The Pioneer Woman’s Best Recipes for Game Day

Score touchdowns with your friends, family and fans with the help of Ree Drummond’s crowd-pleasing recipes.

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Cowboy Nachos

Thanks to the juicy beef brisket and filling pinto beans, Ree’s nacho platter is hearty enough to be the main dish at your tailgate spread. As for the toppings, try layering the cheese and pico de gallo to make sure they’re evenly disturbed among the chips.

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Guacamole with a Kick

Two spicy jalapenos and a smoky chipotle pepper in adobo lend a hefty kick to Ree’s chip-ready dip.

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Basic Pepperoni Pizza and Four Cheese Pizza

Once you make Ree’s classic chewy crust, follow her lead to create a duo of pies for kids and big kids alike.

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Comfort Meatballs

With a glowing five-star rating, these two-bite meatballs are baked in a sticky sweet-savory sauce made with ketchup and Worcestershire. Don’t be intimidated by the oats in her ground meat mixture; together with milk, they add welcome texture and moisture.

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Steak and Shrimp Taco Bar

The beauty of a taco bar is that once you prep all the fixings, guests can help themselves and build their own tacos exactly as they’d like. Here Ree opts for surf and turf filling options, plus all the toppings you know and love.

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Potato Skins Bar

If your crew loves a taco bar, just wait until they see this potato bar. Bake potato skins until they’re fork-tender, then let the crowd fill them up with toppings galore.

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Sheet Pan Sausage and Pepper Hoagies

It’s up to you to pick out the Italian sausage you want for these top-rated hoagies; Ree says hot and/or sweet varieties would work well with the peppers and onions.

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Chile Con Queso

There’s nothing quite like the supreme meltability of processed cheese, and that is a beautiful thing. It’s the star ingredient in Ree’s craveworthy queso, which she transforms with hot sausage crumbles and plenty of green chiles.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Don’t worry — you definitely don’t have to make your own ice cream here! Instead, store-bought vanilla is pressed between two soft, chewy chocolate chip cookies to create a hand-held sweet treat you’ll be loving in the fourth quarter.

Get the Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Make-Ahead Sandwich Rolls

Chipotle-spiked mayo serves as a simple dipping sauce to dress up these easy deli roll-ups. You can prep the wraps a few hours in advance, so when the game starts, you can simply take them out of the fridge, slice and serve.

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Salted Pretzel Brownies

Fans of salty desserts will love the addition of crunchy pretzels atop these deeply chocolatey brownies.

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Simple, Perfect Chili

The name says it all when it comes to Ree’s two-bean beef chili. She relies on a signature blend of chili powder, cumin and oregano to deliver plenty of flavor, plus a pinch of cayenne for welcome heat.

Get the Recipe: Simple, Perfect Chili