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01/31/2015 08:35 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

10 Winning Recipes for the Big Game

1. Texas Beef Chili

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With fork-tender chunks of beef enveloped in a deep, spicy and smoky sauce, Texas beef chili is essentially a chili-flavored beef stew. It's a world apart from the typical ground beef chili made with beans and tomatoes. GET THE RECIPE

2. Grilled Chicken Wings with Seasoned Buffalo Sauce

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Classic Buffalo wings are fried but I love the flavor and ease of cooking them on the grill -- they are truly no fuss, no muss and finger lickin' good! The seasoned Buffalo sauce takes them over the top; it's made with garlic and spices, which makes it more flavorful than your typical hot sauce. GET THE RECIPE

3. Cheddar & Herb Cheese Straws

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Though they look like bread sticks, these crisp and flaky cheese straws are actually more akin to savory pie crust or pastry. They are wildly addictive, and just plain fun to serve. Bet you can't eat just one. GET THE RECIPE

4. Roasted Garlic Guacamole

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While traditional guacamole is made with raw onions, this updated version is made with roasted garlic, which has just as much flavor and none of unpleasant aftertaste. Always a crowd-pleaser! GET THE RECIPE

5. White Chicken Chili

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Made with store-bought rotisserie chicken, this is an easy yet delicious chicken chili that you can prepare for your crowd in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

6. Nigella's Party Popcorn

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Leave it to Nigella. I used to love my popcorn topped with just a little butter and salt but now that I've had her Party Popcorn, I don't want it any other way. Slightly sweet, salty and spiced with an exotic blend of cinnamon, cumin and paprika, this stuff is downright habit-forming. GET THE RECIPE

7. Roasted Tomato Salsa

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This is the best salsa: the vegetables are roasted, which intensifies the flavor of the tomatoes, mellows the onions and garlic, and adds a light touch of smokiness. You'll never go back to raw salsa again. GET THE RECIPE

8. Crack Nuts

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My husband calls these sweet, spicy and salty candied pecans "crack nuts" because they're madly addictive. The best part? You only need four simple ingredients to make them -- and if you start right now, you'll be done in 15 minutes. GET THE RECIPE

9. Baked Artichoke & Spinach Dip

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Leave the old fashioned sour cream and mayonnaise behind: this Artichoke and Spinach dip is thickened with a Mornay sauce, which is simply a Béchamel sauce with the addition of grated cheese. It bakes up creamy, cheesy and rich, and is delicious spooned onto a baguette. GET THE RECIPE

10. Chili Con Queso

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Skip the Velveeta: from-scratch queso is so much better! This version made with fresh jalapeños, Cheddar and Pepper Jack is rich, creamy and dangerously addictive served warm with tortilla chips. GET THE RECIPE