9 Winning Dip Recipes for Football Season, So Don’t Even Think About Canned Salsa

It’s football season, which means you have some big decisions to make. For example: Should you trade for a top-tier quarterback on your fantasy team? Which game should you watch on Sunday? And most importantly, what will you be eating? Wings are de rigueur, of course — as are those adorable mini sausages. But the most essential part of your football feast is the one you usually forget: the dip.

Sure, you can pour a can of salsa into a plastic bowl. Just like you can draft Tony Romo and expect him to come through when you need him most. (Sorry, Cowboy fans. You know it’s true.) Or you can opt for the clutch player — and that’s where we can help. From creamy baked fontina to perfect guacamole, we rounded up our favorite recipes to get you through every Sunday until the Super Bowl. Ready? You got a game to catch.

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Oven-Roasted Salsa

You can’t go wrong with a classic salsa — just as long as it comes out of your oven and not a can. Heather Christo shows us how.

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Guacamole

If you’re already making salsa, you better have a batch of guac on hand, too. Half Baked Harvest has the (ridiculously easy) recipe for salsa’s creamier half.

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Queso

You know what’s better than guacamole? Guacamole with queso on top. Yes, this is a real thing. But whether you guac or not, you’ll want this killer queso from How Sweet It Is.

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Goat Cheese Thyme

Looking for a different kind of queso? Ditch the cheddar for goat cheese à la Green Kitchen Stories.

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Baked Ricotta

Since we’re already going wild, let’s throw ricotta in our queso and put it all in the oven. I mean, just look at it — do you need another reason? Thanks, Honestly Yum!

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Spinach Artichoke

A piping hot dish of spinach artichoke dip never disappoints. Food Fanatic has the creamy, drool-worthy recipe.

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Baba Ghanoush

Think of baba ghanoush as hummus’ little sister. You might not know it as well, but once you give it a shot, there’s no going back. Whip up this recipe from Wild Greens and Sardines and serve it with pita chips.

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Dukkah-Spiced Yogurt

If you’re keeping things light, opt for creamy yogurt instead of cheese. Our friends at Love and Lemons spice their dip up with a hazelnut- and pistachio-filled dukkah.

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Fontina Chorizo Dip

Who are we kidding? Yogurt, we love you — but what we really want is cheese. And pork. And artichoke dip, all in one bowl. Half Baked Harvest gets us.

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