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There’s nothing like playing cards with your buddies, but poker is no fun unless you start the night with the appropriate poker foods. You don’t want a bunch of greasy finger foods, because it won’t be long before your cards and your chips are covered with oil. But you don’t want to go with things that are too simple, like pretzels and pistachios. You want to be a good host, and you want to give your friends a reason to keep coming over. How can you do that?  By picking a menu that is functional and delicious. If you keep that in mind, it’ll be no problem to throw a great card night with these four poker food recipes.


Grilled Pizza.


Pizza is great, but ordering out can be pricey, not to mention greasy. By cooking the pizza at home, and on your grill, you’ll save yourself cash that could be better used at the poker table, as well being able to put a flavorful twist on the pizza.


  • 1 Pre-Made Pizza Crust
  • 2 Tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of tomato sauce
  • 4 Ounces of Mozzarella Cheese (shredded)
  • 1/4 Cup Red Peppers
  • 1/2 Cup Sliced Mushrooms
  • 4 ounces of Canadian Bacon, sliced into strips


  1. Brush the crust with with olive oil.
  2. Spread the sauce evenly over the crust, leaving the edges bare.
  3. Turn half of your grill’s burners to the maximum, leave the other half off.  Preheat to 500 degrees.
  4. Apply cheese and toppings evenly.
  5. Place pizza over the burners that are off.  Putting it over the direct heat will char the bottom of the crust.
  6. Bake for eight to ten minutes.
  7. Slice and serve.

Homemade Salsa.


Do you own a blender? Then you can make your own salsa and skip out on the grocery stuff that is loaded with sodium (one serving of jarred salsa can contain up to ten percent of your daily sodium! That’s without chips!) But what’s a great card night without this delicious poker food, right?


  • 3 Large Roma tomatoes
  • 1/4 Cup Tomato Juice
  • Two Tablespoons of cilantro
  • 1/2 Cup of chopped onion
  • 2 Whole Cloves of Garlic
  • 2 Jalapeno Peppers


  1. Boil half a cup of water, place the tomatoes in the pot, and cover.  Steam them for one minute.
  2. Slice open the peppers and remove the seeds.
  3. Remove tomatoes, place them in ice water.  Skins should split.
  4. Peel the skins off, gently.
  5. Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse the blender three to five times.
  6. Pour out and serve.

Baked Meatballs.


Throwing a great card night requires a little meat, especially when you’re hanging with the boys. These meatballs offer plenty of substance and flavor, and you can eat them with a toothpick, keeping your table clear and your hands clean.


  • 1 lb. Meatloaf Mix (pork, beef, and lamb)
  • 1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Dried Breadcrumbs
  • 5 ounces chopped and drained spinach
  • 2 Tablespoons Crushed Red Pepper
  • 1 Egg
  • Cooking Spray


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Grease a cookie sheet and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  4. With your hands, thoroughly mix ingredients together.
  5. Roll meat mixture into bite-sized balls.
  6. Place them on the greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes, turning balls over once halfway through cooking.



Sure, this food could make things a little…noisy, but chili is a classic dish for a gathering of the guys. A great card night wouldn’t be complete without it and the symphony that comes with it.


  • 8 ounces of pre-soaked kidney beans
  • 2 lbs. of ground beef
  • Two medium white onions (chopped)
  • 1/4 Cup Chili Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tsp. Cumin
  • 1 Tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp. Cayenne Pepper
  • 4 Garlic Cloves (minced)
  • 1 quart of water
  1. Brown the beef in a skillet.  Drain most of the liquid, leaving only a small amount behind.
  2. Place beef in a large stock pot.  Add water, beans, onions, and garlic. Place over low heat.
  3. Stir in spices thoroughly.
  4. Simmer for four hours over low heat, stirring occasionally.

Regardless of whether you win big or get busted, your game will be a success. It’s easy to throw a great card night starting with these four poker foods as long as you plan a little ahead and get started before your guests arrive. Bet big on these dishes, and you’ll definitely be a winner.