Super Bowl 51 is just around the corner and although the hype is mainly surrounding the game, lets face it, the food and drinks are just as important.  If you’re hosting this year don’t fret, here are 5 simple Super Bowl recipes to ensure you impress your guests.

1. Carnivale Guacamole

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Guacamole (aka Guac) is the culinary centerpiece of any great Super Bowl party. There are countless guacamole recipes, but this one is a fan favorite for its sheer simplicity and rich taste. As everyone knows, the key to a great guacamole is to start with the best quality avocados. We suggest you go with Avocados from Mexico; there’s nothing better in the market.

-5 Hass Avocados From Mexico cut into medium chunks
-3 roma tomatoes seeded & diced
-1 serrano chile finely diced
-3 T garlic chopped
-1/2 c cilantro chopped
-1 lime juiced
-3 olive oil
-1 sea salt season to taste

-Halve Hass Avocados and remove seeds.
-Cut into medium chunks (about a half inch thick) inside the Avocado shells, then scoop into a bowl with a spoon.
-Add remaining ingredients and mix well. (Don’t mash it into a paste; leave somewhat chunky.)
-Season with salt and taste, then mix a little bit more to combine thoroughly.
-All ingredients can be adjusted to suit your taste. Pair with corn chips.

Credit for this recipe goes to Avocados From Mexico and this full recipe and many more can be found here.

2. Slow-Cooker Chipotle-Lime Chicken Wings

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Once you’ve got your guac game under control, you need to nail down some serious wings. Chipotle-Lime Chicken Wings are about as serious as it gets.

-2 lb. chicken wings
-2 tbsp. chipotle in adobo sauce
-1 tbsp. water
-Juice of 2 limes, more for serving
-Zest of 1 lime
-Kosher salt
-Freshly ground black pepper

-Place chicken wings in a large slow-cooker.
-In a large bowl, mix together chipotle in adobo sauce, water, lime juice and lime zest, and season with salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken wings and stir to coat.
-Cover and cook on high until cooked through, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.
-Heat broiler. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper and pour wings onto them. Broil until crispy, 5 minutes.
-Squeeze with lime and serve.

Credit for this recipe goes to Delish and this full recipe and many more can be found here.

3. Mini Burgers and Crispy Onion Rings

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What Super Bowl party doesn’t have just a little extra protein packed goodness? This simple yet delicious sliders recipe will elevate your hosting game to whole new level.

-1 pound ground chuck
-¼ pound boneless short rib, minced
-6 mini brioche buns, split and toasted
-Ketchup and pickle slices for serving
-Crispy onion rings (store bought) **optional**

-Light a grill. Combine the chuck and short rib; season with salt and pepper.
-Form the meat into 6 patties.
-Grill over high heat, turning once, about 6 minutes for medium-rare.
-Set the burgers on the toasted buns, top with ketchup and pickles and serve with the onion rings.

Credit for this recipe goes to Food & Wine and this full recipe and many more can be found here.

4. Game Day Chili

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You can splurge on all the quality beer in the world, but if your chilli’s just “meh”; you failed your crew. Here’s a chill recipe that never upsets.

-3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
-3 pounds ground meat (any combination of ground beef chuck, pork shoulder or veal shoulder)
-Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
-6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
-2 large onions, chopped
-2 bunches scallions, chopped (about 2 cups)
-2 tablespoons tomato paste
-6 tablespoons chile powder
-One 12-ounce bottle dark beer, such as Dos Equis
-Two 28-ounce cans whole fire-roasted tomatoes, crushed by hand
-2 cups chicken stock
-2 tablespoons red hot sauce, such as Tabasco
-2 tablespoons green hot sauce, such as Tabasco
-Suggested toppings: 1 cup lightly whipped and chilled creme fraiche, sliced jalapenos, fresh cilantro leaves, diced tomatoes, sliced cherry peppers, shredded Monterey Jack and shredded Cheddar

-In a large Dutch oven, heat the oil over medium-high heat.
-When the oil is hot, add the ground meat. Cook and stir occasionally until browned all over and you can hear a slight crackling in the pan which tell us the moisture has cooked away, about 15 minutes.
-Season with salt and pepper, reduce the heat to medium.
-Add the garlic, onions and half of the scallions and cook until wilted, about 5 minutes.
-Make a space in the pan and drop in the tomato paste.
-Let toast for 1 minute and then stir into the meat. Sprinkle on the chile powder. Cook and stir until you can smell it, about 2 minutes.
-Pour in the beer and cook until almost gone, about 4 minutes.
-Pour in the tomatoes and stock then season with the red and green hot sauce.
-Adjust the heat so the chili is gently simmering and cook, uncovered, until the chili is thick, dark red and flavorful, about 1 1/2 hours.
-Serve in bowls with the remaining scallions and suggested toppings.

Credit for this recipe goes to The Food Network and this full recipe and many more can be found here.

5. Easy Football Cake

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This cake might look corny as hell, but it’s actually delicious and just campy enough to elicit some laughs. Now throw on an apron and bake like a man!

-1/2 cup boiling water
-1 bar (4 ounces) German sweet chocolate, chopped
-1 cup butter, softened
-2 cups sugar
-4 eggs, separated
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2-1/2 cups cake flour
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup buttermilk
-1 cup sugar
-1 tablespoon cornstarch
-1 cup evaporated milk
-3 egg yolks, beaten
-1/2 cup butter, melted
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2-1/2 cups flaked coconut
-Green food coloring
-1 can (16 ounces) vanilla frosting
-2 tablespoons baking cocoa
-6 white pipe cleaners

-In a small bowl, pour water over chocolate; set aside.
-In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Add cooled chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with the buttermilk.
-In another bowl, beat egg whites until soft peaks form. Fold into batter. Grease and flour one 8-in. round baking pan and one 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. If desired, line bottoms with waxed paper; grease and flour paper.
-Pour 2-1/2 cups batter into round baking pan. Pour the remaining batter into the rectangular pan. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes (round) and 35-40 minutes (rectangular) or until a toothpick comes out clean.
-Cool in pans for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks. Remove waxed paper and cool completely.
-For frosting, combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Stir in milk and egg yolks until smooth. Add butter; bring to a boil over medium heat until thickened and bubbly, stirring constantly. Boil for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla and coconut.
-Cool completely; set aside 3/4 cup. Tint remaining frosting green.
-Place rectangular cake on serving platter; frost top and sides with green frosting. Place 1/2 cup vanilla frosting in a decorator tube; pipe yard lines across cake.
-For football, slice a 2-in.-wide strip from the center of round cake (save for another use). Spread reserved coconut frosting between layers of cake, forming the football. Place cut side down on a flat surface.
-Combine remaining vanilla frosting with cocoa; frost top and sides of football. Use decorator tube to pipe laces on football. With a large spatula, carefully lift football and place on the green cake. Use three pipe cleaners at each end of cake to form goalposts.

Credit for this recipe goes to Taste of Home and this full recipe and many more can be found here.

Hopefully Super Bowl 51 will be an exciting, edge of your seat game like we are all expecting. However if the game doesn’t meet the hopes of the fans, it is almost a sure thing that your food will as long as you stick to these recipes. Happy cooking!