We love the Super Bowl. And it’s not because we’re big fans of watching men tackle one another on television or sitting through whatever pop star the NFL was able to conjure during halftime. No, we love the Super Bowl because of one thing and one thing alone: the food.
Yes, that is the best part (and the most easily controlled part) of any Super Bowl party. The football part is pre-determined by major networks and the NFL playoffs, but the menu is all up to you. But just like football teams, no two Super Bowl party foods are created equal.
Ahead of this year’s big game, we polled The Daily Meal staff to see what Super Bowl party essentials are their absolute must-haves. And we had opinions. The result is out definitive ranking of Super Bowl dishes. However, it should be noted that all Super Bowl party foods are good. So even our lowest ranked dish is a total winner, it just may not be MVP.
This classic comfort food is a staple at Super Bowl parties across the country. While it is a wintertime favorite of ours, we think it’s not the easiest thing to eat while watching an intense game of football. But the great thing about chili is that you can customize it with ease (and it’s hard to mess up). It can be vegetarian or filled with hearty pieces of beef or chicken. No matter what, this winter stew will always stick to your ribs.
They’re a little bit spicy, a little creamy, and do we even need to mention that they’re deep-fried? Jalapeno poppers are a little bit of a production to make, however. You need to hollow out spicy peppers, make a stuffing, bread those babies, heat up oil to just the right temperature, and then fry them. Then, in a single bite, they’re gone. Or, you know, you can always buy frozen appetizers.
The simplest form of deviled eggs are remarkably easy to make: All you need are eggs, mustard, mayonnaise and a little seasoning or garnish to finish the job. But if you’re feeling zesty, there are plenty of ways to switch up your deviled eggs. Sharable, scrumptious and easily eaten on the go, deviled eggs are a classic party food for a reason.
Is there any food more quintessentially American than barbecue? For an all-American event like the Super Bowl, few sandwiches are more appropriate than pulled pork. This melt-in-your-mouth dish is easy to make at home, be it in your slow-cooker or braised in the oven. Heck, you can even make a vegetarian version with jackfruit.
Think about it: When’s the last time you had party mix? You know, that delicious, salty combination of pretzels, cheese crackers, Chex cereal, and those weird little breadsticks. Add in a splash of Worcestershire sauce, and you’re golden. It’s a classic, and you can even make it in your slow-cooker or shake things up by adding in popcorn. Revive this snack for game day; you won’t regret it.
Everyone loves burgers. That’s just a fact. But at a Super Bowl party, committing to an entire, full-sized cheeseburger is a tall task. Enter: The slider. Not only are these mini burgers super adorable, they also cook up in a jiffy, making it an easy entrée for hosts to whip up. Just don’t forget the blue cheese and bacon.
What is there to say that hasn’t already been said about the nacho? That insane combination of tortilla chips, guacamole, pico de gallo, melted cheese, beans, shredded meat, olives and onion. Yes, the perfect nacho recipe has everything you want on it and more. Plus, it’s easy to make in massive amounts and shovel into your mouth, making it the perfect party food.
This kid-friendly dish, composed of a hot dog rolled into puff pastry dough, is perhaps the easiest dish on this list to make. You roll up the hot dog, pop it into the oven, and dip it into mustard (or ketchup if you’re a monster). The recipe is as simple as that! This dish lacks the wow factor of things higher on this list, but ranks well because of nostalgia (and simple deliciousness).
What’s not to love about the classic combination of cheddar cheese, bacon, sour cream and chives melted onto a crisp russet potato skin? Nothing! Sure, jazz it up with Brie and prosciutto or chorizo if you desire. You can find these flavors elsewhere on your Super Bowl party menu, but we still love the snackability of the potato skin.
You know guacamole. And you love it. It’s creamy, it’s refreshing, it’s filled with flavor, and because the avocado has such a subtle flavor, you can make guac in many different way. Yes, there are over 50 easy, delicious guacamole recipes that are perfect for game day.
Super Bowl Sunday is the busiest day for America’s favorite pizza chains, and this dish is also easy to make at home with a few shortcuts such as using pre-made dough and shredded mozzarella cheese. While we love pizza almost every day of the year, we think it lacks a bit of a special factor for your Super Bowl party.
Wait. Chips at No. 3? Hear us out. What is the most easily grabbed snack for game day? What can you eat mindlessly while you suffer through playbacks and non-funny commercials? That’s right. Chips and dip. And we’re not just talking potato chips, either. Though you should have potato chips, dips are really where it’s at. And these 21 dip recipes will totally win Super Bowl MVP.
We did just talk about dips, yes. But there’s one dish that absolutely no Super Bowl party would be complete without: Buffalo chicken dip. It’s creamy, it’s zesty, it’s spicy, and it’s just the right amount of meaty. It’s honestly perfect. It’s also one of the easiest dips to make; even novice chefs can pull off this five-ingredient recipe.
Chicken wings are the most popular Super Bowl dish across America, and that’s why it tops our ranking. That and wings are totally amazing! This super portable, bite-sized morsel of deliciousness is everything: juicy, crunchy and filled with infinite possibilities. Want a traditional Buffalo wing? You can have it! Want something garlicky and cheesy? Bam! You got it! Want a wing that’s sweet and savory? You know it’s yours! You can make chicken wings in so many different ways, and they’re always delicious. And while these 15 dishes are our favorite Super Bowl party foods, you’ll want to make these 40 dishes for the Super Bowl, too.
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