Sure, football is the reason for the occasion, but let’s face it: The real star of any Super Bowl party worth attending is the food. A good Super Bowl party menu should provide variety—spicy wings, loaded nachos, and a killer chili are all musts. From there, you can get a little adventurous—Cast Iron Baked Pepperoni Pizza Dip, anyone? Lastly, you want to cap your menu off with a delicious dessert. We suggest you don’t throw a hail mary on this one and stick to something classic—cookies or brownies will do the trick. Below, we’ve compiled five of our favorite party snacks, all of which are sure to impress your guests at your Super Bowl bash.
Cast-Iron Loaded Beef Nachos
No Super Bowl party is complete without a heaping plate of nachos loaded with flavorful, spicy beef and gooey cheese. Our Cast Iron Loaded Beef Nachos (from our book Cook It In Cast Iron) are layered with toppings so every bite is perfect, and are served with fresh tomato salsa, guacamole, sour cream, and lime wedges. And while it may not be traditional, it turned out that a cast-iron skillet is the perfect vessel for nachos—cast iron holds onto heat longer than aluminum or stainless steel, so the nachos stay warmer longer after you take them out of the oven.
Slow-Cooker Spicy Pork Chili with Black-Eyed Peas
This chili recipe is both out of the ordinary and healthy—a good option for those Super Bowl party attendees who don’t feel like gorging on nachos. Bright sweet potatoes mingle with earthy black-eyed peas, bold aromatics, and lean, tender country-style pork ribs in this unique take on chili.
Cast Iron Baked Pepperoni Pizza Dip
OK, now it’s time for the x-factor. You’ve given your Super Bowl guests the classics they expected, but now it’s time to give them the decadent treat they deserve: Cast Iron Pepperoni Pizza Dip. To bring pizza party flavor to a fun, easy appetizer, we turned classic pepperoni pie into a rich, cheesy dip that we could bake and serve right in the skillet. For the base of our dip, we combined cream cheese, mozzarella, and pizza sauce. Stirring in crisped pepperoni finalized the familiar flavor profile. Naturally, the perfect partner for our creamy, saucy dip was pizza dough. The cast iron created a crisp, golden bottom on these pull-apart garlic rolls. You’re welcome, Super Bowl party goers everywhere.
Cream Cheese Brownies
We shook things up with the last appetizer, so we’re keeping it traditional with our dessert choice. Cream Cheese Brownies are an American classic, so what better dessert to serve while celebrating the biggest stage of America’s favorite sport?
31 Recipes for Your Super Bowl Party Game-Day Favorites
The definition of a game-day party: Good times, good friends, good food. We’ve got you covered on the food front. Our editors made their picks—these are their favorite foods to eat while gathered around a TV (or celebrating outside the stadium).
What’s on your Super Bowl party menu? Let us know in the comments!