11 Crock-Pot and Appetizer Recipes for the Big Game


The Big Game will soon be here, and that means it’s time to start planning for a party!

Your menu will, of course, include the usual chicken wings and celery sticks and dip, but why not add some delicious slow-cooked meals to all the finger food fare?

Check out these tasty Crock-Pot recipes that are sure to please your party guests:

  1. Chicken Enchilada Quinoa

Craving an enchilada but not wanting anything too heavy and overwhelming? How about substituting flour for quinoa, while keeping all the spices and vegetables in? And with a heap of chicken, you’ll be comfortably full thanks to the extra protein. Plus, you won’t get any post-eating guilt, as this is pretty darn healthy.

  1. Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Pulled pork is always a classic staple for sports parties. Prep time for the pork is only 5 minutes, and the slow cooking allows the Barbecue sauce to really simmer and soak itself in the meat. Keep some sandwich buns nearby and let your guests put together their own sandwiches. And, if you’re not a fan of pork, substituting it with shredded beef is just as delicious.

  1. Stuffed Bell Peppers

These vibrant appetizers are as customizable as you can get! The recipe itself suggests corn, salsa, ground turkey, and brown rice, but any of these items can be replaced. Make it vegetarian-friendly by adding tofu or just keeping the peppers full of grains and veggies. Either way, these peppers are bound to be a party favorite.

  1. Eight Layer Chicken Chili Dip

Scoop and dip. That’s all you need to remember! Each layer of this Tex-Mex crowd pleaser will surprise guests’ tastebuds and leave them wanting more! No need to stress right before the game – You can create this beautiful and tasty dish a day before! Simply add your favorite tortilla chips and begin dipping!

  1. Slow-Cooked Korean Beef

If you’ve never tried Korean marinades on beef, you’re truly missing out. You and your guests will love this slow-cooked beef, doused in an intensely flavorful simmer. The time spent on cooking the meal will ensure that it will be the most tender and mouth-watering beef you and your guests have ever consumed.

  1. BBQ Meatball Sliders

Kick up the party a notch with mini meatball sliders! Not only are they filling but absolutely delicious! Topped with BBQ sauce and slaw, these meatball sliders are sure to please any of your guests. Who wouldn’t like something so simple, but yummy?

  1. Dreamy Mac n’ Cheese

What’s a gathering without a little bit of the classic mac n’ cheese!? The twist about this recipe is the very finely shredded pieces of onion. It’s not enough to make your eyes water, but definitely adds a yummy kick to the pasta! Some Colby cheese helps to bring a surprise twist to the classic recipe. This dish will be sure to please both vegetarians and omnivores alike.

  1. Easy Slow-Cooked Chili

What’s great about chili is that you can customize it however you’d like. The combination of beef, garlic, jalapeño, bell peppers, and cumin create a deliciously zesty chili. Top with cheese and diced onion for added flavor, too!

  1. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Dips are easy to eat and are great to customize, depending on what you and your guests are looking for. This creamy and delicious dip with shredded chicken and cheese is perfect for those who love a little tang! Your guests will be focused on the game and not their appetite.

  1. Pizza Casserole

Homemade pizza is no small feat typically. Luckily, this recipe requires easy prep and, since it is made with the Crock-Pot, the slow-cooking does everything for you! Again, the recipe can be tweaked to fit your tastes – Add more pepperoni, peppers, onions, meats, etc! Pizza should be easy to eat AND prepare!

  1. Teriyaki Chicken Wings

For those who are a little wary of buffalo sauce spice, this teriyaki alternative still gives you the chance to get messy with your chicken wings. The sweetness, mixed with a blend of garlic, will keep you salivating and wishing you had grabbed more than four! This Asian-inspired dish can either be served as an appetizer or as a meal by itself.

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