Ways to pep up your Super Bowl party games

By Angeli Kakade, Buzz60

The Super Bowl might be just a game, but the parties are serious business! With all the anticipation over commercials, the smorgasbord of everyone's favorite junk-foods and the camaraderie or competitiveness, Super Bowl parties are one of the year's biggest blow-outs.

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Enchilada Beef Sliders

"Leftover shredded beef? Turn it into these Enchilada Beef Sliders. Savory, a little bit sweet and a little bit spicy, they are sure to be a crowd pleaser!" - Taste and Tell

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Cantina Style Salsa with Homemade Corn Tortilla Chips

With fresh ingredients, this simple and delicious cantina style salsa with homemade corn tortilla chips comes together quickly for a tasty snack! - With Salt and Wit

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Kosher Italian Beef Topped Chicago Dog 

"Try this Kosher Italian Beef topped Chicago Dog for the ultimate hot dog taste at your next football tailgate!" - Billy Parisi

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Stovetop Whole Wheat Mac and Cheese

"Total carb fest, it was great. I have zero regrets. I slept like a baby.I think that’s one of my favorite things about macaroni and cheese. It’s this mixture of creamy cheesy saltiness that is so satisfying after a long day." - PDX Food Love

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Jalapeno Popper Sliders

"One of my favorite, go-to appetizers or party starters are these stuffed jalapenos.  Seriously, anything with cheese and a kick of heat and I’m sold.  So why not throw that in the burger?!?" - A Happy Food Dance

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sweet Potatoes 

"Every bite of these fluffy baked sweet potatoes smothered in juicy, saucy crock pot Buffalo chicken tastes rich and satisfying, but is wholesome and good for you!" - Well Plated

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Tsunami Wings

"This great alternative to the classic buffalo chicken wing will astonish you with its flavor and spice." - Home Skillet

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Hot Creamed Spinach Dip

"I just started throwing everything into a bowl until it looked like a ‘dip’ consistency, then baked it. This was perfect and makes a great, last minute dip idea that was cheesy and delicious!" - Carrie's Experimental Kitchen

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Chili Cheese Corn Dogs 

"Chili cheese corn dogs are a fun twist on the classic finger food. They are bite-sized morsels that are smothered in a homemade beef queso and sprinkled with queso fresco and chopped jalapeno. They are the perfect party, game day, or tailgating food!" - Cooking and Beer 

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Buffalo Wing Popcorn

"This popcorn has all the flavor of buffalo sauce but that is combined with a buttery caramel that does two things. It's definitely still spicy, but in a more manageable not crying-your-eyes out kind of way." - The Whole Bite

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Game Day Guacamole 

"One of my favorite game-watching munchies is chips with salsa and guacamole. Who doesn’t love a big bowl of homemade guacamole? The dish dates all the way back to the 1500s and the Aztec Empire of Mexico and people have been devouring it ever since." - The Usual Bliss

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Here are some ways to make sure your Super Bowl party lives up to the hype:

For pre-game fun, try football trivia. Research some football fan facts in advance, place them in a bowl and divide guests into teams. It's a great icebreaker and will get the games started early.

You can also take bets on things besides which team will win, such as how many celebrities you spot on TV or which player scores the most points.

For commercial breaks, print out some score cards and have guests rate the ads. You can even include some fun sayings like, "YouTube Hit," "Change the Channel" or "I Need a Beer." Write the sayings on index cards and tape them on popsicle sticks to pass out beforehand.

During half-time, have a guess-this-flavor contest. Chip flavors are so wild these days that this game can actually get pretty interesting. Dare someone to tell the difference between Bacon Mac'n'Cheese Lays and Cheesy Garlic Bread Lays.

The secret trick to throwing the best Super Bowl party is having all your guests leave happy. For the guests who might be nursing a tough loss afterwards, have a piñata full of candy on hand for them to get out their frustration.

The only downside to having this much Super Bowl fun is that you'll probably be nominated to host game day for the rest of the year.

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