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3 Game Day Snack Ideas for Football Season

Updated on September 3, 2011

Do you look forward to fall so you can spend a large part of each Saturday watching college football, online to look forward to checking out NFL action on Sunday? If so, you’re probably always looking for quick and easy snack ideas to have on hand to enjoy during your game-viewing activities. Whether you’re watching the big game(s) on your own, with a few friends or family members, or are hosting an all-out get-together, here are a few game day snack ideas you might enjoy!

1. Slow Cooker Meatballs

A few hours before game time, open a package of frozen meatballs and place them in your slow cooker with your favorite sauce. Options include: marinara sauce, brown gravy, Alfredo sauce, barbecue sauce or a half and half mixture of chili sauce and grape jelly. Cook on high for 3 – 4 hours or on low for 6 – 8 hours.

Options: If you prefer, or if you want a second meat option, do the same thing with a few packages of cocktail wieners, or slices or kielbasa or smoked sausage.

2. Tortilla Chips and Dip

Whip up a tasty Mexican or Southwestern dip recipe and serve with yellow and blue corn tortilla chips. Check out my 3 Easy Mexican Dip Recipes hub for easy-to-follow instructions for making Baked Refried Bean Dip, 7 Layer Bean Dip and Simple Salsa Dip.

Options: If you make these dips for the Saturday games, you can use the leftovers to make tasty burritos or quesadillas to enjoy during the Sunday schedule.

3. Hearty Cream Cheese Dips and Crackers

During football season, keep your pantry stocked with a selection of your favorite crackers and make sure to keep several blocks of cream cheese on hand in your refrigerator. That way you’ll always be able to quickly prepare a hearty dip and cracker spread to enjoy while watching your favorite teams play football.

Check out my 3 Cream Cheese Dip Recipes hub to find out how to make Man Dip, Warm Crab Dip and Fruit Dip. My Easy Shrimp Dip Recipes hub is another good one to check out; it has cooking instructions for Chilled Shrimp Dip, Warm Shrimp Dip and Shrimp Cocktail Spread.

Serve the dips you choose with any kind of crackers that you prefer. Good choices include Town House, Triscuit, Breton, Ritz, Wasa and others.

Options: You can also serve these dip recipes with fresh cut veggies, including sliced squash, sliced zucchini, celery sticks and more. You can use leftovers to make tortilla rollups.

More Ideas?

What simple snacks do you enjoy in your household on game day? Feel free to share your suggestions and ideas in the comments section below.


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  • rgardner74 profile image


    7 years ago

    Triscuits and warm crab dip are delightful! And the fruit dip is great for a kid-friendly game day. Nice work!

  • CASE1WORKER profile image


    7 years ago from UNITED KINGDOM

    I had not thought of putting meat balls in the slow cooker, what a good idea for the winter months.

  • Peaceful life profile image

    Peaceful life 

    7 years ago from Las vegas

    yummy..fantastic hub

  • S G Hupp profile image

    S G Hupp 

    7 years ago from United States

    #3 on this list is great advice year round. The list of things that can be mixed into or poured on top of a block of cream cheese, resulting in a tasty last minute dip is limitless. We use various jams and jellies, powdered mixes (like powdered ranch dressing), tangy sauces (A-1 steak sauce for instance)or what ever else we've got in the kitchen.


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