Chicken Wings Aren't Your Only Game-Day Appetizer Option—Consider These Tasty, Filling Alternatives

Whether you're preparing bites for a normal Sunday game or a Super Bowl party, switch up your routine by making these delicious options.

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If Sunday means just one thing in your home—game day—then you'll need to master a repertoire of different foods for snacking on. If you're hosting a Sunday watch party or a Super Bowl gathering and want to forgo the hassle of homemade chicken wings this year, there are plenty of alternatives to choose from. Read on for recipe ideas and inspiration and set your sights on one or two of these delicious appetizer ideas that are hearty enough to double as dinner.

Hot Dips

Serving one or two hot dips fresh from the oven is a fun and easy way to feed your guests something substantial without making a big fuss in the kitchen. Recipes like this Jalapeño Popper Dip and this Loaded Baked Potato Dip are clever ways to bring the flavors of everyone's favorite bar snacks home.

Chili Bar

Serve guests a casual dinner buffet-style and with a "choose your own adventure" vibe. Start by making a pot of this Easy Beef Chili, then set it out with a few different items that will turn it into a completely different meal if they choose. Things like baked potatoes, cornbread, hot dogs with buns, and steamed rice are all great options that transform chili into a hearty meal. Don't forget plenty of shredded cheddar—it goes with everything!

Pigs in a Blanket

You won't need to worry about your guests being hungry if you have these Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket on hand. All you need to make them are just two ingredients—store-bought pizza dough and hot dogs. It's an easy and memorable touchdown that the whole team will celebrate you for scoring.


This recipe for Individual Nachos would make a great option on the chili bar, but the nachos can also stand on their own as a delicious and filling snack or light meal. Creating little personal piles of nachos for your guests adds a refined touch and pretty presentation to what's usually a messy affair. Set the piles out while they are still hot with an array of toppings like chopped scallions, salsa, and guacamole.

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