25 of Our Best Tailgating Recipes
Spicy Queso Tater Skins
A crispy starch base loaded with customizable toppings and served in a finger-friendly form, potato skins are an all-time classic party app. This Mexican take on the taters is sure to satisfy any crowd with its fries-nachos mashup of flavors.
Recipe: Try our Spicy Tater Skins
Pepperoni Pizza Baked Wings
Baked wings get doused in a tomatoey, cheesy sauce dotted with mini pepperoni for a food medley that's just the right amount of messy—and plenty delicious.
Recipe: Try our Pepperoni Pizza Baked Wings
Corn & Salsa Tortilla Soup
Chock-full of ingredients like tomatoes, corn, tortillas, and chiles, this bowl of soup is sure to warm up tailgaters during those colder game days.
Recipe: Try our Corn & Salsa Tortilla Soup
If you can't take the heat, stay in the kitchen and add more of the herby cream cheese sauce to your slider. It balances out the slight heat from the chile peppers and gives the sliders a delicious savory quality.
Recipe: Try our Popper Sliders
Fancying up your game-day beer is easier than you think. Just combine a wheat Hefeweizen beer with grapefruit soda, and you've got a fruity drink to take you through the day.
Recipe: Try our Grapefruit Shandy
Rachael's BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
One of the best things about these flavor-packed tacos is that, after a little prep, you can just set 'em and let 'em while you bask in the game-day fun. Circle back to your oven after a couple hours, and your meat will be tender and ready to spoon onto tortillas.
Recipe: Try Rachael's BBQ Pulled Pork Tacos
Cool Ranch Popcorn
This super-simple snack will go super fast in a crowd, so be sure to make extra. Once your guests taste that herb-butter drizzle, they won't be able to stop their hands from reaching back in.
Recipe: Try our Cool Ranch Popcorn
Ham & Cheese Pretzel Panini
Why just eat regular old soft pretzels when you can turn them into a meaty, cheesy panini? That's a rhetorical question. You must make these paninis.
Recipe: Try our Ham & Cheese Pretzel Panini
California Cobb Guacamole
A salad mixed with a big, creamy bowl of guacamole makes this a healthy-ish (and mega-flavorful) game-day dish.
Recipe: Try out California Cobb Guacamole
Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches
These don't just look adorable and spirited; they tasted absolutely divine. Whip up an easy pimiento mix, cut rye bread into football shapes, and slather a generous helping of cheese between two pieces. Touchdown.
Recipe: Try our Pimiento Cheese Football Sandwiches
Beefy Stout Chili Frito Pies
Chili is never wrong, especially not on game days. Cooked with beer and served in a bag of Fritos for a salty, easily transportable meal, it couldn't be more right.
Recipe: Try our Beefy Stout Chili Frito Pies
BBQ Chicken Meatball Skewers
Stuff on sticks is as tailgate-y as it gets. Give these chicken meatballs cooked in BBQ sauce a try, and serve with creamy Ranch for dunking.
Recipe: Try our BBQ Chicken Meatball Skewers
Detroit Coney Dog Dip
There's something that sounds so very fun and satisfying about dipping a little pig in a blanket into a warm bowl of chili cheese dip. And now you can!
Recipe: Try our Detroit Coney Dog Dip
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Get that beloved combo of hot sauce, chicken, blue cheese, and celery in an easier-to-eat (and easier-to-walk-around-with) form.
Recipe: Try our Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
Florida Key Lime Pie Dip
For your fellow tailgaters with a sweet tooth, whip up this sugary and zesty dessert dip—along with plenty of options for dipping. It's sure to satisfy after a day full of cheese and carbs.
Recipe: Try our Florida Key Lime Pie Dip
Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches
This pork takes only three ingredients and a couple minutes of prep, but be warned: It needs 8 hours to cook. Plan ahead, and you (and your guests) will be glad you did.
Recipe: Try our Cola Pulled Pork Sandwiches
Green & White Nachos
These sheet pan nachos have a perfect balance of savory and spicy. Better yet, they can be tossed together and on the tailgate table in 15 minutes.
Recipe: Try our Green & White Nachos
Beer & Pretzels Baked Wings
A truly perfect game-day snack perfectly combines the sweet and the savory, the tender and the crunchy, the meat and the beer. These wings do all three things, and they get your fingers just a little bit messy, too, which is a tailgating rite of passage.
Recipe: Try our Beer & Pretzels Baked Wings
Rum & Coke Slushies
Turn the classic rum and coke into an icy cold drink that will quench your thirst on a warm football day. For a picture-perfect drink, add some game-day decor to the straw.
Recipe: Try our Rum & Coke Slushies
Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Give potato apps a sweet and savory twist. These call for rosemary, maple syrup, mozzarella, and Parmesan, so you get a a well-balanced and completely addictive dish.
Recipe: Try our Grilled Hasselback Sweet Potatoes
Sloppy Joe Chili Corn Muffins
Another dish that scores points for its easily transportable format, these apps turn corn muffins into a bowl for your game-day chili. No spoons required!
Recipe: Try our Sloppy Joe Chili Corn Muffins
Seven-layer dip who? We only have eyes for these little burgers stacked high with beans, lettuce, guac, salsa, sour cream, and olives. (Just kidding. We'd definitely eat them with a side of 7-layer dip.)
Recipe: Try our 7-Layer Sliders
New & Improved England Clam Chowder
Not everything about game day has to be traditional. When the weather gets really cold, serve up this rich, creamy clam chowder. The chunks of potatoes make it feel extra indulgent, and baked garlic chips on top add even more delicious flavor and crunch.
Recipe: Try our New & Improved England Clam Chowder
Buffalo Potato Wedges with Warm Blue Cheese Dip
Thick potato wedges roasted in a butter-hot sauce mix and dipped into creamy blue cheese sauce are what tailgate dreams are made of. It doesn't hurt that they're super easy to make (and eat!)
Recipe: Try our Buffalo Potato Wedges with Warm Blue Cheese Dip
Rach's Beef 'n' Bean Skillet Macho Nachos
A massive skillet of extra-loaded nachos is the Vince Lombardi Trophy of game-day foods. These are sure to please any crowd, no matter the score of the game.
Recipe: Try Rachael Ray's Beef 'n' Bean Skillet Macho Nachos