forty Satisfying Football Food

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

What do you crave when you’re watching football? For many of us, it’s fried food, meat, and cheese. And it can’t require a fork and knife. You need food that you can eat while still keeping your eye on the ball. But … there’s a chance this grub will be so good, you might just have a moment. With your food. If there’s one flavor of football food, it’s got to be buffalo — which is basically a certain style of hot sauce, often combined with cooling ranch or blue cheese dressing. This is a recipe from scratch.

Animal-Style Burger

When you watch the game, you want some food that makes you as crazy as that last play. The Animal Style Burger is just that saucy and sloppy and crunchy and melty and meaty, that it’s everything you want in that moment. Keep some paper towels nearby and be ready to lick your lips.

Italian Sausage Calzone

Calzones are perfectly suited for a group. They’re huge. You make this huge inside-out pizza filled with the best stuff, sausage, Salsa sauce, and not one, but three cheeses — ricotta, Parmesan, and mozzarella.

Nacho Cheese

Almost no one makes nacho cheese from scratch. Dip with some classic crackers.

Turmeric Chicken Skewers with Cilantro-Coconut Lime Dip

You can use a grill for these chicken skewers or a cast iron grill pan. Either way, you’ll get some chicken that’s been marinating in a paste of cilantro, garlic, turmeric, coriander, and oh so much more. Then there’s the lime, cilantro, yogurt dip or ranch . The fun never ends.

Pizza Stuffed Chicken

OK, there’s one rule to this whole cooking game. (We’re lying, there are so many rules.) Rule #1 Good food stuffed within other good food means victory in the kitchen. Come on, pizza within your chicken? That’s just awesome.

Italian Sausage Panini

Another rule of game-time grub: Sausage rocks, and sausage in a sandwich totally rocks. Oh yeah. It’s Italian influence shines through in the Italian bread, provolone, spinach, red bell pepper and brushing of olive oil. And let’s not forget that Italian sausage.

Spicy Slow Cooker Beef Chili

Putting the classic mixture of beef, onion, peppers, chili powder, cumin, tomatoes, and kidney beans in the slow cooker gives this spicy chili a developed flavor.

Easy Potato Skins

A crispy, irresistible pub-style snack loaded with bacon and cheese.

I’ve spent many a pub happy hour pondering whether loaded potato skins could be considered a proper dinner….

Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Beef Brisket

Sweet and savory shredded barbecue beef flavored with chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, garlic, and chipotle.

Beefy brisket is transformed into tender morsels of barbecue goodness. Rub the beef with a combination of chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, cayenne, and garlic, then slow-cook it in a sweet-savory sauce that includes smoky chipotle chiles….

Patty Melt

A thin burger covered in Swiss cheese and caramelized onions, sandwiched between two pieces of griddled rye bread.

This grilled cheese/burger hybrid is said to have been invented in the 1940s or ’50s when the popularity of drive-in restaurants and diners was on the rise.

Pepperoni Pizza Dip

All of the flavors of a pepperoni pizza baked into a cheesy party dip.

The flavors of pepperoni pizza have found their way into plenty of snack recipes on CHOW, including quick bread and jalapeño poppers. Here, it transforms into a quick dip in the food processor, with pepperoni slices, mozzarella, ricotta, cream cheese, red pepper flakes, and dried oregano….

Cuban Sandwiches

A crispy, savory sandwich with roasted ham, Swiss cheese, pickles, and mustard.

Rumored to have originated in Cuba or Key West, the Cuban sandwich migrated to Tampa, Florida, and eventually to Miami, growing in popularity along the way. It’s traditionally made with Cuban bread, but Italian or ciabatta bread is an easy-to-find substitute….

 Shrimp Quesadillas

Crispy tortillas, melty cheese, and boozy shrimp.

Crispy tortillas, melty cheese, and boozy shrimp make one stellar quesadilla.

Cheesy Artichoke Dip

The classic hot dip updated with Gruyère cheese and crunchy panko breadcrumbs.

With Parmesan and Swiss cheese and loads of artichoke, this easy and classic dip is big enough to feed a crowd at your next big game day party. What to buy: Be sure to use good-quality cheese for this recipe. Avoid buying the pre-grated kind; it won’t offer much flavor…

BBQ Chicken Pizza

A blend of smoked Gouda and mozzarella cheese, sweet-tangy barbecue sauce, shredded chicken, and red onion baked on homemade pizza dough.

This pizza topped with chicken and barbecue sauce is a tasty departure from the traditional Salsa-sauce-and-cheese-topped pie. To start, make the pizza dough. While it’s rising, put together the easy sauce….

Chili-Cheese Nachos

Topped with a hearty meat and bean chili and plenty of sour cream and sharp nacho cheese.

There are no rules when it comes to topping nachos; just go for what you like. We like this cheese-chili–sour cream combination, an upgrade to the classic standby, the cheese nachos.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

All the classic flavors of buffalo wings in a cheesy, spicy baked dip.

Pulled Jerk Chicken Sandwiches

Slow-cooked chicken with a zesty orange juice, spice.

Jerk chicken normally gets marinaded forever and a day and then grilled up quickly.

Easy Spicy Turkey Chili

Chili powder, cayenne, oregano, and cinnamon give warm and spicy flavor to this lean chili that comes to the table in about an hour.

This quick and spicy chili made with ground turkey lies somewhere between our hearty, rib-sticking Chipotle Bean and Beef Chili and our lighter Basic Vegetarian Chili. First, sauté ground turkey with red bell pepper, onion, and garlic….


All you have to do is mash avocado with fresh lime juice, cilantro, tomato, onion, and fresh chile.

Homemade guacamole involves nothing more than mashing together a handful of ingredients, and the flavor is far superior to the shelf-stable glop in the supermarket. Serve your fresh guac with some chips and salsa, and you’ve got yourself an instant party…

Bacon and Cheddar Jalapeño Poppers

Peppers stuffed with a cream cheese, bacon, and cheddar mix, then broiled.

A combination seen on burgers, baked potatoes, and even macaroni and cheese, smoky bacon and sharp cheddar are a natural fit inside a spicy chile. Surrounding everything with more cheese doesn’t hurt either…

Easy Philly Cheesesteaks

It’s not Pat’s or Geno’s cheesesteak sandwich—it’s CHOW’s, and it’s full of steak, onions, and provolone cheese.

Vinegar and Spice Oven-Baked Ribs

You can enjoy these tender pork ribs, marinated in lemon and brown sugar, year-round.

These ribs are tender and juicy right out of the oven, at room temperature, or even cold, which makes them perfect picnic food. And you don’t need a fork or knife to eat them, just plenty of napkins….

Spicy Chicken and Chile Taco Dip

Packed with chicken, black beans, green chiles, and Monterey Jack cheese, and ready to serve with tortilla chips.

This is no flimsy dip—it’s packed with chicken, black beans, green chiles, and cheese, practically making it a meal….

Reuben Potato Skins

Corned beef, sauerkraut, and melted cheese in crispy potato skins.

A Reuben sandwich ranks high on my list of guilty pleasures. But a sandwich is often too much. Reuben potato skins—happily loaded with corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, and sauerkaut—are a snack-sized solution…

Chipotle Beef Tacos with Caramelized Onions (Tacos de Carne Asada Enchipotlada)

An easy, smoky, seared chipotle-coated flank steak served with onions.

Even without the chipotle, this dish of warm corn tortillas wrapped around slices of seared beef and caramelized onions is Mexico’s taquería crowd-pleaser, captivating crowds of tourists and nationals alike. Round out the meal with some black beans and a salad…

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Buffalo chicken wings morph into sliders, with grilled, hot sauce–marinated chicken thighs and a carrot-celery–blue cheese slaw stuffed between slider buns.

At your next tailgate, switch up classic grilled Buffalo wings with these sliders that have the same bold flavor. Start by marinating chicken thighs in hot sauce and butter, then grill them to get some charry flavor….

Chicken, Guacamole, and Bean Nachos

Melty cheddar cheese, refried beans, shredded chicken, and guacamole top chips for a satisfying plate of party food.

Chicken, guac, beans, and salsa is a classic combo for a burrito or taco, but it’s equally tasty on nachos. Enjoy with our easy Margarita recipe…

Pancetta and Pepper Pizza

Homemade pizza with a sweet-savory topping of crunchy pancetta, roasted peppers, and onions with a little rosemary.

Pancetta and rosemary dress up roasted bell peppers and caramelized onion on this savory, hearty pizza.

Italian Venison-Sausage Sandwiches with Peppers and Onions

A recipe for a classic Italian-sausage sandwich smothered with onions, peppers, and cheese, but made with venison meat.

Grilled Maple-Mustard Chicken Wings

These slightly sweet and spicy wings go great with beer.

These slightly sweet and spicy wings are easy to eat with your fingers and go great with beer. The glaze, made from common ingredients, is a snap to throw together. Have lots of napkins on hand for sticky fingers…

Basic Chicken Quesadillas

Don’t save this easy, cheesy chicken quesadilla for Cinco de Mayo when you can make it any day of the year.

A perfect chicken quesadilla recipe is the staple on every Mexican restaurant menu, but they’re a snap to make yourself at home. Roast up your own chicken breast or make it even easier on yourself by using a prepared rotisserie chicken…

Barbecue Chicken and Coleslaw Potato Skins

Shredded chicken, barbecue sauce, and coleslaw are loaded into crunchy potato skins.

Coleslaw and barbecued chicken are grilling companions that need not be separated. Piling them together on a potato skin gives you a sweet and tangy barbecue bite.

Basic Fish Tacos

Grilled fish rolled in tortillas and topped with tangy cabbage and cilantro slaw.

Battered and fried fish tacos are delicious, but not particularly healthy. Here, we treat the fish to a citrus marinade, grill it, and serve in soft corn tortillas with avocado and tangy cabbage slaw—healthy and delicious, combined….

Elk Meatballs with Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

These elk meatballs are a nod to the retro party hors d’oeuvre of meatballs simmered in a sweet and tangy bourbon barbecue sauce.

Sweet Soy-Glazed Chicken Wings

Salty and sweet Polynesian-style wings tossed with sesame seeds.

These salty-n-sweet Polynesian-style wings are nicely balanced, finger-licking treats. Serve them with your favorite tiki cocktail. Game plan: These wings can also be cooked on an outdoor grill over medium-high heat (about 375°F)….

Basic Chicken Fajitas

The sizzling-hot Tex-Mex favorite made easy and healthy.

Many people equate fajitas with a sizzling-cast-iron-pan experience at the local Tex-Mex restaurant.

Roasted Pepper and Spicy Sausage Grilled Pizza

Smoky grilled pizza topped with spicy sausage and roasted peppers.

Smoky-Sweet BBQ Beef Short Ribs

Spice-rubbed beef short ribs cooked in the oven and then finished on the grill with an easy homemade barbecue sauce.


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