36 Super Bowl Appetizers For Your Tastiest Watch Party Yet

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Super Bowl Sunday is a special day—mostly because it provides an excuse to eat lots of cheese, nurse an ice-cold beer, and (of course) watch some football. There's nothing better than settling in on the couch to watch the game with good friends and great food. These bite-sized, easy-serving Super Bowl appetizers make it easy to enjoy snacking while you keep your eyes on the game. No matter how you like to set up your Super Bowl party, we have an appetizer idea that's sure to wow the crowd.

We've given classic finger foods a serious update with some delicious bite-sized, handheld snacks: Your guests will rave over Cheese Dreams, Bacon-Parmesan Tassies, and Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce. If you're already late to the party or entertaining in a pinch, back-pocket recipes like Alabama Fire Crackers require minimal effort but deliver maximum reward. If you prefer to set up a family-style appetizer spread, boards, chips, and dips are the way to go. But as far as we're concerned, there are two essential components to any Super Bowl appetizer spread: Cheese and bacon. Our Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers—a staple of our Super Bowl table—have got both. Whether your team wins or loses, you'll be the MVP of Super Bowl appetizers. Game over.

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Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans

Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans
Photo: Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Sheet Pan Nachos with Chorizo and Refried Beans

Go full-out fiery with extra jalapeño or ditch the chorizo for a vegetarian app. You can load up these sheet pan nachos any way you'd like.

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Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze

Crispy Baked Chicken Wings Recipe
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Crispy Baked Chicken Wings with Pepper Jelly Glaze

There's no need to attempt any deep-frying at home when these chicken wings crisp so beautifully in the oven.

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Mini Potato Skins

Mini Potato Skins
Photo: Greg DuPree; Prop styling: Claire Spollen; Food styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Mini Potato Skins

These miniature Potato Skins are the perfect size for snacking (but you may want to make a double batch if you want them to last past halftime).

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Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip

Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip

Hot, bubbling cheese and toasted, cayenne-spiced nuts? Talk about a touchdown!

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Pull Apart Pizza Bread

Pull-Apart Pizza Bread
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread

When it comes to this Pull-Apart Pizza Bread, there's no slicing necessary. Just set it on the counter and watch the pieces disappear.

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Fried Pickle Chips

Fried Pickle Chips
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Fried Pickle Chips

Forget about the French fries—this year, we're all about the fried pickles. These chips are just as addicting as the riff on Comeback sauce we've paired them with. Sounds like a match made in heaven.

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Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Honey BBQ Chicken Wings
Photography and Styling: Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Amazingly crispy without a hint of greasiness, these homemade wings are sure to be a hit.

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Garlic-Butter Shrimp

Garlic-Butter Shrimp
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Chelsea Zimmer

Recipe: Garlic-Butter Shrimp

Design a whole appetizer platter around these buttery garlic shrimp. We promise, they're worth it.

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Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce

Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Cheeseburger Egg Rolls with Special Sauce

A whimsical way to serve up an American classic, these egg rolls are sure to be the star of the show on the fried appetizer spread.

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Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Chicken Wings
Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Sarah Elizabeth Cleveland; Food Styling: Melissa Gray

Recipe: Instant Pot Chicken Wings

Super Bowl party prep will be a breeze with the help of your handy kitchen companion, the Instant Pot. These drumettes are the ideal size to set out as an appetizer.

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Cheesy Collard Dip

Collard Dip Recipe
Southern Living

Recipe: Cheesy Collard Dip

An afternoon of football and a big dish of cheesy collard greens? Folks, it doesn't get much more Southern than that.

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Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Bacon-Ranch Pasta Salad

This pasta salad is good enough to convert anybody into a football fan, even if it's only for one day of the year.

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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers

With just the right balance of heat, smoke, and creamy cheese, these Bacon Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers deserve a prime place on any Super Bowl spread.

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Classic Pimiento Cheese

Basic Pimiento Cheese
Jennifer Causey; Prop Styling: Christine Keely; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Classic Pimiento Cheese

We've been serving a bowl of Classic Pimiento Cheese at our Super Bowl party for so many years now, it'd simply be bad luck to reverse that tradition.

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Sausage Balls

Breakfast Sausage Meatballs with Apple Butter Dipping Sauce
Photo: Alison Miksch; Prop Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Sausage Balls

Yeah, we know, there's a game to watch, but isn't the Super Bowl really just an excuse to whip out Mama's recipe for Sausage Balls?

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Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Photographer: Greg DuPree; Food Stylist: Rishon Hanners; Prop Stylist: Christina Daley

Recipe: Air Fryer Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Let your air fryer in on the appetizer fun with these simple wings that offer the perfect combination of saucy and crispy in every bite.

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Baked BLT Dip

Baked BLT Dip
Skyler Burt

Recipe: Baked BLT Dip

When it comes to the Super Bowl, appetizers reign supreme; rather than preparing a platter of sandwiches, set this creative BLT Dip out on the table for guests to enjoy.

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Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Sweet Potato Chips

The secret to crisp sweet potato chips is to fry them in small batches, in peanut oil, at a low temperature. This makes 6 servings when served as a side but will be plenty for 10 with the other foods on the tray.

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Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra

Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Pickled Okra

Two Southern favorites come together to create one delicious recipe.

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Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip

Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip

Dips are an ideal way to feed a hungry crowd without fussing over perfect presentation or pre-set portions; this Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip has the potential to be your party's MVP.

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Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos
Photo: Laurey W. Glenn

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Beef Nachos

You can also serve the delicious Slow-Cooker Beef in slider buns with your favorite sandwich toppings for a heartier meal.

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Muffuletta Deviled Eggs

Muffuletta Deviled Eggs
Hector Sanchez; Styling: Caroline M. Cunningham

Recipe: Muffuletta Deviled Eggs

This easy appetizer melds the flavors of olives, egg, and salty salami.

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Bacon-Cheese Dip

Bacon-Cheese Dip
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Bacon-Cheese Dip

Keep your game day party easy by making this tasty dip ahead of time.

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Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with Queso Blanco Dip

You can keep the queso blanco warm in a fondue pot or 1-qt. slow cooker. These are hearty, and would be a winner for a tailgate too.

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Bacon-Parmesan Tassies

Bacon-Parmesan Tassies
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Bacon-Parmesan Tassies

These tasty little appetizers made of pastry shells, bacon, and Parmesan cheese will be a hit at your party!

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Spicy Roasted Chile Peanuts and Pepitas

Spicy Roasted Chile Peanuts and Pepitas
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spicy Roasted Chile Peanuts and Pepitas

Spicy Roasted Chile Peanuts and Pepitas are an addictive snack. Make extra because they're gone just as quickly as they're put out.

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Chili-Roasted Black Eyed-Peas

Chili-Roasted Black Eyed Peas
Southern Living

Recipe: Chili-Roasted Black-Eyed Peas

Turn canned chickpeas or black-eyed peas into a unique and affordable party snack. Simply toss them in olive oil with a few seasonings and roast until crisp. The key is to bake the beans as long as possible without letting them burn. This will dry them out, making them extra-crunchy like nuts. Enjoy by the handful or sprinkle over a salad.

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Super Quick Chili

Super Quick Chili
Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Super Quick Chili

Slice tops from hearty round dinner rolls, and then let guests hollow out centers and spoon Super Quick Chili into them. Keep the chili warm in a slow cooker during the game.

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White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento Cheese

Easy Summer Appetizer Board
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento Cheese

Here's the secret to nice pimiento-cheese texture: Grate the cheese by hand, half on the large holes of a box grater and half on the small holes. Choose an aged sharp Cheddar cheese for extra bite. Chopped chives and Dijon mustard add piquant punch in place of grated onion.

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Chicks in a Blanket

Chicks in a Blanket
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicks in a Blanket

Dough-wrapped chicken-apple sausages are best fresh from the oven, so bake one batch at a time and serve warm.

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Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Nashville Hot Chicken Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

We know what you're thinking: Bacon, pimiento cheese, and guacamole, all together in one dip? Just wait until you try it—this inventive dip will become the new party-favorite appetizer.

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Creamy Crab Dip

Creamy Crab Dip with Peppadews
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip

Ditch the cream cheese in favor of a sour cream and mayo combo in this freshened-up Crab Dip recipe.

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Cheese Dreams

Cheese Dreams
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Cheese Dreams

These melt-in-your-mouth cheese bites are likely to disappear before either team even gets the chance to make a touchdown.

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Cheddar Cheese Straws

Cheddar Cheese Straws
Lee Harrelson

Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws

When it comes to the Super Bowl appetizer spread, we follow one simple rule: The more cheese the better. Stick to the classic or kick it up a notch with Spicy Cheese Straws. Either way, you can't go wrong.

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Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip

Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham

Recipe: Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip

Bring some greens to the Super Bowl spread with a Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip. Just pair it with crudité, chips, or pretzels for dipping.

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Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines

Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines
Kate Robertson

Recipe: Alabama Fire Cracker Saltines

We have found an appetizer that requires the least amount of effort (hint: you don't even need to turn on the oven) but yields maximum reward (big, fiery flavor).

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