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Game Day Foods: Spicy Edition

Updated: Feb 27, 2023

game day foods

It's football season, and watching the games are always a ton of fun... but for some of us... the food is even better than the game! Spending your weekends watching football while eating some mouthwatering recipes is one of American's favorite pastime and sport and we're all here for it!

With the first week of NFL football behind us, if you haven't already, it's time to fire up the grill and start cooking some delicious food! If you're looking for some new ideas to spice up your game day menu, then you're in the right place. From jalapeno poppers to spicy chicken wings, we've got you covered with some new spicy game day food ideas.

So grab your favorite hot sauce and get ready to turn up the heat!

Spicy Game Day Food Ideas

Even if you're not a big fan of football, there's just something about the excitement of the football season blended in with the cool autumn air that makes you yearn for spicy, hearty foods.

man at a football party

There are many varieties of fiery foods already prepared and ready to go, from ghost pepper-flavored popcorn to chili extract-infused beef jerky, and spicy reaper pickles, which will surely set your mouth on fire.

But those will never compare to something homemade with the right quality ingredients. Which is what we're going to talk about today... some amazing recipes to cook up for your next game day party.

Your game day menu might not ensure a victory for your favorite team, but it will definitely get you and your guests in the mood for some delicious, spicy food.

No matter where you watch the game, whether it's at home on your big screen TV or tailgating with friends, these recipes will make it a gathering to remember.

Let's kick off!

1. Alabama-Style Jalapeno Poppers

These little bites of heaven are always a hit at any tailgate party. Simply stuff some jalapenos with cream cheese, wrap them in bacon, and throw them on the grill. You can also try this variation with sausage blended into the cream cheese. Yum!

Jalapeno Poppers


  • 2 Cups Shredded Cheese

  • 4 oz Cream Cheese

  • 2 tbsp Mayonnaise

  • 1/4 Cup Diced Pimiento Peppers

  • 1/4 cup Minced Onion

  • 1/2 tsp Salt, Paprika, Black Pepper & Panko Breadcrumbs

  • 2 tsp Olive Oil

  • Bacon

  • Burnt Ends Alabama White Sauce


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°.

  2. Cut the jalapeño peppers in half lengthwise. Scrape out and discard any seeds and ribs

  3. Stir together the cheddar, cream cheese, mayonnaise, pimientos, onion, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, paprika, and pepper into a bowl.

  4. Stir together the panko, 1/4 teaspoon salt, paprika, pepper, and olive oil in a bowl.

  5. Fill each pepper with some of the cheese mix

  6. Sprinkle panko on the tops of the peppers

  7. Optional: If you want them wrapped in bacon, do this now otherwise you can sprinkle chopped-up cooked bacon afterward

  8. Bake for about 15 minutes or until the tops are golden brown

  9. Remove the peppers and add your chopped-up bacon and chives.

  10. Drizzle on top or dip into Burnt Ends Alabama White Sauce

burnt ends alabama white sauce

Alabama White Sauce

The White Wraith pays homage to the state of Alabama, where white sauce originated and we kicked up the heat on our version with Ghost Peppers.

Alabama white sauce is a great dipping sauce for things such as jalapeno poppers and chicken wings. It is incredibly addictive.

So use some caution, as tomorrow you may be as white as a ghost.

2. Spicy Ghost Pepper Chicken Wings

A tailgate classic, these wings can be made as spicy or mild as you like. For an extra kick, try dipping them in bleu cheese or ranch dressing with a bit of Mikey V's Ex's Texas sauce mixed in.! Trust us, your taste buds will thank you!

spicy chicken wings


  • ½ cup Ketchup

  • ½ Cup Honey

  • 3 tbsp Brown Sugar

  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce

  • ¼ Cup Rice Vinegar

  • 1 ½ tsp Red Chili Flake

  • 3 tbsp Sweet Ghost Pepper sauce

  • 2 tsp Minced Garlic

  • 1 ½ Pounds of Chicken Wings

  • 1 tsp Salt


  1. Preheat your air fryer to 380°

  2. Whisk together the Sweet Ghost Pepper sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ½ tsp red chili flake.

  3. Bring to a simmer and cook over a low heat for about 5 minutes.

  4. Add your chicken wings to a tray or plate and season each side with salt and pepper.

  5. Place the wings into an air fryer

  6. Air fry for 6 minutes.

  7. After 6 minutes, turn the wings over and cook for another 6 minutes.

  8. Flip the wings over again and brush generously with some of the sauce.

  9. Air fry for another two-three minutes.

  10. Flip the wings over again, brush with sauce and cook for another minute or two.

  11. Take the wings out and pour the remaining Sweet Ghost Pepper sauce over the wings

Sweet Ghost Pepper Sauce

Recently taking first place in the Pepper Sauce Commercial Bottler’s and People’s Choice categories at the Austin Festival of 2022, this hot sauce is a fan favorite. It's been winning awards for years and packs a bunch full of flavor and spice!

ex's texas salsa

Texas Ex's

Mikey V's Texas Ex's is a delicious, vinegar-based salsa, that has 7 different peppers: Jalapenos, Habaneros, Red Fresno, Scotch Bonnets, Yellow Moruga Scorpions, Bhut Jolokia-Ghost Peppers, and Brown Moruga Trinidad Scorpion Peppers, which are the peppers responsible for this capsaicin frenzy.

3. Spicy Garlic Queso Dip

This spicy garlic queso dip is the perfect game-day snack. It's packed with garlic flavors and just the right amount of spice to kick up the heat. All you need is some chips or veggies and you're good to go!

spicy garlic queso dip


  • 1/2 LB Cooked Chorizo

  • 1 Cup Seeded and DicedTomato

  • ½ Cup Diced Sweet Onion

  • 2-4 Finely Diced Jalapeno (Depending on Heat Level)

  • ½ Bunch Finely Chopped Cilantro

  • 2-3 Minced Garlic Cloves

  • 1 Block Mexican Velveeta Cheese

  • 1 Block Cream Cheese

  • Mikey V’s Ghostly Garlic Sauce


  1. In a saucepan lightly saute the onions and jalapenos until fragrant- about five minutes- and then add in the garlic.

  2. To the same saucepan, slowly add the Velveeta and cream cheese until fully melted and combined.

  3. Stir in the cooked chorizo, tomato, and 2 tablespoons (or more if you like!) of Mikey V’s Ghostly Garlic Sauce and continue to let gently simmer for 5 minutes

  4. Transfer to a bowl, top with cilantro, and enjoy!

mikey v's ghostly garlic hot sauce

Ghostly Garlic Hot Sauce

Coming in at just over 1 million Scoville heat units(SHU's), the Ghost Pepper or Bhut Jolokia was a sure pick when we decided to create this trio of garlic-based gourmet hot sauces. Slightly smoky and packed with one of Mikey V's unique flavor profiles, is what will keep you coming back for more!

4. Game Day Michelada

A michelada is a traditional Mexican drink made with beer, lime juice, assorted sauces, spices, and chili peppers. It's the perfect drink to enjoy on game day while you're watching the action on the field and we've got the perfect flavorful recipe for it.

Michelada recipe


  • Splash of Clamato

  • 1-2 Dashes of Worcestershire Sauce

  • 1-2 Limes

  • Mikey V's Sam Sauce

  • Brok Da Mout

  • 12 oz Beer of Choice


  1. Rub a cut lime around the rim of a chilled glass and then rim the glass with the Brok Da Mout seasoning

  2. In the same glass add the juice of one lime, Worcestershire sauce, 3-4 dashes of Sam Sauce, and a couple of shakes of the Brok Da Mout seasoning

  3. Add in the Clamato juice and stir together to mix

  4. Gently pour over your favorite beer and enjoy

brok da mout spice blend

Brok Da' Mout

Mikey V's Brok Da Mout is a delicious spice blend that is so good it'll "Bok Da Mout"!

Hawaiian definition: (Brok Da Mout) used when describing food that is unbelievably delicious.

Sam Sauce

Sam Sauce is a combination of Japanese Black Vinegar and Yuzu Vinegar with roasted tomatillos, jalapenos, and the notorious 7-Pot Primo Pepper, this sauce is loaded with FLAVOR and HEAT!


game day party

Turn Up the Spice on Game Days

These are just a few of the best spicy game day recipes to get your mouth watering. Whether you like it mild or super spicy, there is food or recipes on this list that will tickle your taste buds. So fire up the grill and get cooking! Your tailgate party guests will thank you!

If you guys have your own game-day food ideas or recipes that you want to share, let us know by leaving a comment down below or send us an email. We would love to try your recipe out and even feature it here on our website!


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