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7 of the Best
Football Party Appetizers

7 of the Best Football Party Appetizers
January 24, 2024

The best football party appetizers are the ones that disappear by halftime. So, whether you’re hosting a Big Game watch party or looking for a football game appetizer to share at a tailgate, these recipes won’t disappoint.



We wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t remind you that guacamole is THE game day appetizer. In fact, every year on the Sunday of the Big Game, Americans gobble up millions of pounds of guac. Needless to say, football fans love guac! Find hundreds of guacamole recipes here, and get even more inspo from our guacamole blog.


Football Party Appetizers Everyone Will Love

Not only will your guests not be able to resist these finger foods, but these apps are so easy to make you’ll almost feel guilty accepting all the praise. Almost. These recipes will save you some time and stress, which means more time watching the Big Game.


From sliders and dips to deviled eggs, here are the best easy football party appetizers around.


Better Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a classic football party snack, but they get an extra kick of flavor when you add avocado, cilantro, and jalapeño. Use a food processor to mix the cooked yolks from half a dozen hard-boiled eggs with the flesh of one avocado, lime juice, jalapeño, and a couple tablespoons of chopped fresh cilantro. Blend until smooth, and use a pastry bag to refill your halved hard-boiled eggs. Check out other leveled up deviled egg recipes here!


Bacon Burger Bites

These Cheeseburger Bacon Bites are like mini burgers without the bun. Dress up turkey meatballs with bacon, cheese slices, and avocado, then add a dill pickle slice, a bit of lettuce, and cherry tomato on top. A toothpick will hold it all together and make it easy to grab. If you’re unsure how to dice avocado, this video will give you a how-to.


Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

Hot, gooey, creamy, and spicy — yep, buffalo chicken dip is heading to the football party appetizer Hall of Fame. You can make a simple five-ingredient version of buffalo chicken dip in your slow cooker. Combine 1 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce with 2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken and heat it over the stove. Mix in 8 ounces of cream cheese and a 1/2 cup of ranch and stir until well-blended. Pour the mixture into your slow cooker and (generously) top with shredded cheddar or Mexican cheese. Cook on low for 30-45 minutes until bubbly, then serve it with tortilla chips.



Football watch party hosts can feel some pressure to make game day delicious, fun, and exciting — but the good news is, the pressure’s off! We’ve got some simple tips for hosting awesome parties at home, and they’re yours for free. You are officially the host(ess) with the most(est). 😉


Mexican Potato Skins

These Overloaded Mexican Potato Skins pack in a ton of flavor thanks to the bacon, cheese, and smoky chipotles in adobo sauce in this recipe. Fill your baked potato skins with a mixture of chipotle sauce and Mexican crema, cover with cheese, and place back into the oven until melted. Top them with bacon, avocado slices, and chives. The crowd will keep coming back for more!


7 Layer Dip Recipe

There’s a bit of everything (well, seven things) in this time-tested, fan-approved football party appetizer. Plus, this crowd-pleaser is easy to make well ahead of kickoff. In a glass pan, simply stack the following seven layers (listed here in order of bottom layer to top):


  • Refried beans
  • Sour cream or Greek yogurt
  • Guacamole (lots of it!)
  • Red or green salsa
  • Shredded cheese
  • Black and/or green olives
  • Lettuce


Voila, seven layers of heaven! Get even more non-guac dip ideas here.


Easy Cucumber Roll-ups

Friends with dietary restrictions will be happy to see these Cucumber and Avocado Roll-ups as part of the football party appetizer spread. Both vegan- and gluten-free, these appetizers are a fun way to get in some vegetables. Thinly slice a cucumber lengthwise into ribbons, spread on a mixture of hummus, avocado, and lime juice; add a couple of carrot matchsticks, and roll them up. Easy to make, tasty, and nutritious — does it get any better?


Plan Ahead for Your Football Party

Don’t be left avocado-less on game day. You can buy your avocados for these recipes up to a week in advance; just choose them according to when you will use them. Check out this video tip for how to select avocados for your week. If you have ripe avocados that you’re not ready to use, pop them in the fridge to slow down ripening and keep them fresh for a few more days. And if you need last-minute avos, don’t worry — you can get them delivered straight to your door!


Want to add even more WOW factor to your football party appetizer spread? Check out our guide to decorating your guacamole dip like a miniature football stadium.




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