12 Game Day Recipes We’re Making This Football Season

Cyd Converse

Football season is absolutely one of my favorite times of year. We spend Sunday afternoons making homemade chili and watching the games with neighbors.

Other times we like to put out a big spread of game day snacks with each neighbor making a finger food or a few to share with everyone.

From chicken wings to tasty chicken parmesan sliders, these are the game day recipes we're making this football season to wow our friends and family.

1. BBQ Chicken Wings Recipe

Last, but certainly not least, our BBQ chicken wings recipe will be right at home on your menu of game day snacks! These barbecue chicken wings are easy to make and guaranteed to fire up the crowd. The star of the show is the surprisingly complex barbecue sauce. Layers upon layers of spice, sweetness and citrus will pummel your taste buds and keep you guessing just what exactly is in this incredible sauce.

2. Pretzel Dogs Recipe

Our pretzel dogs recipe is a fan favorite for good reason! It's so simple to make and it's a huge win with whatever crowd you might be serving - including the kids. We're talking hot dogs wrapped in buttery, soft pretzel dough and sprinkled with coarse salt! Just don't forget the ketchup and mustard for dipping on the side and you've got a win.

3. Oven Fried Pickles Recipe

Let's be honest - fried pickles are hands down one of my very favorite bar foods, which in my head means they're an excellent choice when pulling together a spread of game day snacks. This recipe is incredibly easy. The pickles get coated in a simple Panko breading and placed on a rimmed baking sheet and baked before being served with spicy ketchup.

4. Guacamole Wontons Recipe

When I tell you that I love this guacamole wontons recipe, what I mean is - I LOVE this guacamole wontons recipe. Crunchy golden brown wontons are stuffed with guacamole and then served with with your favorite salsa. The flavor combination is out of this world and anytime these are on a tray during the game they're gone long before halftime.

5. Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos Recipe

You are never ever going to go wrong with nachos during the game making this sheet pan chicken nachos recipe one of our most popular game day snacks. The best part? You can quickly make a full tray of nachos for an entire crowd in just minutes, easily switching out flavors and ingredients as you see fit. To make things even easier, use a rotisserie chicken!

6. Buffalo Chicken Pizza Recipe

Let's be clear here. Our Buffalo chicken pizza recipe served with our blue cheese avocado dressing is a blockbuster mash up of two of your favorite snack foods in one. With fried Buffalo chicken bites with homemade Buffalo sauce and a creamy flavorful blue cheese avocado dressing, this pizza is perfect for serving friends on game day.

7. Cheesy Pulled Pork BBQ Bread Dip Recipe

Chances are when you think of game day snacks this is the kind of recipe that comes to mind - a cheesy pulled pork BBQ bread dip recipe that is totally over the top. This bread dip is just the tailgating fix you and your crew need for any game you are watching this season. Made to look like a football, a loaf of crusty bread is stuffed with pulled pork in a creamy barbecue sauce.

8. Buffalo Broccoli and Cauliflower Bites Recipe

Crunchy, spicy Buffalo broccoli and cauliflower bites are your new favorite game day snack. We're talking flavorful breaded vegetables that are crispy outside and tender inside, boasting a spicy Buffalo sauce and paired with a creamy Greek yogurt blue cheese dip! The combination is out of this world - you'll love them!

9. Bean Dip Recipe

This slightly spicy bean dip is creamy, cheesy, and perfect for game day dipping! The best part? It takes only 5 minutes to put together before tossing it in the oven to get heated through and melty. We love it served with good tortilla chips, but it's great with celery and carrot sticks, too.

10. Instant Pot Crispy Carnitas Tostadas Recipe

These Instant Pot carnitas tostadas are crispy, crunchy fried tortillas topped with savory pork, red onion, avocado, cheese and hot sauce. The pork gets cooked up in a citrusy sauce right in the Instant Pot until it’s nice and tender. Once it’s all cooked up, you simply pile the pork on crispy golden fried corn tortillas with all the toppings. Need we say more?

11. Toaster Oven Chex Mix Recipe

Chex mix is a forever favorite for good reason - it's butter, salty, crunchy and delicious! Our homemade Chex mix recipe is so simple to make and the scaled down size is perfect for making in the toaster oven while your oven is busy prepping your other favorite game day snacks. Add your favorite Chex cereals, pretzels, nuts and even bagel chips for the ultimate snack.

12. Pizza Dip Recipe

When it comes to game day snacks our pizza dip recipe is one you shouldn't miss. This hot, cheesy pizza dip features a cream cheese base along with lots of ooey gooey mozzarella and parmesan. Add all your favorite pizza toppings and you have an appetizer that’s sure to be a winner!

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