The Ultimate List of Game Day Food, Snacks & Drinks

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Super Bowl is right around the corner and if you know me, you know I’m a huge fan of the Dallas Cowboys.

Well, the Cowboys are out this year (again), but that doesn’t mean we won’t host friends and family for the big game. If you are hosting a Super Bowl fiesta you will love this Ultimate List of Game Day Snacks & Drinks.

loaded fries being served using vintage tongs. Toppings include guacamole and salsa ad melted cheese.

This year, the Super Bowl is on Sunday, February 11th. I’m especially excited for the Usher halftime show and, of course, all the grub! To all the football fans out there – are you cheering for the Chiefs, 49ers, or secretly hoping Taylor Swift pulls off a surprise halftime set? 😉

Check out my top picks for Super Bowl favorites, ranging from chips and dips to wings, nachos, drinks, and dessert. Just choose a couple of hassle-free appetizers and dips from this list, grab some bags of chips, and you’re all set to host the ultimate Super Bowl fiesta!

Guacamole

There’s more than one way to guac – here I share four of my favorite recipes.

Classic Guacamole

This classic guacamole recipe is super simple and fresh. Beware; it’s also addictive.

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Hatch Green Chile Guacamole

The combination of creamy and rich avocados from Mexico and spicy and roasted green chile from Hatch, New Mexico is beyond heavenly!

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Guacamole al Pastor

Bacon and pineapple and avocados, oh my! This guacamole is so delicioso. The flavor combination is inspired from my favorite tacos: tacos al pastor.

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overhead shot of fake guacamole in a brown handled bowl surrounded by salted tortilla chips.

Fake Guacamole, a.k.a. Taqueria Salsa Verde

This creamy guacamole salsa has a flavor and texture similar to my avocado and tomatillo salsa, but there are exactly zero avocados in it. The magic ingredient? Summer’s favorite squash, the humble zucchini!

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Queso

Queso is a MUST on Super Bowl Sunday!

tex mex style chile con queso in a brown bowl with a serving handle.

Chile con Queso

This recipe is my go-to potluck contribution, its easy and a crowd pleaser. This recipe falls into the Tex-Mex category. There is absolutely nothing wrong with Tex-Mex, but it is definitely not authentic Mexican. So to all our Mexican foodies out there, try it you’ll like it…it’s naughty.

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Choriqueso

This Choriqueso (Queso Fundido with Chorizo)is Mexican melted cheese loaded with spicy Mexican pork chorizo, caramelized onions, combined with sautéed bell peppers. Seriously, what’s not to love?

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hand holding tortilla filled with queso fundido with hatch chiles and mushrooms

Queso Fundido with Mushrooms & Hatch Green Chile

This molten cheese dip is topped with a mouthwatering mixture of sautéed shiitake mushrooms and green chiles. This queso is made with two cheeses (queso quesadilla and queso Oaxaca) combined with an irresistible mixture of sautéed mushrooms and Hatch green chile. If you can’t find Hatch chiles, substitute with Anaheim chiles, which are available in most grocery stores. Serve this queso with warm corn or flour tortillas.

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Salsas

Light on calories and heavy on fresh flavor, these salsa recipes are a great way to keep game day a little healthier.

overhead shot of a bowl of chile de arbol spicy salsa with a chip sticking out of it

Chile de Arbol Salsa

This salsa is spicy and smoky and pairs well with eggs, steak, brisket, and ribs.

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fire roasted salsa in a stone bowl

Green Chile & Tomato Salsa

This salsa casera also called salsa tatemada (charred) is a perfect appetizer with a basket of your favorite tortilla chips or as the base for several of our recipes.

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avocado tomatillo salsa in a small rustic dish

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

This Tomatillo Avocado Salsa is often called Salsa de Tomatillo y Aguacate, Avocado Green Salsa, Salsa Verde con Aguacate, Salsa de Guacamole, or Guacamole Salsa. The creaminess of the avocados combined with tangy and roasted tomatillos, and the pop of spice from jalapeños and serranos make this salsa irresistible.

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Easy homemade salsa verde served in a small bowl

Salsa Verde Mexicana

Homemade Salsa Verde Mexicana is very simple to make with easy to find ingredients – all you need are tomatillos, garlic, onion, jalapeño, serrano, and cilantro. This tomatillo salsa is fresh, tangy, and slightly spicy.

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Salsa Roja

This Authentic Mexican Salsa Roja recipe has a thin consistency and a deliciously crave-worthy spicy & garlicky flavor. It’s like having your favorite restaurant salsa at home! It’s perfect for jazzing up your tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, or grilled dishes. Oh, and guess what? It doubles as an amazing marinade too.

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Salsa Borracha (a.k.a. "Drunk Salsa") in a brown pottery bowl surrounded with homemade corn tortilla chips on a turquoise tablecloth with beers in glasses in the background.

Salsa Borracha (a.k.a. “Drunk Salsa”)

If you’ve been looking for a vibrant and spirited condiment to take your favorite Mexican meals to the next level of deliciousness, you need to try my simple recipe for Salsa Borracha! Also known as “drunken salsa,” this delightful taqueria-style salsa features smoky chiles, roasted tomatoes, and an unmistakable hint of malty goodness. 

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Dips

If you can dip it or spread it, I’m all for it!

Texas Caviar

I guarantee this dish will be the hit at your next picnic, potluck, or party! This budget-minded salad is chock-full of colorful veggies and black beans in a tangy and spicy dressing that really hits the spot. Serve it as a side salad or with tortilla chips for an awesome dip.

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Spicy Roasted Green Chile Hummus

This easy Spicy Roasted Green Chile Hummus recipe is made with pureed chickpeas, garlic, fresh lemon juice, tahini, Hatch roasted chile, olive oil, and toasted pepitas for garnish. This homemade Mexican twist to classic hummus is fresh, hearty, creamy, rich, spicy, and high in protein.

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Artichoke Roasted Green Chile Dip

I seriously considered titling this recipe Artichoke Crack! If artichoke dip wasn’t addictive enough, this one is over the top with the addition of spicy roasted green chile.

 

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Finger Foods

As far as I’m concerned, grazing is the name of the football food game. These are some of my favorite things to nibble on while I’m waiting for my team to score.

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers baked and served

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Every bite of these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers is loaded with creamy, spicy, cheesy, smoky flavor that is totally irresistible!

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Blistered Shishito Peppers with sea salt in a cast iron skillet.

Blistered Japanese Shishito Peppers

Blistered Japanese shishito peppers are absolutely addicting accompanied with a spicy margarita. They’re insanely easy to prepare pan-fried in oil, soy sauce, maggi seasoning, and lime juice — just add a sprinkle of salt and enjoy. They are a quick-to-cook appetizer or side.

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white serving platter with black illustration with crispy fried spicy tostones and a molcajete of fresh guacamole.

Crispy Spicy Tostones

These highly addictive Crispy Spicy Tostones scream fiesta or game-watching food while crushed red pepper flakes give these tostones a little heat without making them overly spicy!

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Carne Asada Fries (Loaded Fries)

Freshly baked French fries, with tender pieces of carne asada, topped with mounds of shredded cheese, and baked till the cheese melts. Serve warm with a dollop of sour cream, guacamole, and spicy pico de gallo. Talk about the perfect football food.

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Baked Chicken Wings with Mild and Spicy Sauce

Crispy buffalo chicken wings are easy to make at home and perfect for the Big Game! Skip the oil and fryer and make amazing baked chicken wings that rival your favorite restaurants with your choice of homemade mild or spicy wing sauce. 

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flat lay shot of a serving platter of baked beef flautas stuffed with birria and jack cheese next to a bowl of birria consomme.

Baked Beef Flautas with Birria

Crispy Baked Birria Flautas – an easy, delicious twist on tacos! Perfect for parties, they’re dip-friendly and made with less than 10 ingredients.

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Pork Green Chile Loaded Nacho Fries

If the idea of french fries smothered in spicy shredded pork and all your favorite nacho fixins sounds like a good idea, you’re going to love this recipe for Pork Green Chile Loaded Fries! This hearty recipe is a real fan favorite, and is perfect for serving on game day.

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Nachos

Melty cheese, crunchy chips, and all the toppings make for an excellent game-day snack.

Carne Asada Nachos with Guacamole

These nachos are made with black beans, carne asada, fresh toppings and a luscious mountain of homemade guacamole. These show-stopping nachos are a hit and perfecto for your Super Bowl party.

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Chicken Mole Nachos

This spicy and slightly sweet mole sauce makes a great topping on nachos. Once the nachos are baked the melted cheese and toppings really makes this dish unforgettable.

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hand pulling a single brisket nacho from the cast iron skillet

Brisket Nachos

If you’re on the hunt for a delicious and stress-free appetizer, dinner, or game day spread, stop your search! These Brisket Nachos are quick, easy, and totally customizable depending on your topping preferences.

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Sweets

Victory is sweet, but so are these tasty little bites.

Closeup on the finger-licking Cowboy cookies

Cowboy Cookies

These Cowboy Cookies are packed with chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, oats, and cinnamon. They are crispy on the outside and chewy on the inside, meaning there’s a little something for everyone. Make a big batch today to share with all of your loved ones near and far.

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Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars on teal plates with a vintage dessert fork on colorful textiles with a cup of coffee.

Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars

Eating one of these Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars, (aka Churro Cheesecake Bars) is like biting into a sweet, cinnamon-coated churro, only to find a creamy pocket of cheesecake inside.

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dessert tacos filled with avocado yogurt cheesecake filling and sliced fruits and berries on a white platter.

Strawberry Cheesecake Dessert Tacos

If you’ve been on the hunt for the perfect dessert for taco night, look no further than these light and fresh Strawberry Cheesecake Tacos! Sweet cinnamon-sugar-dusted dessert taco shells are filled with an avocado yogurt “cheesecake” filling before being topped with juicy fresh fruit and shredded coconut for a tasty treat that is both nutritious and delicious.

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Beer Cocktails

Football doesn’t feel the same without beer or some kind of beer cocktail. Here are some of my favorite game day drinks made with cerveza.

Easy Chelada With Mexican Beer

A chelada is a quick beer cocktail (or cerveza preparada) made with ice, lime, and salt

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two michelada beer cocktails with hot sauce and Mexican beer

Spicy Michelada

Micheladas are a popular beer cocktail served throughout Mexico and is a great way to elevate a Mexican beer with flavorful combinations that include vegetable juice, lime, and hot sauce for some spice. This beer cocktail is tangy, refreshing, and spicy with the bold flavor of Tabasco. It is served in a Tajin-rimmed glass and garnished with a celery stalk and a lime slice.

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Chavela

A chavela is a twist on a michelada, but simpler made with only tomato juice, Tabasco, beer, and ice, with a Tajin seasoned rim. Drink it on its own, or try it with a shot of tequila for a real kick. This beer cocktail is so refreshing and always delicious paired with a spicy Mexican dish.

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Cocktails

When you’ve got your eyes on the game, you don’t need any distractions. Whip up a pitcher of drinks in advance so the good times can keep on rolling – with, or preferably without, your assistance. 🙂

Spicy Green Tea & Lemonade Margarita

If you think jalapeños, green tea, and tequila are a weird pairing, think again. I can basically promise that if you’re a fan of margs and Arnold Palmers, you’ll fall in love with my Spicy Green Tea and Lemonade Margarita. Your happy hour will never be the same again!

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Margarita on the Rocks

Make the perfect classic margarita on the rocks at home by following this simple recipe. Have a delightfully tart, perfectly fresh, and lightly sweet cocktail for happy hour tonight. Don’t worry, it’ll take you less than five minutes to make!

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two skinny margaritas on a wooden cutting board with a colorful Mexican embroidered runner and yellow and pink tulips

Skinny Margarita

This guilt-free and flavorful Skinny Margarita is so simple to make with a handful of ingredients – quality tequila, fresh orange and lime juice, and agave nectar.

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Aguas Frescas

Make sure the kids and DDs have something tasty to cheers with when their team scores! Here are some of my favorite aguas frescas.

homemade agua de pepino in a glass

Agua Fresca de Pepino (Cucumber Lime Cooler)

A common agua fresca from Mexico. Refreshing, healthy, and delicious! Serve over ice.

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Agua de Horchata (Rice and Cinnamon Drink)

Milky, yet dairy free Mexican classic drink is made with rice, sugar, cinnamon, and vanilla and served ice cold. It is sweet and refreshing.

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Agua de Jamaica or Hibiscus Tea served in a glass with a big jar next to the tray

Agua de Jamaica (Hibiscus Tea)

Today I will guide you through the art of crafting the perfect Agua de Jamaica — a yummy sweet-tart Mexican hibiscus tea. It’s a symphony of tart sweetness, a burst of floral and citrusy deliciousness, and an ode to the rich tapestry of Mexican flavors — and it’s so easy to make!

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agua de piña in a tall clear glass

Agua de Piña (Pineapple Cooler)

Sweet, tart, and super refreshing, this Agua de Piña is a delightful drink for summertime. Try making your own Pineapple Agua Fresca  for your next backyard bbq and revel in the “oohs” and “ahhhs” of your family!

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Agua de Melón (Melon Water)

Agua de Melón (Melon Water)

Agua de Melón is a lovely cantaloupe flavored drink that will immediately transport you to the beach. If you are looking for a cooling, sweet beverage to quench your thirst, you’ve come to the right place! Oh, and for all you adults out there? This recipe also makes for a mean Melon Margarita. 

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Sparkling Limeade (Limonada con Agua Mineral)

Bright, bubbly, and refreshing, this simple Sparkling Limeade (known as “limonada con agua mineral” in Spanish) is my favorite summer beverage. Lightly sweet, beautifully tart and so easy to make, you’re sure to love it as much as I do.

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If you want even more Mexican recipes perfect for a Super Bowl fiesta, check out the following posts:

Thanks so much for visiting Muy Bueno! Let me know in the comments below if you found this post to be helpful for planning your game-day shenanigans. You can also tag me in any of your Instagram posts so I can see your gorgeous game-day spreads!

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