Tailgate food is the best part of the game! These are the best tailgating food ideas for when you are planning your next tailgate party.
Kick-off football season with the best tailgate recipes that will keep your guests happy until the big game starts. Football games should kick off with the best finger foods, the sauciest buffalo wings, the most epic of hot dogs, the classic buffalo chicken dip, game day crock pot recipes and other tempting game-day foods.
- 🏈 Game-Day Tailgate Food Ideas
- 1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip Variations
- 2. Beer Cheese Dip
- 3. Boat Dip
- 4. Smoked Shotgun Shells
- 5. Smoked Pineapple
- 6. Rotel Dip
- 7. Mexican Corn Dip
- 8. Pizza Dip
- 9. Cold Crab Dip
- 10. Taco Egg Rolls
- 11. Chipped Beef Dip
- 12. Cuban Mojo Pork Tacos
- 14. Crockpot Mississippi pot roast
- 15. Cream Cheese Sausage Balls
- 16. Black Bean Salsa
- 17. Alabama Fire Snack Crackers
- 18. Classic Potato Salad
- 19. Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Wings
- 20. Pomegranate Honey Wings
- 21. Honey Garlic Jerk Chicken Wings
- 22. Jalapeño Poppers
- 23. Philly Cheesesteak Jalapenos Poppers
- 24. Cowboy Caviar
- 25. 7 Layer Taco Dip
- 26. Roasted Chili Corn Salsa
- 27. Seasoned Ranch Cheese Cracker
- 28. Homemade pretzel dogs
- 29. Broccoli Bacon Salad
- 30. Dill Pickle Pasta Salad
- 31. Roasted eggplant dip
- 32. Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
- 33. Blackstone Nachos
- 34. Cheeseburger Sliders
- 35. BLT PINWHEELS
- More Easy Tailgate Food:
- 36. Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
- 37. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
- 38. PULL APART PIGS IN A BLANKET
- 39. CHEESY GROUND BEEF EMPANADAS
- 40. SMOKED QUESO DIP
- 41. Air Fryer Deviled Eggs
- 42. Baked Buffalo Wings
- 43. HONEY BUFFALO HOT WINGS
- 44. Grilled Chicken Wings
- 45. Easy Guacamole Recipe
- 46. Hot Vidalia Onion Dip
- 47. CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP
- 48. FRIED MAC AND CHEESE BITES
- 49. SLOW COOKER PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLOPPY JOES
- 50. Dill Pickle Ham and Cheese Sliders
- 51. Baked Artichoke Dip
- 52. KNORR SPINACH DIP
- 53. Golden graham s'mores bars
- 54. Black Bottom Cupcakes
- 55. Fruity Pebble Treats
- 56. Nutella rice krispie treats
- Cold Weather Tailgating Foods
- 57. Mexican corn soup
- 58. Autumn Squash Soup
- 59. Maryland Crab Soup
- 60. Lasagna Soup
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- 👩🏻🍳 Sarah Mock
🏈 Game-Day Tailgate Food Ideas
Get ready to make the most epic of tailgate menus with these ideas for tailgating food. Whether you are a fan of the nfl, the college football game or the peewee playoffs, football fans will cheer for the perfect tailgate food.
1. Buffalo Chicken Dip
The classic blend of shredded chicken, franks Hot Sauce, Cream cheese, Ranch dressing, and blue cheese crumbles is a staple in my house. Game day or not!
Classic Buffalo Chicken Dip Variations
Served hot or cold with a variety of foods to dip in it, it will be a crowd favorite at your next party! It can be served both hot and cold and can also be adapted to a crockpot! You can use regular, hard pretzels or soft, pretzels.
3. Boat Dip
Easily transported and pairs well with pork skins, veggies and chips. Combine Rotel, sour cream, taco seasoning, and shredded cheese for this super simple, very flavorful tailgating dip.
Use uncooked manicotti noodle shells and stuff them with a mixture of ground beef, spicy ground sausage, cream cheese, and shredded cheddar cheese then wrap them in bacon.
Smoke them and then paint them with barbecue sauce to finish the whole thing off. Make these ahead and pop on the smoker or grill when you set up your epic tailgating spot.
With minimal additional work, you can have an amazing smoked pineapple as a side dish, dessert or snack to serve alongside your smoked meats. I suggest making 2 for your football tailgate. These will be the HIT of the party!
6. Rotel Dip
Rotel sausage cream cheese dip is a crowd pleaser and has the perfect balance of heat, meat and spice. Rotel dip made in a crockpot is the ultimate appetizer for game day and is an easy dip to make.
All the flavors of Mexican street corn is a family favorite and usually disappear faster than it should.
This easy appetizer features Mexicorn, roasted green chilies as well as shredded cheese. I serve my Mexican corn dip with Fritos but scoopable tortilla chips will work.
8. Pizza Dip
All your favorite flavors of pizza without the crust! Warm and melted this saucy, cheesy dip is a favorite every time I serve it.
Scoop up the sauce, cheese and toppings with a tortilla chip or a pretzel stick.
This easy cold crab dip recipe is a great way to enjoy the flavors of summer without a lot of work. Bring it to the tailgate and share with your friends!
10. Taco Egg Rolls
Dip these southwest egg rolls are perfect dipped in salsa, guacamole, sour cream or any combination of these condiments.
Perfect for football games, appetizer parties or anytime you get a craving for a non-traditional egg roll!
11. Chipped Beef Dip
Cream cheese, dried beef, garlic and Worcestershire, is one of our favorite hot dips to serve for game day!
I will serve the chipped beef dip with anything crunchy and able to scoop up the dip. Fritos, corn chips, slices of toasted baguette or pumpernickel slices are always a good idea.
Pork shoulder marinated in a blend of citrus juices, garlic, cumin, cilantro, olive oil and oregano. Make the pork ahead of time in the crock pot and you will have enough AMAZING pork to serve to everyone at the tailgate.
Sear the meat on a cast iron skillet to get the amazing crunchy edges before stuffing soft taco shells full of the pot and topping with cilantro, sour cream and a squeeze of fresh lime juice.
In a slow cooker combine chuck roast with ranch dressing mix, au jus mix, butter and peperoncini to make a delicious crockpot meal. Serve over baked potatoes or french fries for one of the best tailgating goods you will have!
I also have an Instant Pot Mississippi Pot Roast if you would rather use your pressure cooker.
This is a bake ahead tailgate appetizer unless you are in an RV or have access to an oven. Allthough, a toaster oven or an air fryer would work too.
This recipe calls for 1 part hot pork sausage and 1 part mild pork sausage. If you like more of a spicy appetizer, feel free to use all hot sausage.
16. Black Bean Salsa
Easy to make and full of delicious flavors of black beans, corn, tomato, red onion, lime and some jalapeno for a nice heat!
I added chopped avocado and diced mango for a bit of tropical sweetness, but leave it out if you like.
These are the spicy mini saltine crackers that will keep you coming back for more! So delicious, I would recommend baking a double batch so you have enough for whoever stops by for a tailgating snack.
What is a tailgate without potato salad?! Go with a classic. Patty Labelle potato salad, more specifically!
There is no need to make a batter, so no extra dishes and mess. These air fryer chicken wings are crispy and delicious on the outside and tender on the inside.
The wing glaze is meant to be thick, sticky, and full of flavor. Pomegranate juice and honey create the perfect coating on spicy game-time wings.
Chicken Wings are magically air fried to golden-brown perfection, then tossed in a homemade honey garlic glaze. After each bite the sticky, spicy, and sweet sauce sticks to your lips and, instantly, you’ll find yourself going back in for more.
22. Jalapeño Poppers
Not only do they taste amazing but with just four ingredients, this easy recipe is guaranteed to become one of your go-to appetizers for any occasion!
Even if you’re not a fan of spicy food, you’ll love these because they have just a little heat without going overboard.
These are super easy, perfectly cheesy and deliciously spicy appetizer for your next party or gathering. Serve them as they are or drizzle them with a little hot sauce for a little added kick of heat. You will be amazed at how fast they’ll disappear!
24. Cowboy Caviar
A colorful blend of fresh ingredients and mild spices with a touch of lime juice. Serve the healthy dip with your favorite tortilla chips for an appetizer that is ready in less than 15 minutes.
25. 7 Layer Taco Dip
Deliciously creamy and topped with layers of flavor, this taco dip with ground beef is perfect for tailgating.Doritos Taco Salad
This one-pan salad is perfect for tailgating! Taco salad is a dish your whole team will love!
Game Day is not complete without this fresh side dish. My homemade chipotle corn salsa is made with fire-roasted poblano peppers, frozen sweet corn, red onion, and cilantro along with fresh lemon and lime juice.
Serve the corn salsa with tortilla chips, alongside a burrito bowl or with any of your favorite Mexican food.
This recipe was even BETTER than the seasoned ranch oyster cracker recipe we had been using. Why? Because of the cheese crackers. They added one more layer of cheesy goodness to the flavors we had already love.
These pretzel dogs can be made with any hot dog. So if you love an all beef hot dog, a traditional or bun length hot dog, or even a vegetarian hot dog you can use them to make these!
Add a vegetable dish to your tailgating menu. This one has not only broccoli but cauliflower, bacon and cheese! What is not to love!?
This dill pickle pasta salad recipe is the perfect side dish for tailgating parties. A wonderful balance of brine, crunch, salt and creaminess this pasta salad is made with a simple homemade dill ranch dressing that is also perfect as a dip for fresh vegetables.
Made by oven-roasting whole eggplants and blending the roasted pulp with a combination of tahini, garlic, and spice to make a classic baba ganoush spread.
Serve this creamy eggplant dip with pita or cracker for a great snack or party appetizer.
32. Buffalo Cauliflower Dip
All the flavors of your favorite chicken wings—minus the chicken! This party hit is flexible too. You can swap whole-milk Greek yogurt for the sour cream, or Monterey Jack or mild cheddar for the Colby cheese.
33. Blackstone Nachos
If you are planning a gathering for the big game or just hanging out by the pool, make these Blackstone nachos.
34. Cheeseburger Sliders
35. BLT PINWHEELS
If you love a good BLT, these bacon, lettuce, and tomato pinwheels will be your favorite new afternoon snack, tasty lunch, or easy appetizer recipe. With a great look and a crowd-pleasing flavor combination, these savory treats are ideal for game day parties and potlucks.
More Easy Tailgate Food:
36. Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs
Everyone needs a good meatball recipe and these slow cooker spicy meatballs are delicious!
Whether you love sweet and spicy meatballs for an appetizer or want to use them in a meal, these are easy to make and definitely yummy.
37. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs Recipe is a healthier version of a favorite party time snack. This is an appetizer recipe your guests will love so you might want to double it!
38. PULL APART PIGS IN A BLANKET
39. CHEESY GROUND BEEF EMPANADAS
These cheesy ground beef empanadas are full of deliciously seasoned ground beef, loaded with two types of cheese and then baked to perfection. The flaky pie crust that surrounds the meat and cheese is so flaky and golden brown.
40. SMOKED QUESO DIP
A kicked up version of your favorite cheese dip with TONS of great flavor. Cheese dip loaded with sausage, spicy jalapeños and a delicious smoky flavor from cooking on the grill. Great dip for cookouts, camping, parties, and tailgating in the Fall.
41. Air Fryer Deviled Eggs
Serve these bite-sized deviled eggs for a snack, bring them to a potluck, or add them to your menu for all types of gatherings, parties, and special occasions. They are sure to be a hit!
42. Baked Buffalo Wings
Skip the deep fryer! While we love the simplicity of air-fried wings this recipe is great for a bigger batch and they come out perfectly crisp in the oven.
43. HONEY BUFFALO HOT WINGS
These hot wings are coated in a flavorful rub then smothered in a perfect marriage of honey, molasses and honey hot wings sauce AKA the best Buffalo wings ever!
44. Grilled Chicken Wings
This grilled wings recipe is buffalo-style for hot wing lovers, but it includes easy variations for other dry-rubbed & marinated wings. Perfect for summer parties, game day, or casual dinners at home, you'll turn to this grilled chicken wings recipe over & over again!
45. Easy Guacamole Recipe
This easy recipe shows you step by step how to make guacamole at home to RAVE reviews. My family loves guacamole and will use any excuse to dollop it on top of a recipe, or grab a bag of chips to snack on it.
46. Hot Vidalia Onion Dip
So much flavor comes from just these five ingredients. It's like a creamy savory souffle however this one you enjoy with Stone Wheat Thins (crackers) or Stacy's plain pita chips or even better those flat pretzels, you know Pretzel Crisps.
47. CARAMELIZED FRENCH ONION DIP
French onion dip is a game day favorite dip recipe made from sour cream, mayonnaise, caramelized onions, garlic, chives and parsley. It’s creamy, full of herbs and guaranteed to get devoured pretty darn fast.
48. FRIED MAC AND CHEESE BITES
49. SLOW COOKER PHILLY CHEESESTEAK SLOPPY JOES
50. Dill Pickle Ham and Cheese Sliders
51. Baked Artichoke Dip
52. KNORR SPINACH DIP
An easy no bake treat to make when you want a s'more but don't want to turn on the oven or roast a marshmallow. Make 2 pans and pass them out as you leave the tailgate and head to the game!
These homemade chocolate cupcakes have a rich chocolate cake base and a creamy cheesecake filling in the middle of the cupcake complete with miniature chocolate chips baked together in a mini cupcake paper.
Perfect for making ahead and stored in an airtight container before passing out as a tailgate dessert.
These are heaven folks…sweet tooth satisfying, crunchy, chewy, delicious heaven.
Cold Weather Tailgating Foods
When the weather takes a turn for the cold it is time to pull out your menu of cold weather tailgate recipes. Have a stack of bowls and spoons handy when you hand out these warm and comforting fall tailgate food.
Layers of flavor include shredded chicken, black beans, creamed corn, Mexican spices as well as a creamy broth.
Top this easy slow cooker soup with your choice of freshly squeezed lime, avocado, cilantro, sour cream, and jalapeño.
This is a copycat Panera autumn squash soup recipe and while it is not exact (who can replicate Panera anyway?) it is delicious, creamy and full of fall flavors.
Maryland crab soup is a vegetable-based crab soup recipe instead of a cream-based crab soup.
60. Lasagna Soup
This comforting soup is ready in 30 minutes and has all the classic lasagna flavors you love without turning on the oven.
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- Smoked Shotgun Shells
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- Pizza Dip
- Cold Crab Dip
- Taco Egg Rolls
- Chipped Beef Dip
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Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 14 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.