16 Super Bowl-Inspired Dinners

By WomansDay.com Staff

We all know the best way to watch Sunday's Super Bowl game is with friends and family on a big screen TV with lots of delicious food. But, if you want to get the celebration started a little early, why not make tonight's dinner a dish inspired by football teams? If you're in the mood for the Hoosier state's hearty, home-grown style grub, try the 3-Bean Beef Chili or the Barbecue Pork & Beans. Prefer the spicy, French-fusion fare of Louisiana? Fill up on Jambalaya or Cajun Chicken & Shrimp. No matter who makes it to the Super Bowl, these 16 recipes will get you in the mood for the big game. Photo by: Kate Sears

Recipe Inspired by the Indianapolis Colts:

3-Bean Beef Chili

Serves: 12
Total Time: 2 hr 30 min

Prep Time: 2 hr


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 pounds lean beef chuck, cut for stew
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 cans (14 oz each) diced tomatoes with chiles
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 oz) tomato sauce
  • 12 ounces beer or water
  • 1/3 cups chili powder
  • 3 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz each) black beans, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz each) pinto beans, rinsed
  • 1 can (15 to 16 oz each) kidney beans, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Accompaniments: sour cream, chopped cilantro and red onion and shredded Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese


  1. Heat 11/2 tsp oil in a 5- to 6-qt pot over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 the beef; sauté 5 minutes or until browned. Re­move with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Re­peat with remaining oil and beef; add to bowl
  2. Add onions to drippings in pot; sauté 5 minutes until golden. Add remaining ingredients except beans and cilantro; bring to a boil. Add beef, partially cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, 2 hours or until beef is very tender.
  3. Stir in beans; heat through. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Serve with bowls of accompaniments.

Tips & Techniques

The chili (without cilantro) can be refrigerated up to 4 days or frozen up to 2 weeks. To serve, reheat and add cilantro.

More Recipes Inspired by the Indianapolis Colts:

Barbecue Pork & Beans

Hungarian Beef Stew

Pork and Sauerkraut

Pork Cutlet Sandwiches

Kielbasa with Roasted Potatoes & Apple Slaw

Roast Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

BBQ Skirt Steak with Warm Potato Salad

Recipes Inspired by the New Orleans Saints:

Jambalaya (shown above)

Cajun Sausage and Peppers


Quick French Fish and Potato Stew

Baked Codfish with Potatoes

Pecan-Crusted Catfish

Cajun Chicken and Shrimp

Shrimp Gumbo

Original article appeared on WomansDay.com.

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