6 Easy Snacks for Your March Madness Viewing Party

March Madness is finally upon us. The annual college basketball tournament is basically Christmas for a certain set of people, which means that when it comes to viewing parties, plain old chips-and-dip just won’t do. If you’re hosting a crowd for a March Madness gathering, you need to bring bring your “A” game. To help you do that, here are six recipes for snacks that will be sure to keep even the rowdiest of fans happy.

1. 15-Minute Chili

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Forgot to prep for your party? No worries. This incredibly easy chili recipe from Onion Rings and Things comes together in just 15 minutes using ingredients you may already have in your pantry or freezer. That means you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time cheering on your favorite team.


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ cup onions, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 1 small green bell pepper, seeded, cored and chopped
  • 1 (28-ounce) can stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 1 (15-ounce) can kidney beans
  • ½ cup salsa
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Grated cheddar cheese, chopped onions, and sour cream, for topping

Directions: Brown the ground beef in a large pot over medium-high heat. Season beef with salt and pepper. Add onions and garlic to the pan and continue to cook until onions are soft.

Add the bell peppers, stewed tomatoes, both types of beans, salsa, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Stir to combine. Cook for 6 to 7 minutes, until warmed through.

Ladle chili into bowls. Top with cheese, onions, and sour cream, then serve.

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