No tailgate is complete without delicious fall-off-the-bone ribs. Whether you decide to grill it, slow cooker it, or roast it, you can never go wrong with it.
Kebabs is basically a stick with various cooked meat dishes, and this cuisine originates from the Middle East and has since been innovated to different variants. But whatever the change in the recipe is, it’s still amazing and easy to munch on during tailgate parties.
Nothing says “American” more than hotdogs. Hotdogs has been a staple snack not just for snacks during the game, but also during tailgates. Thanks to the various flavors of hotdogs, it has made eating hotdogs a lot more exciting now. Make sure to always have this for the complete vibe of an American tailgate.
Another American favorite. Hamburgers have evolved so much throughout the years that now it’s more than just lettuce, cheese, and tomato. Now a lot more goes into the burger that it makes a much tastier tailgate adventure!
While it’s considered to be a little more expensive than the other choices, steaks being so amazingly juicy and delicious makes it all the more worth it. Steaks can be versatile and have added so much color to tailgate parties.
A quick to-go snack that’s everyone loves. Imagine all the amazing toppings, cheese, steak bites, and jalapeno peppers mixing all in your mouth for an explosive flavor profile. If you want something easy but absolutely divine, go for Nachos for your tailgate.
7. Fried Chicken
The South do love their fried chicken, and most rightfully so as fried chicken has always made tailgating parties for what they are now. Fried chicken goes with a lot of recipes as well, but either way you’ll get the exact same joy you get with every crunch of that chicken.
8. Buffalo Wings
The classic buffalo wings originated from Buffalo New York, but now it has come a long way since then. You can never go wrong with its flavor profile, tangy and spicy that’s sure to add some kick to your tailgate party. Here’s a great tip, pair it up with your favorite beer and you’re definitely good to go!
9. Pigs in a Blanket
Pigs in a Blanket appeals to people of all age groups or generations. Don’t be fooled by how simple the recipes are, because once you take a bite of those cute little things and realize how well the flavors melt in your mouth, you’ll never go on a tailgate again with these.
10. Pinwheel Sausages
Pinwheel sausages are exactly what they sound like, sausages in a spiral with sticks to support them. This recipe was made to make cooking and eating it easier for people. Nonetheless, it’s a great sight to see on the table during your tailgate parties that it’s definitely worth the try.
11. Potato Casserole
Potato casseroles might sound intimidating to make for a lot of people, but they’re actually easy to make, not to mention worth it. These extremely cheesy and creamy potatoes will surely fill your tummy to the brim but still keep you wanting for more. Good luck with hoping for leftovers because this is what people usually go for first!
Nothing says refreshing like a freshly made Guacamole dip. Guacamole adds so much life to your nachos, burritos, or what have you that it almost feels like a crime to not have them in your tailgate parties. The Guacamole was developed by the Aztec people in present-day Mexico and it has become such a huge hit that it’s also now a part of a lot of cuisines all over the world.
13. Philly Cheesesteaks
Most probably Philadelphia’s proudest dish and it’s not a wonder why. The sandwich is made from thinly sliced pieces of mouthwatering beefsteak and melted creamy cheese in a long hoagie Each bite gives you so much life that there’s really no turning back anymore after you’ve had it.
14. Lil Smokies
Lil Smokies is a popular appetizer among tailgaters in the USA. These little bite-sized beauties can be paired with other great food such as beans, fries, coleslaw, and the like. The best way to cook it for maximum flavor is by popping it in the crockpot with some delicious sauce.
15. Cowboy Caviar
Besides its pretty cool name, the Cowboy Caviar (aka Texas Caviar) is also a delicious, colorful and addictive dip for your chips. You’d also be pleased to know that it’s actually pretty healthy with all that black-eyed peas, vegetables, and beans. It’s a spectacular experience with every bite.
The ultimate camping favorite makes its way to tailgate parties to definitely sweeten your experience. The dessert consists of a huge marshmallow in the middle, a sweet piece of chocolate on top of the marshmallow, and a graham cracker to complete the holy trinity. Melt the marshmallow and chocolate and you’re in for a great ride.
Cupcakes have changed so much throughout the decades that we now see extravagant designs and recipes for such, and while that’s not a bad thing, going for the simple ones is also not bad because either way you’ll have a great dessert with you. You can even opt to put the design of your favorite team on it.
18. Beer-Can Chicken
The Beer can chicken, is a barbecued chicken dish and method of indirect grilling using a partially-filled can of beer that is placed in the chicken’s cavity prior to cooking. This adds so much flavor and finesse to the chicken that you’ll only be left thanking the creators of this beautiful recipe.
19. Pepper Poppers
Pepper Poppers may not be for everyone, but for those who enjoy it get to understand the spice that pepper poppers add to parties. Its recipes come in different sizes and flavors but whatever your recipe is, it’s there for one purpose and one purpose only, to add a huge kick to your tastebuds.
A fan favorite indeed and that’s not a surprise at all. Pizzas have evolved so much throughout the years that it has become so versatile that you can add almost any topping to your liking. You’ll never meet anyone who does not like pizza. If you do, they’re lying.
21. Corn (Elotes)
Another dish originating from Mexico, the Elote consists of cooked sweet corn slathered with some mouth-watering mixture of mayonnaise, crema, chili powder, and cheese sprinkles. The mix of savory and sweet of the Elote will absolutely take you to heights.
22. Reuben Breakfast Sandwiches
Don’t be intimidated by the sheer amount of ingredients that go into a Reuben Breakfast Sandwich because it’s actually pretty accessible and easy to make. Those who choose to go for this sandwich during tailgate parties will surely be satisfied! Make sure you try them out in yours.
Chilis are flexible, it can be a topping, it can be a dip, or it can even be just the very dish you eat, but regardless of what you do with the Chilli, it all adds a bonus to your tailgate party and your friend who’ll try it out. It may take a while to cook them but have faith in the fact that it is worth all the time and effort poured into making one.
You can never go wrong with the distinct shape and form of the classic pretzel. It’s salty, fluffy, delicious, quick and easy. A great combination for a snack!
Cheeseballs are tasty and addictive and make a spectacular choice for party snacks. What’s even more great about it is that it also appeals to younger audiences. You can serve these balls with or without a dip, have potatoes in the recipe or not, and it would still taste pretty awesome.
26. Mozzarella Sticks
Very much like the cheeseballs, only in the form of sticks. Usually served with marinara sauce to balance out the saltiness of the mozzarella sticks. Make sure you have these to have a much better tailgating experience with your peers.
Tacos are often underestimated, but when you actually realize how versatile and flavorful it can get, you will never look at the taco the same way ever again. Having a taco station at your tailgate party also gives the power of choice among your peers on how to make their tacos, and that only adds a lot more fun into the tailgate as a whole.
Did you know burritos are actually tex-mex and not purely from Mexico? Did you also know that burritos are extremely flavorful, savory, and filling? Well, if you didn’t know that then you have to promise yourself to have these babies during your tailgate, no regrets! The mix of protein, vegetables, and sauces will leave you dying for more.
Originating from Latin and Filipino cultures, the Empanada makes an amazing snack to munch on as you wait for the main course. Empandas are either baked or fried and are stuffed with meat, cheese, vegetables and other ingredients to your liking. Besides the fact that it adds so much flavor to your tailgate, it also adds a lot of culture into it. A must try indeed.
30. Spinach Dips
Spinach Dips, the crowd-pleasing party dip makes its way to be branded as one of the popular dishes during a tailgate party. The creamy blend of sour cream, cream cheese, spinach, and various cheeses makes such a refreshing yet explosive flavor that you’ll find yourself wanting for more.
31. Fruit Salsa
Refreshing and healthy is the best way to describe having a fruit salsa at a tailgate party. It’s pretty useful to have them as well as it jump-starts your tastebuds when you’re having too much of those savory and salty dishes.
The coleslaw is a salad consisting primarily of finely-shredded raw cabbage with a salad dressing, usually mayonnaise. It’s usually paired with chicken or steak. Delicious indeed and you only have yourself to blame if you dont get these for your party.
33. Bacon Crackers
Just when you think bacon can’t get any better. This may be sinful, but if you’re going to do something bad, do it right by making yourself a bowl of bacon crackers. It’s sweet and salty and, quite honestly, addictive.
34. Cheesy Fries
Who says cheesy fries can only be eaten at fast-food chains? You can make one yourself and it’s pretty simple to make. What makes it even more worth it is seeing yourself and your friends finishing the fries in a matter of minutes. Great to have as you watch the game or drink some beers.
35. Mac and Cheese
Just another American favorite. If you’re having a hard time figuring out what to make for your younger audiences, the scrumptious Mac and Cheese will save your day because if there’s one thing the Mac and Cheese is known for, is that it’s the kids’ favorite dish!
36. Touchdown Brownies
Nothing is more fitting for dessert at a football tailgate than a touchdown brownie. These brownies are a sure win for you and your friends during your tailgate party! They are extremely fudgy and texture is out of this world. Just make sure you save some for yourself because once these brownies are served, they will be finished.
37. Taco Dip
The Taco Dip is the perfect snack for game day, a quick party appetizer. This easy no-bake dip recipe starts with a creamy layer flavored with my favorite taco seasoning. This dip is great for dipping tortillas, crackers or veggies.
38. Hummus Dips
A healthier choice for a dip, the hummus is a delicious spread or dip made from chickpeas, tahini, lemon, and spices. It’s usually made in the Middle East and the Mediterranean. Bringing the hummus on the table for tailgate parties will not only being amazing flavors, but also a taste of the cuisine in those areas.
39. Potato Salad
Potato salad is a great dish that consists of boiled potatoes, mayonaise, and a variety of other ingredients (to your heart’s liking). It may be just a side dish, but it’s a side dish that cannot be underestimated as it gives you a feeling of completeness as you eat your main course.
40. Trail Mix
Trail mix is a type of snack mix, specifically a combination of granola, dried fruit, nuts, and sometimes chocolate developed as a food to be taken along on hikes but has now made its way to tailgating. The best part about trail mixes is that it is absolutely easy to make and will keep your peers munching as they play or drink the day away.
Definitely the easiest snack on this list. All you have to do is buy some bag of chips and you’re all set. If you choose to make them from scratch, then that’s also just as well, because either way, you really can never go wrong with serving chips.
42. Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Preparing a Pulled Pork Sandwich does take time to make, but trust us when we say that the return on your investment of time and energy will be nothing but worth it. The BBQ flavor profile of a pulled pork sandwich is really all about the melting in your mouth goodness. Having this at your tailgate party will only have your friends thanking you so much.
43. Deviled Eggs
If you want to show off some skill, deviled eggs may be the easiest way to go. They are often served cold as a side dish or appetizer and are staples brunches, picnics, and potlucks. They’re pretty to look at, and even better, tasty to munch on.
44. Potato Skins
Another quick and simple recipe to serve at your tailgate party. Potato skins are made of unpeeled potato halves, hollowed and dressed with bacon, cheddar cheese, and green onions. You won’t be able to resist getting more once you start.
A close relative of the famous pizza, calzones are seriously sadly underrated. Calzones are heavenly dishes wrapped in a pillowy dough. It tastes exactly like a common pepperoni pizza, only it’s much more compact and more explosive with every bite.
46. Seven-Layer Dips
If you’re the type who wants to give yourself a little challenge by impressing people, go for the seven-layer dip. It’s quite the show once you see the final product and get a bite of all the layers at once. There is no denying how great of an appetizer this is, especially for the adventurous.
47. Rice Krispies
Rice Krispies is quite the fan-favorite, especially among the younger ones, because of it’s nostalgic flavors and texture that it won’t bring anything else but light-heartedness and joy as you take every bite during the tailgate.
Resembling the traditional chocolate brownie, blondies substitutes vanilla for the cocoa used in brownies and contains brown sugar. This will surely add something different to your tailgate.
Louisiana’s official state cuisine. Its great reputation is very deserving as its mix of ingredients and cultures all over the world has made it a wonder and sight to see and taste. It’s a spiritual experience to taste this aromatic stew.
50. Key Lime Pie
This Classic Key Lime Pie consists of an easy homemade graham cracker crust, a smooth and creamy key lime pie filling, and homemade whipped cream on top. Ingredients and the whole process may take you aback, but once you get into the groove of things, you’ll know how easy and worth it this is. The perfect dessert for key lime lovers!