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Your Fave Bar Snacks for March Madness Parties

Is your bracket busted yet? Even if you're out of the office pool -- maybe that's the reason it's called March Madness -- there's still plenty of good reasons to get together with your college basketball loving friends. We've got 8 of 'em right here, including decadent dips, crazy good chili and nachos that are as exciting as a shot going in at the buzzer. Here's the lineup for a big WIN!

1. Boilermaker Tailgate Chili 

Prepping this meaty version the night before makes Game Day a breeze. One 5-star review raved: "I can't praise this chili enough! The meat melted in your mouth, the flavors tingled nicely all the way to your toes." Sounds like a MVP!


Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

Photo by Molly

2. Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

This one gets high fives for being so easy to make. In fact, Theresa reported in her glowing review: "I'm a terrible cook and this recipe made me look like an awesome cook. My entire family loved this!!!!"



Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings

Restaurant-Style Buffalo Chicken Wings | Photo by Tricia Winterle Jaeger

3. Brown Sugar Smokies

Just three ingredients, but a whole lot of flavor. Leslie dished up 5 stars in a recent review: "I made this for a party and they were gone within 15 min. after setting them out. This will be a definite on my party menus for now on."


2432860_Brown Sugar Smokies_14939_Photo by Allrecipes

Photo by Allrecipes

4. 7-Layer Taco Dip

If you build it, they will come! This classic is so satisfying, especially when you're cooking for a crowd. Sports fans report that it's a huge hit at parties: "Absolutely delish!!!! Would make it again!" gushed MJgirlie.


Seven Layer Dip I


5. Jalapeno Popper Spread

The cream cheese tames the heat from the jalapenos in this impressive preparation that's earned an average of 4.5 stars from more than 2,700 reviewers. "Everyone who has tried this dip when I've made it has loved it! Tastes great warm or cold!" said Queenie605.

6. Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos

A flavorful rendition of the classic lightens things up a little bit with the addition of seasoned chicken. Some cooks plan parties around this fun one: "I must admit to planning social gatherings simply as an excuse to make this. Everyone loves it!" admits Krista.


Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos. Photo by bellepepper_resized

Restaurant Style Chicken Nachos | Photo by bellepepper

7. Baked Buffalo Chicken Dip

Wings are great, but this scoop-able variation scores huge cheers for adding gooey cheese to the winning combo. "Excellent dish! I made it for an office party. There were several Buffalo Chicken dips there but my dish was the only empty one at the end of the party!" raves Maria856.


Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip | Photo by Mackenzie Schieck

8. Beer Margaritas

Because, well... you're going to need something fun to toast your team's win. Or drown your sorrows at the loss. There are tons of 5-star favoes for this refreshing cocktail: "The Best Margarita by far!!! even if you are not a beer drinker, trust me you will love this," said JMROSS.


Beer Margaritas

Beer Margaritas | Photo by docswife


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About Leslie Kelly

Always hungry to learn, never had my fill of oysters, Memphis dry rub ribs, wild salmon, chocolate chip cookies or a well-rolled lumpia. Washington state wine lover, bourbon fan. Totally obsessed with brunch!