5 Fun Ways to Eat Chili on Game Day

Keep the whole team happy with these creative eats.

Food Network Kitchen’s Cornbread Chile Poke Bake.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Chili is always welcome on game day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t switch it up! These fun recipes take chili to new heights and show off just how versatile the dish can really be. Looking for more ideas? If you have an Amazon device, say "Alexa, show me recipes for the big game!" for more ideas from Food Network Kitchen.

This cornbread-chili bake is guaranteed to score (even if your team doesn’t). Just like your favorite dessert, you’ll poke several holes into a tray of cornbread, then spread a layer of chili on top. The chili will infuse into the cornbread, ensuring a meal that’s meaty, sweet and super-satisfying.

Let’s be real — no one can resist a good cheese fry. Sunny tops hers with an easy homemade chili, pickled jalapenos and chopped scallions for a shareable dish that hits all the right notes.

Food Network Kitchen’s Tailgating Tennessee Smokey Dog.

Photo by: Matt Armendariz

Matt Armendariz

Pro tip? Make this chili before the big game starts, then keep it warm in your slow cooker until you’re ready to eat. Then, all you have to do is grill a few hot dogs, top with the chili and devour. Minimal effort, maximum reward — sounds like a win-win in our playbook!

If you’re looking for a slider that goes the whole nine yards, look no further than Trisha’s easy recipe. She artfully slices cornbread muffins into bowls, then fills each cup with a spoonful of chili. Don’t skip the cheese and scallions for serving — they tie the sliders together and tone down the sweetness.

Chili meets pizza in Sunny’s festive mashup. She swaps pizza crust for French bread and chili for marinara, then tops the whole thing with your favorite chili fixings (like hot sauce, cilantro and scallions). Win or lose, everyone will be happy when chili pizza is on the table.

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