Super Bowl Party Food Must-Haves

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No Super Bowl Party is complete without the food and beverages. And as we all know chips and a variety of beverages are seen on the commercials every year. And on top of serving just the chips and beverages now we need to liven up our Party Food. We need to pair it with items that are meant to go with it. Kind of like pairing Fine Wine. The best is that while the Super Bowl only comes around once a year, the food is great for any party, any time!

Super Bowl Party Planning

The easiest way to plan for a Super Bowl Party is just mention you are having a party. People will come out of the woodwork in the middle of winter to have a reason to gather and what better reason than a Super Bowl Party.

One the best things to plan for is finger food. Party food that people can walk by and grab with their hands or fill a plate and enjoy. Since Doritos and other Chips seem to be a huge party favorite, let’s start with the dips that tantalize our taste buds.

Cheesy Dips that are Delicious (and Deliver a Punch!)

Velveeta Cheese Dip

This dip has been around for years and is a favorite to many as it isn’t overly spicy, is filling and so simple to make.

  • 16 oz Velveeta cheese diced into cubes
  • Can of Rotel diced tomatoes and green chilies (undrained)
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Melt the cheese in a microwavable bowl for about 5 minutes. Stirring after 2-3 minutes. I also love using my small crockpots for these dips to keep it warm through the entire party.

* For variation, you can brown 1/2 pound of ground sausage and mix in with the dip

Fiesta Cheese Dip

Another favorite in our home for parties and gatherings is one I learned from a good friend, Bobbi. Se were traveling for Boy Scouts with our sons and needed some portable ideas for food to feed these boys. The challenge here is to just take a single chip, dip it and not have another.

  • 16 oz of Sour Cream
  • 8 oz of Salsa – can be chunky or restaurante style
  • 2 cups of finely shredded taco cheese
  • 1 (or 2) Tablespoon of Fiesta Party Mix by Tastefully Simple

Mix together in a bowl. I like to make ahead of time and let sit for at least an hour or more so the flavors have time to mix. Great to make ahead the day before too!

Layered Taco Dip

Although this is one you do not want to completely make up ahead, you can do some prep time before game time too.

  • Can of Refried Beans
  • 16 oz Sour Cream
  • 1 or 2 tablespoon of Fiesta Party Mix or a Taco Seasoning works too
  • Shredded lettuce – I buy the preshredded as a time saver
  • Black Olives
  • Green Onions
  • Red, Yellow, or Orange Bell Peppers
  • 1 C. of Taco Cheese
  • Optional layer – Guacamole – put between beans and Sour Cream Mixture

Taking either a tray or platter (9×13 baker), spread the Refried Beans on the bottom. Now mix together the Sour Cream and Fiesta Party Mix/Taco Seasoning. Spread that on top of the beans. Spread the shredded lettuce over the top. Next up slice up the Black Olives and Green Onions. Dice up the Peppers. Sprinkle all vegetables and cheese evenly on top. Serve with Chips.

Touchdown Taco Dip
  • 1 can (16 oz) Refried Beans
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon taco seasoning mix
  • 1 garlic clove, pressed or minced
  • 1/4 cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/2 Medium Tomato, about 1/2 cup, diced & seeded
  • 2 green onions with tops, thin slices
  • 1/4 cup Ripe Olives sliced
  • 1 Tablespoon finely chopped fresh cilantro or parsley

First preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Now spread the beans over the bottom of the dish like a pie dish or smaller 2 quart casserole dish. In a separate bowl combine cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning. Press the garlic clove over the cream cheese mixture. And Mix well.

Next spread the cream cheese mixture evenly over the beans. Sprinkle the cheddar cheese over the top. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. While that is in the oven slice and dice the vegetables.

When removing from the oven spread remaining ingredients over the dip. Serve with tortilla chips. Can serve Sour Cream as a garnish, if you so desire.

Thanks to Pampered Chef, Season’s Best Recipe Collection, Fall/Winter 2002

Other Foods that are Great Compliments at a Super Bowl Party

BBQ Meatballs

My meatballs are always required at our monthly Marine Parent Meetings. Our recruiters are more likely to come when they know that my meatballs are part of the potluck! We love our recruiters and need to keep them happy. As they serve our country and groom our sons and daughters to be ready for what their future brings them.

  • 1 bag of Homestyle Meatballs (prefer the Cooked Perfect or Rosina brands) – I figure 1 bag for 8 people.
  • Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce
  • 1 Crockpot liner – trust me on this!!

This is NOT a quick put together item! I like to slow cook my meatballs for a minimum of 4-6 hours on low then let set on Warm when serving. Put liner in the crockpot smoothing out as much as possible. Pour meatballs in, spread into an even layer. Pour just enough BBQ sauce on top to give them a complete coating of BBQ sauce. Stir before serving.

Easy Pulled Pork Sandwiches

  • Boneless Country Pork Ribs or tenderloin
  • 1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
  • Can of Budweiser Beer
  • 1 Crockpot liner – yes I live on these!
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After lining the crockpot place the meat into the bottom and pour the chili sauce and can of beer over the meat. Slow cook for 4-6 hours. When meat is tender and cooked, it will be easy to pull apart. Taking two forks, place them into the meat and pull. This will gently shred the meat to place in hamburger buns. You can also serve on the smaller slider buns. Let your guests garnish with pickle slices and onions and some BBQ sauce. Will be very juicy.

Thank you for making me hungry before the Super Bowl Party time this coming weekend. I hope you were able to decide which recipes you will be pairing with your Chips and Beverages at your own Super Bowl Party. And be sure to watch the commercials and refill your plates during the game play itself.