20 Vegetarian Game-Day Snacks Everyone Will Be Rooting For

Serve up this winning spread of appetizer and snack recipes to please vegetarian and meat eaters alike. With dips, chips, mushrooms and a whole lot more, no one will go hungry!

January 18, 2023

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Plan a Meat-Free Menu

Game-day spreads — often loaded with wings, pigs in blankets, bacon-topped potato skins and more — aren't always welcoming for the meat-free crowd. Instead of leaving your vegetarian guests stuck nibbling on the celery accompanying the wings, serve up a menu they can enjoy too, and be sure to include these tasty, crispy and colorful Everything Bagel Veggie Chips. They’re made from only three ingredients, and they’re irresistible! Use just a spritz of cooking spray and a sprinkle of savory everything seasoning to turn potatoes into a quick and easy snack. We threw in a creamy horseradish sauce, too, just because it goes so well.

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Smoky Garlic Hummus Dip

Smoked paprika, charred scallions and sweet piquillo peppers are tempered by the richness of chickpeas and toasted almonds in this easy yet sophisticated dip that dresses up your typical store-bought hummus. Make it before your guests come and just top it when they arrive. If you can't find piquillo peppers, you can easily use a jar of any roasted red pepper.

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Beer-Battered Cremini Mushrooms

Fluffy on the outside and meaty (without the meat!) on the inside, these mushrooms are sure to be a hit, especially when served with this creamy lemon-mustard mayo.

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7-Layer Vegetarian Greek Dip

Grab a plate, scoop and then dip. Squeezing out the vegetables before you assemble this dip removes any extra moisture, so your layers stay in place. Make this dip the day before and refrigerate to save time on game day.

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Hot Corn Dip

Whip up Ree's cheesy corn dip on game day, or make it up to two days ahead and bake right before serving — guests will devour it quickly either way.

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Football Cheeseball with Herbed Crackers

Valerie’s too-cute cheeseball will score major points with all your game-day guests.

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Giant Cheese-Stuffed Cracker

Forget the cheese plate: Cut this giant cheese-and-cracker sandwich into wedges for a crumbly, creamy and tangy appetizer that you can nibble on its own or use as a spread for fresh vegetables.

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Oven-Fried Onion Rings

These panko-coated onion rings are perfectly crisp but without the grease of the typical fried iteration. For smoky flavor, add a bit of smoked paprika to the flour mixture.

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Soft Pretzels

Warm water, butter, brown sugar, yeast, flour and baking soda are all you need to make this quintessential stadium snack at home from scratch. Once they're fried, sprinkle the pretzels with salt, bake until golden brown and serve the traditional way — with some tangy Dijon mustard.

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Mac 'n' Cheese Bites

We miniaturized our kids' favorite meal into party-sized poppers. Big and little kids can help measure the ingredients, stir them together and fill the muffin liners. You can make the snacks a day in advance, then warm them up for about five minutes.

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Lucky 7-Layer Dip

You need only 15 minutes to pull off this delicoius dip. Jarred salsas and canned beans, FTW!

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Monkey Chow

This sweetly addictive snack mix is a crowd favorite. The perfect bite is a few of the chocolate-peanut buttery pieces of cereal with a piece of butterscotch and a banana.

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Guacamole with Cumin-Dusted Tortillas

Using a molcajete — the Mexican version of a mortar and pestle — to grind this guac will give it the perfect consistency. Ditch the bag of chips and pair the spread with these wow-worthy homemade dippers.

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Almost-Famous Green Bean Fries

Instead of reaching for a regular old potato fry, try these crispy restaurant-inspired fries with a kicky ranch dip full of horseradish, wasabi and cooling chopped cucumber.

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Roasted Eggplant Spread

Roasted veggies are blended with lemon juice and tahini in this spreadable Mediterranean sampler.

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Chile-Lime Party Mix

Spice things up with your next batch of party mix. Lime zest and Mexican seasoning add fun flavor, while flaked coconut, corn nuts and crushed lime tortilla chips bring an extra level of texture to every handful.

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Spiced Mixed Cocktail Nuts with Pretzels

Toss mixed nuts and mini pretzels with a spice blend of paprika, dry mustard and cinnamon.

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Hot Corn Chile Dip

Make this cheesy, party-ready dip ahead, then reheat it when you're ready, so fellow football fans can dive in during the game without a big fuss in the kitchen.

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Smoky Guacamole

Whip up this flavorful snack in just five minutes. Chopped chipotle peppers in adobo add an irresistible level of smokiness you never knew your guac was missing.

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Kim's Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Serve this Southern take on bean dip in a slow cooker to keep it warm.

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