Slideshow: Game Day Eats: 25 Sandwiches, Tacos, and Hearty Mains

Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese
Faux Cubano Grilled Cheese

This variation on the Cubano trades the roast pork for a buttery, grilled crust.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese
Jalapeño Popper Grilled Cheese

The name says almost everything you need to know about this sandwich, which layers cheese and roasted jalapeño with bacon.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Crispy, Cheesy Party Sandwiches
Crispy, Cheesy Party Sandwiches

These tiny triple-decker sandwiches are a cross between a crouton and a grilled cheese: buttery, toasty, and oozing with cheese.

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[Photograph: Maria del Mar Sacasa]

Slow-Cooker Chicago-Style Italian Beef and Sausage Combos
Slow-Cooker Chicago-Style Italian Beef and Sausage Combos

Combos, the classic Chicago sandwich of Italian sausage and Italian beef, can be made and held in the slow-cooker until the crowd arrives.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Game Day Roast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches
Game Day Roast Pork and Broccoli Rabe Sandwiches

These little sandwiches are time consuming, but super-simple to make, with only about 30 minutes of actual work involved. The rest is all about waiting for the slow-cooked pork to fully tenderize. It's a long wait, but it's worth it.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Easy Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Easy Oven-Baked Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Oven-roasted pulled pork is just about the easiest and most inexpensive way to feed a crowd of meat lovers.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Pork Belly BLT with Cherry Tomatoes
Pork Belly BLT with Cherry Tomatoes

Thin strips of pork belly and salted tomatoes make for an amped up BLT experience, one that feels a little saltier and more unhinged.

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[Photograph: Nick Kindelsperger]

Mexican Fried Eggplant Sandwich (Vegan Tortas and Pambazos)
Mexican Fried Eggplant Sandwich (Vegan Tortas and Pambazos)

These hearty vegan Mexican-style sandwiches are made with fried eggplant, refried beans, roasted chilies, and pickled red onions, served in a toasted roll doused in enchilada sauce.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Classic New Orleans Muffuletta
Classic New Orleans Muffuletta

This classic New Orleans sandwich combines a homemade olive salad with layers of thin-sliced Italian cold cuts. The secret is to let it rest before eating so the olive juices get absorbed into the bread.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Tomatillo Chicken Quesadillas
Tomatillo Chicken Quesadillas

Crisp tortillas are filled with chicken, cheese, and a tangy tomatillo salsa for these quesadillas.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas
Roast Turkey and Black Bean Quesadillas

These black bean quesadillas are a no-brainer the day after Thanksgiving, but are worth cooking turkey for the rest of the year.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Crunchy Fried Fish Tacos
Crunchy Fried Fish Tacos

Crisp fried fish tacos are served with spicy mayonnaise, cabbage, and pickled red onions.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Skillet Chicken Fajitas with Avocado
Skillet Chicken Fajitas with Avocado

These quick and easy skillet chicken fajitas are cooked with peppers and onions and served in hot tortillas.

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[Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas
Grilled Skirt Steak Fajitas

Peppers, onions, and soft flour tortillas complete these classic grilled steak fajitas in a richly flavored marinade.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Stovetop Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Peppadew Peppers
Stovetop Cheddar Mac and Cheese With Peppadew Peppers

This mac and cheese, made on the stove and stippled with Peppadew peppers, is a pleasing take on the comfort classic.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Grilled Greek-Style Meatloaf with Herbed Potatoes and Grilled Lemon
Grilled Greek-Style Meatloaf with Herbed Potatoes and Grilled Lemon

Grilled Greek meatloaf, inspired by loukaniko sausage, is plated with herb-y potatoes, wheels of grilled onion, and grilled lemon halves.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Bacon- and Gouda-Stuffed Meatloaf With Tomato Marmalade and Loaded Smashed Potatoes
Bacon- and Gouda-Stuffed Meatloaf With Tomato Marmalade and Loaded Smashed Potatoes

This stuffed meatloaf with spicy, savory tomato marmalade is a great companion for loaded smashed potatoes.

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[Photograph: Jennifer Olvera]

Chicken Enchilada Meatloaf
Chicken Enchilada Meatloaf

A Southwest-style meatloaf you can't refuse: crushed corn chips, home-mixed taco seasoning, jalapeños, and shredded cheddar, with a baked-on tomatillo topping.

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[Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]

Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Mayonnaise, and Potato Chips
Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs with Avocado, Tomato, Onion, Mayonnaise, and Potato Chips

These deep fried bacon-wrapped hot dogs are topped with a quick salsa made with avocado, tomato, onions, and pickled jalapeños, along with mayonnaise and potato chips.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]