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Game Day Appetizers

February 1, 2019 (Last Updated: January 18, 2021)

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All the best appetizers to serve while watching football!

Black bean taco cups are just what you need for your next party!
Bowl of homemade guacamole
Golden coconut shrimp hanging off the edge of a small bowl filled with a red sauce.
Three small meatballs with a glaze on a white plate.
Jalapeno Poppers
Mexican Cheese Dip
Hummus in a bowl surrounded by fresh cut veggies.
Baked Chicken Taquitos
A bowl full of a dip with chunks of salmon.

Are you ready for the Big Game? To tell you the truth, I’m not all that into football, but give me a party and all of the sudden watching football becomes fun!  I’m really all about the food and the socialization! 

No matter if you are a football fan or who you’re rooting for, watching the game is better if you have great food. This collection of game day appetizers has something for everyone!


Dips are a must and you must have a variety. One of the great thing about many of these dips is they can be made ahead of time.

Homemade guacamole made with just four ingredients. That’s it – just four ingredients; avocados, tomatoes, onions, lime juice.  And salt, but that doesn’t really count as an ingredient!

Bowl of homemade guacamole.


Peach Salsa and pineapple salsa are both so amazingly delicious and fresh tasting. If you are looking for something more traditional, try this tomato salsa.

Fresh Peach Salsa made with fresh peaches, onions, and cilantro.

Cheesy nacho dip is always a crowd favorite too. And don’t forget about Smoked salmon dip!

Mexican Cheese Dip served on chips.


Finger Foods

You’re not going to want to use a fork! Nope, just grab with your fingers and pop ’em right on in. Finger foods need to be plentiful and the more variety the better. 

Mexican tortilla pinwheels are filled with cream cheese and roasted peppers. You decide how spicy to make it! 

A perfect appetizer for watching the game or for a potluck. These Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels are a crowd pleasing favorite.

I also love to include Crunchy Taco Cups. They are filled with black beans and topped with shredded cheese and guacamole. 

Black bean taco cups are just what you need for your next party!

More delicious finger foods include:

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Try serving one (or more) of these easy to make dishes.

Healthy Foods

Yep! You need some healthy foods too. At the end of the day (or game) you’ve got to still feel good about yourself. Plus many of these taste so amazing, you’re not going to feel like you’re sacrificing.

Baked Corn Tortilla Chips are perfect with all those salsas you are going to be making! This is a chip you can feel good about. 

Homemade corn tortilla chips

Roasted Garlic hummus is packed with flavor and perfect with homemade pita chips.

Quick pita chips with a dip of garlic hummus.


Sweet Treats

Okay, so these treats aren’t technically an appetizer. But you’ve got to include a few sweets. Right??? If it makes you feel any better you can make these in a mini form and call them appetizer desserts! You can pick a couple of sweets to put out and your family and friends will be happy!

Confetti Cupcakes have a hidden surprise inside! They are filled with sprinkles and you can fill them with your team’s colors. 


Confetti cupcakes topped with sprinkles

You might want to include a gluten free dessert too. Coconut macaroons are gluten free and are loved by all. 

Coconut Macaroons with drizzled chocolate on a white platter.

If you make this recipe, Iโ€™d love to hear about it! Leave a comment below and snap a picture and tag me on Instagram @beyondthechickencoop

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  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    February 4, 2019 at 4:58 am

    So I didn’t watch the game last night (I joined fellow New Orleans Saints fans and boycotted the game), but we still had delicious gameday food. We just watched Netflix instead of sports…haha! Now I’m thinking we need to repeat that again next weekend with some of the delicious snacks on this list…starting with those nachos! I hope you had a great weekend, Kathy!!

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    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    February 1, 2019 at 6:28 am

    Where to start, where to start?? I’m not a football watching person, but love all the food. If any one of these were at a get together, I’d certainly be happy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Pinned!

    • Reply
      February 5, 2019 at 5:23 am

      We think a lot alike! ๐Ÿ™‚

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