12 Broncos Super Bowl Recipes That Will Have You Screaming “Omaha!”

The Broncos are in the Super Bowl. I repeat, the Broncos are in the Super Bowl. To properly salute our boys in blue and orange, I’ve rounded up these 12 Super Bowl recipes for Broncos fans that’ll have you screaming “Omaha” in no time.

Mile high pride runs deep for us Broncos fans, and this year is the year that we finally take home that Super Bowl ring. If you’re a die-hard Peyton fan like me, you’re probably jumping up and down with joy. Since this could be Peyton’s final go at the Super Bowl trophy, Broncos fans are getting pretty wound up around the city. Whether you’re hosting a party or going to one on the big day, you better be bringing some orange and blue with you for people to chow down on.

Pay homage to the great city of Denver by busting out any of these five-star recipes. The more Broncos pride you show on game day, the better, am I right? Help them bring home the biggest win they can snag with these recipes that both pay tribute to Denver and the Broncos. The time to bleed orange and blue is now people. Dig in and taste the big, juicy win.

1. Roasted Green Chile Queso Cheese Dip

One of the foods Denver is probably most famous for is green chile (though I’m sure someone in New Mexico is out there screaming that we stole it from them). Combining my all-time favorite food with melted, gooey cheese takes green chile to a whole other level with this dip from How Sweet It Is. This is how the mile high city does it.

2. Lamb Meatball Sliders

Denver is famous for a lot of things, but what most people don’t know is that we’re known for our lamb. Some of the best lamb in the U.S. can be found right here in good ol’ Colorado, so why not grab that local meat and whip up some sliders from The Kitchn? All that meaty goodness will help balance out the booze and cheering during the big game.

3. The Screwdriver

What’s more classic than this screwdriver from The Kitchn? A classic team like the Broncos. We all know Peyton is a class-act, so keep that class going with a simple cocktail on game day. Orange Crush all the way.

4. Mile-High Biscuits

The name says it all. Mile-high biscuits from Pastry Affair are the carb-loaded friend you and your friends and family need to snack on throughout the game. Go big or go home, right?

5. Melt In Your Mouth Orange Creamsicle Truffles

Orange crush is all over the city right now, and there’s nothing like a little sweet orange action to really get your Bronco love going on. These truffles from Deliciously Yum are so simple to make and will liven up your Super Bowl spread with that punch of orange it needs.

6. Hot Blueberry Cheddar Dip with Toasty Bread

You can’t have orange without the blue. This cheesy blueberry dip from How Sweet It Is will really rally the team together as you watch the Broncos defensive crush those Panthers. Get ready for a little Von Miller action coming your way NC.

7. Orange Julius Fudge

A little sweet to tickle your taste buds? Why yes, I think I will. This Orange Julius fudge from Food Fanatic is the perfect orange addition for the fourth quarter home stretch. Winning never tasted so sweet.

8. Sausage-Cheddar Bites

Cheddar is the epitome of orange, and really, who can resist anything covered in that orange cheese? These bites from Brown Eyed Baker will get you the big touchdown approval from all your friends with their one-two punch of meat and cheesy goodness.

9. Blue Corn Nachos with Homemade Guacamole

A Super Bowl spread without nachos just isn’t right. Swap out those regular corn tortilla chips for some blue corn chips in this Cookie + Kate recipe, and you’ve got a Broncos-themed dish the team would be proud to snack on. Really get in the spirit and add some orange cheddar in there. Boom, epic win.

10. Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Bites with Greek Yogurt Blue Cheese Dip

This recipe from Damn Delicious is the ideal combination of orange and blue, all in one convenient appetizer that looks downright addictive. You’ll have to resist popping them all in your mouth before the game starts.

11. Chicken Fajita Queso Dip

Mexican food is a staple for Denver folks, and this queso dip from Inside Bru Crew Life pays homage not only to the great mile high city, but also the orange crush that is going to crush it at the Super Bowl.

12. Ginger Beer Shandy

Anyone who knows Denver knows this is the city to get some of the best craft beer in the country. A Super Bowl win would be pretty unfulfilling without a cold Denver-based craft brew. Shake things up with this craft beer cocktail from How Sweet It Is to take it to Super Bowl level.

Be a Super Bowl hero, not a Super Bowl zero. Go Broncos!

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11 Denver Broncos-Themed Super Bowl Recipes That’ll Get The True Fans Cheering

The Super Bowl is quickly approaching and the anticipation hangs thick in the air. If you’re a Denver Broncos fan, you definitely haven’t stopped celebratingtheir win against the New England Patriots and you’re most likely looking for any and every excuse to make this year’s Super Bowl party as epic as possible. The good news is, among the sea of Broncos fans, there are some true culinary experts who have turned their team spirit into delicious Denver Broncos-themed Super Bowl recipes to share with those of us who lack their creative genius.

This recipe round up has everything you need to ensure that your Super Bowl party is a success, with everything from main dishes that Manning himself would eat up of to festive and fun kid-friendly treats to not-so-kid-friendly orange and blue drinks.

So whether you’re hosting the Super Bowl shindig of a lifetime or are just having a small group of friends and family together, these Denver Broncos-themed recipes will definitely take the pressure off and allow you to enjoy the real reason we all gather together on that fateful Sunday— to watch the Broncos take down the Panthers. Er, I mean, watch a friendly game of football.

1. Spicy Orange Chicken Wings

Courtesy of Let’s Dish Recipes

If you need something with a little kick to it, these spicy orange chicken wings from Lets Dish will hit the spot.

2. Queso Blanco Dip

Courtsey of Lets Dish Recipes

This queso blanco dip from Let’s Dish Recipes is a classic game day treat with a simple trick- swap out the regular tortilla chips for blue ones.

3. Football Cupcakes

Courtesy of Cookies and Cups

Just grab some orange and blue food coloring and these football cupcakes from Cookies and Cups will be cheering on your team from the table.

4. Chipotle Copy Cat Guacamole

Courtesy of A Spicy Perspective

Since fast-casual mega chain Chipotle got it’s start in Denver, it’s only appropriate to include a killer guac recipe in your game day spread. This one from A Spicy Perspective is as close the Chipotle status as you can get.

5. Chipotle Orange Pork Tacos

Courtesy of Budget Bytes

What would pair better with your fresh guacamole than these orange pork tacos from Buget Bytes? Nothing, I say.

6. Chocolate Covered Strawberry Footballs

Courtesy of Domestic Fits

Add a touch of classiness to your Super Bowl party with these chocolate covered strawberry footballs from Domestic Fits

7. Candied Bacon Maple Cheddar Sliders

Courtesy of Cookies and Cups

As the alleged home of the cheeseburger, Denver has quite the line up of burger joints. Try these candied bacon cheddar sliders from Cookies and Cups for a mouth-watering tribute to this tasty dish.

8. Fried Oyster Sliders

Courtesy of A Cozy Kitchen

Colorado is also home to the delicious Rocky Mountain oysters. So if you’re feeling adventurous, combine two Colorado-staples into a delicious dish with these fried oyster sliders from A Cozy Kitchen.

9. Spicy Green Chili

Courtesy of The Crepes of Wrath

Another staple of Denver foodie culture is it’s authentic green chile. This spicy green chili recipe from the Crepes of Wrath uses hatch chilies and will heat things up in a hurry.

10. Cheesy Beer Dip

Courtesy of Family Fresh Meals

It’s no secret that Denver and the front range is famous for a number of micro-breweries. Though we can’t teach you how to brew your own beer, we can give you this recipe for cheesy beer dip from Family Fresh Meals, and that’s kind of the same thing.

11. Football Team Colors Candy Cookies

Courtesy of Inside Bru Crew Life

If you have enough patience and a bag of M&M’s these chocolate candy cookies from Inside Bru Crew Life would make the perfect orange and blue dessert.

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The Super Bowl is today, and if you’re anything like us, you haven’t done much of anything to prepare a menu. But food is every bit as important to the Super Bowl experience as the commercials and the halftime show, so we’ve got you covered with some simple, straightforward dishes that will please your guests.

We’ve compiled 10 of our favorite recipes for football-watching snacks that are sure to be hits:

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It pains me to post this dessert and call it a “recipe,” but hear me out: I’m a hardcore baker. Much like some people don’t consider Dominos real pizza, I don’t consider pre-packaged break’n’bake cookie dough real cookies. If a birthday cake isn’t from scratch with love and heart and soul, well, it simply doesn’t count. The birthday may as well have not happened. You are still one year younger.

I recently hosted a housewarming party and between all of the appetizers, dips, punch, and prep, desserts fell by the wayside. (I know. I KNOW.) Ten minutes before the party started, I turned to Pinterest for a sweet tooth Hail Mary and found it in the form of this S’mores dip.

My quick-fix dessert felt like a cop out at first. But when I took the glistening golden-brown puddle of chocolate and marshmallows out of the oven, everything was right in the world again. S’mores dip wasn’t just the most popular thing at my party, but probably the most popular dessert I’ve ever made. —RE

Search Pinterest for “s’mores dip” and you’ll find hundreds of variations. Don’t bother with anything more complicated than this!

Ingredients

One 10 oz. bag regular marshmallows
One 12 oz. package milk chocolate chips
One box honey graham crackers

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
2. Spread the entire bag of milk chocolate chips around evenly in the bottom of a 9-inch pie plate or cast iron skillet.
3. Cut approximately 20-22 marshmallows in half widthwise and place them, cut side down, on top of the chocolate chips until the chips are fully covered. I started with a circle of marshmallows around the outside edge, then worked inward.
4. Bake the dip at 450 degrees for 6-8 minutes. Keep a close eye on the dip, and remove it from the oven when the tops of the marshmallows are golden brown.
5. Serve at once with quartered graham crackers for dipping.

Serves a crowd of 8-10 people…if they’re willing to share.

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Lisa Fain’s three-ingredient salsa is a minimalist wonder. Tomatoes, jalapeños, and garlic, broiled then blended together. That’s it. The salsa has such an incredible depth of flavor that you’d never guess how spartan it truly is.

Even though the foundation is amazing, I can’t resist jazzing this salsa up a little (especially in the dead of winter, when we could all use some jazz). Everything is still cooked together in one pan, keeping things incredibly simple and easy to clean up. And don’t be afraid of those scrawny, out-of-season tomatoes — the broiler coaxes out every last bit of flavor. —RE

1 pound plum tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
2 jalapeño peppers (or just one, if you like a less kicky salsa), stems removed and cut in half lengthwise
3 cloves of garlic, peeled
½ small white onion
Juice of a half a lime, freshly squeezed
Handful cilantro, coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste

1. Turn on your oven’s broiler and move one rack all the way to the top.
2. Line a baking pan with foil and spread the tomatoes, jalapeño peppers, garlic, and onion out over the pan. Salt the vegetables.
3. Cook the vegetables under the broiler for approximately five minutes, until the jalapeños and garlic begin to brown. Remove the jalapeños and garlic and place them in a blender or food processor. If you like your salsa mild, remove the seeds from the jalapeños now.
4. Return the tomatoes and onion to the oven and broil for another five minutes, until the tomatoes are browned and the onions are charred on top. Add the tomatoes and onion to the blender or food processor, making sure to add any tomato juices that have collected in the pan.
5. Add a few tablespoons of water, a large pinch of cilantro, and lime juice to the vegetables, then pulse salsa to your desired consistency.
6. Add salt, pepper, and more cilantro/lime juice to taste, if needed. Blend and cool to room temperature. Serve with your favorite chips.

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It’s downright baffling that kolaches — a Czech pastry made in both savory and sweet varieties — haven’t spread much past Texas here in the United States. There, a popular kolache includes sausage, cheese and jalapenos. This is our Italian twist on that treat.

A warning: Fresh pizza dough can be surprisingly difficult to work with. Make sure you let it get to room temperature before you start, and if you grow frustrated, remember that you’re stuffing pizza dough with sausage and cheese and everything’s going to be all right. Tip: Many good pizzerias will sell you a ball of dough better than those available at the supermarket. – TB

1 ball of fresh pizza dough
5-6 Italian sausages, hot or mild
1 tablespoon butter, melted
Mozzarella cheese, shredded
Hot peppers, chopped (optional)
Marinara sauce for dipping

1. Pre-heat the oven to about 425 degrees.
2. Heat a medium-sized pot of water to a low boil. Carefully add the sausages and cook for 15-20 minutes, or until cooked through.
3. Remove the sausages from water and let cool, or prepare to handle piping hot sausages.
4. Rip off fistfuls of dough and stretch them into ovals slightly longer than the sausages.
5. Place the sausages on the dough ovals (doughvals?), and pile on some cheese and, for extra kick, hot peppers.
6. Wrap the dough around the sausages and cheese, crimping it together so the cheese won’t leak out once it melts. Place kolaches on a greased baking sheet.
7. Bake for 10 minutes, then brush with melted butter.
8. Bake for another 5-10 minutes or until the kolaches are golden brown.
9. Let kolaches cool for a few minutes before eating, or deal with a burned tongue because you’re unwilling to wait.

Serve with marinara sauce.

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Basically what it sounds like: A pizza made of taco stuff atop cornbread baked in a cast-iron skillet.

This one’s open to lots of interpretation based on what you feel belongs in tacos. I used ground beef seasoned with chili powder, chipotle chili powder, cumin, cayenne, black pepper and a little salt, and I topped the “pizza” with fresh cilantro and sliced jalapenos. -TB

1 package cornbread mix (enough for an 8″ or 9″ square baking pan)
Everything else the mix calls for
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 lb. your favorite taco meat
Your favorite taco-meat seasonings
Salsa
Shredded cheddar cheese
Sour cream
Your favorite taco toppings

1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cook and season taco meat
3. Warm a cast-iron skillet on a stove over medium-low heat.
4. Prepare cornbread mix per manufacturer’s instructions.
5. Melt butter in skillet
6. Pour cornbread mix into skillet and spread into a thin, even layer.
7. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until the center of the cornbread is firm.
8. Using oven mitts, remove skillet from oven.
9. Carefully spread an even layer of sour cream over the cornbread.
10. Spread meat on top of the sour cream, and salsa on top of the meat.
11. Cover the whole thing with cheese and return skillet to oven.
12. When the cheese melts, remove skillet from oven.
13. Add any fresh toppings you favor, slice and serve.

Serves 6-8.

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Chocolate-covered strawberries aren’t just for Valentine’s Day. No, you can — and should — make them anytime you want because they’re easy and delicious. And everybody loves them, unless you’re allergic to chocolate or don’t like fruit.

For the Super Bowl, turn them into cute little footballs by using white icing as laces. -LL

12 strawberries
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
Small tube of white decorative icing

1. Wash strawberries and pat dry.
2. Pour chocolate chips into a microwave safe bowl. Place in microwave for 30 seconds. Stir. If not melted, microwave for 30 more seconds. Stir again.
3. Dip strawberries into melted chocolate and lay neatly on wax paper to cool.
4. Use icing to decorate your strawberries like footballs.
5. Place in refrigerator to harden…or eat immediately.

Serves 4-6 but if you want more strawberries, make more.

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There are lots of delicious dips out there. But many of them will cost you a lot of calories. This one is essentially guilt-free and has protein. With Greek yogurt and fresh vegetables, it’s healthy and awesome.

You can add other toppings like avocado, black beans, other spicy peppers, and/or use more Greek yogurt instead of the cream cheese/sour cream. -LL

Adapted from Skinny Taste
5.3 oz container of Chobani Greek yogurt
1/2 cup of fat free cream cheese
1/3 cup of sour cream
Your favorite taco seasonings
9 oz salsa (for what it’s worth, Whole Foods has awesome ready-made salsa that works well)
1 tomato, chopped
1 cup reduced fat cheddar cheese
1 jalepeno (with or without the seeds), chopped
2.5 oz can black olives, sliced

1. Combine Greek yogurt, cream cheese, sour cream and taco seasonings in a bowl with a mixer or a fork will do.
2. Add half the salsa, continue to mix. You may have to drain the salsa before adding so it’s not watery.
3. Spread on the bottom of the bowl.
4. Layer the rest of the toppings: salsa, tomato, cheese, jalepeno, olives, anything extra.
5. Serve with your favorite chips.

Serves 6-8

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Pre-made wing sauces are available everywhere now, but you’re better off without ’em. And Buffalo wings are best when they’re freshest; resorting to delivery will cost you some crispiness. One important key is to use Frank’s Red Hot sauce. This is not a paid endorsement or anything, it’s just by far the best hot sauce to use for making Buffalo wings.

We heartily recommend frying the wings: It’s the Super Bowl, not the Still Pretty Tasty But Definitely Not As Good Bowl. Baked or broiled wings will still be pretty tasty with the same sauce, but definitely not as good. —TB

12 whole chicken wings, cleaned and cut into flats and drums
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce
Celery salt (optional)
Oil for frying
Blue cheese or ranch dressing

1. In a deep-fryer, dutch oven or large pot, heat the oil to about 375 degrees or medium-high heat.
2. Fry wings in oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 12-15 minutes depending on size.
3. While the wings are frying, melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add hot sauce and stir. Add celery salt or lemon pepper to taste, if desired. For spicier wings, up the ratio of hot sauce to butter. For milder wings, do the opposite.
4. When the wings are done, transfer them to a plate covered with paper towels to drain off excess oil. Then toss them in the wing sauce and serve with blue cheese or ranch.

Serves 4-6. If you have more people coming, do math.

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Guacamole recipes can vary greatly, but one thing is practically always true: Fresh, homemade guac is better than anything you can get at the supermarket. What follows here is only a suggestion. Some people might prefer more onions, more cilantro or more jalapeno, some might like to add tomatoes for some sweetness. —TB

2 ripe avocados
1/2 lime
1/4 cup diced onion
2-3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno
Salt and pepper
Tortilla chips for dipping

1. Peel and pit avocados, then mash them in a medium bowl or mortar.
2. Add onion, cilantro and juice from the lime.
2. Wear rubber gloves to handle the jalapeno, especially — trust me — if you wear contact lenses and will need to remove them later. Otherwise you’re in for a world of pain.
4. Dice jalapeno and add to desired spice level. Depending on preference, you may only want 1/2 the pepper and no seeds. Some may want the whole thing, and all the seeds. Go slow.
5. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
6. Serve with tortilla chips. Baby carrots work, too, if you’re feeling guilty about frying the wings.
Serves 4-6.

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Let’s face it: Spinach and artichoke dip is played out. The ubiquitous combo of cream cheese and veggies had its heyday at the Olive Garden a few years ago, and now it’s time to crown a successor.

In my opinion, this jalapeño popper dip improves on basically every aspect of spinach artichoke dip. It has the same bubbly, cream cheesy consistency but with added heat from the peppers and a satisfying crunch from the topping. Since my tolerance for spicy food is roughly ten times that of a normal human’s, I like to add in seeds from one of the jalapeños, plus some red pepper flakes. Up to you! —RE

Adapted from Rachael Ray
8 jalapeños, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 8-ounce blocks cream cheese, softened
1 cup sour cream
¼ teaspoon chili powder
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
1 cup Panko (or your favorite breadcrumbs)

Preheat a broiler or grill to medium-high.

Toss the jalapeño halves with the olive oil and roast under the broiler or char on the grill until softened and blackened, about 3 minutes per side.

Turn the oven to 400ºF. Let the peppers cool enough to handle them, then chop them up.

In a large mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, sour cream, half of the cheddar, the chopped roasted peppers, and all spices. Transfer the mixture to a baking dish and top with the remaining shredded cheese and Panko.

Bake the dip until golden brown and bubbly, 15-18 minutes. Serve with tortilla chips or cut vegetables…or both! Serves 6-8.

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There’s nothing wrong with ordering enough Papa John’s to feed all of Delaware on game day (mmmmm, doughy crust dipped in garlic sauce). But if you want to take your pizza to the next level, a homemade pie won’t take any longer than any other traditional Super Bowl app.

My friend Brett hosts an amazing home-cooked pizza party a few times a year, and this pie is always a crowd favorite. It also evokes a certain breakfast-for-dinner feel that would be perfect after halftime, with your favorite hot sauce on top for good measure. —RE

Recipe via Brett Mickelson
1 Premade pizza dough (from your local grocery store, or – pro tip – your favorite local pizza joint)
Generous portion mashed potatoes
Mozzarella and/or cheddar cheeses
4 strips bacon, cooked until crispy and torn into bite-size chunks
2-3 eggs

Assembly: Well, it’s a pizza. Without getting overly scientific, you’ll want to toss the dough and then put down a bed of mozzarella (and some cheddar if you want). Then, add the potatoes and bacon. You can either dollop and gently spread or pipe the potatoes, as shown below.

Cook the pizza halfway, until the cheese is melting but the crust isn’t quite done yet. Then, remove from the oven and crack your eggs on top of the pizza. Return to oven and cook until pizza reaches desired done-ness. (The cooking of the eggs is the trickiest part. If you like them runnier, add them closer to the end of cooking time).

Note: You can make mashed potatoes however you like them (this could include instant), but add more butter/sour cream than you normally would so they don’t dry out in the oven.

Piping the mashed potatoes on to the pizza. (Photo: Rubie Edmondson)

We’d love to hear about your standby Super Bowl recipes! Share them with us on USA TODAY Your Take.

48 (Semi) Healthy Snacks for the Super Bowl

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What’s a Super Bowl party without food? Boring, that’s what. And while the big game is one of the biggest gorge-fests of the year-each of us chows down an estimated 2,285 calories-your options aren’t go all-out or go home (leave that mindset for the players).

We rounded up 48 healthy(ish) treats from around the web so you can throw a Super Bowl party that everyone will love, complete with booze, wings, pizza, and guacamole (what, did you think we’d really do away with them for good?). Dig in, enjoy some friendly debate over the calls (or commercials), and still be ready to slip into your skinnies come Monday. That is, if you’re not part of the 6 percent of Americans who call in sick the day after.

Dips

1. Guacamole de Frutas

Adapted from the chefs behind NYC’s Toloache, this heart-healthy guac recipe gets a flavor and antioxidant boost from four different kinds of fruit: apples, peaches, mangos, and pomegranates.

2. Gluten-Free Green Chile Queso

Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our GF friends and fam. This dip can be as mild or spicy as you want (depending on how many green chiles you use) and is the perfect accompaniment to any crudité you may be serving. A word of caution: This one is high in calories, so enjoy in moderation!

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3. French Onion Dip

What did people even do before the days of Greek yogurt? We don’t want to think about it. Instead, whip up this lighter version of the classic dip that you loved as a kid, but swap out the sour cream for nonfat Greek yogurt and the sodium-filled seasonings packet for a few fresh herbs and spices, and you’ll be set.

4. Lightened-Up 7-Layer Dip

The dairy and refried beans in the traditional recipe tend to make this game-day staple hard on your digestion and your waistline. Luckily a few healthy swaps will help you get more fiber and less fat per serving while still staying true to the essence of the ubiquitous chip partner.

5. Skinny Taste Spinach and Artichoke Dip

So tasty, yet typically so full of fat and calories. Enter this version that’s easy to prep ahead of time and is so tasty and cheesy, no one will be able to tell it’s slimmed down.

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6. Classic Hummus

Almost nothing tastes better than smooth, tangy hummus, and luckily it comes together in a flash. Skip the store-bought and try your hand at whipping up your own with our ultimate guide to this Mediterranean-inspired dip.

7. Spicy Black Bean Salsa

This colorful salsa packs some heat. Made of only a few good-for-you ingredients like corn, black beans, cumin, lime juice, and tomatoes, it clocks in at a slimming 32 calories per serving.

Dippers

8. Oven-Fried Chipotle Chicken Fingers

Can’t bear the thought of giving up your beloved wings? You don’t have to! These crispy fingers are baked not fried, so you get all of the flavor (plus a spicy kick from the marinade) with less of the fat.

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9. Baked Eggplant Fries

Because eating a burger without fries is just not okay, we had to include these goodies. They’ll pair great with any sandwich, but you can also enjoy them on their own with a healthy lemon dill dip that can be made with soy or Greek yogurt for an added punch of protein.

10. Vegan Nachos

Nachos aren’t exactly known for being friendly to your heart or waistline, but with this version, which includes roasted veggies and vegan cheese plus a dollop of vegan cashew cream for a cool, unexpected twist, every day can be fiesta day.

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11. Baked Parmesan Parsnip Chips

These go great with any of the dips mentioned on this list, and they’re super easy to prep, plus they pack a hefty dose of folate. Win-win for everyone!

12. Kabocha Squash Fries

These healthy “fries” are a must-have at parties. Made from sweet Asian squash and paired with a Greek yogurt sriracha dipping sauce, they just may replace boring French fries for good in your diet.

Small Bites and Sides

13. Spicy Pork Sliders

This Cuban-inspired recipe uses lean pork for a fun, kicked-up twist on the typical mini-burgers that comes together fast to boot.

14. Spicy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Few things are better in life than chowing down on a greasy, spicy, hot sauce-doused chicken wing while cheering for your favorite football team. Sadly, a typical order of buffalo chicken wings will set you back a heart-stopping 1,724 calories. Yikes! This makeover tastes pretty darn close to the real thing and comes in at a much more reasonable 240 calories per five wings.

15. Asparagus Potato Salad

Swap out the mayo for mustard and add crunchy shallots and asparagus (plus a tiny bit of bacon!) for a colorful side that has more flavor and texture than you ever thought possible in this classic.

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16. Hogs in a Blanket

Try a slightly more high-brow twist on the cocktail-party classic by swapping in Andouille sausage for hot dogs and a sweet mustard chutney for ketchup.

17. Dreamy Butternut Squash Mac ‘n Cheese

A comfort food classic! Sounds crazy, but butternut squash makes this creamier than ever, and who doesn’t love Gruyere cheese? You’ll never buy a boxed version again.

18. Caramelized Onion and Cheddar Quesadillas

When you’re trying to serve a large group quickly, you don’t want to spend hours puttering away in the kitchen. These simple quesadillas are more Milwaukee than Mexico City, but the sharp cheddar, sweet onions, and whole-wheat tortilla combine to form an inexplicably perfect storm of tangy deliciousness.

19. Grilled Filet Mignon Crostini

Simple yet elegant, this crostini pairs sizzling steak with red pepper pesto and cream cheese for a multitude of flavors that are sure to please.

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Something More Substantial

20. Healthy Chili con Carne

Flavorful, filling, and full of meat (read: boyfriend- and husband-approved), this delicious and savory chili will warm you up on even the chilliest of days, and it’s the perfect food to bring a group together while huddled around the TV.

21. Veggie Burgers

Vegetables, boring? Are you crazy? Pick your patty, then dress it up five different ways. These babies are so lip-smacking, you won’t notice there’s no meat.

22. Light BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza

This pizzette recipe uses a cauliflower crust to cut cals and carbs for a tangy, cheesy pie that registers 157 calories per slice.

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23. Curry Turkey Burgers

If you feel like breaking out the grill (or grill pan), this recipe is the way to go. It’s so juicy and flavorful thanks to cilantro, ginger, garlic, and curry, there’s no need for condiments.

24. Pizza

If eating pizza is wrong, we don’t want to be right. But we also don’t want to spend the night with indigestion and feeling heavy and gross. So we went to the experts to get their favorite lightened-up recipes.

25. Veggie Enchiladas with Black Beans and Kale

Forget salads or sautés. We bet you’ve never had kale in your enchiladas, but you’ll want to make it a regular occurrence after trying this cumin-spiked recipe.

26. Crock-Pot Carnitas

Don’t just drink your beer-use it to infuse your food! The scents of coriander, cumin, and chipotle will keep everyone coming back for more during commercials.

27. Meatball Subs

Consider cutting these cheesy, tomato-y handhelds in half to serve since they’re high in calories, or toothpick extra meatballs for those who want to skip the bread.

28. Blackened Fish Tacos with Chipotle Dipping Sauce

The tilapia in this recipe provides a healthy, low-fat dose of protein. And, hello, smoky chipotle-does it get any better? Let Taco Tuesday came on a Sunday this week!

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Desserts

29. Spiced Avocado-Chocolate Cupcakes

Because no one should have to give up cupcakes in the name of health! These double-chocolate cakes use avocados to create super rich and moist texture and perhaps the smoothest icing ever.

30. Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

There’s no shame in using premade cookie dough when it’s a party (let’s face it, you kinda have a few things to do!). These ooey gooey gluten-free bites will disappear in seconds.

31. Chocolate Chip Blondie Bars

This sweet will help you meet your daily dose of dark chocolate, plus it uses chickpeas (trust us here: They add no flavor) to pack a one-two punch of heart-healthy goodness for a treat that clocks in at less than 100 calories with only 2.5g fat per serving.

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32. Beer-Pretzel Caramels

Beer and pretzels are a match made in heaven, and when you combine them into one dessert, you get an addictive, distinctive flavor that will keep you reaching for more.

33. Vegan Chocolate Avocado Pudding

If you haven’t tried this trick yet, do it! Luscious, chocolatey, and with a hint of cinnamon (and healthy monounsaturated fats to boot), you will want to lick the bowl.

34. Red Velvet Cheesecake

We’ve never seen (or even thought about) this duo before, but it’s simply brilliant-and you gotta love that there’s a chocolate crust to boot. It’s super decadent, so watch how big you cut the slices.

35. Nutella Brownies

We think the name says enough on this one. But just in case: Nutella, espresso, chocolate chips. Now we’ve said enough.

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36. Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

Forget melting chocolate. Whip together Greek yogurt, cocoa, and a few other ingredients, and you have an easy and delicious dessert. Let guests dip themselves, or pre-dip and chill the berries. (P.S. This recipe would also make a great Valentine’s Day treat for that someone special!)

37. Chocolate Dessert Tacos

You can never have too many tacos, right? These high-fiber, gluten-free sweet ones can even be made vegan. And they’re loaded with three kinds of chocolate, or try them with peanut butter, coconut cream, chocolate almond fudge, or cookie dough “hummus.”

38. S’mores Brownies

Bring the summertime staple to your living room and relive your brighter days spent gathered around a campfire and sleeping under the stars. With applesauce and dates instead of oil or butter, this recipe is light but still nice and gooey.

39. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chunk Peanut Butter Cookies

We can’t get enough of anything chocolate and peanut butter. Is there a more perfect power couple? Plus this one’s gluten-free.

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Drinks

40. Michelada

If you’ve never had this beer cocktail, the thought of brewsky, tomato, Worcestershire, and hot sauce may sound disgusting. Hear us out: It’s delicious. Grab a big pitcher and mix this up ahead of time to booze up your party a little bit.

41. Blood Orange Margarita

Lime make you pucker? Opt for this sweeter version of the Mexican drink, which uses orange juice and orange liquor.

42. Jalapeño Bloody Mary

Heat up the night with a healthy shot of jalapeño vodka and pickled veggies. This easy recipe is not for the faint of heart, but if you like heat, we guarantee you’ll love it.

43. Spiced Hot Chocolate

Give your favorite cocoa recipe a grownup makeover by leaving out the marshmallows and subbing in a hint of chili peppers and hazelnut liquor. Made in a Crock-Pot, this is perfect for large groups.

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44. Grapefruit Hot Toddy

The holidays may be over, but it’s still cold out! Warm up with a hot cocktail that’s the perfect mix of sour, sweet, and cinnamony. It’s a hug in a mug!

45. Snakebite

Intimidating name, can’t-screw-it-up recipe. Pick your favorite stout beer and your favorite hard cider, and mix them together for a crisp, tart taste.

46. Mile High Manhattan

Broncos fans will enjoy a (loose) twist on the traditional recipe. Mix together vanilla, orange, bourbon, and a hint of anise for a fantastic cocktail with just enough depth to keep things interesting.

47. Washington Apple

Tall, short, on the rocks, however you serve this one, its winning combination of tart cranberry juice, sweet and sour apple, and fiery whiskey is sure to please even the most reluctant of football fans.

48. The Lanesborough

This sparkling cocktail may look a little frou-frou, but with cranberry juice, grand marnier, champagne, and passionfruit puree, it’s a big step up from a mimosa. There’s nothing lightweight about this one!

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  • By Alanna Nuñez

The Super Bowl is now only days away, so like most of us you might be preparing yourself for a little overindulgence.

As with other holidays and gatherings, you don’t have to go overboard with your snacking on Super Bowl Sunday!

These slow cooker Super Bowl recipes will free you up to have fun and enjoy the food with less guilt.

There are so many delicious, lighter, healthier slow cooker super bowl recipes around, the biggest dilemma can be what to choose.

So, to get a fresh perspective, I asked my brother, Peter, if he would assemble a list of Weight Watchers Friendly Slow Cooker Super Bowl Recipes that sounded appealing to him…

Hi everyone, Peter here.

After sifting through some of Martha’s favorite web sites, I came up with this list of 33 slow cooker super bowl recipes that would be perfect for sharing this Sunday or any other time you’re in need of a delicious Weight Watchers friendly game day snack. So, without further ado…

Appetizers & Dips

Spicy Nut Mix

Slow Cooker Spicy Nuts
Just three ingredients are needed for this spicy nut recipe. For a little more heat, be sure to add a little more cayenne or chili powder.

Slow Cooker Cinnamon Honey Nuts from SkinnyMs
These deliciously sweetened nuts are equally good as an appetizer or as a dessert. The perfect anytime game day snack!

Slow Cooker Chex Party Mix

Slow Cooker Chex Party Mix
Everyone always loves this snack mix – a must have for any gathering!

Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip

Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip
A lightened up version of the classic warm artichoke dip.

Buffalo Chicken Dip from SkinnyTaste

Lighter Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip from SkinnyTaste
What’s better than having all the flavor of buffalo wings, but no messy hands?

Slow Cooker Pizza Fondue

Slow Cooker Pizza Fondue
A perfect slow cooker super bowl recipes for pizza lovers – all the great taste of pizza with fewer calories and points

Skinny Queso from SlenderKitchen
The impossible-to-resist Weight Watchers Friendly queso dip. A winner of a slow cooker super bowl recipes if there ever was one.

If you’re a die-hard football fan (like I am), check out this football themed slow cooker from Hamilton Beach. It’s there popular 6-Quart Stay-or-Go model all dressed up for Sunday:

3-Ingredient Crock Pot Corn Dip
Just light cream cheese, tomatoes (with chiles) and corn make this one of the easiest slow cooker super bowl recipes ever.

Turkey-Rific Taco Bean Dip from HungryGirl
The serious dunkin’ bean dip from HungryGirl, a winning source for slow cooker super bowl recipes.

Crock Pot Refried Bean Dip

Crock Pot Refried Bean Dip
All I can say is, “Yum”

Game Time Food

Crock Pot Vegetable Pizza

Crock Pot Vegetable Pizza
Yes, you read that right… Crock Pot Pizza!

Crock Pot Buffalo Wings from Laaloosh
Spicy, juicy and oh so tender buffalo wings!

Slow Cooker Baked Beans
Nothin’ but beans, salt pork, molasses, mustard (or mustard seed) and salt and pepper in these tasty baked beans.

Slow Cooked Carnitas from SkinnyTaste

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas from SkinnyTaste
The ideal filling for tacos, burritos or with a side of cilantro lime rice.

Slow Cooker BBQ Turkey Chili

Easy Crock Pot BBQ Turkey Chili
Easy-to-make and flavorful, sloppy joe-like chili, a great choice for family friendly slow cooker super bowl recipes.

Spicy Barbecued Drumsticks from SkinnyMs

Slow Cooker Spicy Barbecued Drumsticks from SkinnyMs
A simple and delicious barbecue chicken recipe with less sugar and fat.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken from SlenderKitchen
Perfect in create-your-own tacos, lettuce wraps, tortilla wraps, or simply by itself with some celery.

Slow Cooker French Onion Meatballs

Super Simple French Onion Meatballs
Just pre-packaged meatballs and French onion soup are all that’s needed (of course you can always make your own meatballs if you want to)!

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken Wings from Laaloosh
Full-flavor, moist and tender chicken wings

White Bean Turkey Chili from Weight Watchers

White Bean and Ground Turkey Chipotle Chili from Weight Watchers
Lightly spiced white chili, one of the best ever slow cooker super bowl recipes for those who don’t like too much heat.

Barbecue Beef Sliders from SlenderKitchen
Serve with light small rolls or low-calorie hot dog rolls, cut in half.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from EmilyBites

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs from EmilyBites
Perfect when drizzled with light blue cheese dressing!

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa

Slow Cooker Beef Barbacoa
This yummy beef barbacoa is perfect for tacos this Super Bowl Sunday.

Slow Cooked Taco Chili Salad from EmilyBites
Serve with lettuce wraps, tortillas or as a salad.

Crock Pot Chicken Wings – Two Ways

Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
Two fantastic chicken wing recipes – Teriyaki Ginger and Spicy Sweet BBQ – take your pick! And don’t miss Martha’s tip for pre-baking which will help your wings turn out awesome.

Crock Pot Chicken Ranch Tacos from Laaloosh
Chances are you’ve never had tacos that tasted like this before!

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins from SkinnyTaste

Skinny Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins from SkinnyTaste
What Super Bowl snack table would be complete without the ultimate stuffed potato skins?

Slow Cooker Smoked Cocktail Sausages

Crock Pot Cocktail Sausages
The Sunday football classic nosh made lighter and healthier.

Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili from SkinnyTaste
Just top this chili with some low fat cheese and low fat sour cream – delish.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork with Applesauce
Is it even legal to watch football without having pulled pork close by?

Desserts

Crock Pot Rice Krispie Treats
Dessert doesn’t get much easier than these simple 3-ingredient classic treats!

Slow Cooker Brownies

Easy Slow Cooker Brownies
Moist and delicious chocolatey brownies made from your favorite mix.

Slow Cooker Caramel Mocha Crunch Bars

Crock Pot Caramel Mocha Crunch Bars
A dressed up version of Rice Krispie Treats.

Skinny Slow Cooker Chocolate Pudding Cake

Slow Cooker Chocolate “Pudding” Cake
Moist chocolate cake on top and warm, satiny chocolate pudding-like sauce underneath. Oh, my!

If you liked slow cooker super bowl recipes you might also like:

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  • Crock Pot Corn Dip
  • Skinny Mini Corn Dog Muffins
  • Skinny Pigs in a Blanket

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9 Super Bowl Party Tips And Recipes For Low-Stress Hosting

With Super Bowl 51 coming up in less than a week, it’s time to get your fill of Super Bowl party hacks, because why not make game day simpler, right?

As it is, it’s pretty stressful when it comes to watching the game itself—every play and pass counts. Whether you’re rooting for the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots, there’s no reason to make the second most important part—the cooking—stressful, too.

Here are nine of our favorite Super Bowl party hacks to use so that you can better focus on the game.

1. The Best And Easiest Spinach Artichoke Dip—Ever

Hands down, this is the best and easiest spinach artichoke dip you’ll ever make. It has all our favorite things, and more—canned artichoke hearts, frozen spinach, various cheeses, sour cream and a little bit of milk.

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2. Make Two Slow-Cooker Dips At Once

In the past, we’ve told you about genius slow-cooker tricks you definitely need to try, and making two dips at once was one of them. The trick? Just use some aluminum foil to divide your Crock-Pot in half, so to speak. You can watch this mini tutorial from Delish for the 4-1-1.

3. Use Your Slow Cooker—For Everything, Especially Chicken Wings

In case you missed it, we love our slow cookers here at Simplemost. You can make so many different things in your slow cooker (aka Crock-Pot), from buffalo wings to spicy honey garlic ones. You can check out some of our favorite delicious slow cooker wing recipes here…and @alexisthegreat1983’s teriyaki wings on Instagram:

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Slow cooker teriyaki wings are ready and cooling before they hit the fridge 😄😄😄

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4. Make Chili

Aside from dips and chicken wings, use your slow cooker to make chili. It’s hearty, easy and will satisfy all your Super Bowl party guests. You can make a meat-based one, as well as a vegetarian one. We like this chicken taco chili recipe from Skinnytaste. But don’t worry, it’s not skinny on flavor!

Skinnytaste

5. Use This Chips-And-Dip Hack

Presentation is everything when it comes to serving food, right? And aside from chicken wings, chips seem to be a Super Bowl party staple. We love this chips-and-dip hack from The Organised Housewife on Pinterest. Just grab a bowl and a margarita or wine glass, fill the glass with your dip and place it in the bowl, then fill the bowl with chips, and presto!

6. Stock Up On Alcohol From A Wholesale Club—Even If You Are Not A Member

Speaking of wine… Not everyone has a membership to places like Costco and Sam’s Club, but that doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from their perks. You can buy alcohol without a membership at Sam’s Club and at certain Costco stores. Side note: You can also buy medications, i.e., prescriptions, without a membership. Good to know!

7. Make A Football-Themed Appetizer

Of course, you can make plenty of football-themed dishes. We can’t possibly love this edible football stadium anymore! It’s by Life Tastes Like Food and contains a lot of our favorite Super Bowl snacks, from guacamole to olives. And look at all the different “fans” in the stands! Clever!

Life Tastes Like Food

8. Make A Football-Themed Dessert

If you want to make a sweet football-themed dish, why not try this football brownie cake? This is my favorite Super Bowl food item to make. It’s so easy, and people always eat it up, so to speak.

Natalia Lusinski

If you don’t want to make one big brownie, you can always make football-shaped brownie bites, and we like this brownie recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking.

What’s Gaby Cooking

9. Line Your Trash Can—With A Lot Of Garbage Bags

On Super Bowl Sunday, aside from the game and food, your trash can will probably be popular, too. For a simple trash bag hack, try putting in ten trash bags in at once, each one inside another. You may even want to use more than 10 on February 5, but it’s up to you!

Okay, is anyone else as hungry as we are now after reading about all of these Super Bowl party hacks? Just because the Super Bowl is still a few days away doesn’t mean we can’t make some of the above in advance, for “research” purposes, right?!

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