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The thing about throwing a Super Bowl party is that any interest in football is totally optional. Everyone knows these parties are mostly about the food. (At least, that’s what I tell myself.) As with any party, hosting is much easier if you pick a few recipes that can be made ahead of time. Luckily, there’s no shortage of easy and delicious slow-cooker Super Bowl recipes.
Hearty football snacks are great slow-cooker candidates in general. The braised meat of pulled pork or beef sliders is best done in the slow-cooker. Cheesy dips are easy to throw together in the slow-cooker, and it’s a great way to keep ’em warm well into overtime. And, there are plenty of less-obvious slow-cooker Super Bowl recipes that can add variety to your game day spread: homemade Chex mix, saucy meatballs and tasty chili—just to name a few.
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Oh, and if you don’t already have a slow-cooker, it’s not too late to buy one on Amazon with Prime Shipping so you’ll get it before the game! Whether you’re hosting a party, heading to a potluck or just in need of something to snack on while you watch the game on your couch, these 29 slow-cooker Super Bowl recipes range from snack-y to meal-worthy. Even if you couldn’t care less about sports, these snacks will get you through the game.
1. Cowboy Caviar Layered Chili
This “layered” chili literally requires no stirring. Simply place everything on top of each other in the slow cooker and let it be for four hours. The end result is a melt-y mix of cheese, ground beef and sweet onions.
2. Slow Cooker Barbecue Pulled Pork
You need a pulled pork dish on your table this Sunday, I don’t make the rules. The homemade sauce in this recipe is full of ingredients like maple syrup, orange juice (and garlic!), for a tangy-meets-sweet flavor that is just to die for.
3. Slow Cooker Chili
This is the basic chili recipe to end all basic chili recipes–and it’s gluten free! The dried herbs in this recipe give the resulting chili a flavor that warms you up from the inside. I like topping my bowl with sour cream and avocado for a refreshing twist, but the great thing about chili is that it’s totally customizable.
4. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Say hello to a healthier alternative to your usual buffalo chicken dish. The lettuce replaces the need for bread or rice and makes them portable to eat on your walk to and from the kitchen to grab seconds.
5. Drunken Bean Soup with Bacon
Why is this recipe called “drunken bean soup,” you ask? Because the beans are made with a 12 oz. bottle of lager, of course! It doesn’t get any more Super Bowl than beans and beer, so I’ll be adding this to my lineup this year.
6. South Philly Style Italian Shredded Pork
This play on the classic pulled pork sandwich is a great way to stay out of the kitchen during the big game. The bone-in pork shoulder cooks for eight hours (or overnight, if you’re in the mood to plan ahead). Just keep everything warm during the game and have your friends build their own sandwiches during the commercial breaks.
7. White Chicken Chili
Chili is the cold-weather essential that you need to have on hand—especially on Super Bowl Sunday. This version from Fit Forty Forever is made with chicken breast is a bit lighter than your usual selection. Plus it’s a great alternative to turkey or beef chili.
8. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Buffalo chicken dip is a Super Bowl staple. Kick it up a notch with this set-it-and-forget-it recipe that cooks for over four hours. The end result? Tender chicken and gooey cheese that will satisfy any hungry fan.
9. Chicken Breast Lettuce Wraps with Teriyaki
If you’ve had enough spicy buffalo-flavored foods in your life, this teriyaki chicken recipe will be a welcome alternative to keep in your recipe book. The chicken is super juicy and moist (obviously—it’s made in a slow cooker!) but the sweet and spicy glaze is perfect if your friends don’t love super-hot wings.
10. Slow Cooker French Dip
These tasty French dip sandwiches are the perfect treat for any guest to grab and snack on while watching the big game.
11. Slow Cooker Kielbasa Bites
I’m drooling already. These easy slow cooker kielbasa bites are the perfect snack or appetizer to have on hand for all your meat-eating guests.
12. Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese
Even game days need a few veggies thrown in, but at least this butternut squash mac & cheese lets you hide them under some gooey goodness.
13. Buffalo Chicken Chili
A bowl of this slow-cooker buffalo chicken chili is the perfect way to kick things off.
14. Buffalo Chicken-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
This healthy-ish slow-cooker buffalo chicken sweet potato recipe is great for weeknight dinner, but it also packs enough of a punch to make a splash at your Super Bowl party.
15. Chex Mix
The upside to making your own Chex mix is being able to control the levels of salt, spice and sweetness.
16. Sausage and Peppers
Nothing says ‘GAME TIME!’ like slow-cooker sausage and peppers served on a delicious roll.
17. Buffalo Chicken Dip
No football party is complete without buffalo chicken dip. And really, every party is worse off without it.
18. Chili Cheese Dogs
Make sure you have plenty of napkins around to deal with the hazards of these deliciously messy slow-cooker chili cheese dogs.
19. Italian Meatballs
Serve up these slow-cooker Italian meatballs on slider rolls, with thick slices of French bread—or, you know, on their own.
20. Copycat Chili’s Queso
This convincing copycat Chili’s queso might actually be more exciting than the game.
21. Hawaiian Pulled Pork Sliders
These sweet-salty slow-cooker pulled pork sliders work as an appetizer or a main course.
22. Buffalo Chicken Wings
You can never have too much buffalo sauce at a football party. Plus, chicken wings are the ultimate watch party food.
23. Taco Dip
Instead of taking up tons of space with an all-out taco bar, throw everything into a slow-cooker and serve up this taco dip.
24. Beef Sliders with Pickled Peppers
Hearty dinner rolls are key to the success of these tender slow-cooker beef sliders with pickled peppers.
25. Honey-Sriracha Little Smokies
Some people love serving tiny sausages on sticks at parties, some don’t. Either way, these slow-cooker honey-Sriracha little smokies are well worth a shot.
26. Buffalo Chicken Sliders
I said there was no such thing as too much buffalo sauce—I really meant it. These slow-cooker chicken sliders get a satisfying crunch from sliced cabbage, too.
27. Sticky Bacon-Whiskey Meatballs
Bacon? Check. Bourbon? Check. Meat? Check. Amazing that this tiny slow-cooker meatball dish can cover so many bases at once.
28. Philly Cheesesteak Dip
Dip whatever starchy vessel you want into this slow-cooker Philly cheesesteak dip.
29. Carnitas-Loaded Potato Skins
Bacon is a fine ingredient, but take things to the next level for the big came and fill your loaded potato skins with carnitas, instead.