30 Snacks to Try At Your Next Football Watch Party That Aren't Nachos

30 Snacks to Try At Your Next Football Watch Party That Aren't Nachos

Football season is in full swing, and we're fast approaching the biggest game of the season. But there's one problem, your go-to football snack is nachos. While nachos are a classic, it's time to mix things up and score some serious taste points with your guests. From savoury bites to sweet treats, these 30 snack ideas will keep the energy high and the fans cheering for more, even during the commercials. 

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1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Imagine the spicy, tangy flavour of buffalo wings but without the saucy fingers. This buffalo chicken dip is totally worth it. Just mix shredded chicken with cream cheese, hot sauce, and ranch dressing, then bake until bubbly. Serve with celery sticks or tortilla chips for a crowd-pleasing dip that'll be gone before halftime.

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2. Mini Meatball Sliders

Who doesn't love sliders? Just place a small, juicy meatball topped with marinara sauce and a slice of mozzarella on a mini bun. They're simple to make and even easier to devour!

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3. Pretzel Bites with Cheese Dip

Pretzel bites paired with a warm cheese dip can be a real game-changer, no pun intended. You can either make pretzels from scratch or buy them pre-made. The cheese dip, made with creamy cheddar and a hint of beer, complements the salty pretzels perfectly. 

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4. Loaded Potato Skins

Loaded potato skins are a hearty and customizable snack. Scoop out small baked potatoes and fill them with cheese, bacon, and green onions. After a quick trip back to the oven, they're ready to be topped with sour cream and served.

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5. Veggie Platter with Hummus

For a healthier option, a colourful veggie platter with hummus is a great choice. Include a variety of fresh vegetables like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes. The creamy hummus offers a tasty and guilt-free dip.

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6. BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

BBQ pulled pork sliders are a succulent treat that’s sure to please. Slow-cook the pork until it's tender, then shred it and mix with your favorite BBQ sauce. Serve on small buns with coleslaw for a touch of crunch.

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7. Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is a classic that never disappoints. Combine spinach, artichokes, cream cheese, and Parmesan, then bake until golden. It's a warm, gooey dip best served with crusty bread or pita chips.

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8. Sweet Potato Fries

Sweet potato fries are a delicious and slightly healthier alternative to regular fries. Cut sweet potatoes into wedges, toss them in olive oil and your favorite seasonings, then bake until crispy. They're great with a simple aioli or ketchup.

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9. Jalapeño Poppers

Jalapeño poppers offer a spicy kick. Stuff jalapeño peppers with cream cheese and cheddar, wrap them in bacon, and bake. They're a fiery treat that's hard to resist, especially with a cold beer in hand.

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10. Chicken Tenders

Chicken tenders are a sure hit, especially if kids are part of your watch party. Marinate the chicken in buttermilk, then coat in seasoned breadcrumbs and bake or fry. Serve with an array of dipping sauces for added fun.

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11. Caprese Skewers

Caprese skewers are a simple, elegant snack. Thread cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, and fresh basil leaves on skewers. Drizzle with balsamic glaze for a fresh and tasty bite.

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12. Sausage Rolls

Sausage rolls are a savory pastry that's always popular. Wrap seasoned sausage meat in puff pastry, bake until golden, and slice into bite-size pieces. These are perfect for grabbing between plays.

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13. Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are a sophisticated and flavorful option. Fill mushroom caps with a mixture of breadcrumbs, garlic, and Parmesan, then bake until tender. They're a delicious bite-sized treat.

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14. Pita Chips with Tzatziki Sauce

For a Mediterranean twist, serve pita chips with tzatziki sauce. The cool, creamy sauce made from yogurt, cucumber, and garlic is a refreshing dip for the crispy pita chips.

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15. Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries

End on a sweet note with chocolate-dipped strawberries. Simply dip ripe strawberries in melted chocolate and let them set. They're an elegant and effortless dessert that everyone will love.

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16. Cheesy Garlic Bread

Cheesy garlic bread is a crowd-pleaser that's both easy to make and delicious. Spread a mixture of butter, garlic, and herbs on a baguette, top with mozzarella, and bake until golden. It's the perfect finger food for sharing.

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17. Baked Buffalo Cauliflower Bites

For a vegetarian twist on a classic, try baked buffalo cauliflower bites. Toss cauliflower florets in buffalo sauce, bake until crispy, and serve with blue cheese dressing. They're a spicy, healthier alternative that's unexpectedly addictive.

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18. Mini Taco Cups

Mini taco cups are a fun and mess-free way to enjoy tacos. Press small tortillas into muffin tins, fill with taco meat and cheese, and bake. Top with sour cream, diced tomatoes, and avocado for a mini fiesta in every bite.

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19. Mozzarella Sticks

Homemade mozzarella sticks are a hit with cheese lovers. Coat mozzarella in breadcrumbs, freeze briefly, and then fry until golden. Dip them in marinara sauce for a gooey, satisfying snack.

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20. Guacamole and Chips

Guacamole and chips are a timeless combo. Mash ripe avocados and mix with lime juice, onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. The fresh, creamy guacamole pairs perfectly with crunchy tortilla chips.

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21. Greek Salad Skewers

Greek salad skewers are a refreshing, no-cook option. Thread cucumber, cherry tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and red onion on skewers. Drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of oregano for a quick, healthy snack.

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22. Pulled Chicken Tacos

Pulled chicken tacos are a flavorful and easy-to-assemble option. Slow cook chicken with taco seasoning, then shred. Serve with tortillas and a variety of toppings like salsa, cheese, and lime wedges.

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23. Bacon-Wrapped Dates

Bacon-wrapped dates are a perfect blend of sweet and savory. Wrap dates with bacon, secure with a toothpick, and bake until the bacon is crispy. They're a sophisticated, bite-sized treat.

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24. Quesadillas

Quesadillas are a versatile and popular choice. Fill tortillas with cheese and your choice of ingredients like chicken, peppers, or mushrooms, then cook until crispy. Cut into wedges and serve with salsa and sour cream.

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25. Hummus and Veggie Wrap

For a light option, hummus and veggie wraps are ideal. Spread hummus on a tortilla, add a variety of fresh vegetables, and roll up. Cut into bite-size pieces for an easy, healthy snack.

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26. Cheese and Charcuterie Board

A cheese and charcuterie board is great for grazing throughout the game. Arrange a selection of cheeses, cured meats, crackers, and fruit for guests to mix and match their perfect bite.

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27. Stuffed Bell Peppers

Stuffed bell peppers are a colorful and hearty option. Fill bell pepper halves with a mixture of rice, beans, cheese, and spices, then bake until tender. They're a satisfying snack that's also relatively healthy.

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28. Homemade Onion Rings

Homemade onion rings are a classic favorite. Slice onions, dip in batter, and fry until crispy. Serve with a spicy dipping sauce for an irresistible crunchy snack.

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29. Chocolate Chip Cookies

No list is complete without something sweet, and chocolate chip cookies are always a winner. Bake a batch of these classic cookies for a comforting, crowd-pleasing dessert.

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30. Fruit Kabobs with Yogurt Dip

Fruit kabobs with yogurt dip offer a sweet, refreshing end to your snack lineup. Thread a variety of fruits onto skewers and serve with a honey-sweetened yogurt dip. It's a light and healthy way to satisfy the sweet tooth.

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