The Top 5 Super Bowl Foods — Ranked

Pizza box nachos from a vendor on Grandstand Avenue. Syndication: Salina Journal. © Kendrick Calfee / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Super Bowl LVIII is mere hours away, set in Las Vegas for the first time ever, and the Kansas City Chiefs hope to make it back-to-back triumphs for the first time in the NFL since 2004.

The Minnesota Vikings haven’t partaken in the Super Bowl since 1976, but such is life.

The Top 5 Super Bowl Foods — Ranked

So, as the list to end all lists, these are the top five Super Bowl foods, ranked in ascending order (No. 1 = best). VikingsTerritory writers determined the order.

5. Buffalo Chicken Dip

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The Buffalo Chicken Dip from Hog Wild East, BBQ & Market. Syndication: The Commercial Appeal. © Jennifer Chandler / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Probably because it isn’t a standalone meal — maybe for some, it is? — buffalo chicken dip fetched last place. But that doesn’t mean it’s undesirable. The Super Bowl is the perfect occasion for this appetizer, and it’s actually quite easy to make. Chicken, cream cheese, wing sauce, and cheese. You can fire it up in a matter of minutes. This is your cue.

4. Tacos

Jazz Sears and her husband, Samuel, use TikTok to help grow their Avondale restaurant business, AZ Taco King. Pictured are street tacos on Oct. 18, 2023. © Cheryl Evans/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK. Syndication: Arizona Republic.

On a non-Super-Bowl list, these badboys would place higher, probably in the southern United States. But as for these rankings, tacos placed second-to-last or fourth-best. Josh Frey, a voter on this list, was paranoid that the tacos served would be too bland. He likes them authentic.

3. Pizza

Tim O’Toole makes pizza at Fentoni’s on the Boardwalk in Carolina Beach. The pizza shop was recently named the third best in North Carolina for New York-style pizza in the Washington Post. It was the only local pizza spot named in the piece that compared regional styles of pizza. KEN BLEVINS/STARNEWS. © KEN BLEVINS/STARNEWS / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Arguably the best food pound for pound on these rankings, pizza finished in the Top 3. It might also be the easiest entree to secure for Super Bowl parties: scheduling an order for pickup on Saturday or sometime Sunday morning can help beat the rush. Three VikingsTerritory writers, the author of this article included, ranked pizza at No. 2 behind the eventual No. 1.

2. Nachos

A plate of Nachos Supreme seen Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at El Molino Mexican Restaurant on Lansing Road in Dimondale. Syndication: Lansing State Journal. © Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal / USA TODAY NETWORK.

These are basically tacos on tortilla chips, and something about nachos just feels more like the Super Bowl than tacos or quesadillas. It’s likely the finger-food nature of their presentation. The dish in the picture looks fantastic, so much so that perhaps it should be No. 1.

1. Buffalo Wings

Buffalo wings at Baseline Social in the Fort Monmouth Commissary in Oceanport. The entertainment destination has bars, five virtual golf bays, a stage for DJs and live music, and a restaurant inside too. Syndication: Asbury Park Press. © Thomas P. Costello / USA TODAY NETWORK.

The buffalo wing craze in America seemed to explode 20 or 25 years ago and never died. They’re here to stay. Wings are best spicy, of course, but dozens of flavor options arguably put this food over the top to No. 1.

Wings received 86% of the first-place vote among our respondents.

Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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