If there's one day a year where we decide to throw caution to the wind and eat whatever it is we feel like eating 'til we're full — and then also after we're full — it's Super Bowl Sunday.
Here's what we've got on the menu for this not-but-should-be holiday: chicken wings, loaded nachos, creamy guac, spicy salsa, cheesy dips, satisfying sliders, crispy jalapeño poppers, mac and cheese, Tater Tot hotdish, beer-infused cocktails, football-shaped desserts and so much more. Is that enough for you?
Game-day food can be tricky. It has to feed a crowd, taste good at room temperature after sitting out for hours and be super snackable finger food. Ideally, you’ll want to make everything in advance too so that as soon as kickoff commences, you can plant yourself in front of the TV and not move until halftime.
We can't guarantee that the game will be exciting — but armed with these recipes, your Super Bowl party certainly will be.
Dress up store-bought hummus with black olives, chopped red onion, paprika and fresh herbs. Spread it across a cutting board and serve with fresh cut vegetables and crackers for easy dipping.
Funky blue cheese and savory, salty bacon is a guaranteed touchdown among your guests.
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% of Americans' annual avocado consumption happens during Super Bowl week. If that’s you, our all-time favorite guacamole recipe will be a winner.
If you have good tomatoes, nothing could be simpler or better than a fresh salsa to dollop onto tacos, serve with grilled meat and fish, or just scoop up with chips. This one is made with jalapeño peppers, fresh cilantro, lime juice and garlic, too.
It's cheesy, cozy and a must-have at every Super Bowl party. Your guests won't even know that this dip is lower in calories than the traditional version, thanks to a combo of Greek yogurt and cream cheese.
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.
This was the dip that Elizabeth Heiskell's grandmother always served when it was cold and dreary outside to help brighten everyone's mood. It has since become one of her family's favorite tailgate recipes. The base is made with a combination of canned tamales, prepared chili, diced tomatoes and grated cheddar cheese.
For TODAY food contributor Elizabeth Heiskell, this dip brings back memories of the French onion dip in a plastic tub that she used to have at parties when she was growing up — except this one is so much better.
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 some pita chips and start scooping.
In queso you're wondering what to serve at your Super Bowl party, we've got the answer right here: an easy queso 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.
This easy dip is a fun way to elevate game-day snacks. It’s made with a duo of cream cheese and mayonnaise, plus jumbo lump crab meat. Make it a few hours in advance and leave it to chill in the fridge until kickoff.
This spicy, creamy and oh-so-cheesy warm dip has all the flavors of your favorite bar snack without the time-consuming process of assembling and frying homemade poppers. If you're a spice fiend, kick up the heat by using a few serrano or habanero peppers.
As if this iconic Southern dish wasn't amazing enough right out of the fridge, pop it in the oven until hot and bubbling. It's a whole new experience — and one that should definitely be shared with friends.
Two kinds of cheese — cheddar and American — join forces for this ooey-gooey dip that gets even more flavor from dry mustard and cayenne pepper.
Get ready for game day with these oven-baked sliders — no outdoor grilling or tailgating necessary. Ground beef is dressed up with cream cheese, onions and steak seasoning; the mixture is spread across Hawaiian rolls, baked quickly and served pull-apart-style.
Kids and adults alike will go head-to-head for a taste of these pizza bites, which are packed with two types of cheese (Parmesan and mozzarella), pepperoni and pancetta.
Crabcakes may be a bit too fancy for some game day viewers, but they’re a pescatarian-friendly handheld bite that’s perfect for a crowd.
Tuck pepperoni slices and mozzarella cheese into a big round loaf of crusty bread, bake it and let the magic happen.
Assembling these crunchy lasagna bites is a labor of love, but the result is a game-winning appetizer.
We never thought we’d see the day when we’d pass up a classic pig in a blanket in favor of a different appetizer, but these bratwurst-based bites are even better. Serve them with homemade beer cheese for an easy dipping sauce.
This appetizer is a hybrid of a few different beloved bites — Philly cheesesteaks, East Asian-inspired spring rolls and Mexican pico de gallo.
Baked or fried, slathered in Buffalo or barbecue sauce, these crispy snacks are key at any Super Bowl party. Our recipe will teach you exactly how to make them like your favorite wing spot.
On Super Bowl Sunday, Hoda steps up her pigs-in-blankets game by using mustard-brushed crescent roll dough to wrap them, then dunks them in ketchup.
Super Bowl Sunday is typically the most popular day for pizza delivery. But why wait for the delivery person when you can make your own pie with this cheesy recipe from a legendary pizza maker?
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.
Craig Melvin loves wings, but Buffalo sauce is not his thing (gasp!); he prefers to flavor his wings with an Asian-inspired barbecue sauce that includes soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil, with some brown sugar for sweetness. You're going to want to keep the napkins close for these sticky snacks.
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 to prepare, and — most importantly — feed a crowd! This one is loaded with salami, capicola, mortadella, provolone, heirloom tomatoes, cherry peppers and pepperoncini peppers.
Whether you're a cheddar cheese purist or a devoted fan of Velveeta, you can't go wrong with this gooey game-time dish. A duo of potato chips and tortilla chips are layered with sliced bacon, grated cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, diced avocado and, last but not least, fried potato skins.
These delicious slow-cooker meatballs call for just four ingredients — store-bought frozen meatballs, tomato-based chili sauce, grape jelly and cayenne pepper — and are super-easy to make.
This is an irresistible collaboration of sweet, spicy and savory ingredients. It's one of Valerie Bertinelli's favorite appetizers to make for a party. They always go fast.
Because you need one hand to stuff your pie hole and the other one to hold your beer.
Take your nachos to the next level by using store-bought frozen Tater Tots instead of tortilla chips. It makes this delicious dish even more comforting — perfect for watching the game during the height of the winter season.
These sliders, which are made with ground beef, caramelized onions and Gruyere cheese — are a hearty twist on classic French onion soup. And they're perfect for filling up hungry party guests.
Skip the regular russets and dress up sweet potato skins with bacon and sour cream for an easy, crowd-pleasing snack.
Fresh herbs, aromatic garlic and a touch of sweet honey set these wings apart from your usual game-day fare.
These salty, crispy and cheesy bites are just plain addictive. They're also wildly easy to make. Simply wrap dill pickles in sliced havarti cheese and an egg roll wrapper, then pop in a deep-fryer until crispy.
Feeding a crowd is easy with this no-brainer, slow-cooker pork shoulder recipe. Pack the pork into sliders or use it to top homemade mac and cheese.
When entertaining, Siri is a big fan of setting up “topping bars” so that guests can easily help themselves. Make clean-up a breeze by serving grilled toppings like peppers and onions in foil.
These sweet-and-spicy tacos are great for game day because you can cook the pork overnight and easily assemble them day-of.
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 guaranteed crowd-pleaser.
Katie Lee loves making loaded fries recipes for friends because they have that desirable "ooh and aah" factor. Plus, you can serve them right on the baking sheet so they stay warm and cleanup is easier.
Instead of opting for takeout, whip up a quick batch of these vegetarian-friendly poppers made with cauliflower. Dredged in egg, breaded in gluten-free almond meal and tossed in warm, flavorful spices, these bite-sized florets are irresistible when they come sizzling out of the oven.
These are the crunchiest, crispiest, most satisfying egg rolls you will ever try — plus, they're vegan! The filling is made with firm tofu, kimchi, tons of veggies and a soy-sesame sauce.
You can prep a lot of this dish ahead of time and pop it in the oven right when guests start to come in. It's a huge crowd-pleaser — and there are never any leftovers! Use store-bought pizza dough (or pick some up from your favorite local joint) to save prep time.
Whether it's dipped in mustard or a cheesy sauce, soft pretzels are always a hit, especially if you make them yourself!
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! While they’re good on their own, they reach new heights when paired with homemade spicy mustard.
This delicious, crowd-pleasing sandwich is truly the perfect game-day snack, according to Siri Daly (and thousands of hungry viewers).
The fillings of roast pork, ham, pickles, cheese and mustard are the same as a Cubano, but it's the sweet, slightly eggy bread that makes this sandwich a star.
Add quesadillas to the mix for game day! These are hearty, packed with flavor and the perfect finger food for a crowd. Use flank steak, which is a quick-cooking, inexpensive cut of meat.
This popular bar snack is inspired by the popular Midwestern dip that features briny pickles and cheese. The filling, which is made with a combination of cream cheese, ham, Swiss, mozzarella, pickles and mustard, is literally good enough to eat with a spoon! These salty, spicy, creamy bites are a sure hit for any game-day get-together.
This Super Bowl snack packs all the sweet and savory flavors of Hawaiian pizza — deli ham, mozzarella cheese and sliced pineapple — into a tiny sandwich. What's not to love?
This garlicky, cheesy and bacon-packed recipe makes deviled eggs exciting again. If you're ever been tasked with bringing an appetizer, these come in handy because you can make them ahead of time — they take under 30 minutes to put together and you can customize them to your own tastes.
Will Coleman's spin on this fun, crowd-pleasing dish has some of his favorite Asian flavors, including gochujang, chili oil, seaweed and more.
Super bowls and casseroles
If Molly Yeh says it’s okay to serve mozzarella sticks over salad, then it’s OK. Sure, you can use frozen store-bought mozzarella sticks, but they’re even better when you make them yourself with panko breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan and Italian seasoning.
There's nothing like a big, steaming bowl of classic beef chili with all the toppings. Set up a chili bar with chopped onions, tomatoes, shredded cheese, sour cream, sliced scallions and jalapeños for easy entertaining.
Anchos and chipotles give this comforting dish a double dose of chile flavor. One is mild and fruity (ancho) and the other is hot and smoky (chipotle). Fresh corn tortillas are puréed with the tomatoes, chicken broth and chipotles, which thickens into a silky, luscious sauce as it cooks.
The classic creamy and cheesy casserole gets a comfort food upgrade with a layer of crunchy, crave-worthy Tater Tots.
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. Four ounces of cream cheese give it an extra luscious texture.
The best part about this handheld snack is that can be enjoyed right out of the bag for super easy cleanup after the show is over.
Pizza or pasta, pizza or pasta, decisions, decisions. With this pepperoni-studded spaghetti pie, you don’t have to choose sides. It's only fitting for the biggest game of the year.
This recipe is a combination of Texas and Minnesota flavors in one delicious pan! The creamy Tater Tot-topped casserole is filled with zesty, exciting flavors, but it’s warming and comforting at the same time.
The classic Mexican michelada is a drink that gives beer a kick of extra flavor. Feel free to add your own twist to it, like a shot of tequila or tomato juice.
Spice a classic margarita 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.
Waking 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 is how to drink a mojito in the winter: local apple cider, warm winter spices like cinnamon and clove, fresh mint and limes.
This drink will quickly become your most favorite game day or party go-to cocktails. It couldn’t be any easier to make, plus it freezes beautifully. All you need is hot brewed tea, granulated sugar, frozen lemonade, frozen orange juice concentrate and, most importantly, bourbon.
Bring more drama to the halftime show! These gingery cocktails only have three ingredients — dark rum, ginger beer and freshly squeezed lime juice — and take just five minutes to stir up.
Dessert isn’t exactly a huge priority for most game-day viewers, but you gotta have it. This four-ingredient recipe calls for creamy peanut butter, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract.
These cookies are almost too cute to eat. Almost. Better yet, the cookie dough is a no-bake recipe, which means you can put this sweet treat together in no time.
These football-inspired treats make the perfect end to a game-day meal. Use thin pretzel sticks to create a “goal post” and chocolate-covered almonds for the “footballs.”
Individual cookies are so overrated. Make one big one instead. And don't forget to serve it warm … with vanilla ice cream. Yum!
You'll never see a plateful of anything go down so quickly. Rich Nutella makes fudgy brownies that much better. The ease of this recipe will also wow — you only need three ingredients (Nutella, confectioners’ sugar and eggs) and about five minutes of prep work.
Your Super Bowl party guests just might forget all about the big game once they taste these deliciously adorable four-ingredient truffles.
The combination of the flaky, fried pastry dough, creamy ricotta mixed with cream cheese and chocolate chips is impossible to beat — except maybe in this dippable form.
A hidden layer of sweet, gooey caramel and a crunchy pretzel topping puts these brownies over the top.