This Sunday is Super Bowl LII, the biggest day of the year for football fans. For this day, you need just two things: football and food. You can watch the big game on your local TV station, but what do you do about the food?
Food is an important part of the Super Bowl. Chips and dip just won’t do. There are so many recipes out there to make your party a success. While you can always go to your local store and pick up some bean dip and hot wings, why not try some easy appetizers you can make with your crock pot?
Crock pot recipes often require little prep, and the slow cooker does all the work. You can let your food cook for hours while you get the house ready for an unforgettable Super Bowl party. Read on to explore some yummy recipes that will have your guests raving.
Slow-Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings
Buffalo and ranch are the two most popular flavors for a Super Bowl party, and this recipe combines both. To make these delicious appetizers, you’ll need the following:
- 2 lbs. chicken wings
- 1 cup buffalo sauce
- 1 packet Ranch seasoning
- Black pepper
- Chives and ranch dressing, for serving
First, place the chicken wings in the crockpot. Mix together the buffalo sauce, Ranch, salt and pepper. Pour this mixture over the wings and stir. Cover and cook for three hours. Heat the broiler and line two baking sheets with parchment paper. Pour wings onto baking sheets and broil for five minutes or until crispy. Serve with chives and Ranch.
Slow-Cooker Boiled Peanuts
Looking for an addictive game day snack? You’ll be sneaking handfuls of these yummy peanuts during the game.
To make these unusual snacks, you’ll need:
- 2 lbs. green peanuts
- 10 cups water
- 2 tbsp. Cajun seasoning
- ½ cup salt
The steps are easy. Just place all the ingredients into the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 12 hours.
Beef Nachos With Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne
It’s not a party without nachos. The combination of chips, meat and cheese is so irresistible, and it makes any event a true party. Believe it or not, for this recipe – Beef Nachos With Slow Cooker Chili Con Carne – the secret ingredient for this recipe is apple butter. Apple butter and nachos may seem like an unlikely combination, but that’s what gives these nachos their distinct flavor.
For the chili con carne, you will need:
- 2 pounds beef chuck roast
- 15-ounce can red enchilada sauce
- 3/4 cup Musselman’s Apple Butter
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 onion, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 teaspoon salt
Combine these ingredients into a crockpot and heat on high for approximately five hours. The beef should be falling apart.
Next, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place tortilla chips on a baking sheet. Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of Mexican style shredded cheese over the chips and heat for 3-5 minutes. Scoop the chili con carne over the chips and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Add salsa, olives, green onion, sour cream or any other toppings you desire.
Slow-Cooker Party Meatballs
Meatballs are another Super Bowl favorite. These Slow-Cooker Party Meatballs are small in size, but mighty when it comes to flavor. You and your guests will devour these pint-sized treats.
To start, you’ll need the following ingredients:
- 1 lb. ground beef
- ½ cup bread crumbs
- 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 2 tbsp. chopped chives
- 2 minced garlic cloves
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup sweet chili sauce
First, combine the ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, garlic, Worcestershire sauce and chives and stir well. Add salt and pepper and roll into 1” balls. Add the remaining ingredients to the slow cooker and stir well. Place the meatballs on top. Cover and cook on low for about 4 hours. When ready, cover with the sauce and serve with toothpicks.
Tex-Mex Taco Beef Sliders
For a fun twist on sandwiches, try these Tex-Mex Taco Beef Sliders. They’re a fun and filling snack perfect for game day and other events throughout the year. While you can buy already-prepared shredded beef or pork, nothing beats making your own in a slow cooker. This recipe requires a lot of ingredients, but the result is worth the prep time.
Start by gathering these ingredients:
- 2 pounds lean chuck roast
- 1 envelope taco seasoning
- 1 cup chopped onion
- 1/2 cup unsalted beef stock
- 1 package rolls (such as King’s Hawaiian)
- 1/4 cup sour cream
- 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
- 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
- 6 tablespoons taco sauce
- 1/4 cup pickled jalapeno pepper rings
- 2 tablespoons melted butter
- 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
First, prepare the chuck roast by placing it in a slow cooker with the chopped onion, beef stock and taco seasoning. Cover and cook on high for approximately 5 hours, or until the beef is very tender.
To prepare the rolls, separate the tops from the bottoms and place them on a large heavy-duty sheet of foil covered with nonstick cooking spray. Spread sour cream on the bottoms and top with shredded meat. Add 4 teaspoons of taco sauce and red onion. Next, add pepper rings and cheese and put the tops on the rolls.
Combine the butter, taco sauce, chili powder and garlic powder. Brush this mixture on the tops of the rolls. Wrap foil over the top, sealing the sandwiches inside the foil. Bake for 20 minutes.
Crock Pot Baked Potatoes
Liven up your Super Bowl party with a baked potato bar. Virtually everyone loves potatoes, and you can easily “bake” potatoes in your crock pot with this easy recipe.
All you need to do is grab some russet potatoes, wash them, prick them with a fork and wrap them in aluminum foil. Cook them in the slow cooker on high for four hours. When they’re done, have your guests add the toppings they desire. Make sure to have sour cream, cheese, bacon bits and fresh chives on hand for your hungry guests.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Dip
It wouldn’t be the Super Bowl without some kind of dip. But forget the store-bought jars of bean dip and Ranch. Try something a bit on the wild side. How about a zesty chicken enchilada dip that will have your friends begging for more?
Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 shredded rotisserie chicken
- 1 15-ounce can enchilada sauce
- 2 cups grated pepper jack cheese
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 1 tbsp. taco seasoning
- 1 sliced jalapeno
This recipe is super easy to make – and quick, too! Just combine everything in the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for one hour. Then stir and cook on low for another hour. Serve it with tortilla chips and you have a winner on your hands!
The Super Bowl is the perfect time to try a new recipe. Whether you’re watching the game alone or with a few friends or family members, or hosting a huge block party, food needs to be the focus. With the recipes listed here, you’ll have the energy to power you through the entire game, from kickoff to the infamous Super Bowl ads and beyond. Who knows, you might discover some new party favorites.