Easy game day snacks are totally my thing. My husband’s a middle and high school officiant, loves college football, and follows the NFL, so basically every day is game day at my house, and every snack we eat is a game day snack. On the downside, we’re only halfway through September and I’m a little sick of football. Don’t worry though. That’s my problem.
So, my favorite approach to easy game day snacks is to open a bag of something and share it, but occasionally I do have company besides my family. When that happens, I still want to serve the most basic things I possibly can, but spice it up just enough to make it look like I put in effort. Hopefully that’s your jam too, so you can enjoy these great ideas, plus check out my nacho tips at the end!
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Cheese and Crackers
Truly, if you want to serve Ritz and those lovely precut cheddar slices from the grocery store, no one will mind. But, to make your cheese snazzier, here’s a few ideas:
- Get a fancy cheese, fancy crackers, and offer honey and grapes and/or apples. That’s it. Seriously, honey makes it seem so elegant, plus it’s delicious. Messy for kids though. Give them the cheddar.
- Brie and Bacon – Combines cheese and bacon? Yup. Find a recipe here.
- Brie and Kahlua – For those who find bacon fattening. 🙂
- Easy Cheeseball – In case you hate brie.
Little weenies in Stubbs barbecue sauce in a slow cooker. There. You’ve provided an ideal snack. Too dull? Here you go:
- Bacon brown sugar smokies – I swear by this one when I’m really trying, FYI.
- Honey siracha smokies – For when you’re feeling spicy.
- Pigs in a Blanket – Because you were just in it for the bread anyway.
Chips and Salsa
Pro tip to make chips and salsa fancier than it is: Put the salsa in a bowl. Ha, tricked all your guests into thinking you’re Martha Stewart! (P.S., if you’re bored, check out my hostess quiz to see if you indeed are a Martha Stewart type)! Otherwise:
- 7 Layer Dip – Another of my favorites, but this does not keep well, so don’t waste your time if you’re only sharing with 1-2 people.
- Jalapeno Popper Dip – If you’re serving this, choose something else that isn’t spicy to accompany it.
- Guacamole – Yes! Salsa’s fancier cousin. You could serve both store-bought salsa and guac, but if you choose to make it, this is the best recipe ever and it goes well with my chicken chimichangas. Perfect for dinner and a late game!
Well, friends, those are my best ideas for easy game day snacks, but let’s be real for a second. The best game day snack is nachos. Nachos are easy. Serve nachos. Don’t want to do a nacho bar? Good! I don’t want to come to your house and cook. Here’s my tips to make yours the best:
- Layer 1: tortilla chips
- Layer 2: cheese (cover those chips!)
- Layer 3: meat (ground turkey or shredded chicken – both healthier than ground beef and less greasy) seasoned with salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili flakes, cumin, cayenne pepper, and paprika. No, I don’t have a recipe, I just shake stuff until it’s tasty.
- Layer 4: beans – cook black/pinto/kidney on the stovetop, then drain
- Layer 5: depends on your preference, but I like chilis, jalapenos, olives, green peppers – something kind of resembling a vegetable
- Layer 6: more cheese
- Repeat! Now you’ll have a giant tower plate of shareable nachos. Serve with sour cream, salsa, or guac on the side.