A bountiful buffet of rib-gripping goodies. A tailgating party. A Super Bowl party. Bowls and platters of grab-and-grub snacks in front of the TV. However you serve it, food is half the fun of any football get-together.
But is that still the case if you’re on a ketogenic diet? The answer is yes. If you meal plan and make sure you have access to some easy low-carb recipes, nothing needs to change on a keto diet.
If you’re a guest for a football party, you’ll hopefully find low-carb appetizers, side dishes, and main courses tucked between the non-keto chips and carby tortilla-chips-based nachos. (Sauce-free BBQ! Antipasto! Cheese! Wings! Deviled eggs! Pork rinds! Veggies and cream cheese- or sour cream-based dip!) But to play it safe, you can always bring keto low-carb party foods that everyone will love. (Or stuff your bag with Chocolate Peanut Butter Fat Bombs for personal treats!)
Or better yet, host your own Big Game party and serve your favorite keto foods! If you feature an array of delicious low-carb keto foods that are impossibly yummy, no one will know it’s a keto party.
Either way, your ticket to the ultimate Game Day feast is in the keto recipes and store-bought food ideas below.
Keto Football Appetizer Recipes
There’s more to easy keto tailgate life than meat and cheese roll-ups! Want to do a little cooking? Put your best keto-food forward with these delicious keto appetizers (they’re also gluten-free and all finger foods!):
1. Herby Keto Chicken Wings with Lemon-Ranch Dip
Trust us, these grain-free, better-than-buffalo wings are crispy and finger-licking fantastic! Get the recipe
2. Keto Beef Sliders with Bacon and Mojo Sauce
Skip the bun, have just as much fun with these BLT-reminiscent open-face cheeseburgers with tender meat and crunchy lettuce and bacon! Get the recipe
3. Keto Jalapeño Poppers
Get ready for all the flavor of nachos and none of the carbs with these cheesy, gluten-free keto jalapeno poppers! Get the recipe
4. Moroccan Lamb Meatballs with Yogurt Dip
These are low-carb yum, one-bite meaty morsels with creamy sauce! Get the recipe
5. Artichoke Dip
Serve this creamy, parmesan-kissed dish with celery or zucchini sticks or endive spears to stay satisfied and in ketosis! Get the recipe
6. Keto Pizza with Broccoli Rabe, Mushrooms, & Sausage
Make several pizzas in advance, heat, and serve! Get the recipe
7. Keto Instant Pot Carnitas Tacos
With juicy shredded pork and toppings in lettuce cups, who needs tortillas? Get the recipe
8. Keto Beef Stew
No slow cooker needed for this yummy dish. Make it on the stovetop and add a stack of bowls and some spoons and let guests serve themselves! Get the recipe
Store-Bought Keto Football Snacks
You don’t have to make everything from scratch to offer an array of football bites. Following are dishes you can create from store-bought stuff:
- Sausage bites with mustard dip: Slice, saute, and stack the sausage on a platter with a side of toothpicks and Dijon mustard.
- Cheese platter: Cube some cheese, add toothpicks, and voila! Gametime keto snacks!
- Charcuterie: Serve an array of salami, prosciutto, and other sliced meats.
- Chicharrones and guacamole: Chips and dip minus the carbs!
Don’t Forget Dessert!
Pile these keto desserts high and watch ‘em dwindle. Made with keto-friendly ingredients like almond flour and healthy sugar-free sweeteners, they’re that good!
1. Low-Carb Lemon Bars
Easy to grab and devour, lemony and luscious, these bars can be doubled or tripled to feed crowds. Get the recipe
2. Keto Chocolate Cupcakes with Keto Buttercream Frosting
Color the frosting with your team color(s) to customize this delicious chocolate keto dessert. Get the recipe
3. More Mojo Chocolate Chip Keto Cookies
These soft-centered chocolate chip keto cookies go perfectly with hard-hitting games. Get the recipe
The Final Word
It’s easy to make and enjoy football foods with low net carbs if you have the right keto appetizer recipes and desserts or store-bought items. With the recipes and tips above, you can make keto Game Day foods that everyone will enjoy and be able to unabashedly savory the football feast on a ketogenic diet.