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5 Recipes for Celebrating the Big Game at Home

Last Updated on February 19, 2021

Celebrating the big game might look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you have to toss out plans for all your game day dishes. Here at ButcherBox we’ve always cheered on teams from the comfort of our homes, so we’ve got you covered.

Check out our favorite snacks, appetizers, and meals—they’re easy, delicious, and perfect for a day of football.

Buffalo Chicken Nachos

Imagine your favorite restaurant nachos kicked up a notch and you’ll get our hearty Buffalo chicken nachos. This easy recipe calls for layers upon layers of tortilla chips, cheese, tender chicken, olives, scallions, and Buffalo sauce.

While we love the simplicity of this tried-and-true appetizer, don’t be afraid to make it your own by experimenting with different toppings.

Buffalo chicken nachos

Easy Baked Chicken Wings with Tangy Yogurt Dip

With these bold wings, you’ll get that fried chicken taste without having to turn on the fryer. They’re coated with a mix of salt, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and cayenne before baking in the oven. Melted butter is the secret ingredient to getting that crispy fried chicken exterior we all know and love.

We’ve paired these wings with a zesty yogurt dip to switch things up, but traditional dips like blue cheese, BBQ sauce, and Buffalo sauce complement them, too.

chicken wings with carrots, celery, and sauce

Sweet and Smoky Mixed Nuts

A spin on the classic bar snack, this mixed nuts recipe will take you back to all those times you watched the big game at your favorite restaurant. Ready in under 25 minutes, these nuts are so good that they’ll be gone by the first quarter.

The sweet and smoky flavor comes from the sugar and paprika mix, while the bits of bacon add a savory surprise that will leave you coming back for more.

mixed candied nuts homemade

Buffalo Chicken Melt

Since Buffalo chicken is the quintessential game day food, we couldn’t just give you one recipe. From gooey cheese to a mouthwatering sauce, this Buffalo chicken melt is everything you want from a sandwich. It’s also easy to make and perfect for keeping the celebration going all week long. If any extras make it to the final play, store them in a resealable container in the refrigerator for up to five days.

buffalo chicken melt recipe

Game Day Ground Turkey Chili

Perfect for sharing with a bigger group, this spicy chili recipe will get you extra fired up about the game. If turkey isn’t your thing, try ground beef or ground bison instead. You can also include another type of beans or skip them altogether. Add cilantro, sour cream, and cheddar to round out this classic dish.

turkey chili in bowl with oyster crackers

So what are you waiting for? Grab a plate (or a bowl) and get your household pumped up for Sunday with these game day foods.

Diane Garcia is the Senior Editor at ButcherBox, focusing on developing content for food lovers like her. When she’s not putting pen to paper, she’s teaching barre or yoga, whipping up a recipe, hiking, reading, or learning a new skill.