crockpot buffalo chicken sandwich

Chili certainly gets the most love when it comes to the Big Game, but that’s not all that should be on your menu when hosting the biggest sporting (and some might say, eating) event of the year. This go round, why not give your slow cooker a break from the usual by trying an unexpected meal or drink to serve up? With this list of unique foods that you can make for the Super Bowl in the appliance, you’ll have plenty to choose from.

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Pulled Pork

spicy slow cooker pulled pork sandwich

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Hosting a bunch of meat-loving folks for the festivities this year? Then pulled pork is exactly what you should be serving up to your carnivorous friends and fam. This spicy recipe can work as the centerpiece for nachos, tacos, and sandwiches, or eaten solo for those still trying to stick to their New Year’s resolutions and cutting carbs. Get our Spicy Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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Slow Cooker Gourmet

Super Bowl foods don’t exactly have a health halo, but that doesn’t mean veggies can’t be part of your spread. A creamy, gooey dip like this one will keep everyone happy through halftime and beyond. Get the Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Dip recipe.

Party Mix

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The name says it all: What spells a get-together more than classic party mix? Try this smoky take on the store-bought version to give your guests something to munch on while they’re mingling pre-kick off. Get our Slow Cooker Party Mix recipe.

Chicken Wings

slow cooker sticky chicken wings

Damn Delicious

Pretty much nothing goes together quite like wings and football. Forego the overpriced delivery options this year and serve up some tender wings with minimal effort. Try this recipe for a sticky and spicy take that only requires 10 minutes of prep time. Get the Slow Cooker Chicken Wings recipe.

Jalapeño Popper Dip

slow cooker corn bacon jalapeno popper dip

Crock-Pot Ladies

The best Super Bowl parties have a plethora of dips on the menu. Serve up this cheesy and heat-filled concoction with chips or crackers that are strong enough to withstand lots of dipping. Get the Crock-Pot Jalapeño Popper Dip recipe.

Shredded Buffalo Chicken

slow cooker buffalo chicken sandwich

Host the Toast

Looking to trade in buffalo wings for something slightly less messy this year? Then shredded buffalo chicken is what you’re looking for. Serve it up in sandwiches or atop a sweet potato for a filling meal. Don’t skimp on the ranch dressing! Get the Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken recipe.

Bacon Compote

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If your crew is bacon-obsessed, then this compote will be a sure hit. Spread some on crostini if you want to make your affair a bit more high-brow, or use it as a topping for burgers and watch them disappear before the first quarter is even over. Get our Slow Cooker Bacon Compote recipe.

Hot Chocolate

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Any winter occasion is an ideal time to serve up some hot chocolate, for both the kids and the adults. Set up a hot chocolate bar with some of your favorite fixings like chocolate syrup, tons of marshmallows, peppermint and okay, some booze for the grown ups, and let everyone make their own customized drink. Get the Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate recipe.

Spiced Nuts

slow cooker spicy sweet candied nuts

Tammilee Tips

Spiced nuts can work as a welcome addition to a cheese platter or veggie tray or be put out in bowls throughout your home, so even those who aren’t watching the game can chow down, too. You won’t regret serving this up as a snack. Try this Crock-Pot Sweet and Spicy Nuts recipe.

Hot Cider

slow cooker spiced apple cider

Kitchen Treaty

Hunting for an alternative to beer to sip on while watching the game? Then slow cooker cider is exactly what you’re looking for. Add in some rum for anyone 21-plus, or leave it virgin for the whole party to enjoy. Even if it’s frigid outside, you’ll warm right up with this beverage. (As a bonus, your home will smell amazing as this brews.) Try this Slow Cooker Spiced Apple Cider recipe.

Turkey Chili

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Chowhound’s Spicy Turkey Chili

And when all else fails, SO much can be done with a good chili recipe so don’t be afraid to fall back on your greatest hits. Put it over rice, nachos or serve as is for a slow cooker game day hit for the whole gang. Add fresh diced jalapenos and/or white over the top for a hot and fresh kick. Get our Turkey Chili recipe.

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Kelsey Butler is a reporter and editor based in New Jersey. She has written for a number of health and lifestyle publications, including Women's Health, Brides, and NBC News Better. Hot sauce, black coffee, and bacon make up 50% of her diet.
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