8 March Madness Recipes For Arizona Fans Who Are Looking For Some Winning Southwestern Eats

Watching college basketball is always exciting, but add a few snacks in the mix and you're in for a good time regardless of who wins or loses. These southwestern March Madness recipes for Arizona fans may sound wild, but that's what a Wildcat is all about, right? In preparation for the Arizona Wildcats' Sweet 16 game against the Xavier Musketeers, here are delicious ways to taste the desert as you root for your hometown team or alma mater, and pray those Wildcats won’t bite the sandy dust. But, hey, win or lose, at least you’ll have a reason in both cases to indulge yourself in victory, or lick your wounds by licking the spoon.

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by Megan Broussard

Southwestern Kale Salad with Sweet Potato, Quinoa, & Avocado Sauce

Get your gusto for the pre-game with this crisp starter salad from Cookie and Kate.

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Southwestern Stuffed Bell Peppers

Chomp on these stuffed peppers when you have the urge to bite your nails. Look, you need comfort food at a tense time like this, OK? Comfort of Cooking agrees.

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Southwestern Mac and Cheese

You won’t believe you ever truly lived before tasting this. This southwestern mac and cheese will be a game dish all-star for sure. Let’s all thank Dessert Now, Dinner Later for this bowl of deliciousness.

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Southwestern Egg Rolls with Avocado Ranch Dipping Sauce

Everyone loves southwestern egg rolls (or else I refuse to believe you’re human). Make your own for game day with this smokin’ recipe from Taste and Tell.

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Corn Chip-Crusted Southwestern Salmon Cakes

Try and say the name of this recipe three times in a row. Wait, it’s rude for you to talk with your mouth full, since you will be gorging yourself on this stuff. Who knew corn chips and salmon could taste so good? Get the recipe at Averie Cooks.

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Southwestern Style Chicken Casserole

This one is fast and kid-friendly (even for the inner-kid in you as you scream your little lungs out, cheering on the Arizona Wildcats). You can’t go wrong with this southwestern-style chicken casserole by Lana’s Cooking.

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Southwest Chicken Salad Slider Melts

Yeah, more like melt my heart. You’ll be popping these sliders like they’re three-pointers for the Wildcats. Go Arizona, and go How Sweet It Is for sharing these mouth-watering southwestern chicken sliders with us, too.

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Southwestern Vegetable Hash

Start game day — and any day, for that matter — off right with southwestern vegetable hash by Foodie Crush. With this recipe by your side, you simply can’t lose.

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