2 Simple, Make-Ahead Football Game Day Appetizers You’ll Love!

by Melissa

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Football season is in full force around here. But since we’ve got littles at home, we choose to homegate rather than go to the games. Not that I’m complaining. The husband can cheer on his favorite time and I can multi-task. It’s a win-win! 

I’m excited to share a few of our favorite recipes using Pace® that are perfect for Game Day! Pace® is a brand we’ve used for years. We love how much flavor the salsa and sauce adds to many different types of dishes. And it goes the same for these fun football party foods, too!

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Game Day Recipe 1: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken Dip 


What you need:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, frozen or fresh
  • 1 can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bag frozen corn
  • 1 bottle Pace® Chunky Salsa (Mild)

I bought all the ingredients for both recipes at Walmart!


How to Make the Fiesta Chicken Dip:

First, pour the frozen corn onto the bottom of the slow cooker.

Second, place the chicken on top of the corn. Sprinkle the beans on top of the chicken.

Finally, pour the chunky salsa over all the ingredients.


Cook on high heat for 1 hour, then reduce to low heat for an additional 4 hours. Shred the chicken with a fork and then keep on warm until you are ready to eat.


Serve this Fiesta Chicken Dip with your favorite tortilla chips. You’ll love this dip as is, but you can also add grated cheese, guacamole, and/or sour cream on top.


Game Day Recipe 2: Easy Creamy Cheesy Salsa Chip Dip 

What you need:


  • 8 oz. cream cheese (can be reduced fat)
  • 1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
  • 1 jar Pace® Picante (Medium) 
  • Favorite crackers and tortilla chips

How to make the Easy Cheesy Salsa Chip Dip 


All you need to do to make this easy chip dip is put the cream cheese and Pace® Picante into a blender. Turn the blender on high and mix until it is all smooth. Don’t be worried if it seems runny. The chip dip will thicken over time. Right before serving, stir in the grated pepper jack cheese.

If you’d like to make this dip heartier, add a cup or two of black beans!


You can make this dip in advance. Just keep it in the refrigerator until you are ready to serve.

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You’ll score big with these 2 simple recipes! And because you can prepare them in advance, you’ll have more time for cheering!

So tell me, which of these recipes will you make for your next football party? Or both? 🙂 Go Team Go!! 


Click here for lots of other game day party food inspiration! 


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David @ Spiced October 6, 2016 - 1:26 pm

We are huge football fans around here, and that means we always need fun ideas for gameday snacks! Dips are perfect for watching football games, and I’m pretty sure that Fiesta Chicken Dip needs to make an appearance in our house on Saturday! Thanks for sharing! #client

Mel October 8, 2016 - 2:20 pm

I hope you love it as much as we do!


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