20 Appetizer Ideas for March Madness

20 Appetizers for March Madness - Perfect game day appetizers to watch your  favorite college basketball team!

For the last few years I have participated in a bracket tournament challenge with some of my extended family. Three years ago I got second place when Kentucky lost to Duke. I choose Kentucky to win every year. Last year, though they didn’t take the trophy, they made it right to the end. And because of that and who they played, I totally won our family’s bracket challenge. It was AWESOME! I got to take home the trophy and keep it  until this year when someone else wins. Only this year I don’t plan on losing. Sorry, family, this trophy is mine!

And for all your game day parties, here is a list of 20 of the best appetizer recipes out there! All easy to make and SO good. And perfect for game day!

Copycat Chili’s Skillet Queso from Cupcake Diaries

Copycat Chili's Skillet Queso

Party Meatballs from Cupcake Diaries

Party Meatballs

Baked Mozzarella Sticks from Cupcake Diaries

Baked Mozzarella Sticks

Cocktail Smokies from Cupcake Diaries

Cocktail Smokies

Easy Pepperoni Bread from Two Healthy Kitchens

Easy Pepperoni Bread

Grandmother’s Chinese Chicken Wings from Bakeaholic Mama

Grandmother's Chinese Chicken Wings

Mini Tortellini Kabobs from Very Culinary

Mini Tortellini Kabobs

Spinach and Artichoke Bagels from Cooking with Grace

Spinach and Artichoke Bagels

Panko Fried Pickles with Spicy Mayo from Kailey’s Kitchen

Panko Fried Pickles

Sweet ‘n Sour Bacon Wrapped Pineapple from Food Faith Fitness

Sweet 'n Sour Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

Bacon Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Ball from It’s Yummi

Bacon Chipotle Cheddar Cheese Ball

Cheesy Crab Dip from Cooking on the Front Burner

Cheesy Crab Dip

Copycat PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps from An Edible Mosaic

Copycat PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Mini Shrimp and Arichoke Appetizer Cups from Tried and Tasty

Mini Shrimp and Artichoke Appetizer Cups

 Buffalo Chicken Potato Bites from Baked by Rachel

Buffalo Chicken Potato Bites

Sriracha Lollipop Chicken Wings from Two in the Kitchen

Sriracha Lollipop Chicken Wings

Waffle Fry Slider Burgers from NeighborFood

Waffle Fry Sliders

Cheesy Baked Dip from Tried and Tasty

Cheesy Baked Dip

Soft Pretzels with Nacho Cheese Sauce from Oh, Sweet Basil

Soft Pretzels with Nacho Cheese Sauce

Triple Meat and Cheese Pizza Dip with Grilled Crust Dippers from Krafted Koch

Triple Meat and Cheese Pizza Dip with Grilled Crust Dippers

For even more Game Day ideas, check out this round up of 40 recipes! From appetizers, desserts, burgers, and more!

40 Game Day Recipes

40 Game Day Recipes


  1. says

    Congrats on winning the bracket last year! I always enter my office bracket and I am the only one who has won twice! Love that stuff! And I love these March Madness Munchies too! Thanks so much for including me! 🙂

  2. says

    So fun that you have a tournament bracket challenge with your extended family! We usually do one, just the four of us, and it really helps keep us interested in the tourney, even when none of our teams is playing (and even for me, who has no real knowledge of who’s really supposed to win … hello, Cinderella teams! 😀 )! Anyway, I just adore all these droolworthy ideas! Wow – you picked seriously great recipes! So many fantastic apps! I’m definitely, definitely pinning this to share! And thanks a million for including our Pepperoni Bread! 😀

    • Alli says

      Shelley, your comment made me laugh! I’m the exact same way in picking the teams. I TOTALLY lucked out last year because Kentucky went so far!! Thanks for sharing the link for that pepperoni bread. I can’t wait to try it!

    • Alli says

      Right?! Appetizers for dinner all the way! Thanks so much for linking your recipe. I was so excited to use it!

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