A Football Party Secret: Pace® Yourself!

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Touchdown! It’s football season and we’re whipping up a tasty football party with some of our favorite football foods! I’m sharing a couple of simple game time football food recipes that will score you a touchdown with your fans. Spicy taco sliders and loaded spinach and artichoke dip will be our main dishes, capped off with veggies, cupcakes and drinks to go around!

Throw an easy football party with spicy taco sliders, loaded spinach and artichoke dip, and other football foods. Click to learn how you can throw an easy football party!

Easy Football Party

The first order of business is to get our football party table all set up. It’s a beautiful fall day, so we’re going to have a little pre-game party outside on the patio where we’ll hang out, serve up delicious food and razz each other about who’s going to win!

Football Party Foods; Taco Burger Sliders and Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Football Tablescape Materials

  • Tablecloth; this could be a plain color or a football themed tablecloth
  • Pitcher for beverages
  • Plates, Cups, Napkins, Straws & Silverware
  • Cupcake stand
  • Football themed trays or serving dishes

Most of this football party set up is self explanatory, but you can add to the fun with mason jars decorated like footballs. They’re great for holding things like straws and silverware and are super easy to make. Simply use white tape to create football laces on the mason jars.

Football Mason Jar Party Decor

You can even do this for beverage glasses, too! Run one piece of tape vertical and three pieces of tape horizontal across the vertical piece to create a simple and practical mason jar football party decoration! Football decor doesn’t get much easier than that!

Football Party Food

  • All beef taco slider bar; taco seasoned sliders, buns, lettuce, tomato, cheese, Pace® Chunky Salsa and sour cream
  • Loaded spinach & artichoke dip w/Pace® Chunky Salsa and tortilla chips
  • Vegetable platter and dip
  • Football game time punch
  • Football themed Cupcakes

Football Party Foods like Chips, Dip, Veggies and Sliders

Taco Slider Bar

For our first football food recipe, we’re making taco sliders, which are pretty easy to make! Mix together all the spices and the beef in a bowl (find the complete recipe below). Form slider patties and toss them onto your preheated grill. Grill them until you’ve reached your desired doneness.

Taco Burger Sliders Recipe with Salsa and Toppings

Once your taco sliders are done, place them on a platter and serve them with a toppings like lettuce, tomato, shredded Mexican cheese, sour cream and of course Pace® Chunky Salsa (we’re using Mild), which never disappoints. Pace® has a genuine southwest flavor and is made with hand picked jalapenos. It’s guaranteed to add a kick to your snacks and cooking, from breakfast to game day snacking – it’s good on anything!

Football Party Food! Taco burger sliders with all the fixings!

Loaded Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Now let’s make another awesome football food recipe! Loaded spinach and artichoke dip! Mix your chopped spinach and artichoke hearts in a bowl together. Next add the cheeses, sour cream, mayonnaise, onion and garlic (all measurements in the recipe below) – mix well. Spread the mixture into an 8×8 pan and bake in the oven for about 25 to 27 minutes.

Loaded Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe. Spinach and Artichoke Dip Loaded with Bacon and Onions - Recipe!

While your spinach and artichoke dip is baking, cook your bacon on a fry pan or in the microwave, your preference. Be sure to make it crispy enough to chop.

Once the spinach and artichoke dip is done, remove the pan from the oven and transfer the dip to a serving dish. Mix in chopped crispy bacon and serve with a nice heap of Pace® Chunky Salsa on top, we’re using the medium salsa for a little extra heat! Serve with tortilla chips for the ultimate game day dip! You can easily prepare the loaded spinach and artichoke dip early and heat it up just before your game time party.

Loaded Bacon Spinach and Artichoke Dip Recipe

Yields 12-15

Taco Sliders + Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Easy football game time recipes for Taco Sliders as well as Loaded Spinach and Artichoke Dip

30 minPrep Time

30 minCook Time

1 hrTotal Time

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Taco Sliders
2.5 lbs ground beef
1 tbs cumin
2 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 cup Mexican cheese blend + more for topping
Pace® Chunky Salsa (Mild)
Sour cream
Slider Buns
Loaded Spinach & Artichoke Dip
1 cup cream cheese
1 box (10oz) frozen spinach (thawed)
1 can (14oz) artichoke hearts (drained and chopped)
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan-Romano cheese mixed
1/2 cup shredded Italian cheese blend
1/2 cup sour cream
1/3 cup mayo
1 small yellow onion (diced)
1.5 tsp garlic (minced)
5 slices of cooked bacon (crispy, chopped)
Pace® Chunky Salsa (Medium)
Serve with tortilla chips


    Taco Sliders
  • Mix together (using your hands is easiest) beef and spices. Form beef into patties and grill until desired level of doneness.
  • Serve on your party table as a 'make your own slider bar' with lettuce, tomato, shredded Mexican cheese, Pace® Chunky Salsa (Mild), sour cream and of course slider buns.
  • Loaded Spinach & Artichoke Dip
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • In a bowl, mix together chopped artichoke hearts, spinach, cheeses. Mix in remaining ingredients, reserving the bacon for the last step (do not add bacon yet). Once your mixture is together, bake in a 8x8 pan for 25-27 minutes.
  • Pour into serving dish, mix in bacon and top with a heaping spoonful of Pace® Chunky Salsa (Medium) and serve with tortilla chips.
Cuisine: American | Recipe Type: Main Dishes

Vegetable Platter for Football Party

Veggie Platter

Our next football food is quite simple, a veggie platter! You can also prepare this one ahead of time. Simply cut up and serve your favorite vegetables on a platter with a prepared dip. Our veggie platter consists of baby carrots, broccoli, celery and cherry tomatoes with a little ranch dip in the middle. Simple football food is where it’s at!

Cupcakes Football Party Food

Football Themed Cupcakes

This football party food is a cinch, our local Walmart always carries packages of cupcakes, and they always taste great. Just toss a couple of football picks in them and add a second cupcake wrapper, like the football cupcake wrappers we found – voila! You have a super easy football themed dessert to serve your guests. Go the extra mile and serve them on a nice cupcake stand. Of course if you have the time, you can always make your own dessert like these football cheesecake bites!

Punch for a Football Party

Football Party Punch

Whip up an easy football punch with lemon lime soda, pineapple juice and fruit punch — or simply serve a pre-made punch in a nice pitcher. Of course, serve the drinks in football themed cups!

Football Party Foods. How to throw a football party!

Football Party

Throwing an awesome football party with easy football food recipes is the name of the game. The secret is to Pace® yourself, and you’ll be able to throw an awesome football food party for your guests quickly and easily – with almost no effort at all! Just don’t let your guests enjoy the food so much that you miss kick-off! :)

Easy Football Party; Pace Yourself

While you’re at Walmart picking up your Pace® Chunky Salsa, don’t forget to snag a few party supplies!

Pace Chunky Salsa at Walmart

What are your favorite football game time recipes?