There are two schools of thought when it comes to the Super Bowl. There are what can easily be called the diehard fans, painting their faces in their team’s colors, standing in front of the TV, screaming “What kind of call was that?!” and generally just losing their dang minds. And then, there’s the rest of us, who show up at Super Bowl parties for the snacks and other tasty treats. But whether you’re hosting a Super Bowl shindig or going to one as a guest, you’ll want to know about these Costco appetizers that make the best party foods.
In 2022, it’s the Los Angeles Rams playing against the Cincinnati Bengals in what promises to be a really amazing Super Bowl LVI. But here’s what’s even more amazing: the amount of Costco finger foods you can give to your guests when they come to watch the game. Because that’s the beauty of buying in bulk; you can feed a full house, even when said crowd is rowdy — and ravenous.
So if you prefer to sit on the sidelines (and stuff your face) while the rest of the room goes nuts, you can partake of any of these Costco appetizers that are winners not just in quantity, but quality, too.
1 Meatballs Courtesy Kristina Johnson 2 Shrimp Courtesy Kristina Johnson
If you don't quite love a shrimp cocktail platter, but still have a craving for some seafood, hit up Costco’s frozen food section. These
Panko-coated bites should hit the spot, and you get 40 to 50 pieces for around $20 a box. 3 Chicken Potstickers Courtesy Kristina Johnson
Potstickers are a good option to add a little variety to the typical football spread of pizza, wings, chips, and dip. These are
stuffed with chicken and veggies, and a 4-pound bag is just $12. 4 Mozzarella Sticks Courtesy Kristina Johnson
I'm always a little tempted to buy this enormous,
$14 package of mozzarella sticks whenever I’m shopping for Costco appetizers. (There's 82 to 92 in a box!) And then I remember that I'm the only person in my house who eats mozzarella sticks, and just because I could eat five pounds worth doesn't mean I should. But if you’re hosting a Super Bowl party, this is obviously a no brainer. 5 Beef Franks Wrapped In Puff Pastry Courtesy Kristina Johnson Beef franks wrapped in puff pastry sounds way classier than pigs in a blanket, right? But they're one and the same, and they're one of my all-time favorite Costco appetizers. You'll get 100 for $19 with this big box. 6 Mesquite Wings Courtesy Kristina Johnson Costco chicken wings will run you about $6 a pound, and most packages had a little over three pounds worth of wings. The ones I perused were all mesquite flavor, but I've found that you can coat them in a bottle of your preferred wing sauce and the flavors will blend together nicely. 7 Mini Crab Cakes Courtesy Kristina Johnson
My family had some of these
crab cakes as part of our Christmas dinner spread, so I can tell you firsthand that they are absolutely addictive. A box of 36 costs $20, but I'd suggest getting two. This Costco finger food will go that fast. 8 Spring Rolls Courtesy Kristina Johnson
Spring rolls are the first thing I add to my order when I get takeout, but I'm wondering if these
Costco vegetable spring rolls could cut my monthly Seamless bill way down. I very much appreciate that the $9 package comes with packets of plum sauce, because spring rolls just aren't complete without it. 9 Pinwheels Courtesy Kristina Johnson 10 Meat & Cheese Rollups Courtesy Kristina Johnson 11 St. Louis Ribs Courtesy Kristina Johnson Costco's racks of ribs go for $8 a pound, and the packages I saw were two to three pounds each. If you're picking up some, you might want to hit up the paper towel aisle, too, because there's just no way to eat ribs without making a huge mess. 12 Spinach & Artichoke Dip Courtesy Kristina Johnson 13 Hummus Courtesy Kristina Johnson
You'd be surprised how fast
two pounds of hummus will go, and two pounds of anything for just $6 is kind of ridiculous. If you're trying to keep your party budget under control, this should definitely be at the top of your list. 14 Naan Dippers Courtesy Kristina Johnson
I love the idea of laying out these little
Naan Dippers along side your salsa, hummus, and/or dips as an alternative to chips (which just fall apart anyway). This tub costs just $5. 15 Kirkland Super Extra Large Peanuts
Peanuts can be a perfect pre-game app. You can come up with creative ways to serve these supersized Virginia variety peanuts — or simply put them in a bowl and let your guests munch away. For $7, you can purchase a
40 oz. container of these extra crunchy, roasted and salted little legumes. 16 Kirkland Organic Tortilla Chips
Can you really call it a Super Bowl party if there aren’t chips and dips? Probably not. These
restaurant style tortilla chips are organic and contain a blend of real ground white and yellow corn. Plus, they come in a big ‘ol 40-ounce bag for less than $6, so you won’t have to worry about running out. 17 Tyson Boneless Chicken Wyngz
There’s probably no food more synonymous with the Super Bowl than wings. But if you want to spend more time watching the game (and less time cooking), just heat up these frozen wings, which are essentially chicken nuggets that are breaded and coated in a tangy buffalo-style sauce. They come in a giant
3.25-pound bag for less than $13. 18 Kirkland Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream
Get your scooping arm ready, because there’s a lot of ice cream in this Kirkland container — four quarts to be precise. The dreamy dessert includes two
64-ounce containers for just $14, and can be used to top warm brownies, or become the base to a beautiful Super Bowl Sundae. Is ice cream technically an appetizer? If you're an "eat dessert first" kind of person, yes it is. 19 Mini Chicken & Cheese Tacos 21 Bagel Bites
If your kids (or your partner, or you, honestly) are less a fan of fancy wontons and more into tiny pizzas, behold. You need this enormous box of Bagel Bites. Just under $11 for 72 perfect bite-sized snacks.
22 Mini Cookies
For the sweet tooth, Kirkland's has a great deal on a 60-count box of
mini chocolate chip cookies for less than $11. This is another fun one to add with the ice cream, so you could make a whole dessert bar, or put out dips and things like hot fudge, ice cream, marshmallow topping, or even frosting and sprinkles to deck out these little cookies. 23 President Brie Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
There’s something about brie that can elevate any gathering. Instead of serving regular chips and cheesy dip, break out the brie. You can warm up the President’s Brie ($6.89/18 oz) for some extra gooeyness, or simply slice and serve it along with other yummy finger foods like fruit slices (apples and pears go particularly well with brie). You can also add in some berries, nuts, or crackers — and then pop some champagne when your preferred team gets a touchdown.
24 Wolf Family Brand Pulled Pork Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
For sliders that everyone will be talking about well past Game Day, you can’t pick a better package of pulled pork than The Wolf Family brand sold at Costco. Smoky and seasoned, all you need to do is heat it up and serve it with some good-quality buns. Of course, you could add some extra condiments, (or put out a big ol’ bottle of BBQ sauce), but you don’t really need to. You’ll get 2 lbs. for $11.49, which means you’ll have enough for sammies and leftovers, too.
25 Cheese Flight Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
The Kirkland Signature Cheese Flight is not the typical cheese served for your Super Bowl party. There are five cheeses represented in this yummy appetizer, from gruyere, Bellavitano, chevre (made from goat’s milk), pecorino (made from sheep’s milk), and fontal. They’re perfectly placed on a mock cutting board, so all you’ll need to do is snip open the package and serve it as is. There’s even a suggested wine pairing list; just swing over to Costco’s spirits section to score some wines that will work with the cheesy goodness.
26 La Terra Fina Quiche Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
Maybe some would say it’s crazy to serve quiche on a day that celebrates sliders and chips. But your guests will gobble this 2-pack of quiche from La Terra Fina. And why not, when the flavors include spinach and artichoke and cheddar and broccoli. The quiches are made with egg whites (from cage-free eggs, to boot), and have 8-11 grams of protein per serving. All that healthy goodness can help offset some of the other, ahem, not-so-healthy treats everyone is eating.
27 Main St. Bistro Baked Scalloped Potatoes Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
There’s nothing like scalloped potatoes to turn your Super Bowl party into a swanky soiree. You can just pop the Main St. Bistro Baked Scalloped Potatoes ($6.99) into the oven, and in about eight minutes (yup, eight minutes), you’ll have perfectly cooked potatoes. The spuds are slathered in cheddar cheese, so they’ll be extra delish. And at 40 oz., the baked scalloped potatoes will definitely be a crowd pleaser.
28 Panera Mac n Cheese Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
Sure to please even the pickiest of eaters, Panera’s Mac & Cheese will curb any cheesy cravings. The 2-pack tub of mac & cheese is a simple heat and serve deal. You’ll just need to stir the mac and cheese so that it heats evenly. You’ll get three pounds of the good stuff for $10.99, and it’s even freezable (but it’s unlikely you’ll have any leftovers, anyway).
29 Organic Cauliflower Bites Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
Super Bowl Sunday might be a meat lovers paradise, but not for everyone. For the vegetarians at your party, put out these organic cauliflower bites from Don Lee Farms ($10.99). They’re made with organic sunflower seeds and white cheddar cheese. Not only are they GMO-free, but they’re also gluten-free, too. They microwave in mere minutes, too. Pop some toothpicks in them once they’re warm, and watch them disappear from the plate.
30 Mama Mancini’s Jumbo Beef Meatballs Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
You could spend all day making Nonna’s secret recipe for spaghetti and meatballs — or you could just buy Mama Mancini’s Jumbo Beef Meatballs instead ($14.99). The meatballs are made from a family recipe dating back to 1921, and are authentically Italian. They’re already fully cooked, so you can either add them to the sauce simmering on the stove, or heat them in the oven. All that’s missing are some heroes and mozzarella, and those meatballs will be meant to be in a grinder.
31 Grilled Chicken Strips Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
Can you really go wrong with grilled chicken strips? We say no. It’s a totally versatile appetizer; you can add it to almost anything, or nothing and serve as is. The boneless and skinless breast meat is grilled over an open flame, so it’ll have that nice smoky flavor that you can only get from a grill. These chicken strips ($10.69 for 2 lbs.) have no added hormones or preservatives, and are both gluten and sugar-free. They’re fully cooked, so just warm them up before the game gets underway.
32 Buffalo Style Chicken Dip Courtesy of Jennifer Parris
There are dips… and then there are
dips. And this buffalo chicken dip ($8.99/24 oz.) is one of those Costco appetizers that can do so, so much more than top a tortilla chip. You can serve it with some veggies and (hopefully get your kids to learn to love celery sticks), or you can heat it up and add it on as a meal all its own (just add a starch like potatoes or rice), or just serve as a sammy. It’s made with all white chicken meat, too, which matters when you have a kiddo who doesn’t do dark meat.
No matter what everyone is craving, these Costco finger foods should find their way into your shopping wagon on your next trip to the store. And then, come Game Day, you can have supersized snacks for your Super Bowl party that will have everyone gathering (and noshing) in the end zone.
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This article was originally published on
Jan. 28, 2019