85+ Easy Game Day Appetizers

Picture of carne asada french fries for game day appetizers list.

Welcome to the ultimate collection of game day appetizer recipes! Whether you’re hosting a big get-together or just chilling solo, this list of 85+ appetizer ideas is your ticket to becoming the MVP of game day snacks.

From classic crowd-pleasers like spicy buffalo chicken wings and loaded nachos to easy breezy dips, there’s something here for everyone.

My beloved San Diego Chargers (yes, I said SD and not LA) aren’t in the big game, so who should I root for?

In no particular order, here are some easy appetizer ideas to whet your appetite!

Game Day Appetizers

The BEST Air Fryer Chicken Wings
This is the BEST Air Fryer Chicken Wings Recipe. With extra crispy skins, juicy meat and flavorful buffalo sauce, these chicken wings rival restaurant quality. Using an Air Fryer omits the unhealthy oil and takes half the time of a traditional oven to bake. 
Plate of Air Fried Chicken Wings with ranch and celery stick
Rotel Dip (Stovetop or Crockpot)
This iconic Rotel Dip recipe is loaded with creamy Velveeta cheese, hearty ground beef and a can of Rotel tomatoes! It's a very popular queso recipe, along with our Smoked Queso recipe, since it's quick and easy to make. 
Rotel Dip in a cast iron skillet.
Smoked Queso
This creamy smoked queso dip appetizer recipe is perfect for game day, camping or any party. Serve it along side a batch of Chili Cheese Dip. It's as easy to make as our smoked mac and cheese, rotel dip and smoked cream cheese
Ingredients to make smoked queso in a foil pan.
Carne Asada Nachos
The BEST Carne Asada Nachos! Crispy tortilla chips loaded up with authentic carne asada, melted cheese, guacamole, pico de Gallo and sour cream.
Carne Asada nachos on a baking sheet surrounded by bowls of guacamole, pico de gallo and sour cream.
Carne Asada Fries
The BEST San Diego Style Carne Asada Fries Recipe!! Exactly how they make it at San Diego Taco Shops!! Hot and crispy French fries are topped with authentic carne asada meat, cheese, guacamole and sour cream!
Carne Asada Fries in a black cast iron skillet with a corona, bowl of salsa and slices of lime next to it.
Chili Cheese Fries
Loaded Chili Cheese Fries! Crispy French fries are topped with homemade or canned chili, cheese and your favorite french fry toppings. 
Fork digging into a tray of chili cheese fries.
Chili Cheese Dip
Quick and creamy Chili Cheese Dip loaded with bold chili, freshly shredded cheese, salsa and cream cheese. Use your favorite homemade chili recipe, like our popular Smoked Chili, or your favorite store bought canned chili.
Chili Cheese dip in a cast iron skillet with chips.
Smoked Cream Cheese
Crank up the grill to make this Smoked Cream Cheese recipe, an easy cheese appetizer perfect for your holiday party or summer BBQ! It's as easy to make as our Smoked Queso. Serve this smoked cream cheese dip next to your favorite smoker recipes!
Smoked cream cheese next to bagel chips.
Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings
Nothing beats a plate of crispy Smoked Chicken Wings! This recipe for smoked wings produces juicy and tender chicken with extra crispy skin. Between the smoked chicken wings rub recipe and optional wings sauce, you'll find this is the best smoked wing recipe.
Cooked chicken on a white plate.
Air Fried Frozen French Fries (+ Awesome Chipotle Mayo Dip)
Crispy Air Fried French Fries with a golden brown exterior and a pillowy soft interior. Serve them with a side of ketchup or our flavorful Chipotle Mayo Dip.
white Plate of air fried frozen french fries with chipotle mayo dipping sauce on the side.
Carne Asada Quesadilla
San Diego-style Carne Asada Quesadilla stuffed with juicy carne asada meat, melted cheese and topped with 4 ingredient guacamole and Pico de Gallo.  This is exactly how they make quesadilla recipes at San Diego taco shops (taquerias).
Carne asada quesadilla topped with guacamole and pico de gallo.
4 Ingredient Guacamole Recipe
This 4 ingredient guacamole recipe is the easiest guacamole recipe you can make. All you need to make this easy guacamole is ripe avocados, jalapeños, garlic, lime juice and salt.
Clean bowl full of 4 ingredient guacamole. 3 empty small clear bowls and lime slices are next to the guacamole.
Mango Habanero Wings
Mango Habanero Wings are crispy, fiery and full of flavor. They’re a little bit sweet and a little bit of heat rolled into one! Chicken wings are coated in a bold Jamaican Jerk Spice, baked and then tossed in a Mango Habanero Sauce.
Plate of mango habanero wings.
Easy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Easy Buffalo Chicken Meatballs loaded with spice and flavor and are drowning in buffalo sauce. These meatballs are ready in under 30 minutes and can be doubled or tripled for your football party!
Buffalo chicken meatballs coated in ranch on a white plate.
Creamy Refried Bean Dip
This easy refried bean dip is loaded with creamy beans and tons of taco flavor! This healthy Mexican bean dip, can be made with Instant Pot Refried Beans, Slow Cooker Refried Beans or canned refried beans! 
Refried Bean dip in a white bowl surrounded by chips, a napkin and cilantro.
Loaded Pulled Pork Potato Skins
Loaded Pulled Pork Potato Skins. Full of sour cream, barbecue sauce and flavor.
Potato skins - Pulled pork
Honey Lemon Pepper Wings
Honey lemon pepper wings are not only crispy, bold and full of flavor, they're sweet, savory with a bit of tang. These hot lemon pepper wings make the perfect BBQ or game day appetizer.
White bowl full of honey lemon pepper wings.
Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cups
Spinach and Feta Phyllo Cups are the perfect holiday appetizers!
Phyllo cups stuffed with feta and spinach.
Smoked Deviled Eggs
Mix it up this holiday by serving Smoked Deviled Eggs vs. the classic. Smoked hard boiled eggs are loaded with a creamy and tangy filling and dusted with smoked paprika.
Smoked deviled eggs on a silver baking sheet.
The BEST Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings
This Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings recipe is bold, rich and flavorful. Our homemade Jamaican Jerk Seasoning elevates it a notch, but store bought spices will work just as well. Think sweet, mildly spicy and perfect for your game day appetizer. Oven and Air Fryer instructions are included.
Baked Chicken Wings rubbed with a dry Jamaican Jerk Seasoning, on crinkled white parchment papers. Served with slices of lime.
Sushi Bake
Make this easy Sushi Bake recipe, a.k.a sushi casserole, for your next party or meal. No rolling required and it's ready to rock in less than 30 minutes. Use Kani to make it a deconstructed California roll or swap in salmon to make a salmon sushi baked recipe. Make sure to check out: Kani Salad.
Baked sushi recipe in a white casserole dish.
Cowboy Candy (a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños)
Make this sweet and spicy Cowboy Candy recipe, a.k.a. Candied Jalapeños, to make the best cream cheese dip for your holiday gathering. Spicy jalapeño rings are marinated in a sweet simple syrup. Top your sandwiches, burgers and nachos with this flavorful and versatile condiment. It would also mix well with Little Smokies in Grape Jelly
Top down view of a jar of candied jalapenos (also called cowboy candy)
Chicken Wings
Perfect go-to Oven Baked Chicken Wings recipe for dinner, parties or game days!
Oven Baked Chicken Wings
Quesadilla with Steak
Delicious Quesadilla with Steak loaded with melted cheese, onions and bell peppers then topped with 4 Ingredient Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. More similar Quesadilla recipes and Mexican Recipes: Carne Asada QuesadillaCheese Quesadilla, Mulitas and Steak Fajitas.
steak quesadilla with guacamole and pico de gallo on top.
Little Smokies in Grape Jelly
Little Smokies In Grape Jelly and chili sauce is a delightful appetizer recipe. With only 5 minutes of prep time they're as easy to make as our Instant Pot Little Smokies. This little smokies with grape jelly recipe can be made in a Crockpot or on the stove.
Little smokies in grape jelly.
Instant Pot Little Smokies
Little Smokies cooked in an Instant Pot for quick game day and holiday appetizer.
Little Smokies with Barbecue sauce - Barbecue
Spicy Orange Grilled Chicken Wings
Spicy Orange Grilled Chicken Wings featuring true orange flavor, not from a jar of marmalade, and asian spices.
Spicy Orange Grilled Chicken Wings
Smoked Kielbasa (Smoked Polish Sausage)
Smoked Kielbasa, also known as Smoked Polish Sausage, is a great appetizer or dinner idea. Smoking kielbasa sausage requires only 1 ingredient and as little as 1 hour to make. You do not have to be a Pitmaster to grill up a mean smoked sausage.
Sliced smoked kielbasa on a silver baking sheet.
Smoked Sausage (Easy Smoker Recipe)
Smoked sausage is the perfect BBQ dish, game day appetizer or easy dinner recipe. Smoking sausage requires only 1 ingredient and as little as 1 hour to make. You do not have to be a Pitmaster to master the art of smoking sausage! 
Smoked sausage on a toothpick being dipped in a mustard sauce.
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls (Ready In Just 6 Min!)
Crispy Air Fryer Pizza Rolls are ready in only 6 minutes. Learn how to make frozen pizza rolls in the air fryer with golden exterior crusts and hot interiors stuffed with hot cheese and other pizza topping favorites.
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls on a white plate with a bowl of marinara sauce. The air fryer basket is in the background.
Pork Belly Burnt Ends
Tender pork belly is grilled low and slow before slathering in a rich BBQ sauce. Smoked pork belly burnt ends will quickly become one of your favorite smoker recipes.
Pork Belly Burnt Ends on a gold grill basket.
Stuffed Ziti Fritta (An Olive Garden Copycat Recipe)
We're adding to our Olive Garden Recipes collection by creating a copycat of their popular Stuffed Ziti Fritta. Serve as an appetizer, with alfredo sauce and/or marinara sauce or as a main meal along side a bowl of warm Zuppa Toscana Soup.
White bowl filled with Stuffed Ziti Fritta and marinara sauce.
Boom Boom Shrimp
Make your favorite Boom Boom Shrimp at home with our popular Boom Boom Sauce! This shrimp recipe is the perfect balance of crunchy, sweet, savory and spicy.
Plate of boom boom shrimp with a side of boom boom sauce.
Best Ever Pulled Pork Nachos | Good Life Eats
Pulled Pork Nachos are loaded with two types of cheese, smoked pulled pork, beans, and your favorite toppings! Pork nachos are made on a sheet pan and baked.
pork nachos in a white butch oven.
Game Day Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins
Looking for the perfect bacon and cheese potato skins for your game day gathering? This easy recipe is sure to please.
Potato Skins topped with sour cream.
Sweet Potato Nachos
Easy loaded nachos with sweet potatoes and black beans are a healthy nacho recipe. These vegetarian nachos are gluten-free. An easy game day snack and the perfect balance for sweet and salty.
Sweet potato nachos.
Easy Pigs in a Blanket Wreath | Practically Homemade
Elevate your favorite appetizer to an Easy Pigs in a Blanket Wreath with simple steps that anyone can do and is perfect for any occasion.
Pigs in a blanket
Shrimp in a Blanket (Goong Hom Pha)
Thai Shrimp in a blanket (shrimp firecrackers) is a delicious appetizer made by wrapping succulent shrimp and deep fried to perfection.
Shrimp in a blanket on a plate with dipping sauce.
Classic Knorr Spinach Dip (In a Bread Bowl)
Watch guests dive in as you place this classic Knorr spinach dip recipe in a bread bowl on the table. It’s a super popular, old-favorite appetizer that’s creamy with texture!
Knorr spinach dip in wood bowl.
Spicy Hot Jalapeno Artichoke Dip Recipe
This easy spicy jalapeno artichoke dip is bursting with marinated artichokes, jalapeno peppers, and cheesy pepper jack cheese.
Jalapeno Artichoke Dip with chips.
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops – Beauty and the Foodie
Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Scallops are a simple but delicious keto, paleo appetizer, or light lunch. Buttery scallops wrapped in smoky bacon.
bacon wrapped scallops garnished with arugula.
Cheese and Olive Appetizers (Baked, 20 Minutes)
Cheese and olive appetizers are a fabulous, quick and easy “can I have the recipe?” recipe. Just 6 ingredients baked onto English muffins in about 20 minutes. Freezes well.
Cheese and olive appetizer bites on a white plate.
Sausage Rolls with Puff Pastry
This EXTREMELY easy recipe for Sausage Rolls with Puff Pastry packs HUGE flavor and makes for a perfect game day snack! I like to use a spicy andouille sausage when making these for a great
Sausage wrapped in puff pastry by mustard dipping sauce.
Jalapeno Cheese Sticks
Discover Jalapeno Cheese Sticks. It’s a blend of creamy cheese and fiery jalapenos. Simple to make crowd-pleasers with a crispy, gooey bite.
Jalapeno cheese sticks on a black plate.
Baked Bacon Cheese Dip in a Bread Bowl
This Bacon Cheese Dip is loaded with cheese and bacon then baked in a bread bowl for the perfect warm and creamy dip. Makes the perfect party appetizer for game days and more!
Beer cheese and pretzels in a bread bowl.
Air Fryer Southwestern Egg Rolls
This recipe for air fryer southwestern egg rolls also gives you the traditional fried method and compares the two. You love this vegetarian version of the traditional Chili’s appetizer!
Southwest eggrolls next to a dipping sauce.
Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Air Fryer
This Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Air Fryer appetizer is easy and simple to make. Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Shrimp is great for holiday entertaining.
Bacon wrapped shrimp on a white plate.
Dried Beef Roll Ups
Quick and easy Dried Beef Roll Ups appetizer! This recipe is my go-to for any time I need a party food! With dried beef, cream cheese and horseradish, these are flavorful and delicious!
easy dried beef rolls twitter 85+ Easy Game Day Appetizers
Hot Caprese Dip with Mozzarella, Parmesan & Cream Cheese
Love Caprese salad? Then you’ve got to try this hot & melty cheese dip with juicy grape tomatoes, fresh whole milk mozzarella, fragrant sliced basil, sweet & tangy balsamic vinegar, shredded Parmesan, and cream cheese.. Serve this at your next party for a quick & easy appetizer that will disappear in minutes. {gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian & low carb}
Bisquick sausage balls with a dipping sauce.
Hot Caprese Dip with Mozzarella, Parmesan & Cream Cheese
Love Caprese salad? Then you’ve got to try this hot & melty cheese dip with juicy grape tomatoes, fresh whole milk mozzarella, fragrant sliced basil, sweet & tangy balsamic vinegar, shredded Parmesan, and cream cheese.. Serve this at your next party for a quick & easy appetizer that will disappear in minutes. {gluten-free, grain-free, vegetarian & low carb}
Caprese Dip in a black pan.
Baked Steak Taco Cups
Steak taco cups are baked mini taco shells filled with seasoned steak, tomatoes, green chiles, onion, and melted cheddar cheese on top.
Steak Taco cups on a plate.
Soft Pretzel Bites
Soft Pretzel Bites are easy to make at home! Perfect for Game Day, and afternoon snacks, dipped into your favorite dip.
Pretzel bites next to a bowl of nacho cheese.
Whipped Goat Cheese Dip with Crostini
This Whipped Goat Cheese Dip with Toasted Crostini is the perfect appetizer for any occasion. It’s a great option for a fall get together or for a holiday party appetizer idea.
Goat cheese dip topped with olives.
Cream Cheese Salsa Dip
This Cream Cheese Salsa Dip is an easy-to-make appetizer with the perfect amount of heat and flavor to keep you coming back for more.
Cream cheese, salsa and bread in a small cast iron pan.
Mini Bacon Onion Ranch Cheese Balls
Mini Bacon Onion Ranch Cheese Balls are the perfect bite-sized appetizer for all your holiday parties, gameday tailgating & poolside snacking. So good!
Bacon Onion Ranch Cheese balls with pretzel rods attached.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs
This cranberry meatballs recipe combines the sweetness of cranberry with a spicy kick from chili sauce. These meatballs are cooked in a slow cooker and make a great game day appetizer.
Cranberry Meatballs with green onions.
Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms
Air Fryer Stuffed Mushrooms with Crab and cheese are easy to make and always a crowd pleaser. And the best part is, you can make these bite sized air
Stuffed mushrooms on a white plate.
Air Fryer Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls
Flavorful Philly Cheesesteak Egg Rolls are loaded with steak, onion, and bell peppers, then smothered with cheese and air fried to perfection. #cheesesteakeggrolls #eggrollrecipes #eggrollsinairfryer
Philly cheesesteak egg rolls on a white plate.
Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball (Keto)
Indulge in the perfect blend of savory and creamy with our Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball (Keto) recipe! This gluten-free recipe is a crowd-pleaser.
Bacon cheese ball.
Baked Ravioli Bites With Balsamic Dipping Sauce
Baked Ravioli Bites With Balsamic Dipping Sauce is an easy recipe for a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s baked in the oven and served with a homemade Balsamic Dipping Sauce.
Baked ravioli next to a dipping sauce.
Cajun Snack Mix – The Cookin Chicks
Unleash your snacking game with Cajun Snack Mix! This blend incorporates traditional Louisiana spices into a treat you can’t resist.
Cajun snack mix in a white bowl.
Caramelized Onion and Blue Cheese Dip
Caramelized onion blue cheese dip recipe is the adult version of French onion dip and is THE BEST French onion dip ever! Make ahead and Easy.
French onion dip with potato chips.
Zesty 5-Layer Bean Dip
Creamy, savory, cheesy, and spiced with taco seasonings, this Mexican bean dip is a hit at cocktail parties, get togethers, and on game day.
5 layer taco dip in a clear bowl.
BAKED BRIE PHYLLO CUPS
These baked brie phyllo cups are the ultimate holiday appetizer! Packed with juicy, sweet dried cranberries and crunchy walnuts, they are sure to be a hit!
Baked brie on a baking sheet.
Pizza Empanadas (Empanadillas de Pizza)
Pizza Empanadas (Empanadillas de Pizza) are a popular Puerto Rican snack of flaky dough filled with a 4-ingredient pizza mixture, then fried. #pizzaempanadas
Pizza empanadas.
Chicken Parmesan Meatballs
This baked Chicken Parmesan Meatballs recipe is so easy to prepare, and it’s perfect served on it’s own, on pasta or on buns for chicken parm meatball subs!
Chicken parmesan meatballs with a flag toothpick.
Easy Burrata Bruschetta Recipe
This easy burrata bruschetta recipe is the perfect summer recipe. Made with cherry tomatoes, fresh basil, and garlic, it’s a delicious and simple appetizer.
Bruschetta on a cutting board.
Mozzarella Pepperoni Crescent Rolls
These super easy Pepperoni Crescent Rolls take just minutes to prep and cook using prepared refrigerated crescent roll dough. They are super kid friendly and approved.
Pigs in a blanket with pizza sauce.
Easy Pepperoni Pizza Dip Recipe (Delicious Cheesy Appetizer) – Basics with Bails
This easy pepperoni pizza dip recipe is the perfect easy appetizer for game day or a dinner party! It’s full of cream cheese, greek yogurt, mini pepperoni, pizza sauce and spices for a crowd pleasing treat that everyone will love! Whenever I need a crowd pleasing appetizer, this easy pepperoni pizza dip recipe is one
Pizza cheese dip with bread.
Honey Sriracha Shrimp
This honey sriracha shrimp features juicy shrimp smothered in a vibrant sauce that combines sriracha and honey and also has a lemony tang.
Shrimp with lemon slices on a plate.
Elote Dip – Cinnamon & Sage Co.
Bring authentic Mexican flavor to your table with this delicious Elote Dip, also known as Mexican Street Corn dip!
Elote dip in a white bowl with chips and limes.
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts
Bacon wrapped water chestnuts are water chestnuts wrapped in bacon slathered in a brown sugar glaze. Perfect party appetizer!
bacon wrapped water chestnuts with toothpicks.
Baked Brie with Apples
Our baked brie with apples recipe is not only an easy dessert idea, but it also doubles as the best appetizer ever. It’s a perfect party food for a crowd and guaranteed to have everyone asking for seconds. Don’t miss out on this scrumptious treat!
baked apple brie on a plate.
Air Fryer Steak Bites
Super quick and easy Air Fryer Steak Bites are perfectly tender on the inside, crispy on the outside, and seasoned to perfection!
piece of steak on a fork being dipped in sauce.
Simple Italian Pinwheels with Dipping Sauce – SueBee Homemaker
Italian Pinwheels are the perfect make-ahead appetizer and can be paired with a simple dipping sauce. These simple rollups combine large tortillas, tangy cream cheese, olives, artichokes, Italian meats, and provolone cheese.
Italian pinwheels on a serving platter.
Thai Tom Yum Meatballs
These Thai Tom Yum meatballs with ground chicken have all the Thai flavors rolled up into one herbaceous bite. Healthy and extra addictive!
Tom Yum meatballs with dipping sauce.
Air fryer Bacon wrapped pineapple (bites and rings)
Here’s something sweet to wrap bacon around. Air fryer Bacon wrapped pineapple bites are delicious sweet and salty appetizers that’s will havi
Bacon wrapped pineapple with toothpicks.
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs
Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs are a low carb keto appetizer that everyone will love. Stuffed with cream cheese, bacon, cheddar and 3 types of jalapenos.
Deviled eggs topped with jalapeno slices.
Hot Italian Sausage Dip
This hot Italian sausage dip is a delicious dip perfect for any party. Packed with spicy sausage, peppers and creamy cheese, it’s amazing.
Italian sausage dip in a white bowl
Game Day Cheese Plate
This is a cheese and meat forward cheese board but is lightened up a bit with a spicy cheese, spicy peanuts and the acid from the pickles. Plus it’s in the shape of a field goal!
Super bowl cheese plate.
Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Wieners
Here's a quick and easy one. Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners, topped with brown sugar – make sure to make a double batch.
bacon wrapped cocktail wieners.
Beer Cheese Dip
This fast and easy Beer Cheese Dip recipe will be a new favorite! Amazing as an appetizer or use it as a sauce.
beer cheese dip with pretzels.
Southern Fried Pickles
Southern Fried Pickles with a spicy Remoulade sauce. These fried pickles are a game day favorite – the entire batch will soon disappear.
Southern Fried Pickles on a plate.
Lasagna Dip
Get the classic flavors of meat lasagna in dip form. This ground beef dip is ready in only 20 minutes with minimal prep time.
Lasagna dip with a black pan.
Cheese Quesadilla
Delicious cheese quesadilla loaded with melted cheese and topped with 4 ingredient guacamole and Pico de Gallo.  This Mexican recipe take less than 10 minutes to make. Or, upgrade and make our popular Carne Asada Quesadilla. This is exactly how they make quesadilla recipes at San Diego taco shops (taquerias).
Sliced cheese quesadilla topped with quacamole.
Mango Pico de Gallo
Fresh Mango Salsa Recipe with only 5 ingredients! Sweet mangos combine with jalapeno peppers, red onions, lime juice and cilantro for the best tropical salsa. Use as a chip dip or add to your chicken or tacos for a sweet and spicy flavor! 
Wooden bowl with diced mango, jalapenos, onions and lime slices inside. A sprig of cilantro is off to the side.
Pico de Gallo
Pico de Gallo Salsa is loaded with tomatoes, onions, jalapeno, cilantro, garlic and lime juice for a tasty chip dip or taco topping! Authentic Pico de Gallo is a quick and easy Mexican recipe to master.
Pico de Gallo in a white bowl surrounded by the individual ingredients.

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