Football – It is all about the food….

I will be honest, I rarely actually watch football until the playoffs.  Even then it is all about the food.  For me it is all about gathering with friends and family and enjoying a variety of ‘football food’.  Wings, dips, salsa and sliders…. oh my!

PicMonkey Collage San Diego.Denver

Representing the Denver Broncos – Spicy Orange Bison Balls
I am going with Denver and the Bison Balls.  Watch out, these gems pack quite a punch!

Representing the San Diego Chargers – Baja Fish Tacos
A bit of a long shot I think, but wouldn’t a tray of these fish tacos be a winning play?

Chili Bowl

Hands down I am going for the San Francisco 49 Niners – I don’t even have a recipe to represent the Carolina Panthers ~ sorry Carolina fans!  

These sourdough bowls filled with Andy’s Not So Spicy Chili will do the trick.  This chili is mild but full of flavor.


As for the rest of the games:

I am going with New England (Clam Chowder) over the Colts – sorry Indy, I don’t have a food plan for you.

As for New Orleans vs Seattle –  Can I just choose a Cajun seasoned pacific fish?   This battle is a toss up for me.

Holy guacamole!

Can you even imagine a Super Bowl feast without Avocados?  According to the Hass Avocado Board, ‘Americans are expected to consume 79 million pounds of avocados around the championship game. For those keeping score, that’s roughly 158 million avocados.’ That’s a lot of guacamole!

Chunky  Guacamole

Chunky Guacamole
Purists will tell you that with a perfect avocado all you need for a great guacamole is to smash it with a little salt.  Although I love it that way I also love a chunky guacamole mixed with all the makings of pico de gallo.  (Fresh tomatoes, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic and lime)   

Want to learn more about avocados? Check out the California  Avocado for tips on selecting, storing and using avocados.


Texas egg rollsToo bad the Dallas Cowboys are out of the playoffs as these Texas Egg Rolls would be a perfect match.  I might have to change the name of these as they will make an appearance at our ‘Football Food Fest’.

Eggroll wrappers surround green chilies and cheese.  Devine with a little guacamole on the side.


Haystack 7 layer dip


No football party is complete without the required 7 Layer Dip.  This is another one that I don’t really have a ‘recipe’ for.  This recipe from Allrecipes calls for bean sprouts, which I don’t use – you could use shredded romaine instead and add olives too.  It’s your dip, make it what you want!


By the way, if you think you know how to eat wings you might thing again!  Check out Chef John’s How to Eat Wings.  You might learn a thing or two!

Speaking of wings, I will be posting a great recipe for baked wings that are so good you will never look back to that deep fryer again!

In the meantime – Happy Football Food.  Enjoy!

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About Baking Nana

Each morning my granddaughter Sarah calls to ask, "Watcha doing, Nana? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my "name" Baking Nana. I am a mother to three wonderful children and a grandmother to 12 very hungry grandkids. I don't bake fancy cakes but I do make wonderful yeast bread and home cooked meals made with love.


Football – It is all about the food…. — 16 Comments

  1. BN: I am so embarassed. I don’t believe I have ever noticed your recipe for Texas Egg Rolls. (Hangs head in shame) Green Chiles are pretty mild, even for people like me with wimpy tastebuds. I think I might give those a try!

    • Hi Bikerfamily. The Texas Egg rolls were the first recipe I had published on AR. When I made these this week I did take more pictures, I will put the recipe on here with pics. When I want these mild, I open them up and scrape all the seeds out. Lay the strip of cheese in the center of the chili and roll them up, then roll them in the egg roll wrappers.
      I hope you like them.

    • Thank you Lela.
      I really do like ground bison. Those spicy ball could certainly be made with really lean ground beef but the bison is better!
      I have to get some wings today!

  2. Good morning – You know I am taking those Bison Balls all the way back here to NYC with me. Of course now I have to think of some entirely different dishes to represent. Great blog.

    • Good morning, Doug.
      Those Bison balls have enough kick to make it all the way to NY. (I got a little heavy handed with the chili garlic paste….)
      I thought your idea of “Souper” Bowl was brilliant but it has been in the 80’s here for a couple of weeks and the idea of a soup lineup was nixed. (I know, ‘rub it in’, huh?)
      Although for the Super Bowl itself it could be Mile High Green Chili in Sourdough bowls!

  3. Happy New Year! Love this football recipes you have :). I’m a 49er fan.. looking forward to your Niner Recipe! All the best.

    • My Bro is a huge 49er’s fan as well as a Bronco’s fan – this has been a good football year for him.
      I am plotting and planning more Super Bowl Recipes.
      Thanks for stopping in Terri – let me know if you have any 49er’s recipes to consider!

  4. I cannot possibly imagine the playoffs or the Super Bowl without guacamole! We have to host the Super Bowl this year (we lost our dear friend who has hosted it for as many years as I can recall), and it will be with great trepidation—-how can one follow such a grand party as he put on? Chili will have to be on the menu as well as guac and wings. I’ll let others decide the rest of the appys. Thanks for getting my thinking hat on, Baking Nana! I have some searching to do for good football decorations! Any ideas on that? Maybe the 99 cent store!

    • Hi Marianne,
      The Dollar Store or the Target $ bins are both good places for football decor. TJMaxx and Home Good might have some goodies too.
      I am so sorry about the loss of your friend. It is so hard to part with those traditions.
      I am planning on doing wings – using the same method you used in December. Boy those were good for baked wings – I have never had better!

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