4 Easy Game Day Recipes

It is almost time for big game. When hosting a game day party, you’d think the focus would be on the score or the award-winning commercials, but it’s actually a great reason to indulge in flavor-filled bites. When the big day rolls around, let your guests obsess over the game while you serve up ooey-gooey dips, saucy wings and football-themed desserts that can keep them happily glued to their seats.

Game Day Recipes

I have four recipes that you can prepare without a lot of fuss or prep time. These recipes would make great additions to your game day menu.

game day recipes

Dip into delicious. No watch-party menu is complete without a cheesy dip. This over the top dip brings big flavor and is perfect for kicking the party up a notch as your team works to post that next big win.

Texas Trash Dip Recipe

  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese
  • 1          cup sour cream
  • 2          cans (16 ounces each) refried beans
  • 1          can (4 1/2 ounces) chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1          package McCormick Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 4          cups shredded Mexican cheese blend, divided
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  • tomatoes (optional)
  • sliced olives (optional)
  • avocado (optional)
  • tortilla chips
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In large, microwavable bowl, heat cream cheese and sour cream on high 1 minute, or until cheese is softened. Remove from microwave. Mix with wire whisk until smooth. Add refried beans, green chilies, seasoning mix and 2 cups cheese; mix well.
  3. Spread bean mixture into 13-by-9-inch baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top with cilantro, tomatoes, sliced olives and avocado, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

Go ahead and wing it. Wings and football go together like quarterbacks and touchdowns. This year, try a south-of-the-border version and rub wings in cheesy taco seasoning. For extra flair, serve them on a platter with taco fixings.

Cheesy Taco Wings

  • 2 1/2    pounds chicken wing pieces
  • 1          package McCormick Cheesy Taco Mix
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3          cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped tomato
  • 2          tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1       tablespoons crumbled queso fresco
  1. Heat oven to 450° F.
  2. In large bowl, toss chicken wings with seasoning mix. On large, shallow foil-lined baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, arrange wings in single layer.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and skin is crisp.
  4. On large serving platter, arrange lettuce. Top with wings, tomato, green onion and queso fresco.

Slow cook your cornbread. Not only does this recipe for cornbread amp up the flavor with paprika, garlic powder and cheese, you can set it, forget it then enjoy it with your favorite chili or ribs.

Slow Cooker Cheesy Cornbread

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          cup milk
  • 3          eggs, beaten
  • 2          packages (8 1/2 ounces each) corn muffin mix
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Paprika
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup frozen corn
  • 2          cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  1. Spray inside of 6-quart slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix milk, eggs, corn muffin mix, paprika, garlic powder and salt until well blended.
  2. Stir in corn and 1 cup cheese. Place clean kitchen towel over slow cooker and cover with lid.
  3. Cook 2 hours on high, or until toothpick in center of cornbread comes out clean. Uncover.
  4. Sprinkle cornbread with remaining cheese. Let stand, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Fan-favorite desserts. Win or lose, there’s always room for dessert. It can be surprisingly simple to create fun and tasty football-themed treats. These bite-size truffles require just five ingredients and are the perfect finishing touch(down) for your game-day spread.

Chocolate Raspberry Football Cookie Truffles

  • 4         cups crumbled chewy chocolate cookies
  • 1 1/2   cups marshmallow creme
  • 2         teaspoons McCormick Raspberry Extract
  • 12       ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1         ounce white chocolate, melted
  1. In large bowl, mix crumbled cookies, marshmallow creme and raspberry flavor until well blended. Shape mixture into 1-inch ovals. Set aside.
  2. Melt chocolate as directed on package. Using fork, dip one cookie truffle at a time into chocolate. Tap back of fork 2-3 times against edge of dish to allow excess chocolate to drip off. Place on wax paper-lined tray. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until chocolate is set.
  3. Spoon melted white chocolate into small, re-sealable plastic bag. Cut small piece from one bottom corner of bag. Close bag tightly then pipe lines on truffles to resemble football stitching. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Note: Cookies can be stored in covered container at room temperature up to 5 days.

Find more flavorful game day recipes and ideas for your party at

What are your plans for the big game? Do you throw a party with lots of friends and family? Or keep it simple and small?

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    Those football Truffles look AWESOME!!!! Whoever takes your photos for your website does a great job. They look exceptionally well. Please let them know they got a compliment.

    January 25, 2018 at 6:38 am
  • Reply shelly peterson

    Oh yum. These all look so good. I really want to try the Texas Trash Dip Recipe.

    January 26, 2018 at 1:45 am
  • Reply Erika C

    We plan to watch the big game with great food. We will be making wing, pizza, nachos with a spinach dip. We usually keep it small since school is the next day.

    January 26, 2018 at 4:40 am
  • Reply Amber

    Ooo I just love to eat, so all of these look fantastic. I don’t need game day recipes since I don’t watch football, but I’d make all of these when I watch my TV shows or movies.

    January 26, 2018 at 7:27 am
  • Reply Felicita Moncada

    The dip looks amazing! Love all those layers of goodness. Making the cornbread on the slow cooker is awesome! Love that it could be kept warm too. Yum!

    January 26, 2018 at 7:53 am
  • Reply Valerie Gray (@valmg)

    I think my oldest son would really enjoy those cheesy taco wings. For me I’d like to try those football truffles, they look terrific.

    January 26, 2018 at 8:00 am
  • Reply jmanandmillerbug

    You have no idea how bad I’ve been looking for something like this. I need easy I need fast I need good and I need off for game day. I would definitely do a couple of these recipes.

    January 26, 2018 at 9:53 am
  • Reply Everyday Made Fresh

    These all sound so good! I’d love to snack on any one of these during the game.

    January 26, 2018 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Terri Steffes

    Our team isn’t in the game but we will still watch for the commercials and the half time entertainment. I will make chili (our tradition) and some wings and dip. My daughter likes football shaped sugar cookies. We will see about that!

    January 26, 2018 at 12:21 pm
  • Reply Meg

    I’m not gonna lie. I don’t even know who is playing in the super bowl, but this food looks delicious! I want those truffles!

    January 26, 2018 at 1:36 pm
  • Reply Aitza B

    That dip sounds amazing. Going to have to sneak it in before I cut dairy out of my diet

    January 26, 2018 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Sarah Bailey

    What an absolutely delicious round up up easy recipes. I most definitely need to try those tacos yum!

    January 26, 2018 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Carolyn

    Wow, those football truffles are cute. I also want to try the chicken. My boys are excited for the Super bowl!

    January 26, 2018 at 3:09 pm
  • Reply Heather

    Oh my gosh! The football cookie truffles are so cute! I love this! You’ve given me so many ideas!

    January 26, 2018 at 5:33 pm
  • Reply Debra Hawkins

    Those football truffles sound absolutely amazing! WE love the big game and we can’t wait to throw a big party!

    January 26, 2018 at 6:35 pm
  • Reply Sapphire Kharyzma

    I love how easy each one of these delicious recipes are! I will be trying them out!

    January 26, 2018 at 7:36 pm
  • Reply Pam Wattenbarger

    This cheesy taco wings recipe sounds delicious. And I have a sweet tooth so I can never pass up a good truffle.

    January 26, 2018 at 7:46 pm
  • Reply Amy

    Wow, that pizza looks delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    January 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm
  • Reply Tim

    The football truffles are a cute option. Whether I could make them is a different story.

    January 27, 2018 at 7:29 am
  • Reply Tomi Clark

    Tricia, I’m stealing ALL of these recipes. That Texas Trash Dip and those raspberry football truffles OMG! OMG! I am testing those recipes this weekend so I’ll have them perfected for the big game. Thanks for sharing.

    January 27, 2018 at 7:41 am
  • Reply April@loveourreallife

    Every one of these look fabulous! I’m going to try the Texas Trash!

    January 27, 2018 at 7:52 am
  • Reply Farrah Less G.

    The choocolates is my favorite I bet it fun making it. The food makes me starve I can’t wait for the night game with the fam.

    January 27, 2018 at 8:59 am
  • Reply Sara Welch

    I am all about the Texas Trash dip. That seriously looks amazing.

    January 27, 2018 at 4:48 pm
  • Reply Kita Bryant

    I am eye balling those footballs. I love raspberry in chocolate.

    January 27, 2018 at 4:50 pm
  • Reply TheSmallFashionista

    These are such great options! If we decide to have people over, I’ll definitely have to try one or two of these.

    January 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm
  • Reply texasinak

    These look great. I especially want to try the cornbread! The chocolate footballs would be a huge hit too.

    January 27, 2018 at 9:32 pm
  • Reply rochelle haynes

    This is looking good and tasty

    January 28, 2018 at 8:00 am
  • Reply taylermorrell

    I love Texas Trash dip! Thanks for the recipe!

    January 28, 2018 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply rbekhaj

    I lived in Texas for 7 years and fondly remember having Texas Trash on game days! It’s so good. Your raspberry football cookies are so cute.

    January 28, 2018 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply Yona Williams

    Right away, the photo of the Chocolate Raspberry Football Cookie Truffles caught my eye. I would just omit the raspberry part.

    January 28, 2018 at 10:04 pm
  • Reply tat2gurlzrock

    These are all delicious ideas. I think I may make the Texas Trash Dip Recipe this Sunday!

    January 29, 2018 at 9:23 am
  • Reply Janet W.

    The Chocolate Raspberry Football Cookie Truffles look amazing! Festive, too! These would look so good on a football-themed spread!

    January 29, 2018 at 9:47 am
  • Reply Our Family World

    Everything looks so good. Although our game day menu has been set, I will still save these recipes for some other day. A family movie night with Texas Trash dip would be nice!

    January 29, 2018 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Lula Ruger

    They all look really amazing ! I can not wait to try the Texas Trash Dip Recipe

    January 29, 2018 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply John Smith

    The Texas Trash Dip looks especially great!

    February 7, 2018 at 9:02 pm
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