It’s 9:00 p.m. on Saturday night and you just realized the responsibility that goes with inviting 50 people over to your house to watch The Super Bowl in 12 hours. You start to panic because the greatest thing about The Super Bowl isn’t the commercials and it’s not even the game itself. It’s the food.

So, you better deliver. Not Digiorno.

You check the refrigerator if you’ve got anything to work with. One onion and a jar of mayonnaise stare back at you. Greaaaaaattttttt.

Don’t fret. These simple Super Bowl Sunday recipes will have your guests thinking that you’ve been cool as a cucumber this whole time. Your appetizers are about to go on top of your friends’ office conversations on Monday.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:

1. Chilli con carne

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Get a crockpot. It will quickly become the best friend you’ll ever have in your entire life. You won’t even need to work up a sweat for all your Super Bowl party needs if you choose to do chili.

For this recipe, you’ll need:

  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 4 pounds well-trimmed boneless beef chuck (from about 5 pounds), cut into 1/2-inch cube
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic (about 15 cloves), peeled, chopped
  • 1/2 cup ground ancho chiles
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 12-ounce bottle dark beer
  • 1 28-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons masa (corn tortilla mix)
  • Coarsely grated sharp cheddar cheese
  • Chopped green and/or red onion
  • Chopped fresh cilantro
  • Diced fresh tomatoes (optional)
  • Sour cream (optional)

Basically you’ll just need to throw all these ingredients into the crockpot and stir it every so often. Life doesn’t have to be hard!

2. Pork and Pineapple Tacos



Tacos are super easy to make and perfect for large quantities of guests, which you’ll be having because… Super Bowl. Plus, if you own your own house and you can’t make tacos yet without a recipe, then I’m already concerned about this endeavor anyway, but here we go:

  • 20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 pound pork tenderloin, cut into ½-inch slices
  • 2 jalapeños, thinly sliced
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 12 corn tortillas, warmed
  • ½ red onion, sliced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro
  • ½ cup crumbled Cotija, ricotta salata, or Feta (4 ounces)
  • Lime wedges, for serving

These tacos have a bit of a kick to them, so all jokes aside, follow the recipe that is provided here!

3. Baked Chicken Sweet Potatoes


Iowa Girl Eats

Try going straight up gluten-free for this one. Your friends will thank you later after they get home and realize how not awful they feel from eating 724 pieces of pizza while watching the game. Plus, it’s a surprisingly tasty treat that will have them begging for your secret recipe.

For this one you’ll need:

  • 4 medium-sized sweet potatoes (10-12oz each,) scrubbed and dried
  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • homemade seasoned salt (or regular salt) and pepper
  • BBQ sauce
  • 4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, shredded
  • Toppings: minced red onion, chopped cilantro, chopped avocado, mild pepper rings

View the full recipe on one of my favorite food blogger’s pages. This girl is so creative and will have you in the kitchen like it’s your actual job.

4. Good Old Fashioned Grilled Hamburgers

Weight Watchers

Weight Watchers

You can’t go wrong with some good old-fashioned hamburgulars. Honestly, I feel like hamburgers are expected to be at a party for the Super Bowl. If there aren’t any, people might freak out, riot, and demand that the grill be set ablaze. You might want to avoid this and go ahead and make a few so that you don’t disturb the way things have always been.


  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon mustard (regular or Dijon)
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 small onion, finely grated
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 lb medium ground beef

This particular five-star recipe is taken from Weight Watchers, so that you don’t have to feel guilty about your cheat meal!

5. Hotdogs with a Pretzel Twist

Pretzel Buns with Grilled Dogs and Spicy Cheese Sauce

Food Network

Everyone loves hot dogs, and like the hamburgers, they’ll be expected to be in full attendance for your Super Bowl party or else you’ll be known as a failure for possibly the rest of your life.

But no one said anything about putting a little twist on them!

If you haven’t tried a pretzel bun yet, you need to drop what you’re doing and run to the store immediately to buy:

Spicy Cheese Sauce:

  • 12 ounces pasteurized cheese food, such as Velveeta, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 tablespoon diced pickled cherry peppers in jar
  • 1 tablespoon diced pickled jalapeños
  • 1 tablespoon pickled jalapeno juice
  • 8 natural casing all-beef franks

Sandwich Build:

  • 8 Pretzel Hot Dog Buns, recipe follows
  • 1/4 cup pickled jalapenos, chopped for garnish, optional

Pretzel Hot Dog Buns:

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 small cloves garlic, grated
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 1 cup bread flour
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Pretzel salt or coarse ground sea salt, for sprinkling

Sound like something that your friends would cheer for? See the full recipe on the Food Network’s website, here!

6. Holy Guacamole, I’m in Love with My Food

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Guacamole is an age-old cure-all for everything. I honestly believe it has healing powers. Since it’s the Super Bowl,  someone’s team is bound to be the loser. Use guac for it’s restoration purposes. There’s no better comfort food other than guacamole itself.

Pick up:

  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Be sure to keep this one in the recipe book, because you’ll definitely need it again. Check out how to make the guacamole that you’ve been dreaming of!

  7.  I Dream of Weenie


Iowa Girl Eats

If this one doesn’t get them, I really don’t know what will. Whenever I’m at a party, I can down these smokey sausages like nobody’s watching. Seriously, I can get close to devouring 900 of them in one sitting, which I think is something that everyone who has ever been around a smokey sausage can relate to.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 2-13.5oz packages or 1-3/4lb kilebasa (I used Johnsonville)
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 cup bbq sauce

And that’s literally it. Check out the Iowa Girl Eats Blog for all of her awesome food ideas. You can find this particular recipe, here!

Finally, remind your friends that this is not Emeril’s kitchen. The potluck is real. 

Best of luck to both teams out there and remember, it’s all about the food anyway!