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Winning Super Bowl Snack Ideas

Are you searching for super bowl snack ideas that are easy to make and delicious? Hosting a gathering for the big game can be a lot of fun, but it may also leave you stumped for ideas on how to treat your friends and family to a winning menu. The good news is that even if you have guests who have different dietary preferences, you can still make a range of satisfying, indulgent options. If you need tips for preparing tasty bites on the big day, read on as we reveal some of our favorite super bowl snack ideas that are anything but ordinary.

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

When looking for super bowl snack ideas, start with comfort food that will warm chilled guests coming in from the frosty temperatures outside. Mini grilled cheese sandwiches not only offer a warm gooey delight that is easily passed or grabbed from the buffet, but they are a delicious nod to childhood that always makes us smile. Real Simple loves these treats because they are “makeable make-ahead bites that are delicious and downright easy.” But you don’t have to stop there. If you want to add a tangy twist to this classic, the Magazine recommends refreshing this satisfying snack “with a dollop of fruit chutney.” Yum! 

Sriracha-Buffalo Chicken Wings

If you love buffalo chicken wings but wish they were healthier, you are in luck! Martha Stewart Living is a fan of this party classic but favors baking this snack so that it is better for you while also minimizing clean up – a win for any super bowl snack idea. You start by baking your favorite chicken wings. After taking them from the oven, you simply toss them with Sriracha butter while still warm and serve them with crumbled blue cheese and celery sticks. The Magazine raves: “The vinegar-[chili] sauce adds just enough of a twist to feel fresh while staying true to all the beloved characteristics of the addictive game day staple.”

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce

One of Southern Living’s favorite super bowl snack ideas is the cheeseburger egg roll. How can you go wrong when combining a childhood favorite with another delightful treat? Prep and cooking time is only about an hour and is as easy as making your favorite cheeseburger recipe and then surrounding all of that deliciousness in a prepared egg roll wrapper. Of course, Southern Living’s special sauce, made from “ketchup, mayonnaise, soy sauce, vinegar, sugar, and cayenne pepper,” is a game-changer. As the Magazine cheers: “Our Special Sauce will soon be your new go-to condiment.” 

Bean-and-Veggie Sliders

Are you looking for a tasty vegetarian version of a classic hamburger slider? Try Martha Stewart Living’s Bean-and-Veggie Sliders. The Magazine loves this super bowl snack idea because, in part, the “[blended] kidney beans and rice, plus grated carrots, broccoli, and ginger, make the patties satisfyingly substantial.” You can top them with any of your favorites, or go for colorful options that the Magazine favors like sliced mango and cilantro. 

Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins

Potato skins are a classic option for any super bowl party, but if you are looking for snack ideas that offer a twist on this traditional favorite, you’ll want to try the Loaded Sweet-Potato Skins recipe from Martha Stewart Living. Sweet potatoes have a higher nutritional value than russets, and they can still be filled with decadent ingredients for a thoroughly indulgent taste. For the Magazine’s recipe, “they’re mashed with a touch of buttermilk and paprika and finished with low-fat sour cream, scallion, and bacon….” You might love these so much that you’ll add them to all of your fun, casual gatherings this year.

Polenta Bites With Bacon, Dates, and Blue Cheese

A thoroughly filling and delectable appetizer, polenta bites are becoming a party favorite. This creative snack offers the perfect blend of savory and sweet when served with bacon, dates, and blue cheese, but you can easily swap out the bacon for sliced tempeh or Shiitake mushrooms for a vegetarian offering that is just as tempting. While straightforward to make, Real Simple suggests adding a final step: “Broil them right before your guests arrive to ensure the cheese is melted and each bite is warmed throughout.” Don’t be surprised if your guests start asking for the recipe after the first bite.  

Chicken Satay Skewers

Chicken satay skewers are always a good choice at parties. Not only are they easy to munch on while socializing, but they are bite-sized snacks filled with lean protein and terrific flavor with the right marinade. Martha Stewart Living favors “a simple marinade made with sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, and red-pepper flakes [that] delivers big flavor,” as well as a spicy peanut dip for an extra kick. 

Vegan Miso Tahini Dip

Stumped for an unusual dip that is also lighter than your standard fare and perfect for all of your guests, including those who are vegan or vegetarian? Consider adding Martha Stewart Living’s Miso Tahini Dip to your menu. It’s dairy-free but still delightfully creamy. At its base, it’s made from “umami-rich miso and nutty tahini paste.” The Magazine suggests “[rounding it] out with a little garlic, lemon juice, and sesame oil, [for a] result [that] is a deliciously addictive dip that is guaranteed to get a lot of play at a party.” There is no wrong way to serve this dip, but lightly blanched asparagus stalks and other seasonally-inspired vegetables are among the Magazine’s favorite pairings.

Tater Nachos

Chip-based nachos are a terrific game-day delicacy, but if you want to mix it up this year, try Southern Living’s Tater Nachos. Start by cooking frozen tater tots as you usually would to create your base. Pile them with all of the nacho ingredients you most love, including black beans, tomatoes, and shredded Mexican cheese. Next, as the Magazine suggests, “[add] seasoned ground beef, chicken, or even pulled pork to make Tater Nachos even more satisfying and hearty.” After you pop your creation under the broiler for a minute or two to make the cheese extra melty, you can pile on toppings like sour cream, guacamole, and jalapeno slices, or keep them in small bowls for your guests to add to their liking. It’s a one-pan super bowl snack idea that will delight your guests and be a highlight of halftime.

Chipotle Beef and Beer Chili

Over the years, a hearty chili dish has become a much-welcomed super bowl snack. Sure to take the chill off of a frigid winter afternoon or evening, chili also can be paired with several other indulgent snacks, from macaroni and cheese to tater tots to chips. However, even your favorite award-winning chili recipe might lose its crown to Real Simple’s Chipotle Beef and Beer Chili. The Magazine raves: “Our Chipotle Beef and Beer Chili is flavored with dark Mexican beer, like an amber lager, smoky chipotles in adobo, and chili powder.” A note of caution: This chili has a serious kick. But if you love your chili spicy, and you want your super bowl party menu to thrill, set this up with sides of cornbread and toppings like sour cream, and get ready for the cheers (and the second half of the game) to start.