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Touchdown! 50 winning foods for your Super Bowl celebration

Score the winning touchdown with these fan favorites.
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In honor of the big game, TODAY is bringing you our top picks for the the best food for the Super Bowl.

From classic chicken wings to creamy dips to over-the-top desserts, here are 50 winning recipes to try on Super Bowl Sunday.

1. Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings

Martha Stewart

Baked or fried, slathered in Buffalo or barbecue sauce, these crispy snacks are key at any Super Bowl party.

2. Guacamole

Perfect Guacamole with Pico de Gallo

Listen. If you don't have guacamole at your Super Bowl party, do not pass go and do not collect $200. But you are probably going to have guac, based on stats: About 12 percent of Americans' annual avocado consumption happens during Super Bowl week.

3. Chili

Slow-Cooker Chicken Chili

Alongside a warm slow cooker full of your favorite chili, set up a chili bar with chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced scallions and jalapeños.

4. Pigs in Blankets

3-ingredient Sausage Puffs

Everyone's favorite bite-sized snack only tastes better when your team is winning by a mile. Make sure to have plenty of ketchup, mustard and relish on hand for these little weenies.

5. Beer Cocktails

Michelada Marias Beer Cocktail

Spice up your game-day brew by making a classic Mexican beer cocktail.

6. Pizza

Chris Bianco's Pizza Margherita

Super Bowl Sunday is typically the No. 1 most popular day for pizza delivery. But why wait for the delivery person when you can make your own perfect pie with this recipe from a legendary pizza maker?

7. Spinach-Artichoke Dip

It's cheesy, warm and a must-have at every Super Bowl party. Your guests won't even know this dip is lower in calories than the traditional version!

8. Football Cookies

These cookies are almost to cute to eat. We said almost...

9. Buffalo Chicken Dip

All the spicy goodness of Buffalo wings and blue cheese — minus the sticky fingers. We eat this by the spoonful! And if you're looking for a vegetarian version, check out this Buffalo Cauliflower Dip.

10. Ribs

In this easy rib recipe from Al Roker, an unusual ingredient yields extraordinary results. Ginger ale not only tenderizes the ribs, but also helps them achieve the perfect caramelized char.

11. Caramelized Onion-Bacon Dip

Caramelized Onion-Bacon Dip

Caramelized Onion-Bacon Dip

Elizabeth Heiskell

For Elizabeth Heiskell, this dip is brings back memories of the French onion dip in a plastic tub that she used to have at parties when she was growing up.

12. Jell-O Shots

Champagne Jello Shots

Jell-O shots make everyone feel like a kid — errrr, a 21 year old — again. This Champagne version elevates the college staple, and provides a festive treat your holiday guests will surely love!

13. Giant Sub Sandwiches

Italian Hero Sandwich

Italian Hero Sandwich

Anthony Scotto

Hoagies. Grinders. Subs. Heroes. Whatever you call them, these gigantic sandwiches are the perfect game day fuel. They can be made ahead of time, aren’t expensive, and — most importantly — feed a crowd!

14. Loaded Nachos

Loaded Potato Skin Nachos

Loaded Potato Skin Nachos

Rhoda Boone, Epicurious

Whether you're a cheddar cheese purist or a devoted fan of Velveeta, you can't go wrong with this gooey game time dish.

15. Cupcakes

Football Cupcakes

Football Cupcakes

Brandi Milloy

These football-inspired treats make the perfect end to a game-day meal. Or just your night off right with something sweet.

16. Cocktail Meatballs

Slow-Cooker Meatballs with Grape Jelly Sauce

These delicious slow-cooker meatballs call for just four ingredients and are super-easy to make.

17. Skillet Cookies

Individual cookies are so overrated. Make one big one instead. And don't forget to serve it warm ... with ice cream. Yum!

18. A Big Festive Dip

Big Festive Holiday Dip

Big Festive Holiday Dip

Elizabeth Heiskell

This over-the-top dip is filled with cheese, bacon and buttery crackers.

19. Margaritas

Ina Garten's Jalapeño Margarita

Spice your margaritas up with jalapeño-infused tequila. Make-ahead tip: Prep the entire cocktail mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it for up to six hours. Pour it over ice or shake it up with ice before serving.

20. Bacon Bites

This is an irresistible collaboration of sweet, spicy and savory. It's one of Valerie Bertinelli's favorite appetizers to make for a party. They always go fast.

21. Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Nutella Brownies

Nigella Lawson

You'll never see a plateful of anything go down so quickly. Rich Nutella makes fudgy brownies that much better.

22. Ham and Cheese Sliders

Because you need one hand to stuff your pie hole and the other one to hold your beer.

23. Classic Tater Tot Hotdish

The classic creamy and cheesy casserole gets a comfort food upgrade with a layer crunchy, crave-worthy tater tots.

24. Dark & Stormy

Make a Dark & Stormy cocktail the right way

Bring more drama to the half time show! These gingery cocktails only have 3 ingredients and take just 5 minutes to whip up!

25. Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip

Pizza Dip

Maggie Shi

Transform pizza into a crowd-pleasing dip with layers of cheese, sauce and lots of toppings. Feel free to sub in your favorites (ham and pineapple? mushrooms?), then grab a chip and start scooping.

26. Tater Tot Nachos

Chili Cheese Tater Tot Nachos

Take your nachos to the next level by using Tater Tots instead of tortilla chips. It makes this delicious dish even more comforting, perfect for the cold weather and watching the game.

27. Slow-Cooker Queso

In queso you're wondering what to serve at your Super Bowl party, we've got the answer right here: an amazing dip that you can make in your slow cooker. It's gooey, salty, warm and exactly what you need to either drown your sorrows or celebrate a well-earned victory.

28. Candied Bacon

Spiced Bacon Crack

Spiced Bacon Crack

Brandi Milloy

This crunchy, indulgent snack makes regular bacon seem so #basic.

29. Crab Dip with Spiced Chips

Crab Dip with Spiced Potato Chips

This easy dip is a fun way to elevate game-day snacks. It can be made a few hours in advance and left to chill in the fridge.

30. Mac and Cheese

The game is tied, there are seconds left on the clock and it's fourth down. During this nail-biter, you're going to want to reach for the ultimate comfort food: Mac and cheese.

31. French Onion Sliders

These sliders are a hearty twist on a classic French onion soup. And they're perfect for filling up hungry party guests.

32. Loaded Sweet Potato Skins

Skip the regular spuds and dress up sweet potato skins with bacon and sour cream for an easy, crowd-pleasing snack.

33. Parmesan Kale Chips

Parmesan Kale Chips

Yes, they have antioxidants but trust us, your guests won't mind that this delicious snack is actually kindof good for you.

34. Frito Pie

Frito Pie

Frito Pie

Matt Abdoo

The best part is that this snack can be enjoyed right out of the bag for super easy cleanup after the show is over.

35. Thai-Style Hot Wings

Caramelized Thai-Style Hot Wings

Fresh herbs, aromatic garlic and a touch of sweet honey set these wings apart from your usual game-day fare.

36. Fried Pickles

Deep-frying makes pickles even better. The dip is smoky and rich and goes so well with any chips.

37. Pulled-Pork Tacos

Kansas City-Style Pulled Pork Tacos

These sweet-and-spicy tacos are great for game-day because you can cook the pork overnight and easily assemble them in no time.

38. Jalapeño Popper Dip

Jalapeno Popper Dip

This spicy, creamy and oh-so-cheesy warm dip has all the flavors of your favorite bar snack without the time-consuming process of actually assembling and frying homemade poppers. If you're a fire fiend, kick up the heat by using a few serrano peppers or even a habanero.

39. Pulled Pork

Feeding a crowd is easy with this no-brainer, slow-cooker pork shoulder recipe. Use them for sliders or top your favorite foods like mac and cheese and more.

40. Beer-Soaked Hot Dogs

Siri's Beer-Soaked Hot Dogs

When entertaining, Siri is a big fan of setting up topping bars so that guests can help themselves. Make clean-up a breeze by grilling the toppings in foil.

41. Spaghetti Pie

Pizza Spaghetti Pie

Pizza or pasta, pizza or pasta, decisions, decisions... Hey! With this pepperoni-studded spaghetti pie, why not have both for dinner tonight?

42. Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

This game-changing recipe combines the melty goodness of mac and cheese with the crispy crunch of a grilled cheese. It's filling, well-balanced with flavor and a sure crowd-pleaser.

43. Loaded Fries

Katie Lee loves making loaded fries recipes for friends because they have a great "ooh and aahh" factor. Plus, you can serve them right on the baking sheet so they stay warm and you have less clean up.

44. Southwestern Egg Rolls

These make-ahead Southwestern egg rolls inspired by the longtime favorite served up at Chili's restaurants are easy to assemble — we promise!

45. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

This recipe cuts the calories from traditional Buffalo wings in two ways: swapping cauliflower for the usual chicken and baking the bites instead of frying them.

46. Calzones

If you love Buffalo wings but don't love all the work involved in making them, you have to try these incredibly easy calzones made with rotisserie chicken.

47. Soft Pretzels

Super-Sized Victory Pretzel

Serve this classic stadium snack with gooey cheese sauce, spicy mustard or both.

48. Taquitos

Like tacos but with fewer chances to have your fillings spill annoyingly out of the shell, these taquitos make a great finger food for a football feast.

49. Bratwurst

In many households, it's just not a football party without brats!

50. Bloody Mary Cocktails

Getting up early on Super Bowl Sunday? These drinks are perfect for those football-viewing parties that start early. And they might be just the hair of the dog you need the morning after the big game.

This article was originally published Feb. 2, 2017.