Christmas gets all the credit as the most wonderful time of the year, but football fans know the truth — tailgating season should have gotten the title. Okay, okay, Christmas is pretty great… but, still. There are few things more fun than getting to cheer on your favorite team while chowing down on some delicious snacks.
Of course, that means you’ve got to have food on hand. And that, as you well know, can be just as enjoyable as watching the game itself. This year, don’t be the fan who shows up to the game empty-handed. There are plenty of incredible recipes that can be prepped ahead or assembled on-site and tossed on the grill (if your tailgating locale allows them).
So, obviously, we want you to score big time with your tailgating buddies — which is why we scoured the internet to find some super-tasty recipes you can easily bring to the next big game.
Quick Salami & Cream Cheese Bites
Since these quick salami and cream cheese bites by The Kitchen Is My Playground only have three ingredients, you can whip up an entire tray in mere moments. Even better? You can easily bring along extra ingredients and make more when these are inevitably devoured.
Spicy Jalapeno Popper Dip
Jalapeños, cream cheese and shredded cheddar and bacon make for an ooey, gooey dish no one can resist. This dip from A Nerd Cooks is great for tailgating, becuase (outside of being delicious) you can make it ahead. Plus, you can serve it with a variety of chips and pretzels so everyone can dip with their personal preference.
BBQ Taco Football Boats
These crispy taco boats by Kirbie’s Cravings are almost too cute to eat. But, like, you’re gonna wanna since the combo of cripsy mini flour tortillas, BBQ beef and sour cream “laces” is super-yummy, too.
Barbecue Chicken Bites
BBQ chicken and tailgating just sort of go together, don’t they? These bites from Crème De La Crumb capitalize on that popular combo, and pairs it with buttery bread to catapult it into total bliss.
Loaded Mashed Potato Balls
Whether it’s a post-holiday game or you’re just craving something hearty and comforting, this snack from Damn Delicious is it. It’s deep-fried mashed potatoes stuffed with cheddar and bacon. Are you ready to rumble?
Philly Cheesesteak Dip
It’s cold outside, but you’re not going anywhere. You have a team to cheer on! So, do yourself and all of your football-loving friends a favor by making the hot and melty goodness that is this cheesesteak dip by House of Nash Eats. It goes without saying this is a no-brainer for Eagles fans.
Crack Chicken Pinwheels
If you’ve never made Plain Chicken’s crack chicken pinwheels before, prepare yourself. These chicken-bacon-ranch-cheese wonders are like a punt of flavor to your face. Yep, we went there.
Beer Brat Bites
Everybody likes beer brats, right? Well, thanks to Dinner at the Zoo, you can now serve them up as tasty appetizers during your next tailgating experience. Just make ahead, heat and eat. You’re obviously going to want to add this easy recipe to your personal playbook.
Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs
Differentiate yourself from other tailgaters with a little something more interesting than hotdogs and hamburger. Our suggestion? Cooking Classy’s wildly tasty Hawaiian chicken kebabs featuring marinated chicken, pineapple, onion and bell pepper are bursting with flavor.
Jalapeno Popper Cheeseball
If you want to make something that’s cute and on-theme but also easy, look no further. Even the least capable of cooks (*raises hands*) can make Peas and Crayons’ jalapeno popper cheeseball. And since cheese, bacon and jalapeno is a killer mix, it’s sure to be a, ahem, touchdown.
Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Smokies
If ever there was a tailgating recipe that will stand the test of time, it’s this one. No football fan can turn down li’l smokies, and they dang well can’t turn down li’l smokies wrapped in bacon. As a bonus, Spend With Pennies’ recipe can be made ahead and freezes well.
Mini-Bunless Cheeseburger Bites with Thousand Island Dip
Sure, lots of tailgaters make cheeseburgers. So, why not shake things up a bit by going bunless? You’ll get the same cheeseburger flavor you love with Sugar-Free Mom’s recipe, and your Keto friends will be forever grateful to find a low-carb tailgating option.
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