Touchdown-Worthy: 25 Main Dish Recipes to Score Big on Game Day

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The playoffs are here and that means it is time to start planning for game day parties and get-togethers. And while appetizers and snacks are great you need some hearty main dishes to feed a hungry football crowd.

Here 25 of my favorite main dishes that are sure to score big with your guests. They range from classic tailgating favorites like chili, pizza and tacos, to new twists on traditional game day eats. There are even some keto and vegetarian options so everyone can enjoy food while watching football!

Instant Pot Turkey Chili

Instant Pot Turkey Chili – All Ways Delicious

This Instant Pot Chili is loaded with flavor from chipotles, chili powder, cocoa powder, and more. And hominy! And beer! It is the PERFECT easy dish for a crowd on game day.

Smoked French Dip Sliders

Smoked French Dip Sliders - Cook What You Love
Smoked French Dip Sliders – Cook What You Love

Meaty, smoky, and delicious, these Smoked French Dip Sliders are fun to make and tasty to eat!

BBQ Pulled Pork Pizza

Pulled Pork Pizza - Upstate Ramblings
Pulled Pork Pizza – Upstate Ramblings

Pizza is classic game day food, but why not do something different this year? Add pulled pork to your pizza for a fun BBQ twist.

Taco Casserole

Taco Casserole - Low Carb No Carb
Taco Casserole – Low Carb No Carb

This Keto Taco Casserole Recipe with Mexican ground beef is exactly what you need right now to make an effortless, comforting and heartwarming low-carb casserole dinner for your next game day.

Beef Quesadillas

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Beef Quesadillas – Little Bit Recipes

A flavorful Mexican-style quesadilla with tender beef and melty cheese inside a toasted tortilla shell is always a hit. Plus, baking them in the oven makes it easy to make a big batch for sharing!

Veggie Chili

Veggie Chili - Splash of Taste
Veggie Chili – Splash of Taste

Sack your meat-heavy chili recipe and score a touchdown with this delicious veggie version for the Super Bowl!

Instant Pot Italian Beef Sliders

Italian Beef Sliders - Upstate Ramblings
Italian Beef Sliders – Upstate Ramblings

This easy Italian beef recipe gives you the perfect meat for game day sliders.

Bacon Fathead Pizza

Bacon Fathead Pizza - Low Carb No Carb
Bacon Fathead Pizza – Low Carb No Carb

This best Homemade Keto Bacon Fathead Pizza Dough recipe is super simple and done in no time, using fathead dough without cream cheese.

Fish Tacos

Fish Tacos - All Ways Delicious
Fish Tacos – All Ways Delicious

Flaky spice-rubbed mahi mahi is pan seared, and then tucked into soft corn tortillas with crunchy slaw and a creamy cilantro lime sauce.

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp

New Orleans BBQ Shrimp - Girl Carnivore
New Orleans BBQ Shrimp – Girl Carnivore

These mouthwatering shrimp are the perfect game day food! Dripping with a spicy broth, each jumbo shrimp is packed with tons of flavor.

Over The Top Chili

Over the Top Chili - Cook What You Love
Over the Top Chili – Cook What You Love

Do chili differently! Fire up the smoker for the Super Bowl and make Over-The-Top-Chili where the beef smokes and drips into the chili below!

Philly Cheesesteak Fries

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Philly Cheesesteak Fries – Girl Carnivore

Pile on the toppings with these loaded fries! Inspired by a Philly cheesesteak, they’ve got shaved steak, peppers, onions and tons of cheese.

Taco Meat

Taco Meat - Low Carb No Carb
Taco Meat – Low Carb No Carb

This best Homemade Ground Beef Taco Meat recipe made with 2 ingredients only will be your favorite way to feed a crowd.

Veggie Pizza

Veggie Pizza - Splash of Taste
Veggie Pizza – Splash of Taste

Kick off the Super Bowl with mouthwatering veggie pizza recipe. Perfect for vegetarians and meat-eaters alike.

Instant Pot Pineapple Chili

Instant Pot Pineapple Chili - Upstate Ramblings
Instant Pot Pineapple Chili – Upstate Ramblings

Add a sweet twist to your game day chili by adding pineapple. The chunks of fruit give your chili a sweet and spicy flavor.

Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks

Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks - Cook What You Love
Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks – Cook What You Love

Meaty, cheesy, and loaded with peppers and oodles of flavor, Chicken Philly Cheesesteaks are hearty, easy, and oh-so-good!

Mexican Steak Pizza

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Mexican Steak Pizza – Little Bit Recipes

Featuring a quick homemade crust and sauce, this delicious Mexican steak pizza won’t take long to make. It’s perfect for using up leftover meat!

Slow Cooker Chili

Slow Cooker Chili - Pass the Sushi
Slow Cooker Chili – Pass the Sushi

This simple slow cooker chili is loaded with beans, meat and more. You can make it ahead of time and have it ready for the start of the game.

Salpicon de Res

Salpicon de Res - All Ways Delicious
Salpicon de Res – All Ways Delicious

Salipicon de Res, or Mexican shredded beef salad, is a great meal for a party or game day. It’s loaded with savory shredded beef, fresh veggies, and a tangy dressing. Pile it on tostada shells for extra crunch.

Beef & Cheddar Chaffwich

Beef & Cheddar Chaffwich - Keto Cooking Wins
Beef & Cheddar Chaffwich – Keto Cooking Wins

Skip the carbs and pile your chaffwich high with savory sliced beef, sauted onions, and melted cheese!

Rainbow Keto Pizza

Rainbow Keto Pizza - Low Carb No Carb
Rainbow Keto Pizza – Low Carb No Carb

Don’t let game day fun ruin your new year’s resolutions! This Rainbow Keto Pizza Recipe is not only beautiful from outside, but filled with veggies. It is super yummy, delicious, scrumptious and magnificent all at the same time.

White Chicken Chili

White Chicken Chili - Keto Cooking Wins
White Chicken Chili – Keto Cooking Wins

Saucy, spicy, and loaded with tender chunks of chicken, White Chicken Chili is deliciously different!

Instant Pot Pulled Pork

Instant Pot Pulled Pork - Upstate Ramblings
Instant Pot Pulled Pork – Upstate Ramblings

Pulled pork is a classic game day meal! Skip the smoker this year and make pulled pork in the Instant Pot.

Quesabirria Tacos

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Quesabirria Tacos – Girl Carnivore

Load up on these cheesy beef birria tacos! With juicy shredded beef and the perfect dipping sauce, these tacos are dripping with delicious flavors!

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza

Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza - Upstate Ramblings
Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza – Upstate Ramblings

Add some different flavors to your pizza dinner and make this delicious chicken bacon ranch pizza.

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