Still Planning Your Super Bowl Food? Let Sunny Anderson Help

Still Planning Your Super Bowl Food? Let Sunny Anderson Help

Super Bowl food
Sunny Anderson's Easy-Win Chili (Photo: Amscan)

Whether you’re tuning in for the commercials, or you’re watching for the celebrities, unless you’re still boycotting the NFL and skipping the big game altogether, you’re going to need to get your Super Bowl food plans together. Like now.

Food Network host Sunny Anderson is here to rescue you from endless hours of scrolling Pinterest for the perfect recipes. Try either (or both) or her crowd-pleasing dishes to feed the football fans in your life.

Sunny’s Easy-Win Chili 

Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson, 2017

Serves 6-8

  • 1 pound Mexican chorizo or spicy sausage, casing removed
  • 1 pound ground chuck (80% beef, 20% fat)
  • 1 large white onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Black pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic, grated on a rasp or finely minced
  • ¼ cup chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon dry, whole leaf thyme
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 14 ounces (1¾ cups) crushed tomato
  • 14 ounces (1¾ cups) beef stock

1. Start the chili. In a medium pot with a heavy base or Dutch oven on medium high heat add the chorizo, beef, onions, salt and a pinch of pepper. Use a wooden spoon or potato masher to break the chorizo down into bits like the ground beef. Once the chorizo is mostly cooked and the onions are tender, add the garlic, chili powder, chili flakes, thyme, and cinnamon. Cook a few minutes while stirring to combine all the flavors.

2. Cover and finish. Add the crushed tomato and beef stock. Raise the heat until the pot boils, then lower to a low simmer and cover. Cook stirring occasionally for about 40 minutes. Serve with a toppings/pairings bar. Transfer to a slow cooker if for a party.

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Sunny Anderson’s Infladium (Photo: Amscan)

Anderson not only delivers he goods when it comes to what you should make for Super Bowl food, but she’s also tackled the problem of how you should serve it. A football super-fan herself, Anderson has made tailgating a bit less stressful for the host with her invention of the Infladium, an inflatable, reusable snack stadium that debuted last November and is sold at Party City stores across the country.

Here are her suggestions for what to serve with the chili when a simple serving bowl won’t do:

Fill the field:

  • Shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Corn bread
  • Baked potatoes
  • Taco shells

Fill the stands:

  • Tortillas, corn chips, tortilla chips
  • Chopped scallions, tomatoes, onions
  • Salsas, sour cream, hot sauce
  • Lettuce, corn, pickled jalapenos
  • Shredded cheeses, aluminum foil wrapped baked potatoes
  • Tater tots, radish slices, shredded lettuce, sliced black olives

If your home will be full of famished fans but the thought of actually cooking Super Bowl food is too much bear, Anderson’s also got a recipe for a cheesy dip that will save you time in the kitchen and get you back in the action in front of the TV.

Sunny’s Cheese “Point” Spread

Recipe courtesy Sunny Anderson, 2017

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Sunny Anderson’s Cheese “Point” Spread (Photo: Amscan)

For the spread

  • 48 ounces shredded white cheddar
  • 48 ounces shredded Monterey jack
  • 4 cups mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons onion powder
  • 2 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 48 ounces scallion cream cheese
  • 1 cup drained and chopped pimentos
  • ½ cup drained and chopped pickled jalapenos


  • 32 ounces shredded white cheddar
  • bunches of fresh dill
  • bunches of fresh parsley, chopped
  • bunches of fresh cilantro, chopped

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and spread evenly into the full sheet to flatten. Top with cheddar cheese and green herbs to create a football field.