Huddle Up! We’re Sharing 21 Of Our Favorite Tailgating Recipe Ideas

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Love game day tailgating and all the tasty food and snacks involved? 🏈 ❤

For me, that’s the BEST part! If you’re looking for inspiration on what to serve to get the party started while tailgating this football season, check out these 21 winning ideas!

1.) Buffalo Brussels Sprouts

Love Brussels sprouts? Then you’ve gotta try these crispy baked breaded Brussels sprouts dipped in buffalo wing sauce! They can  turn even the toughest Brussels sprout critic into a fan!

2.) Melted Pizza Rolls 

Turn refrigerated biscuit dough into these portable Melted Pizza Rolls with just a few simple ingredients!

3.) Cook Two Dips At Once With This Genius Slow-Cooker Hack

Everyone knows the more melted cheese dips the better, and here’s how you can make a divider to keep two dips in one slow cooker! Get the directions HERE from

If you’re looking for tasty dips to put in your slow cooker check out our Restaurant Style White Queso, and Buffalo Chicken Dip recipes! YUM!

4.) Ham & Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwiches

Try these delicious Grilled Ham and Cheese Pull-Apart Sandwiches that can also be easily compiled and toasted while tailgating!

5.) Walking Tacos

This idea isn’t so much a recipe but more of a genius idea to serve tacos on the go! Keep taco meat warm in a slow cooker and use individual sized chip bags, along with your favorite toppings to serve up tacos to a crowd! This same idea would work great to serve up chili as well! YUM!

6.) Sweet and Savory Hawaiian Chicken Kabobs 

These kabobs are marinated with sweet and savory flavors including pineapple, ginger, and garlic. They would be great for tailgating and can be compiled ahead of time, then grilled at the game!

7.) Homemade Guacamole 

Guacamole happens to be super easy to make at home. The secret is to use ripe avocados and fresh ingredients – no seasoning packets needed. Get the recipe HERE.

8.) Easy Restaurant Style Salsa 

You can’t have guacamole without fresh salsa, and this easy recipe you can whip up in the blender or food processor is a winner!

9.) Low Carb Pigs in a Blanket Using Fathead Dough

If you’re eating low carb or Keto, these Pigs in a Blanket would be a great make-ahead snack. This popular almond flour and mozzarella cheese dough is life changing and can be made into pizza and breakfast biscuits!

10.) Turkey & Cheese Roll-Ups

Grab some refrigerated biscuit dough and your favorite meat and cheese combo for these delicious melted cheese roll ups.

11.) Mexican Grilled Corn

Break out the portable BBQ grill and treat your friends to mouth-watering Mexican grilled street corn that’s bursting with bright zesty flavor and a tasty creamy texture.

12.) Apple Cider Sangria

Quench your thirst by making a pitcher of Apple Cider Sangria! This recipe is super easy to throw together and tastes very light and refreshing!

13.) Creamy Blue Cheese Onion Dip

Blue cheese lovers will enjoy this version of the delicious creamy onion dip everyone loves! It takes just a few minutes to make and you can pair it with any of your favorite veggies or chips.

14.) Bacon Wrapped Brussels Sprouts 

Try wrapping Brussels sprouts in bacon for a melt in you mouth heavenly experience! Plus, they score bonus points for being a fantastic Low Carb Option! 😊

15.) Build the Perfect Snack Tray

Grab a baking sheet pan and build a tray of your family’s favorite fruits, nuts, cheeses, deli meats, and veggie dippers as an easy make head tailgating idea!

16.) Buffalo Chicken Sliders 

Use the slow cooker to make these tangy shredded buffalo chicken sliders that’ll have your crowd cheering for more! Served it up with soft mini rolls and blue cheese coleslaw for additional flavor and crunch.

17.) Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

Pop these meatballs in the slow cooker with chili sauce and cranberry sauce for the easiest crowd pleasing appetizer!

18.) Honey BBQ Baked Chicken Wings 

Making wings at home is very easy with this simple recipe, and the result is a sweet and smokey sauce with brilliant flavors and sticky texture.

19.) Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

Consider baking a pan of gooey Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls for early morning tailgating! This recipe uses a roll of pre-made bread dough from the freezer section of the grocery store for convenience, and can easily be assembled in minutes!

20.) Easy Canoli Dip

This make-ahead dessert dip has all the creamy flavors of a Cannoli in a delicious dip that takes just a few minutes to whip up, and uses just five simple ingredients!

21.) Boozy Gummy Bears

Try soaking Gummy Bears in your favorite liquor to liven up your next tailgating party! They taste super yummy and are very easy to prepare in advance.


Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.

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  1. Denise

    Ty Collin and team!

    • anna

      Your little banner isn’t pink? lol

  2. Babymair

    Thx 4 sharing these ….My two boys will have so much fun ,helping me make some of these recipes..

    • Lina D

      You’re so welcome!

  3. Jackie

    OMG I’m so hungry now! All those recipes look so yummy. Going to try a few this weekend. Our home team K-State will be playing. Go wildcats! ๐Ÿˆ

    • Lina D

      Awesome! Have fun!

  4. anna

    Everything looks great! except… the brussel sprouts ๐Ÿ™

    • Rita

      Give them another try! They are so good cut in half and roasted with just olive oil, pepper and salt. No soggy innards, just crispy browned leaves. My husband wasn’t a fan either until he tried them roasted. I tried them boiled one time and almost gagged, they were so bad! I can understand why some people think they’re terrible.

  5. anna

    I know I keep commenting, but I gotta say the cannoli dip and boozy gummy bears & cinnamon rolls and everything else totally make up for the brussel sprouts ๐Ÿ˜€ ha!

    • Lina D

      LOL I’m so glad! Thanks Anna ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Bologna

    Yum! I saw another one on Pinterest tator tot kabobs with cheese and bacon! Looked good too!

  7. Deanna

    Didn’t think of these recipes, they all look great. I really need to add them to my tailgate/football parties. Thanks a lot.

    • Lina D

      You’re welcome Deanna!

  8. Hip2trade

    I’m really interested in the taco chip bag idea, sounds easy and yummy๐Ÿ™‚

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  10. Joanne McDaniel

    Thank you for sharing these delicious looking tailgate food ideas. I especially appreciate your use of images, so we can see exactly what the food is going to look like…and get us hungry in an instant! I would love to suggest to those who are not interested in prepping tailgate foods, but still want to host a tailgate party, to consider catering with a local Mediterranean restaurant. The flavor packed, healthy, and often snack sized foods they offer can bring a unique twist to traditional tailgate foods. Thanks again for sharing and good luck to everyone’s teams.

    To learn more about how Mediterranean foods can work for your tailgate party, check here –

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