4 Tips for a Stress Free Football party and a Ro*Tel Hearty Bean Dip Recipe

Just when you thought you were done the cooking and entertaining now that the holidays are over, along comes the NFL playoffs and the Big Game! Thanksgiving and Christmas are known for roasted meats, mashed potatoes and trays of desserts, the Super Bowl is known for hearty chili recipes, queso dip, and plates of greasy finger foods.

Tips for a Stress Free Football Party and delicious bean dip recipe

Lucky for you, though, cooking on game day doesn’t have to be nearly as time-consuming or as labor-intensive as cooking a Thanksgiving feast!

The following tips can make prepping a Football Party simple and stress-free:

1. Prep the night before

Planning out your appetizer spread and doing as much prep work the night before the game will save you a ton of time when you have friends over. It’s much easier to play hostess and socialize with your guests when all you have to do is pop some trays in the oven.

2. Use a crockpot

Football games are long, and you don’t want your dips getting cold halfway through! To avoid this dilemma, try serving your hot dips in crockpots instead of bowls. They’ll stay bubbling and hot the entire game.

3. Don’t be scared of prepackaged foods

Your guests won’t even notice if you get a little help from canned ingredients or frozen pastry when it comes to your appetizers, so don’t be afraid to use them! Super Bowl foods are the types of food that don’t always need to be made from scratch, and they’ll be just as delicious if you take some shortcuts!

4. Make finger-friendly food

There’s nothing worse than cheering for your team while trying to balance a spoon, knife and bowl. Avoid soups or anything that needs to be cut with a fork and knife and stick to finger foods that are easy to eat.

Hearty Rotel Bean Dip

Hearty Rotel Bean Dip Recipe

If you’re looking for an easy, delicious recipe for the game day, this Hearty Bean Dip from Ro*Tel is a great option. It only takes 10 minutes to throw together from start to finish, and the combination of refried beans, diced tomatoes, and chilies, cheese and olives give this dip a major kick. Enjoy!


  • 1 16 oz can of Rosarita® Traditional Refried Beans
  • 1 10 oz can Ro*Tel® Hot Diced Tomatoes with Habaneros or Original, undrained
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese blend (2 cups = 8 oz)
  • 1 2.25 oz can sliced ripe olives, drained
  • ¼ cup sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic salt


  1. Combine beans, undrained tomatoes, cheese, olives, onions, cilantro and garlic salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Heat over medium-low heat until cheese melts and dip is bubbly, stirring often. 
  3. Serve with tortilla chips or vegetables, if desired.

Meredith writes on behalf of Ro*Tel. For chili recipes and appetizers with a kick that is perfect for any Super Bowl party, visit www.ro-tel.com.