Tessa’s Favorite Super Bowl Recipes

superbowlrodney2It’s almost here! One of my family’s favorite nights is Super Bowl Sunday. It’s a time where our friends bring their kids and their good time attitudes for a few hours in our basement. My crew and I love this holiday for many different reasons.  My husband built a bar in his basement for this very event, and when he has his closest friends sitting on the other side waiting to enjoy his home brew, he is truly happy. My kids scream-run around our house with their besties for four straight hours. What kid wouldn’t like that? I enjoy it for some of the same reasons as my husband, but I also do like the commercials and halftime show. The honest truth is that I love this event so much because I get to talk with my friends and eat carbs and cheese. There is nothing better. Some years I get more creative than others, but here are some of my best Super Bowl recipes of the past and the future!

The Football Field Guac Dip From Party City

Tessa’s “try” at the guac field.

The football field guac/cheese/salsa dip is a must at least once. Give yourself an hour longer than you think you need, and make sure to have all of the essentials before beginning this epic journey. Mine looked a little less field and a little more swamp than the goal picture, but it was good and a hit with kids and adults. My friends are super sweet whenever I “try” something, and this was no different.

What You Need:

Guacamole (homemade or store bought)

Nacho cheese


Sour Cream

Party City’s version of the guac field

Slim Jims

Cherry Tomatoes

Tortilla Chips

Serving tins

To make this appealing appetizer, use guacamole as the playing field with salsa and nacho cheese for the end zones. Pipe on sour cream to mark the yard lines and add some cherry tomato “players,” then make it the star player on your snack table with tortilla chips for dipping.

Mini Crescent Pizzas for the Kids from Jennifer B.

I have a friend from childhood who posted her amazing Super Bowl menu on social media. I swiped this recipe from her to make the kids in attendance full and happy. They loved these mini pizza croissants.

What You Need:

Croissant tubes (enough for your party)

Marinara sauce

Mozzarella Cheese Sticks


Spinach (optional)

Get enough croissant tubes for the crew that will eat them that night. Unroll them onto an ungreased cooking pan. Spread a thin layer of marinara sauce on all of the rolls. Take a few pepperonis and cut them into fours. Lay out the pepperonis on each roll. Next, take about four mozzarella cheese sticks and cut them into three to four pieces. Start at the skinny part of the roll and roll all of that goodness up into a croissant roll. Bake for 10-13 minutes at 375 or until done.superbowlcrescent

When they come out, they are mini pockets of pizza heaven. I’ve even been known to sneak some cut up spinach into each one. Shhhh, don’t tell my kids. Thanks to my friend Jen, I’ve got this recipe for Super Bowls, last minute lunches, and dinners for sleepovers.

Charlie Boys From The Cookbook Project

Kelly and I are from an area that loves a sandwich called the Charlie Boy. There is nothing like them in this entire world, but one Super Bowl, I tried to get as close as I could to the original recipe. This is a type of Sloppy Joe that is life-changing. If you can’t get to Mile’s Inn in Northwest Iowa, then you’ll have to try this one out on your football fans. It is one of the easiest things you can make. The Cookbook Project made sure the recipe was available for all to enjoy.

What You Need:

5 lbs. hamburger

1/8 cup black pepper

1/4 cup mustard

1/4 cup creamy horseradish

1/2 cup ketchup

1 cup water

1 cup chopped onion

1 heaping tsp. meat tenderizer
Mix and boil for 1/2 hour. Simmer for 1/2 hour. Serve with dill pickles on hamburger buns.

Life is so much better with a Charlie Boy and a beer.

Walking Tacos and Nacho Bar From Eating on a Dime

We are trying this combination for Super Bowl 2017. I purchasedsuperbowldip this dip holder from Amazon and some snack size Dorito bags as well. I’ve heard walking tacos are every kids’ dream, but I think this may be in my husband’s fantasy as well. Here is the recipe I’m planning to use this year from the blog, Eating on a Dime.

  1. Single serve bag of Doritos (or Fritos) – one person
  2. 2 lbs of taco meat ready (we use our homemade taco seasoning mix)
  3. Favorite taco toppings (chopped lettuce, tomatoes, homemade guacamole, shredded cheese, or sour cream)

How to make Walking Tacos:

  1. Prepare your taco meat. We like to use our Homemade taco seasoning mix recipe and I even like to add in 1/4 cup of salsa to our taco meat.
  2. Prepare the taco toppings.
  3. You will need at least one bag of single serve Doritos for every person. We buy ours in bulk at Sam’s or online on Amazon.
  4. Each person will crush their bag of chips to crunch up the Doritos.
  5. Cut open the bag of Doritos down the side.
  6. Spoon the Taco meat inside and then top with your favorite taco toppings.
  7. Stir with a spoon and eat straight from a bag! Doritos_Logo_(2005_and_2013)


The adults will have the option of making a Walking Taco, or simply creating their own nachos with the fixings we provide. I can’t wait to give this a try. I hope you have enjoyed Super Bowl recipes of the past and future. What are your crowd’s favorite recipes? Share the love on our Facebook, Twitter, and webpage!

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