In honor of the Super Bowl, TODAY is bringing you our top picks for the ultimate game-day foods. From classic chicken wings to over-the-top desserts, here are 50 awesome Super Bowl recipes to try this weekend.
1. Chicken Wings
Baked or fried, slathered in Buffalo or barbecue sauce, these crispy snacks are key at any Super Bowl party. And they were the big winner of TODAY Food's Super Bowl Snack-It Bracket!
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.
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
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
Spice up your game-day brew by making a classic Mexican beer cocktail.
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.
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
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
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
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
Whether you're a cheddar cheese purist or a devoted fan of Velveeta, you can't go wrong with this gooey game time dish.
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
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
This over-the-top dip is filled with cheese, bacon and buttery crackers.
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
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. Avocado Fries
These green fries are crunchy, creamy and over-the-top with just a drizzle of hot sauce or a dip in ranch dressing.
24. Mulled Wine
Set out a batch of warm mulled wine for any guests who aren't in the mood for a frosty beer.
25. Pizza Dip
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
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
This crunchy, indulgent snack makes regular bacon seem so #basic.
29. Crab Dip with Spiced 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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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
Serve this classic stadium snack with gooey cheese sauce, spicy mustard or both.
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.
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.