35 Easy Football Party Appetizers

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These easy football party appetizers will get you ready for game time in no time! Get the best hot dips, cold dips for veggies, bite sized finger foods, and flatbreads for the best football watching party ever.

The photo collage shows several easy football party appetizers like raw veggies and dip, taco bites, buffalo chicken dip, and a bowl filled with meatballs and cocktail picks.

Whether you're rooting for your team at home in your living room, taking a party snack to a football watching party, or heading to a big football tailgate party, I think we can all agree that football party appetizers are sometimes the highlight of the show!

Classic football party appetizers usually involve lots of meat, melted cheese, and hearty snacks to keep you fueled for all the hours of football fun.

Get my best hot dips to serve with chips, cold dips for veggies, and all the finger foods and snacks you need for the best football party ever.

Football Cheese Ball

This adorable jalapeño popper cheeseball shaped like a football is the perfect football party snack.

Jalapeño Popper Cheese Football
This easy make-ahead jalapeño cheese ball is perfect for Game Day fun! Pat it into a football shape and top it with sour cream laces. Serve with tasty Wheat Thin crackers for crunch.
5 from 1 vote
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A football-shaped jalepeno popper cheeseball has a sour cream decoration for the laces and is surrounded by Wheat Thin creackers.

Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Serve this hot baked buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips, pita wedges, and fresh celery.

Buffalo Chicken Dip
This chunky buffalo chicken dip is loaded with meat and over the top with flavor. Spicy buffalo wing sauce heats up a thick and creamy ranch flavored base and is baked to a golden, bubbly perfection. Serve with tortilla chips or pita wedges, and crispy celery.
5 from 7 votes
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A baking dish filled with buffalo chicken dip sits next to a plate of celery and a bowl of tortilla chips.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

This is a great low carb, gluten free appetizer if you serve it with raw bell peppers and celery, but I love to eat this hot spinach and artichoke dip with butter crackers or chunks of fresh brown bread.

Hot Spinach and Artichoke Dip
This baked spinach and artichoke dip has caramelized onions and is the perfect make ahead party appetizer for the season. Serve with raw veggies for a low carb, gluten free appetizer or with buttery crackers or chunks of bread for a delicious snack.
5 from 39 votes
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A baking dish filled with warm artichoke dip.

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip

You can make this sausage cream cheese dip as spicy or as mild as you prefer just by tweaking one or two of the three ingredients you need to make it. This easy 10-minute hot dip is perfect for feeding hungry football fans.

Sausage Cream Cheese Dip
This hearty sausage cream cheese dip is the perfect hot appetizer to keep warm in a slowcooker for your party. Just three ingredients plus a bag of tortilla chips and you're ready to go!
5 from 36 votes
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A bowl of sausage dip sits next to a plate of tortilla chips.

Dill Dip for Veggies

There's going to be a lot of meat and cheese at any football party. Add a bowl of this dill dip with some crisp fresh veggies for a little balance.

Dill Dip for Veggies
This easy dill dip for veggies or chips is a quick cold dip for serving at your next party. Delicious when paired with fresh baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, raw broccoli, and celery sticks.
4.96 from 47 votes
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A bowl of dill dip has a baby carrot dipping in it. Cherry tomatoes and fresh herbs are on the platter behind it.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Keep a batch of these sweet and sour meatballs in the Crockpot on your buffet table, your friends will love nibbling them all throughout the game.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Crockpot
Classic cocktail meatballs keep warm on your buffet table for hours in the slowcooker. This wildly popular sweet and sour sauce is made from ketchup and grape jam but is elevated by a dash of hot sauce to keep it from being too sweet.
5 from 46 votes
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The white serving bowl is filled with sweet and sour meatballs in a rich glaze.

Crock Pot Little Smokies

The hungry guys in my family cannot resist a warm Crock Pot of Little Smokies sausages.

Crock Pot Little Smokies
Savory bite-sized sausages in a sweet and tangy sauce with just a hint of heat. Keep these cocktail sausages warm in a slowcooker on your party table for hours.
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Saucy little hot dogs are in a slowcooker being stirred by a spoon.

Swedish Meatball Sausage Dip

For the hungry meat and potatoes guys at your football party, try serving my Swedish meatball sausage dip with baked tater tots for dunking.

Swedish Meatball Sausage Dip
This savory sausage dip is inspired by the classic Swedish meatballs everyone loves. Serve it with a giant pile of crispy seasoned tater tot dunkers!
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A white bowl filled with hot sausage dip has a serving spoon and a pile of tater tots for dunking on a platter.

Firecracker Cream Cheese Pinwheels

Spicy cream cheese pinwheels are always a party favorite. You can make these the day before and keep them wrapped in plastic wrap in the fridge. Then just slice and serve.

Firecracker Cream Cheese Pinwheels
This easy appetizer is the perfect spicy make-ahead dish for potluck parties. Fresh veggies mixed with cream cheese are rolled up into flavored tortillas and served in bite-sized portions.
4.38 from 8 votes
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A platter of spicy firecracker pinwheels appetizers shows the meat and veggies rolled up in the tortilla.

Spicy Taco Dip

This classic football party appetizer is one that we all loved back in our college days. When was the last time you had it? Spicy taco dip made with cream cheese and fresh veggies is always a hit.

Spicy Taco Dip with Cream Cheese
This is the best ever spicy taco dip with cream cheese because of Mom's secret tricks! Serve it at your Cinco de Mayo party or for Taco Tuesday. At a party, you'll find the pan practically licked clean by your guests.
5 from 1 vote
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A container of homemade taco dip has a spicy cream cheese filling and is topped with shredded cheese and lettuce. A serving spoon has scooped a portion out.

Chicken Enchilada Dip

This cold chicken enchilada dip is a great make ahead dip for a party. Creamy and delicious, with just the right amount of spice.

Chicken Enchilada Dip
This cool and creamy chicken enchilada dip is served cold with tortilla chips for dunking. Use a rotisserie chicken for easy prep.
4.91 from 55 votes
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A blue bowl filled with chicken enchilada dip.

Jalapeño Artichoke Dip

Spicy jalapeño artichoke dip has been a family favorite for decades. Serve this with a hearty cracker because it is a very hearty dip.

Jalapeño Artichoke Dip
This awesome spicy artichoke dip is thick with chopped fresh veggies and makes a perfect party appetizer. You can adjust the spice to be mild or hot, as you wish!
5 from 41 votes
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A dish of baked jalapeño artichoke dip shows diced red peppers and green onions. There's a serving spoon taking a scoop. A bowl of crackers sits in the back.

Baked Taco Bites

The original recipe for my easy taco bites involves ground beef and cheese but you could switch things up with ground turkey, ground chicken, or ground pork if you prefer.

Easy Taco Bites
This is the easiest taco bites recipe ever because it uses prepared phyllo cups and an easy beef taco filling. Prep it ahead of time and bake just before serving for a mess-free appetizer.
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Bite-sized taco phyllo dough cups with melted cheese on top.

Pretzels and Mustard

Pretzels and mustard are always a great football snack.

As a special treat make my easy homemade pretzels but my baked seasoned pretzels are a great way to dress up a bag of storebought crunchy pretzels.

They both pair so well with my homemade raspberry mustard dip.

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Pimento Cheese Spread

Rooting for a southern team?? Then you'll want to make a batch of my easy pimento cheese spread to serve with butter crackers.

Homemade Pimento Cheese
This delicious classic pimento cheese spread is perfect for serving alongside a platter of buttery crackers or using as the base for a pimento cheese sandwich. Just a touch spicy with a little dash of sweetness, it is the perfect texture.
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A bowl of homemade pimento cheese is served on a plate with butter crackers.

Oriental Chicken Layer Dip

This filling chicken layer dip has a delicious sweet and sour sauce drizzle, fresh shredded carrots and loads of green onions.

Oriental Chicken Layer Dip
This sweet and spicy layered Asian dip has a homemade sweet and sour sauce, savory cashews, and spicy green onions over a cream cheese base.
4.58 from 7 votes
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A plate of layered Asian dip is served next to butter crackers.

Roast Beef Crostini

Need a more elegant football party appetizer? Even the guys will love these roast beef crostini with horseradish cream sauce.

Roast Beef Crostini
Easy beef crostini with horseradish cream is the perfect prep ahead appetizer for the holiday. Serve as an assembled small bite or as part of a snack board or charcuterie.
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A plate of roast beef crostini with horseradish cream and cherry tomatoes.

Deviled Eggs

Is it even a party if you don't have a tray of deviled eggs to serve?? This is the perfect year-round party appetizer.

Classic Deviled Eggs
These creamy deviled eggs can be made with or without mayo using ranch or sour cream. Easy to prep ahead to bring to a potluck party or serve at a special event.
5 from 42 votes
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A platter of deviled eggs has a yellow salt and pepper shaker in the center.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Potato Chips

Inspired by our favorite appetizer at our local sports bar, these buffalo blue cheese chips are going to be a huge hit. Plan to make a big batch of them.

Buffalo Blue Cheese Potato Chips with Lit'l Smokies®
Salty sausages tossed in a spicy buffalo sauce make for a fun spin on traditional nachos. Top potato chips with the mixture along with a creamy blue cheese dressing and chopped green onions.
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A plate of potato chips has buffalo and blue cheese dressing drizzled over he top with green onions sprinkled and little sausages scattered.

Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza

Balance all the hot appetizers with this easy make ahead crescent roll veggie pizza which is served chilled from the fridge.

Crescent Roll Veggie Pizza
This cold veggie pizza appetizer is a favorite party snack that is easy to make ahead the day before. Buttery crescent roll dough is spread with ranch seasoned cream cheese and topped with your favorite raw veggies.
4.96 from 41 votes
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A veggie pizza has been sliced and served with a small spatula.

Sausage Crescent Roll Swirls

You can roll the logs of sausage crescent roll swirls in advance and keep them stored in the fridge. Just slice and bake them before serving.

Sausage Crescent Roll Swirls
Savory sausage rolled in sweet, buttery crescent roll dough, and baked for the perfect easy party appetizer.
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A platter of sausage swirl appetizers is ready to be served.

Cold Spinach Dip

Serve this savory cold spinach dip with dark rye chips or hearty bagel chips for something a little different on the snack table.

Cold Spinach Dip
This easy spinach dip recipe is best served chilled. Simply mix together the spinach and cream cheese base for a delicious dip for bagel chips and crackers.
4.98 from 45 votes
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A bowl of spinach dip is served with bagel chips for dipping.

Chips and Salsa Bar

Put out a big bowl of your favorite tortilla chips and a few different salsas for friends to choose from.

My classic homemade salsa makes a nice big batch and is my top choice but in the warmer months you might have some fun with my sweet and spicy peach salsa or a pineapple salsa.

Quick Flatbread Pizzas

Use a store bought pizza crust and some strategic leftovers to make a quick and easy flatbread appetizer.

Bake these easy recipes up in just minutes and then slice them in squares for an appetizer.

Breadsticks and Marinara Sauce

Bake a batch of frozen bread sticks or try my homemade pokey sticks and serve them with a buffet of dipping sauces:

More Football Party Ideas

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The photo collage shows a party table filled with fresh veggies and dips next to 4 photos of hot appetizers including chicken nuggets and dip, buffalo chicken dip, sausage dip with tater tots, and taco bites.

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