If you’re attending or hosting a game day party, you’ve come to the right place. Whether you’re rooting for the home team or just in it for the snacks, we suggest going big this year, and by that we mean big-batch dishes that will feed a crowd. There’s always a place for finger food, and you’ll need some of that, too. But cooking up one or two large-format dishes, whether it’s chili or chicken soup, will make things easier on you. More time to spend in front of the TV, analyzing every play of the game—or the commercials.

Colombian Avocado Salsa (Aji de Aguacate)


In this Colombian version of guacamole, fresh chilies add brightness and piquancy that contrast with the cool richness of the avocados.

Black-Eyed Pea and Sweet Potato Stew

Combining simmered black-eyed peas and sweet potatoes, Senegalese ndambe (pronounced NAM-bay) is a great vegetarian recipe to stand up to any other meat-centric dishes on the menu.

Carne Adovada

This chili from New Mexico is bright, rich and as much about the peppers as it is about the pork.

Turkish Meatballs with Lime Yogurt Sauce

Serve these meatballs, which work well if they’re all beef or made with a blend of lamb and beef, with cool yogurt, and see how fast they go.

Pork and Chorizo Stew with Peppers (Carcamusa)

This simplified version of a Spanish tapa uses jarred roasted red peppers, while dry sherry and chorizo add the authentic Spanish flavor.

Mexican Chicken Soup with Tomatillos and Hominy

This soup gets a flavor boost from blackened, blistered vegetables and heat from jalapeños. For more heat, use serranos or include the chilies' seeds.

Miso-Gochujang Pulled Pork

White miso and gochujang provide deep, savory-sweet notes and lots of complex flavor to oven-braised pork butt.

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Fig, Blue Cheese and Prosciutto Pizza

It might be one of the busiest days of the year for pizza delivery, but why order in when you can make something that hits all the right notes—sweet and savory—like this pie?

Chili Verde Turkey Tacos

These tacos are a great way to use leftover turkey, but the meat from a rotisserie chicken works, too. Canned tomatillos make the prep go quickly.

Ancho Chili Soup

This simple, meat-free spin on tortilla soup is all about the ancho chilies, dried ripe poblano chilies with a mild heat balanced by notes of tobacco, cocoa and dried fruit.

Hoisin-Glazed Baby Back Ribs

These addictive pork ribs balance sweet and heat with a thick, flavorful paste made with aromatics, honey and a handful of staple ingredients that acts as both a marinade and a base for the glaze.

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