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15 Winning Tailgating Recipes from Around the Web

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 Who’s excited for football tailgate parties? Whether you’re a football fan or not, everyone enjoys the yummy food and drinks!

If you’re looking for some winning recipes to try out this year, check out these mouthwatering popular ideas from around the web.

1. Zesty Walking Tacos

zesty walking tacosThese Walking Tacos are served inside bags of chips for a delicious and convenient meal on the go. I’ve had them while camping and they’d be great for tailgating too!

2. Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Poppers

grilled bacon jalapeno poppersThere’s nothing better than bacon covered roasted jalapeño dripping with melted cream cheese! We grill these simple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers all the time and they are always a popular crowd pleasing snack. It would be easy to prep these ahead of time and take them tailgating to grill.

3. Buffalo Chicken Dip

It’s not football season without yummy Buffalo Chicken Dip! This is a very popular and easy to make spicy melted dip perfect for any crowd. Every time I make it, it’s the first to go.

4. Individual 7 Layer Dip Cups

individual-7-layer-bean-dips5+srgbIf you’re a fan of 7 Layer Dip like me, try this on the go individual version from Cooking Classy. A friend of mine made these for a party recently and they are so good and fun to eat!

5. Make Ahead Tailgate Chili

We all know football and chili go perfectly together! This make ahead version sounds delicious, and has a secret ingredient- beer! Go make some Tailgate Chili this Fall. 😊

6. Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball

Homemade Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball Hip2SaveThis yummy Bacon Jalapeno Cheese Ball idea has been one of our most popular appetizer recipes that many Hip2Save readers have enjoyed. If you haven’t tried it yet, you really should! It’s easy to make and would be great to make ahead and bring tailgating for an incredible snack.

7. Vodka Jell-O Shots

Jello ShotsCheck out this recipe for Perfect Vodka Jell-O Shots you can make ahead and take with you to the big game. Don’t forget to pick up Jell-O in your team colors! 😉

8. Slow Cooker Little Smokies

Crock-Pot-Little-Smokies-foodiecrush_com-12Every time I see these Little Smokies at a party, they are extremely popular and look easy to make in a slow cooker! Consider this delicious sweet and smoky version from Foodie Crush.

9. Honey BBQ Chicken Wings

Easy Honety BBQ Chicken WingsChicken wings are actually pretty easy to make! You have to try these outstanding Honey BBQ Wings many Hip2Save readers have made since I first posted the recipe in 2014. My kids go crazy for these!

10. Ham & Cheese Party Sliders

Ham & Cheese Baked Party Sliders

Baked Ham and Cheese Sliders are a fantastic way to feed a crowd! This popular Hip2Save recipe uses Sweet Hawaiian Rolls for delicious cheesy pull apart sandwiches.

11. Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

Phily Cheesecake Sliders

How delicious does this Philly Cheesesteak version of party sliders look from Home Made Interest ?! They look so amazing, and I want a bite right now!

12. Zesty Italian Pasta Salad


This popular crowd pleasing side dish, Zesty Italian Pasta Salad, can be made ahead of time and features salami and lots of fresh veggies! It’s a family favorite of mine and won’t disappoint.

 13. Grilled Frozen Cheese Fries

Easy Grilled Frozen Cheese Fries Hip2Save.comDid you know you could turn an ordinary bag of frozen French fries into Loaded Cheese Fries on the grill? Use this foil packet method for an easy snack perfect for game day!

14. Easy Cinnamon Rolls

cinnamon rolls

Kick off those early in the day football games with a gooey batch of Easy Cinnamon Rolls. This simple recipe uses frozen dough for a super convenient and unbelievably delicious treat!

15. Pitcher of Bloody Mary

bloody mary pitcher

You’ll also need a Pitcher of Bloody Mary’s to share with friends for some delightful day drinking! You could even take along some toppings like celery, cilantro, pepper, hot sauce, and cucumber to create a Bloody Mary Bar. Yum!

Do you have a favorite tailgating recipe or idea? Please share with us in the comments!

 Lina ( loves cooking new recipes, thrift store shopping, and DIY home decor projects. 
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  1. Kathy

    Mmmmmm…. This all looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing, will be trying some of these for sure! ☺️

  2. sara

    Awesome! I have a bbq next weekend and was asked to bring something to put on the grill. I am going to bring the bacon wrapped one with the burgers.

  3. riss

    That bacon-wrapped jalapeños look soooo good!

  4. Vivian

    The buffalo dip is yummo! I also made the ham and cheese sliders from Lina’s previous post for a potluck and they were a huge hit! I am loving these round-up posts from the past few days, thank you!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      That’s great Vivian! Thanks so much. 😀

  5. PDX to OGG mama

    My friend makes a similar ham and cheese roll, with a pineapple twist and it’s so good!
    Onion hamburger roll, open faced with a cream cheese & seeded mustard spread on each half. Then add a nice layer of sliced ham, pineapple ring and slice of Tillamook chedder. Bake in the oven (or broiler) until cheese is melted and a little burnt/crispy. Enjoy!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Oh that’s sounds good too! Thanks for sharing! 😀

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