Slow Cooker Hot Wings and 7 More Low-Stress Game-Night Snacks

No true fan can summon the concentration to do complicated party foods for game-watching night. Starting with the best (and easiest) crockpot chicken wings you’ll ever taste, these 8 dishes represent the best starting lineup in snackville. A little shopping, some advance prep, and a winning attitude, and you’ll be freed up to stress about the fourth quarter on game night.

1. Slow Cooker Hot Wings


Serve these wings before the main event as a substantial game-day snack. Four hours in the slow cooker makes these hot wings beautifully tender; a further 30 minutes in a hot oven gets them crisp and brown. Get our Slow Cooker Hot Wings recipe.

2. Grilled Steak Quesadillas


Dude, don’t stress. You can season the steak the day before, mix the cheeses, and dice the jalapeños. Assemble the quesadillas at the grill, when there are plenty of guests around to help. Get our Grilled Steak Quesadillas recipe.

3. Cobb Salad Dip


Think of this as the lazy person’s version of a classic salad, minus the distraction of greens. Serve it with celery sticks if you want to feign healthiness, but it’s better with crackers. Get our Cobb Salad Dip recipe.

4. Five-Spice Glazed Nuts


Make the quintessential bar snack at home, with the interesting addition of Chinese five-spice powder. Get our Five-Spice Glazed Nuts recipe.

5. Pimiento Cheese Spread


Right at home on game day, this Southern classic perfectly balances tang, sweet, and spice. Set out some crackers—even potato chips—for dipping. Get our Pimiento Cheese Spread recipe.

6. Easy Stromboli


Our filling calls for marinara, shredded mozzarella, ham, and fresh chiles, but don’t be shy about freestyling with this lazy version that calls for store-bought pizza dough and a once-over rolling technique. Get our Easy Stromboli recipe.

7. Cheesy Popcorn


Get everybody’s hands in the bowl with this savory popcorn, drizzles with spicy butter, coated with lots of finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, and baked in the oven for half an hour. Get our Cheesy Popcorn recipe.

8. Grilled Pork Tenderloin Fajitas


Some overnight marination, a little time on the grill, and a container of good-quality salsa from the fresh case is all you need to achieve snacking hall of fame status. Get our Grilled Pork Tenderloin Fajitas recipe.

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