Are you ready for some football?

Do you watch the Super Bowl? I feel like most people do, even if they aren’t football fans. The commercials are usually funny. Lots of people watch it just for the half-time show. I enjoy the Super Bowl for a couple reasons. First, I love the excuse to make a bunch of food and hang out with my family (and friends in non COVID times). Second, I love the end of football season. My husband LOVES football. I am a moderate fan at best, so the constant football from August to the Super Bowl is a bit much for me.

Appetizers and snack type foods are some of my favorites. Maybe because we don’t eat them all the time, but it just feels so fun to make a spread of different appetizers to eat. Whether you have a theme or not, a good round up is easy to come by. Our family has tried to have our foods “themed” around the cities of the teams the past couple years. But we always have a few mainstays thrown in. My goal is to try and make each option as healthful as possible – so homemade salsa to lower the sodium, veggies for dips besides just chips, etc.

Today, I’m sharing 2 new recipes that I think would be a great, somewhat healthy addition to your Super Bowl spread: spicy fries and shrimp street tacos. The fries make a great substitute for tortilla chips as a base for nachos. I love sweet potato fries, but feel free to substitute regular potatoes or do half and half. The little street taco size of the shrimp tacos help keep portions under control. I like to serve shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, and some cilantro ranch dressing with the tacos to make a little salad to go along with them.

I hope you find something here to make your Super Bowl party delicious AND healthy! What are your Super Bowl plans? I’d love to hear them in the comments!

Spicy Fries (Serves 4 as a side)

Spicy Fries

  • 4 large potatoes (white or sweet), peeled and cut into fries
  • 1 ½ tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Option: lightly spray aluminum foil with cooking spray.
  2. Toss potatoes with oil, sugar, and chili powder. Spread into even layer on baking sheet.
  3. Bake until tender, about 30-45 minutes. Stir every 10-15 minutes to prevent burning and check doneness.
  4. Serve as is or top with your favorite nacho toppings.

Nutritional Information (amount per serving):
Calories: 198
Protein: 3 g
Fat: 6 g
Saturated Fat: less than 1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Carbohydrates: 35 g
Fiber: 3 g
Sodium: 27 mg

Shrimp Street Tacos (Makes about 16 street size tacos)

Shrimp Street Tacos

  • 1 ½ cups diced tomatoes (about 5 roma tomatoes)
  • 1 small onion, diced (about ½ cup)
  • ½ jalepeno pepper, seeded and diced small
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup (low sodium is great)
  • Zest of 1 lime
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 12 ounces shrimp, peeled, deveined, and tails removed
  • 1 teaspoon + 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 16 street taco flour tortillas
  • 1 ½ cups shredded monterey jack cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F
  2. In a medium bowl, stir together tomatoes through pepper.
  3. In a large skillet, heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium heat. Add the tomato mixture. Cook until liquid is reduced and veggies are soft, about 5-6 minutes.
  4. While tomato mix is cooking, cut shrimp into small pieces with kitchen shears. When veggies are cooked, add shrimp (not any liquid that has drained from them), into the pan. Cook, stirring to combine, for 2-3 minutes or until shrimp are just turning pink. Remove from heat.
  5. Spread 1 tablespoon oil each on 2 large baking trays. Lay tortillas on sheets, not overlapping. Sprinkle cheese evenly over all tortillas. Spoon a small amount of shrimp mixture into center of each tortilla.
  6. Bake for 7-10 minutes, flipping pans halfway through if not a convection oven. Tortillas should look golden and crispy.
  7. Remove from oven. Remove each taco with a flat spatula and fold over while hot.

Nutritional Information (amount per taco):
Calories: 157
Protein: 9 g
Fat: 7 g
Saturated fat: 2 g
Cholesterol: 44 g
Carbohydrates: 14 g
Fiber: 1 g
Sodium: 291 mg

Recipe note: If you can’t find street taco tortillas, you could use corn tortillas or the smallest flour tortillas you can find.

Other great Super Bowl food ideas:

Brownie Date Bites
Brownie Date Bites for a sweet treat

Sweet Potato Tots
Sweet Potato Tots

Layered Greek Dip
Layered Greek Dip

Israeli Nachos
Israeli Nachos – try it on the spicy fries!

Black-eyed Pea Salsa
Black Eyed Pea Salsa – sub in black or pinto beans if you’d like

Steak and Feta Quesadillas
Steak and Feta Quesadillas

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