Easy Super Bowl appetizers you can make with three ingredients

The Super Bowl is not only the most-watched sporting event in the United States (via Dynasty Sports Blog), but is also, according to Forbes, the second-biggest food holiday next to Thanksgiving. While many people choose to order out, purchasing millions of pizzas and billions of wings, still others prefer to prepare their food at home. 

If you're the super-ambitious type and you want to spend hours and hours preparing an elaborate snack stadium, hey, more power to you. If instead, you'd prefer to spend your time hanging out with friends and actually watching the game, these appetizers are quick, easy, and, as advertised, only require three ingredients.

Crockpot BBQ wings

What could be simpler than letting your slow cooker do all the meal prep for you? This crockpot recipe from Intelligent Domestications is a sweet and simple version of that indispensable Super Bowl staple, the chicken wing. All you need is wings, cola, and barbeque sauce. 

If your wings are frozen, give them a quick rinse, then place them in your slow cooker — 5 pounds of wings should fit in a 6-quart pot. There's no need to defrost the wings since they will thaw as they cook. Cover the wings with one can (12 ounces) of cola — any kind, even diet, will do. Heck, you could probably go crazy and use root beer or even ginger ale and it would still taste great. Cook the wings on low for 3 to 4 hours, then remove from the crockpot, place in a foil-covered baking pan, cover with barbeque sauce and bake at 350 for 10 to 15 minutes to heat up and set the sauce.

Mexican cheese bites

Even if the Green Bay Packers aren't appearing in the Super Bowl, you'll still need a few cheese-centric items on the menu. These easy, cheesy little squares are also perfect for all your keto-dieting friends, since the only ingredients they contain are cheese, eggs, and salsa. Sprinkle a cup and a half of grated cheddar (the recipe from Fountain Avenue Kitchen calls for a mixture of regular and reduced-fat) over the bottom of a 9x9 or 11x7 baking dish, then beat three eggs and stir in half a cup of salsa. Pour the egg/salsa mix over the cheese in the pan, then finish with a top layer consisting of an additional cup and a half of shredded cheese.

Bake at 350 for about 25 minutes until the cheese bites are set and just a little crispy around the edges. Let the cheese bites cool for at least 5 minutes before cutting them into small squares. You can serve them on tortilla chips or crackers if you're not a stickler for the 3 ingredient thing (or for staying keto), or just eat them as is.

Beer cheese dip

This next recipe contains not only cheese (since you can never have too much cheese) but also the official beverage of Super Bowl watching — of course, we're talking beer. This dip is also, as the original recipe published on BuzzFeed implies, so simple you can throw it together even if you've already imbibed more than a few brews.

The first (and hardest) thing you have to do is to set aside one of those beers — open it up, but do NOT start chugging. Pour the whole thing into the pan — at least, if it's a 12-ounce beer. If you've been drinking tallboys, then measure out a cup and a half and pour that into the pan (now you can go ahead and chug what's left in the can). 

Put the pan on the stove over medium heat, and cook till it's simmering and foamy. Chop an 8-ounce brick of cream cheese into three or four pieces, then add to the beer and stir until melted. Now add in a cup of shredded cheddar, and stir until that melts, too. You now have dip for dipping whatever you want to dip. 

Chocolate bacon bark

This final recipe is kind of a dessert and an appetizer both, combining as it does the sweet, the savory, and the salty. If you're the "eat dessert first" type, or you're a rebel who doesn't care to stereotype your food by insisting it sticks to its proper menu label, go ahead and call this Spoon University recipe an appetizer. We won't argue with you, and we doubt your guests will, either — they'll be too busy scarfing it down.

You start by frying five slices of bacon until crisp, then drain them on paper towels before dicing into small pieces. Next, chop half a cup of salted, roasted almonds. Then melt two 12-ounce bags of chocolate chips (the recipe specifies dark chocolate, but we see no reason milk chocolate wouldn't work) in a double boiler or microwave, stirring until smooth. When the chocolate is melted, pour it over a parchment-lined baking sheet and spread it out evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle the chocolate with the almonds and bacon, then put the baking sheet in the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened. Break into pieces to serve.