tasty plant-based snacks for football

The tastiest plant-based snacks for football


The football season is in full force. And whether you’re rooting for the Dallas Cowboys or the Houston Texans (we aren’t picking sides…), there’s something about football that makes everyone hungry. Maybe it’s the excitement of the game, or perhaps it’s the viewing parties with friends, but regardless you’ll need some snacks to satisfy those cravings.

These crowd-pleasing plant-based snacks are easy to prepare and perfect for a casual weeknight viewing party or rowdy Sunday session.

Here are the tastiest plant-based snacks for football

1. ALl Y'Alls plant-based jerky

Gameday wouldn’t be complete without the chewy, meaty goodness of Texas jerky. But that doesn’t mean that you need to consume meat to do so. It’s Jerky Y’all is a plant-based jerky that’s guaranteed to get eaten before the first quarter of the game is finished. We’ve got three flavors, Black Pepper & Sea Salt, Prickly Pear Chipotle, and Prickly Pear Teriyaki. You can buy them in packs of six, so you have enough to get the gang through the entire game.

There’s no prep required. Simply open up the package, and you’re good to go! You can serve them on a large snack platter alongside other plant-based snacks like veggies and hummus, crackers and vegan cheese, grapes, and potato chips.

Find out more about our tasty vegan jerky.

2. Crispy Kale Chips

Your non-vegan friends may be skeptical about how you can make kale taste good, but these kale chips will blow their minds. Kale is a good source of plant-based protein and fiber as well, so it’s a nutritious and delicious snack. Kale tends to shrink up quite a bit when you bake it in the oven, so you’re going to want to get A LOT of kale for your chips. We can guarantee they will get nibbled up fast, so prep at least a few baking trays full of kale before kick-off.

All that you need to make crispy kale chips is kale, olive oil, and salt, but a few extra ingredients will take these to the next level. Add soy sauce, garlic powder, and some nutritional yeast to this recipe for a flavor explosion. Regardless of what spices you choose, it’s important to make sure you thoroughly massage the kale with olive oil until the leaves are fully coated. If areas are left dry, they won’t crisp up and will instead turn wilted and mushy.

Once thoroughly massaged, spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for between 10 to 15 minutes. You want them crispy but not burnt.

crispy kale chips the perfect plant-based snack for football

3. Portobello mushroom tacos

Tacos are always a good finger food for gatherings, plus require minimal work on the host’s end. You cook the portobello, and the guests can build their own tacos, making this recipe perfect for an NFL viewing party. Spice the portobello with classic taco seasonings like chili powder, crushed red pepper flakes, paprika, oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, and lime juice.

For toppings, you’ll want to prepare some sliced avocado, shredded red cabbage, fresh cilantro, sliced jalapenos, guacamole, and vegan sour cream if you can find it. We recommend this creamy chipotle mayo, but you can always use a store-bought version (we won’t tell..) 

You can use a mix of soft and hard shells for the tortillas, depending on your preference. We suggest opting for 100% corn tortillas to cover everyone’s dietary requirements, even if they are gluten-intolerant.

tacos the perfect plant-based snack for football

4. Veggie burger sliders

Game days snacks need to be bite-sized. If your team scores a touchdown and you need to jump up out of your chair, you don’t want a full plate of food to go flying. Mini burger sliders have all the flavor of a whole burger, packed into a tiny, two-bite package. It’s a bit harder to find premade plant-based sliders at your local supermarket, although not so hard to find the buns. You can prep homemade veggie sliders yourself and freeze them, so they are ready to throw on the grill before the game starts.

You can make them with as little as seven ingredients, but you want to get the ratio right to make sure they hold together (there’s nothing worse than a mushy patty). To achieve that perfect profile of smoky, savory, and hearty with a crispy exterior, use a base of black beans, mushrooms, quinoa, and walnuts, seasoned with vegan Worcestershire or steak sauce, salt, pepper, and red onion. Check out the full recipe here.

Top your sliders with some lettuce, tomato, pickle, and vegan bacony bits plus your favorite burger sauces and serve. 

5. Vegan nachos

If you’re looking for a one-and-done snack option that will make your entire house smell delicious, then vegan nachos are the answer. You can pile them as high as the sky, throw them in the oven, and then serve their crispy, cheesy, spicy goodness to your football-watching crew. Nachos are a choose your own adventure, but there are some primary ingredients you’ll want to start with.

First are the foundation of nachos: tortilla chips. Blue corn tortillas are always delicious and aesthetically look great, but regardless of which you choose, make sure they are 100% corn. Next, since you won’t be adding meat, you can use beans as a substitute. Black beans work great. And the third ingredient you won’t want to skip is some version of cheese. You can make a vegan nacho cheese sauce or purchase pre-made vegan cheese from your local supermarket. If you can find vegan cheese shreds, they work the best since they will melt the easiest. After that, the rest is up to you. Try adding onions, red pepper, diced tomatoes, jalapenos, and some salsa and guacamole for dipping.

nachos the perfect plant-based snack for football

6. Fried pickle spears

Pickles on their own are a delicious and crunchy snack, but deep fry them in batter, and you’ve got a finger food that your friends won’t be able to get enough of. They might not be the most nutritious snack you can get, but sometimes you’re allowed to treat yourself. You might be able to find frozen pickle spears that are pre-battered that you can just throw into the oven, but you can also whip up your own quite quickly.

Large dill pickles are the best option, which you can then cut into spears. Dip in a batter made from flour, beer, aquafaba, and various spices, and then deep fry in oil or make them an air fryer. You can serve them with vegan ranch or creamy garlic dip.

Vegan snacks for football

NFL games last an average of three hours, which is a long time to keep the gang going. Keep their bellies full and energy high with these plant-based snacks until the final whistle blows.

With these snacks you’ll show just how incredible it is being a vegan man or woman.