Want Super Bowl food ideas? These delicious and healthy Super Bowl recipes are sure to impress your friends — we promise!
The big game coming soon? Once January starts to come to a close, we start pondering Super Bowl food! Our specialty here on A Couple Cooks is healthy food, and guess what? Deliciously comforting crowd-pleaser can also be healthy Super Bowl recipes: they’re one and the same! The ideal recipes for game day have got to combine comfort food with party appetizers in a way that’s almost indescribable. And of course, you’ve got to have chili!
We’ve combed through our party appetizers, snacks, and healthy recipes to find all the best Super Bowl recipes that we’d serve to a crowd. Each of these ideas are friend tested and approved, so we can honestly say: these Super Bowl food ideas will wow your friends. Ready to get started?
And now…our top Super Bowl food ideas & healthy recipes!
Our #1 Super Bowl food: these Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds! They’re the most delicious, crowd pleasing healthy appetizer for entertaining! The sweet potatoes are roasted with chili powder and cumin, then topped with cheese, sour cream and green onion. Friends beg us to make them, and they’re gone in a flash!
What’s better than a big pan of nachos? (Answer: not much.) This Tex Mex favorite is one of life’s great pleasures, and we’re here for them. They’re ideal an appetizer to feed a crowd, but even better: they work as a simple dinner too! Here’s the best part about our Ultimate Nachos Recipe: it works for any diet. We’ve got a variation for meat eaters, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free eaters!
Here’s a spin on spinach artichoke dip that takes this classic to a new level! This tangy, creamy dip is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). When we serve it, everyone parks themselves around the bowl! This version is baked in the oven and served warm. It's made with Greek yogurt and less mayo and cheese than the typical dip, giving it a healthy-ish spin. Serve with pita chips to take it into addictive territory.
Meet our famous 5-Minute Bean Dip recipe! It’s might be the very easiest recipe we’ve ever created. Beans, salsa, and cheese come together into the creamiest, gooiest piping hot mess. Dunk in crunchy chips and it tastes remarkably like the queso from your favorite Mexican joint. With just 3 ingredients, the flavor is more irresistibly complex than you’d imagine.
Here's a hugely delicious Super Bowl recipe with a healthy spin: buffalo cauliflower wings! These tasty morsels are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. And they're totally plant based! You’ll see these in restaurants these days…and this recipe? It tastes just as good as restaurant-style. Better, in fact! And, it's baked instead of fried: a healthy spin on this classic comfort food.
What’s Super Bowl food without chili? This classic chili recipe is our take on a straight up chili recipe, without the meat. This chili uses bulgur wheat to some meaty texture. For maximum flavor, we’ve also used green chiles for some spice, a crazy amount of chili powder, and a hint of chipotle powder to add complexity. Or, serve it over baked potatoes for crowd-pleasing Chili Baked Potatoes.
It’s a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.
This skillet Mexican cheese dip recipe is perfect for entertaining and quintessential Super Bowl, right? It’s spiced pinto beans, veggies, and Greek yogurt baked in a skillet covered in gooey cheese. To make it qualify for healthy Super Bowl recipes, lighten the amount of cheese sprinkled on top (it will still taste amazing, we promise).
Want our best healthy snack trick? This peanut butter dip! It’s just 4 ingredients and somehow tastes like frosting. Really, Alex and I were surprised the first time we tasted it. How is this so good, yet so simple? It’s works for any occasion: a family party, or a big snacks table. Or of course, as Super Bowl food!
Taquitos / flautas are always a hit at a Super Bowl party! This baked version is an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla treat, and everyone loves them. Roll corn or flour tortillas around a filling of refried beans, cheese, and salsa, then bake until crispy. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping!
What’s a more quintessential Super Bowl recipe than nachos? To make nachos fit in a list of healthy Super Bowl recipes, here’s our loaded vegan nachos recipe! This nachos recipe is fully plant based, featuring our smoky lentils and rice and vegan nacho cheese. They’re so flavorful no one will miss the meat!
You won’t believe the flavor in these Mexican sweet potatoes, topped with black bean pico de gallo and creamy cilantro sauce! The sweet potatoes and halved and roasted until tender, and topped with our tangy sweet Cilantro Sauce that’s 100% plant based. A double recipe is great for feeding a crowd and is over the top delicious.
Ranking up top in our Super Bowl food ideas: a good spinach dip! This one is so easy to make: it’s the kind that’s served cold, perfect for dipping pita chips or serving in a bread bowl. The recipe is a little healthier than most, relying on Greek yogurt for much of the creaminess. And because it’s not baked, it’s quick to put together: just 10 minutes!
Who can resist a plate of coconut shrimp? (We certainly can’t.) Each crunchy, coconut-scented, juicy bite is so supremely satisfying, we want to devour the entire plate. This appetizer is popular at seafood restaurants and has a bit of that nostalgic 1990’s chain restaurant vibe. Here we’ve decoded the secrets behind the flavor: baked, not fried! Serve it with sweet chili sauce for a tasty appetizer.
Stuffed dates are the perfect finger food for a Super Bowl party! They're incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. Pair the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world.
This spiced crispy chickpeas recipe is the perfect salty, crunchy healthy Super Bowl recipe! They’re baked simply with olive oil and spiced with chili powder and cumin. Every time we make them, people don't stray far from the bowl.
Everyone loves pinwheels! This spin is full of Italian-style flavors: mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a blend of spices. But you can easily customize them to your tastes and to make it an even more zingy Super Bowl recipe! They look totally stunning on a platter. Here are all the tricks to making a beautiful roll up.
More buffalo cauliflower here: this time a buffalo cauliflower sandwich! That’s roasted cauliflower (or grilled, if it’s not too cold for you!), mixed with a healthyish take on a buffalo sauce. Then it’s topped with a blue cheese sauce that will blow your mind! Serve these on slider buns as the perfect Super Bowl food idea.
Next up in our healthy Super Bowl recipes…homemade tater tots! While they require some effort, these homemade tots are made simply with potatoes and olive oil and baked until they’re crispy. Serve them straight up or as Tater Tot Nachos (Totchos!).
This 5-ingredient homemade hummus is classic, simple, and crowd pleasing: perfect for a Super Bowl recipe! It’s one of our top vegan recipes for healthy snacks and it’s so, so good. Dip with the usual suspects: veggies and homemade pita chips.
As dip for fruit and pretzels, this dark chocolate hummus is a surprising hit at parties. It’s perfect as Super Bowl food! Since it’s naturally sweet, it’s one of our favorite in the sweets category of healthy super bowl recipes.
One of our fan favorite party appetizer recipes, this Baked Goat Cheese Appetizer with fire roasted tomatoes is like eating pizza as a dip. People go crazy over this stuff, and it disappears very quickly.
Everyone we’ve served this cilantro dip to raves about it! With just 3 ingredients, it’s an easy Super Bowl party appetizer to add to your list of party dip recipes. Serve with Homemade Tortilla Chips.
OK last Super bowl food idea: this homemade green hummus is bright and flavorful healthy snack recipe, featuring green onions, spinach, cilantro and lime. The vibrant color makes an eye catching healthy Super Bowl recipe. If you’re looking to spice it up, add a bit of jalapeño!
More party food ideas
Didn’t find what you were looking for in these Super Bowl recipes? Here are a few more great entertaining ideas:
Monterrey Jack and cheddar shredded cheese (Mexican blend)
3 green onions
Preheat the oven to 450°F.
Cut the sweet potatoes into ¼-inch slices. Place the slices in a large bowl, sprinkle with 1 ½ tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon chili powder, and 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and stir to thoroughly coat both sides of all slices. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, taking care that the rounds do not overlap (if possible). Bake 10 minutes on one side, then remove from the oven, flip all rounds, and bake another 10 minutes until soft.
When the potatoes are done, remove them from oven and add a dot of hot sauce on each round (or more if desired). Top each round with shredded cheese and wait a few minutes for the cheese to melt (the potatoes will be hot enough at this point to melt the cheese).
To serve, place the rounds on a platter. Add a dollop of sour cream on each round, and garnish with sliced green onions. (Tip: To make the sour cream easier to dollop, mix it in a bowl with a few drops of water to loosen it).
Note: This recipe makes enough for about 1 baking sheet of rounds; we had a few rounds left over that spilled onto a second sheet.
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.