Tailgate Food

Football season is back! At our house we are excited. We basically watch way to much football, including all the Dallas Cowboys games and all the Texas Tech University games. And, this year, our son is playing football. He is a starting wide receiver for the 8th grade team.

One of our favorite things about football season is tailgating and tailgate food! We are living up around Portland, Oregon right now, and have considered going to a Ducks game just so we can tailgate. Since we can’t really go tailgating at a Cowboys game or a Texas Tech game.

Tailgate Food

Here’s a round up of my favorite tailgate foods. Just click on the recipe name to be taken to the recipe. You will notice that they are basically all appetizers. I find that finger foods are usually the easiest for everyone to eat at a tailgate party.

Yum Yum Bars

yum yum bars

Chips and Salsa

homemade salsa


Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip

buffalo chicken wing dip

Apple and Brie Sandwiches

Apple and Brie Sandwiches


Spicy Green Dip (freaking amazing!)

Spicy green dip




What is your favorite tailgate food? Leave your recipe or a link to your recipe in the comments!


  1. Monica says

    Tortilla chips and guacamole is my fave but will be trying mini bell peppers stuffed with gauc and bacon on top soon.

  2. says

    Can’t say I’ve tailgated a lot since the Billikens don’t have football, but the one time my husband took me to a Huskers game, we grilled beer brats – one of my fave foods. During my next tailgate experience, I will definitely be making that spicy green dip.

  3. Brenna W. says

    My favorite is Peach Pie (easy to make: stick of butter & 1 cup each of sugar, flour, & milk and a can of peaches)

  4. Christine L says

    I had never tried Buffalo Chicken Dip until about 4 years ago — where had it been all my life!??!?? That’s some fabulous stuff right there! Serve with carrots and celery as well as pita chips or even Chicken in a Biskit crackers.

  5. Jenn L says

    Just got back from a weekend at the Notre Dame/ Michigan game (Go Irish!!). I think the biggest hit of the tailgate was a blue cheese dip with pita chips. Yum!

  6. Jennifer McLean says

    I always go for the chicken wings. I remember my mom made a spectacular chicken wing recipe before wings were popular. Now making them are so much more expensive. The wings used to almost be throw away parts! Ahh, I’m showing my age.

  7. Mary Karas says

    Homemade salsa and flavored chips are my favorite snack for football games or any other time. The salsa should be coarsely chopped not pulverized into mush.

  8. Hazel says

    I completely forgot to answer…LOL….my favorite tailgate is Chili!!! On freezing evenings after watching my sons play football, Chili heats a body up.

  9. Miranda McCallister says

    I’ve never been tailgaiting but it sounds like it’s all finger foods, so probably bbq wings or chips and salsa and sourcream. We eat that all the time as it is.

  10. Lynda Thomas says

    I love making delicious layered bean dip! One year I made it look like a football field and it was so fun! 🙂

  11. Edmond says

    WOW, hips and salsa is fab. & splendid. 2 fingers snap. . It is tight, fly & off the chain. . Thanks for the awesomeness, the contest, & generosity. Dear Santa: I have been nice. My X-Mas wish this year is to win this contest.

  12. stacey dempsey says

    I love anything you can dip in sour cream , guacomole , salsa or tsatziki dip so nacho chips or wings go great with all of those , even veggies are great dipped in those

  13. Vee B says

    I love chips and warm queso dip, especially if I have put some taco flavored hamburger into the dip, wonderful. Add some fresh tomatoes, great!

  14. shantelle stately says

    The yum yum bars look amazing. We love to have some tortilla chips and guacamole. I saw this new recipe that looks really good. It is a spear pickle wrapped with cream cheese and ham and encased in a fried wonton wrap. It sounds so good I hope to make them soon.

  15. Beanybopp says

    I have never actually tailgated before but the food sure does look yummy! Your Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip looks really good! My friend made one like yours and it was gone in seconds at the party we were at lol

  16. Monica Younes says

    My favorite is the kind I don’t have to make but that’s not realistic so I would say guacamole and boneless buffalo chicken Wings.

  17. Heather Scherer says

    I like the buffalo idea you have and I love anything with guacamole! YUMMY Thank you for the ideas and the giveaway!!! 😀

  18. Rick McClenthen says

    Deviled Eggs are the best for tailgating or picnic. Just have to make sure they are all evoured before the game or they could spoil…no problem with any being left if I’m around.

  19. Kamla L. says

    Some of my favorite tailgating foods are hot wings with blue cheese dip, chips with salsa, and anything with melted cheese.

  20. Jessica Snow says

    It usually depends on my mood. I sometimes like nacho chips with cheese and salsa or pizza.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  21. Caitlin Suther says

    I am in love with some Guac dip! (Not my husbands favorite but it’s a must have for the ladies at least!). 🙂 We just recently got to go to a Panthers game here in Charlotte, NC! Congratulations to your son on being a wide receiver!

  22. stephanie baker says

    We LOVE buffalo dip, too! Sausage & cheese dip is also requested often. I try to have a veggie / fruit platter to balance all the carbs.

  23. Jammie says

    Favorite tailgating food would have to be hot dogs with the works. Love me some ketchup, relish, and mustard on a grill hot dog.

  24. Ashley Blair Malinger says

    My favorite tailgate food is spicy buffalo wings! Gotta have blue cheese and ranch dipping sauces of course!

  25. Krissy C. says

    Chicken wings in some spicy sauce! Those are the best for tailgating! And let’s not forget about jalapeno poppers! Yum!

  26. Bryan E. says

    Thanks for the giveaway…our favorite tailgate foods are fajitas (grilled beef-chicken-vegetables), or grilled Italian Sausage-onions-green peppers !

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