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Football Chili Bowls for Tailgating at Home

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When fall hits I always look forward to the start of football season. I get to spend quality time with my husband as we cheer on our team, even if sometimes the highs and lows of a game can take me on an emotional rollercoaster. Food is one thing that will always bring people together during the game, regardless of team rivalries. Tailgating at home can make the fan experience even more enjoyable. With just a few simple touches, you can make game day awesome. So round up some friends and offer some tasty eats to show off your team spirit like these Football Chili Bowls!

Football Chili Bowls

These football chili bowls are easy to make with just three simple ingredients. Using Wolf Brand Chili, bakery fresh rolls and your favorite cheese, you can make this crowd-pleasing recipe in just a few minutes!

Football Chili Bowls

I picked up these small hoagie rolls from my local warehouse club bakery that are similar in shape to a football, perfect for holding some chili! I removed the top middle section of bread at an angle to create a chili bowl. (You may need to remove some of the inside of the roll in order to make more room.)

Football Chili Bowls

Using a cooking scoop, I filled up four rolls with 1/2 cup of heated Wolf Brand Chili and then topped with slices of pepper jack cheese to resemble football laces. You can easily swap out your favorite white cheese such as provolone or Monetary Jack, or even consider sour cream in a squeeze bottle and let guests draw their own laces.

Football Chili Bowls with Cheese Laces

After heating them up again to melt the cheese, they were ready for serving!

Football Chili Bowls with Cheese

By adding a few fun touches, you can create a game day spread that really shows off your team spirit. Consider general football themed party supplies or feature your team’s colors. With some spirited napkins and wooden picks, you can create a fun atmosphere to serve your fan fuel.

Football Chili Bowls Tailgating Fan Fuel

These bowls were a fun way to eat chili and nothing was left of the bowl itself when finished.  The soft bread coated in chili was amazing!

Football Chili Bowls
4.85 from 13 votes

Football Chili Bowls

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes
Servings 4
Author Emilie


  • 1 can 15 oz Wolf Brand Chili, heated
  • 4 small hoagie rolls
  • 2 slices pepper jack provolone or Monterey Jack cheese


  1. Cut out center of hoagie rolls at an angle to create a bowl.
  2. Fill each bowl with 1/2 cup heated chili.
  3. Slice four long slices of cheese for football laces. Slice an additional 12 short slices.
  4. Place one long slice of cheese vertically on top of chili bowl.
  5. Place three short slices horizontally over chili.
  6. Repeat with remaining chili bowls.
  7. Microwave chili bowls to melt cheese, approximately 40 seconds.
  8. Serve immediately.

Try tailgating at home during your next football celebration with these tasty Football Chili Bowls featuring Wolf Brand Chili!

Wolf Chili Football Bowls

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  1. 5 stars
    Those are adorable and look so good!! We’re not a football family, but maybe I can make them look like a NASCAR trophy or something! 🙂 #HomeMattersParty

  2. 5 stars
    Oh these are so adorable! Would love to make these when our family comes over for football games! What a great idea!

  3. What a great idea to have chili in the bread bowls. I am going to have to try this one for our next game day party.

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