It’s that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the weather is cooling down and football is back. Whether or not you enjoy watching the actual games, we love the return of football for cozy, lazy afternoons spent curled up on the couch with yummy comfort foods. In fact, it’s probably less about the sports and more about special rituals and traditions like gathering each week with family and friends. Game day is fun but the snacks and apps are even better!
If you’re looking for some delicious game day snacks here are a list of our favorites. Let us know what you’re making in the comments!
Best Snacks and Apps for Game Day
You can’t have game day without a delicious warm, melty cheese dip!
This recipe from A Spicy Perspective is everything you crave and think of when you think Queso– creamy, melty American cheese, whole milk and just enough spice with a healthy dose of jalapeños and green chiles.
5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso
Dairy-free or vegan? No problem, try this 5-Minute Vegan Cashew Queso from Minimalist Baker. This smokey spicey-queso cheese dip is one of Jess’s favorite recipes. Pair with chips or add to nachos or burritos to add some delicious zip to your game day.
I often go rogue with nachos and do my own thing, but following a recipe is great too and maybe you’ll find some ingredients you didn’t think of.
loaded game day Nachos
Caylin’s game day nacho recipe from a few years ago has been a hit. Loaded with delicious toppings including veggies, cheese, beans, guacamole, salsa and more. These are sure to be a crowd pleaser.
Best Vegan Nachos
My mouth is watering just thinking about these Vegan Nachos from Rainbow Plant Life. The combination of crispy tortilla chips, vegan queso, walnut-mushroom taco meat, refried beans, guacamole, pico de gallo, vegan sour cream and pickled onions is delicious!
Best Fried Pickles
Love me some fried pickles. The perfect combination of salty, crispy and tangy. This fried pickle recipe from Food Network is pretty quick and easy.
Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos
These Instant Pot Chicken Taquitos from The Healthy Maven are just what your game day is missing. This Chicken Taquitos recipe is quick and easy and totally satisfying. Flavorful with the addition of yummy spices, hot sauce and of course it’s all about the toppings. Don’t skimp on the avocado, cheese, salsa, sour cream and cilantro. Yum!
Fries are perfect for dipping and enjoying during game day! Try one of the yummy sweet potato or baked potato wedge recipes below!
Sweet Potato Fries
These Sweet Potato Fries from New York Times Cooking received 5 stars for good reason. The perfect combination of sweet, salty and garlicky goodness.
Baked Potato Wedges
You can’t go wrong with these Baked Potato Wedges from Love & Lemons. I love a wedge that has that crispy outside and soft inside. These are packed full of flavor with a savory garlic flair.
We love this simple Homemade Salsa recipe from Love & Lemons. It is the perfect salsa for dipping tortilla chips in on game day or adding to other game day recipes!
Buffalo Chicken Dip
5 Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Baked Hummus Dip
5 Ingredient Buffalo Chicken Bake Hummus Dip from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen is a great alternative to a dairy-based buffalo chicken dip with just as much flavor and hype.
Crispy Buffalo Wings RECipe
Lemon Pepper Wings Recipe
If spicy isn’t your thing, try these Lemon Pepper Wings also from Natasha’s Kitchen. The citrusy peppery flavor will leave you coming back for more!
A game day charcuterie board can’t be like any other charcuterie board. Take it up a notch with some special additions to your traditional cheese board.
Game Day Charcuterie Board
This Game Day Charcuterie Board from Fountain Avenue Kitchen looks extra yummy and special for game day with tailored additions like baked ham and cheese bunwiches and easy cheesey sweet pepper and jalapeño poppers.
Looking for a delicious dip for your wings, mozzarella sticks, fries, chips and more? Look no further!
vegan artichoke dip
This vegan artichoke dip recipe we shared a few years ago is SO yummy. This will convert the vegan skeptics it is creamy and delicious.
Vegan Condiments and Sauces
Try one of these sauces from Rainbow Plant Life. The ranch, aioli and cashew ricotta look especially delicious!
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What are your favorite game day snack and app recipes? Let us know in the comments below!
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