Need some easy football party food ideas to feed your friends for the big game? From hot sandwiches and Crockpot main dishes to chilis and a build your own taco bar, I've got the best football party recipes for you right here.
Football season is finally here! If you're like my family, you're looking forward to hosting friends and family to watch the big game during a relaxing Sunday at home.
These hearty football party food ideas are perfect for filling everyone up and fueling all the football fun.
Get my best recipes including hot sandwiches, easy pizzas, slowcooking Crockpot meals, and fun build your own taco or chili bars.
No one is going hungry here!
- Football Cheese Ball
- More Football Party Appetizers
- Baked Slider Recipes
- Ham and Cheese Sliders
- Cuban Sliders
- Pesto Chicken Sliders
- BBQ Chicken Sliders
- Chicken Parm Sliders
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
- Easy Meatball Recipes
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- Baked Meatballs Subs
- Teriyaki Meatballs
- Easy Pizza Recipes
- Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
- Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
- Pizza Buns
- Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
- Breadsticks and Marinara Sauce
- Chicken Nuggets and Dipping Sauces
- Mexican Food for Football Parties
- Baked Taquitos
- Baked Chicken Chimichangas
- Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas
- Mexican Shredded Chicken
- Big Batch Quesadillas
- Football Party Sandwiches
- Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
- Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
- Pulled Pork Sandwiches
- Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches
- Bacon Ranch Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups
- Football Chili Bar
- Ground Beef Chili Bowls
- Red Chicken Chili (NO Beans!)
- Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
- More Football Party Ideas
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Football Cheese Ball
This adorable jalapeño popper cheeseball shaped like a football is the perfect football party snack.
More Football Party Appetizers
This list of football party foods focuses more on the main dishes you'd want to serve at your football party.
If you love that jalapeño popper football appetizer, you won't want to miss my entire list of easy football party appetizers here:
Baked Slider Recipes
One of my favorite party sandwiches to serve is a pan of baked sliders.
They are so easy to prep in advance. Just get all the fillings ready to go and then you just need to assemble and bake the sliders before serving.
Here are a few of my favorite slider recipes:
Ham and Cheese Sliders
You can't go wrong with a hot pan of fresh ham and cheese sliders with a mustard and butter sauce brushed over the top.
Got some leftover pork? Add some deli meat ham and you've got everything you need to make the base for these easy Cuban sliders.
TOP TIP: Make one pan with the pickles and one pan without. The kids at the party might thank you.
Pesto Chicken Sliders
If you prefer to use a rotisserie chicken instead of deli meat, these delicious pesto chicken sliders are filled with ooey gooey cheese and have a delicious basil pesto sauce.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
Chicken Parm Sliders
These chicken parm sliders start with frozen chicken tenders or chicken nuggets. You can make them full-sized sandwiches if you prefer to use a larger chicken patty and a hamburger bun.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Sliders
Got a rotisserie chicken on hand? You can make these easy chicken bacon ranch sliders with prepared ranch dressing and cooked bacon in just minutes.
Easy Meatball Recipes
Meatballs are a fun football party food because you can serve them like an easy munchable snack and just keep them warm in the Crockpot.
You could also turn them into sub sandwiches or an entree depending on the sauce you use.
Here are a few of my favorite meatball recipes for football party menus:
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.
Baked Meatballs Subs
You can toss your favorite frozen meatballs with my homemade teriyaki sauce and keep them warm in the crockpot.
If you want a heartier meal to serve, make a batch of my Instant Pot jasmine rice and a batch of roasted pineapples and peppers. Add the peppers to the meatballs in the slowcooker and let everyone make easy teriyaki rice bowls.
Easy Pizza Recipes
Football and pizza go hand in hand.
If you want to offer something a little more delicious than stacks of delivery pizza boxes, why not try a couple of these easy homemade pizza recipes instead?
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza
My homemade Philly cheese steak pizza can be a super fast and easy recipe if you cook the flank steak the day before. Just slice it up and bake the pizzas before serving.
Buffalo Chicken Flatbread
Chop up some cooked chicken or shred a rotisserie chicken and use it to make my easy buffalo chicken flatbread.
Slice it in squares for an appetizer for the party or cut it into pizza slices for a heartier serving.
The easiest upgrade to delivery pizza would be to make a few batches of these homemade pizza buns with different fillings.
Our favorite involves pepperoni but you could make some with sausage or all-veggies, too.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
For a smaller football party, this chicken bacon ranch pizza is a great choice.
Chicken Nuggets and Dipping Sauces
Bake a batch of frozen chicken nuggets or broiled chicken tenderloins and serve them with a buffet of chicken dipping sauces.
You could serve them alongside pans of baked tater tots or french fries, they'd taste great with these dipping sauces as well.
Mexican Food for Football Parties
Tacos and nachos and chips and salsa all make awesome football party food ideas.
Why not serve a build your own taco bar with a few different protein options?
Or you can make big batches of these easy Mexican snacks to fill in the menu.
My family loves these baked turkey taquitos but the truth is you could use ground beef, ground pork, or shredded rotisserie chicken to make them, too.
Serve them with a big bowl of my homemade salsa on the side.
Baked Chicken Chimichangas
You can assemble and bake these chicken chimichangas in advance. Reheat them on big pans in the oven or in the air fryer for crispy outer edges.
Mexican Pulled Pork Carnitas
Making this Mexican pulled pork carnitas recipe can be an all-day project but oh will your house smell AMAZING. You can cook the pork shoulder in advance and even freeze it. Just serve it warm in a crockpot for building your own tacos.
Mexican Shredded Chicken
For an easier protein for your taco bar, you could also make my favorite Instant Pot Mexican shredded chicken with green salsa and poblano peppers. My kids think these make the best tacos ever.
Big Batch Quesadillas
Football Party Sandwiches
Set out a football party sandwich station with different hot fillings kept warm in a slowcooker next to big trays of fresh buns or rolls.
Crock Pot Sloppy Joes
The perfect way to serve a sandwich at a football party is to keep the classic sloppy joes mix warm in a slowcooker and let your friends and family build their own sandwich when they're hungry.
Want a fun alternative? Try my easy Philly cheesesteak sloppy joes. They'll keep warm in the slowcooker, too.
Crock Pot Italian Beef Sandwiches
This seasoned Crock Pot Italian beef recipe is the perfect choice for feeding a crowd. Toast the buns under the broiler and serve them with pickled pepper relish.
Serving a smaller group? Go ahead and make the whole recipe, the shredded beef freezes so well.
Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Turkey and Gravy Sandwiches
Make my slowcooker turkey breast the day before your football party, then just serve the cubed turkey meat and gravy open face sandwich style.
They can keep warm right in the Crockpot.
Bacon Ranch Cheesy Chicken Roll-Ups
Easy crescent roll dough roll-up sandwiches make a tasty smaller bite if you're planning a lot of food for your football party. I love these bacon ranch chicken roll-ups!
Football Chili Bar
Serve at least one or two big pots of chili that you can keep warm in a slowcooker or simmering in a big pot on your stovetop.
Then put the rest of your attention to all the chili toppings:
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Chopped Green Onions
And offer big baskets of fresh bread and/or biscuits as a simple chili side dish:
Ground Beef Chili Bowls
For hungry football fans, the obvious choice would be these hearty ground beef chili bowls served with lots of toppings and potato chips or Frito chips on the side.
Red Chicken Chili (NO Beans!)
For a lighter alternative, my red chicken chili is always a crowd pleaser at parties. I keep it simmering on the stove top so guests can ladle their bowls and top them with their favorite toppings. Tortilla chips are a must-have!
Crockpot Chicken Taco Chili
Want to serve your chili over a potato? Keep a batch of my Crockpot chicken taco chili going and let guests use it with baked potatoes, sour cream, and fresh corn.
More Football Party Ideas
Looking for some easy party desserts or more dip recipes? I've got you covered.
Be sure to check out my easy football party appetizers but don't miss these other great recipes that would work perfectly for a football party: