple slow cooker pork roast recipe makes the most amazing pulled pork, perfect for sandwiches and more! So easy!


Cheese pizza in slices on a pizza board //

Three Cheese Pizza Recipe

This simple recipe for homemade three-cheese white pizza takes ordinary cheese pizza to a whole new level! 

Deep dish pizza covered in tomatoes, basil and cheese //

Margherita Pizza Recipe

Margherita Pizza is one of the most delicious pizzas, in my opinion. It is the one I turn to time and again. It’s easy to make at home and perfect for a casual meal with friends and family.

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Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms

Pizza Stuffed Mushrooms are a simple and delicious quick-fix dish. Perfect for lunch, snacks, supper, or even on game day!

Chilis and Soups

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White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili makes a delicious meal full of spicy chili flavor, chicken, and white beans. Stovetop, Slow Cooker, and Freezer Instructions are provided to make easily make this White Chicken Chili a favorite anytime!

Potato soup in a white and blue rimmed enamel bowl, topped with shredded cheese, onions, and bacon //

Loaded Potato Soup

Loaded baked potato soup makes a warm, comforting potato soup recipe. Made with baked potatoes blended into a creamy soup and topped with your potato bar favorites! 

Classic chili with jalapeño, onion, grated cheese and sour cream topping. A large spoonful in a white bowl.

Classic Chili

This Classic Chili recipe is one that everyone needs in the recipe box. It is made with just six ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes, and it makes the best chili!

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Chicken Tortilla Soup

This easy Chicken Tortilla Soup makes a simple yet scrumptious soup recipe. With slow cooker, Instant Pot, and stovetop instructions included!

Pasta Fagioli with dark beans, pasta and herbs in a white serving bowl //

Pasta Fagioli 

If you love the Olive Garden Pasta Fagioli recipe, then I think you’ll love this homemade version as much or more! Ready in 30 minutes!

Taco Soup filled with ground beef, corn, and beans and topped with shredded cheese, sour cream, green onion //

Taco Soup Recipe

So quick and easy, this taco soup recipe is flavorful and delicious! Made with ground beef, beans, and corn, it is on the table in less than 30 minutes!


Square slice of chocolate cake with chocolate frosting with a bite on a fork, served on a white plate //

Chocolate Cake Recipe – 9×13 

This is the easiest 9×13 chocolate cake recipe I’ve ever made. Adjusted from my Best Chocolate Cake that everyone absolutely loves, I’ve now made the cake even easier and sized for a 9×13 sheet cake! 

Mississippi mud cake topped with marshmallows, pecans and a rich chocolate icing in a white baking pan //

Mississippi Mud Cake 

Mississippi mud cake is a simple yet scrumptious chocolate dessert with marshmallows, pecans, and rich chocolate icing. 

Foil baking pan with peanut butter cup blondies, drizzled with peanut butter and chocolate and full of peanut butter cups //

Peanut Butter Cup Blondies

This Peanut Butter Cup Blondies recipe is always a crowd favorite! So easy and perfect for the peanut butter and chocolate lover! 

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 Chewy Sugar Cookies

Absolutely the BEST sugar cookie recipe I’ve ever tasted! These sugar cookies are soft and chewy and produce a delicious bakery-style soft sugar cookie! Quick and easy to make, this sugar cookie recipe makes cookies that turn out perfectly every single time! 


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Warm Pomegranate Cranberry Cider 

This quick and easy warm cranberry pomegranate cider recipe makes the perfect sip to stay warm and cozy! 

So, there you have so many of my favorite football foods. I’d love to know your favorites in the comments!

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    1. Thanks for letting me know you enjoy this site, Frances. I hope you find many recipes here you love.