Whether you’re watching your favorite college team or are hosting a Super Bowl party, this crowd-pleasing football party menu will be a winner.

With these sporty snacks, main dishes for a crowd, plus delicious drinks and easy make-ahead dessert ideas, get ready to accept the trophy for entertainer of the year.

A football-themed spread on a table.

While some may say the winter holidays are the most wonderful time of the year, I’m partial to the crisp autumn air, the audible sighs of a can of beer being cracked open, and the warm-your-bones feeling of diving into a big bowl of chili. That’s right, in my opinion, gridiron season is the best season of all!

Table of Contents
  1. 2-Ingredient Barbecue Little Smokies
  2. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
  3. Puppy Chow
  4. Jello Shots

2-Ingredient Barbecue Little Smokies

My play book for football party appetizer success: 2 ingredients + zero prep. The results? 100% addictive. That’s the promise my little smokies deliver on! I always have a batch on the stove or in the slow cooker for every game, home or away.

A football-themed spread on a table.

More shareable snacks


This appetizer recipe idea is more than a trend! Jarcuterie, or single-serving charcuterie assembled in a jar, is ideal for parties, potlucks, or even food gifts. What started as a food trend during the pandemic…

5 minutes

Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Notice a theme? The slow cooker is my football party MVP. Not only does it allow you to get a head start on meal prep, but the set-and-forget appliance also allows everyone to serve themselves whenever they’re hungry.

A chili bar is always a successful strategy for large gatherings: simply set out a big bowl of tortilla chips, plenty of shredded cheese, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapeños, sliced or diced avocado, and sour cream so each fan can garnish as desired.

White chicken chili in a slow cooker with toppings nearby.

More main dish ideas

Turkey Roll Ups (Costco Copycat)

Make your own Turkey Roll Ups at home, just like the ones at Costco. They are so easy to make, cheaper, AND tastier than the store-bought version! One of my good friends was recently planning…

30 minutes

Puppy Chow

A must on every tailgating menu or holiday menu in the Midwest, I rarely host any occasion without a big batch of this 15-minutes, no-bake dessert.

Coated in melted chocolate and peanut butter, then dusted with powdered sugar, this 28-serving recipe will delight fans of all ages.

Serve in single-serving cups or jars for an easy grab-and-go treat (and feel free to toss in M & M candies that match your team’s colors, if you like!).

A bowl of puppy chow in a football-themed table.

More sweet treats

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Your new favorite chewy, soft chocolate chip cookies. Under-bake them slightly so they come out with crispy edges and soft centers. Plus all the info you need to freeze cookie dough for later. I think…

30 minutes

Jello Shots

Speaking of team colors, root, root for the home team by tinting these playful Jello Shots to match your mascot. The mini cocktails can be spiked with vodka, tequila, gin, or even bourbon to keep everyone in good spirits all four quarters.

Of course, a cooler of beer is a great teammate for any football party, too.

A tray of lemon and lime Jello shots for a football party.

Bonus beverage pairings

No matter who wins the game, you’ll score an entertaining touchdown if you share any (or all) of these easy party recipes with your squad. Happy hosting!

A football-themed spread on a table.
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