Food & Drink

24 Easy Tailgate Recipes That Will Win Over Everyone at the Next Game

Source: Ambitious Kitchen
Source: Ambitious Kitchen

On most Saturdays from September to November, you can find me in a parking lot in my college town, trying to toss a ping pong ball into a red plastic cup or digging through an ice-filled cooler for a bottle of water. You might assume that’s because I’m a dedicated alumna or simply a big football fan, but you would be wrong. Sure, football can be entertaining and it’s fun cheering for my alma mater, but truly, I’m there for the food. The various chip-and-dip combos, the Crockpots full of comfort food, the little bite-sized appetizers you can make a whole meal out of if you eat enough. I am unashamedly a much bigger fan of the tailgate food than I ever will be of football itself.

When it comes to my own contribution to the game-day spread, I have two strict rules for tailgate recipes: 1) It must be easy to throw together (I’m talking 30 minutes or less), and 2) It’s got to be nearly universally appealing, which means no fancy ingredients or unfamiliar flavors. Tailgate food is meant for sharing, so it’s got to be something even my picky, vegetable-averse friends will gladly devour.

With these criteria in mind, I’ve compiled a list of the best tailgate recipes the internet has to offer. So get out the slow cooker, pick up some football-shaped paper plates, and whip up one of these crowd-pleasing recipes for the next game.


1. Spinach-Artichoke Dip Wonton Cups

Source: Just a Taste


2. Buffalo Cauliflower Bites


3. Vegetarian Chili


4. Easy Pinwheels


5. Pretzel Bites with Cheese Dip


6. Pimento Cheese


7. Baked Cheeseburger Sliders


8. Hot Honey Pepperoni Pizza Dip


9. Baked Jalapeño Poppers


10. BLT Pasta Salad


11. Slow Cooker Sticky Chicken Wings


12. Classic Cheese Ball


13. Spicy Game Day Grazing Board


14. Easy Homemade Mini Corn Dogs


15. Healthy Peanut Butter Twix Bars


16. Caramelized Onion Dip


17. Crockpot Teriyaki Meatballs


18. Pizza Sausage Rolls

Source: Skinny Taste


19. Layered Bean Dip


20. Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Pineapple Bites


21. Cheesy Chili Dip

Source: Pinch of Yum


22. Cheesecake Dip


23. Fried Mac and Cheese Balls


24. Mexican Street Corn Deviled Eggs

Source: Isabel Eats