Easy dips for the big game

Don’t spend game day stuck in the kitchen! Whip up one of these easy, crowd-pleasing dips during the pre-game show. Each one is simple and quick enough that you can use commercial breaks to refill as needed. Plus, these dips can be scaled up very easily: If more guests stop by, just double the key ingredients to feed your football-hungry crowd. Each of these three dips can be served with pita or tortilla chips. Make all three, then set the bowls out next to chip options for DIY serving.

Cheesy spinach dip

Cheesy spinach dip

This creamy dip adds spice to your game day party. Fancify this simple dip by making easy upgrades: throw in some red peppers, top with Gouda or Brie, sprinkle on the spices or coat with breadcrumbs.

Serving size 24


  • 1/2 pound hot pepper jack cheese, cubed
  • 1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, cubed
  • 10 ounces frozen spinach, drained well and chopped
  • 2 ounces pimento peppers, drained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped and sauteed
  • 1 cup 2-percent milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup Daisy Brand sour cream


  1. Mix all of the ingredients, except for the sour cream, in a large microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on low, stirring often, until the cheese melts and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Seven to 10 minutes before serving, stir in the sour cream.
Low-fat bean dip

bean dip

Stock up on the ingredients and refill the bowl during commercial breaks. This crowd-pleasing dip is so fast and easy to make, you’ll be back in your seat without missing a single play. For variety, toss in some of your favorite seasonings — garlic and crushed red pepper work well — before serving. Hint: This dip can be served hot or cold, so if you’re pressed for time on game day, whip this up the night before. Just give it a good stir before serving the chilled dish.

Serving size 6


  • 2 (8 ounce) blocks of low- or reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1 can of refried beans (or your own homemade beans)


  1. Mix the ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave on low, stirring frequently until the mixture is smooth.

Easy guacomoleEasy

This simple recipe can accommodate any number of guests. If unexpected guests drop by on game day, scale up the recipe to accommodate everyone. Test different types of salsa to find your favorite combination. To increase the serving size or to rev up the flavor of this dish, toss in the odds and ends from your fridge. Stuck with half an onion? Only a few olives left in the jar? Chop them up and toss them in to keep this recipe new and exciting.

Serving size 12


  • 4 avocados, chopped
  • 1 (24 ounce) jar of salsa
  • 4 ounces shredded cheese
  • Sour cream (optional)


  1. Stir the chopped avocados into the jar of salsa.
  2. Top with the shredded cheese and garnish with sour cream.

How to cut an avocado

Successful avocado slicing depends on not following the banana model of peel first, then slice. Avocados are best sliced with the skin still on.

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