5 Must-Have Super Bowl Party Recipes

The first month of 2017 is already gone!!  We could talk about already forgotten resolutions or getting ready for Valentine’s day…. BUT it’s almost Super Bowl weekend, and that’s a great excuse for whipping up some of our game day faves!

Even if your team isn’t going to the big game (ours definitely isn’t this year…) it’s still a national holiday of sorts.  No matter what your game day plan, FOOD normally plays a big part in the football watching experience.  Hunter and Mama are here to help!  Here’s a little round up of some of our tried and true snacks, sure to be crowd favorites no matter where you’re watching the big game.

  1. Our super-delicious, fresh guacamole.

Chips and dip are football staples, and guac has to be one of our favorites in the dip category.  Bonus: if you’re still sticking to a clean eating resolution, this guacamole recipe will be a hit at the party AND something you can still eat! Full recipe HERE.

2. Speaking of dips… We’re still dreaming of the AMAZING bacon dip from our New Year’s Eve celebration, and this seems like the perfect excuse for some bacon-y goodness.

This is such a simple recipe, and a perfect game day treat.  Just trust us, you’re about to be the most popular person at the party. Click HERE for the recipe.

3. Get out your slow cooker for this next one… we’re making meatballs! Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs, to be exact.

This recipe has been my go-to party contribution for years, and it never disappoints.  Just make sure to make extra, they go really fast!  Full recipe HERE.

4. Next, a game day idea if you’re looking for a little more than just a snack… Our Gameday Pizza and Wings!

Classic combo, delicious results… just takes a bit more kitchen time than the others.  I’m recommending this idea if you’re hosting a small Super Bowl party yourself, or just staying home to tune in with the family.  Full recipe for wings and 2 kinds of pizza is HERE.

5. Finally, if you’re looking to be the MVP of whatever party you’re attending… I have 3 words for you: S’mores. Poke. Cake.

Seriously, just think about it… everybody brings an appetizer. A bag of chips, a grocery store cheese tray. But bringing something for dessert?  That’s above and beyond! And the best part is, this recipe is SO EASY! But it’s also SO GOOD that people will leave the party saying… The game was okay, but that cake!!! (Okay, maybe that’s a stretch, but you get the idea!) Recipe HERE.

There you have it… all you need for game day glory! Make one idea, or all five… but I promise you won’t be disappointed!  Have a happy Super Bowl Sunday, I know we will!



Hunter and Mama

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

Today I’m sharing my go-to appetizer recipe: Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs. It’s easy, it’s delicious, and it uses my crockpot… what more could you possibly ask for?!Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

I actually made these meatballs for Thanksgiving last week and they were a big hit.  I was in charge of bringing a veggie tray (which I whole-heartedly embraced, as you can see!)

Gobble Gobble- Mama's Turkey Day Veggie Tray

But my in-laws were hosting close to 50 people, so I thought a second appetizer might be in order! It’s always nice to have things for people to munch on as they arrive. I know I always start to get hungry smelling all the amazing Thanksgiving food cooking while we’re waiting for dinnertime…

This is a great post-Thanksgiving recipe, too, because if you have any leftover cranberry sauce you can put it right in! Also, we’re officially in holiday party season now… so if you want a quick recipe for entertaining or to take along to a get-together, this is it!

I use frozen meatballs for this recipe, but I like to warm them through in the microwave before adding them to the crockpot.  That way, if someone (namely my husband) were to sneak one before the party they would still be perfectly edible.

Mama's Meatball Tester

Also, Hunter likes to taste-test the meatballs ahead of the spicier sauce.  You know, quality control.

While the meatballs are warming, I get the sauce ready.  After putting in a crockpot liner, I add one can of jellied cranberry sauce and one cup of bbq sauce.

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs- Add Cranberry Sauce and BBQ Sauce

Then, I cut up one pepper.  I use chipotle peppers in adobo sauce.  I take one pepper out, slice it open, and scrape out the seeds.  I don’t like these to be knock-your-socks-off spicy, but if you LOVE heat, feel free to leave the seeds in or even add a second pepper to the mix.

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs- Chopping Your Chipotle Pepper

After I scrape the seeds out, I finely chop the pepper and add it to the other ingredients in the crockpot.  I also add in about one tablespoon of the adobo sauce that the peppers come in.

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs- Add Adobo Sauce

Stir all the sauce ingredients until they are combined.  It will still look a little lumpy just from the jellied cranberry sauce, but the sauce will smooth out as it heats up.

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs- Stir All Sauce Ingredients

Next, add in your cooked meatballs and stir until they are completely coated.

Turn your slow cooker on low and let the flavors get nice and friendly while it cooks for at least 1-2 hours before serving. 3-4 hours is ideal, but mine often don’t make it that long before people want to dig in!

Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

Hope it’s just as much of a favorite in your house!


Cranberry Chipotle Meatballs

2 bags frozen meatballs (homestyle variety works best)

1 can jellied cranberry sauce

1 cup bbq sauce

1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped 

1 T adobo sauce from can of chipotle peppers

Heat frozen meatballs according to package directions.

In a slow cooker, combine remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

Add in meatballs, stirring to coat. Cook on LOW for 2-4 hours.


Hope you enjoy!


Hunter and Mama