Tailgate season is here. Unlike the sneaky weather-changing, flip-floppy temperatures outside that are teasing us about the incoming season change, football is loyally here every week reminding us that it is indeed fall. And whether you follow college or pro teams, tailgate parties are everywhere.
Wherever your party is happening, if you are tailgating, you are bringing a dish or setting up a spread. Football may be what brings you together, but the food keeps the party alive. We have Dips and Dunks, Substantial Snacks, and Delectable Desserts in the 13 Winning Tailgate Recipes below. You’re doing a Whole30, during football season? Well we’ve got you covered too. May the best team win. And may all enjoy the food, no matter what.
Dips and Dunks
Best Restaurant Salsa
Where would any tailgate list be without the staple of any get together- SALSA. This recipe is not just any recipe though, it’s the Best Restaurant Salsa from 40 Aprons and combines fresh ingredients with cooked that gives it depth and flavor. Your friends will beg for this recipe.
Hissy Fit Dip
Hissy Fit Dip has a crazy name but it’s always a hit because it’s based on classic tailgate ingredients- sausage, multiple cheeses, sour cream, chives… they are all there. Get out your best casserole dish and try this one from Brown Eyed Baker.
Christmas Guacamole + Plantain Chips (Whole 30)
Gaby calls it Christmas Guacamole because of it’s festive colors (so save this recipe for later too). This creamy avocado goodness from What’s Gaby Cooking packs a surprising juicy punch by adding pomegranate seeds. Yum! Pair it with these Plantain Chips from Paleo Running Momma to keep it all compliant and such.
Pepperoni Football Cheese Ball
So cheese balls… they are an oldie but a goodie. They are delicious but elegant. This Pepperoni Football Cheese Ball from Mom Time Out is a great recipe that keeps the football theme alive and tastes incredible.
Chili Cheese Dip
Three ingredients- that’s right JUST THREE- in this recipe for Chili Cheese Dip from Two Twenty One. Can it get more simple?
Paleo Potato Skins with Guacamole and Bacon (Whole 30)
These crisp potato skins full of fresh avocado mash topped with crispy bacon perfection are a great tailgate take-along. You can use an oven or an instant pot to get these started and we are in love with these Paleo Potato Skins from Cheryl at 40 Aprons!
If you are looking for something a little less snacky and a little more substantial, these Cuban Sliders from House of Yumm are chock full of classic cuban sandwich flavor combining ham, swiss, and dill.
Touchdown Taco Cups
No worries about dripping your taco all over that team jersey with this cup of scrumptious tex-mex flavor. You might even use this recipe again next week for a twist on Taco Tuesday after seeing what a hit Touchdown Taco Cups from Southern Made Simple turn out to be.
Paleo Balls of Fire (Whole 30)
Who loves spice? People at a tailgate! Check out these delicious Paleo Balls of Fire from My Suburban Kitchen for some sweet spicy goodness you can pile on your plate… until you can’t take the heat.
Glazed Kielbasa Bites
Sweet and savory in one, these Glazed Kielbasa Bites from Real Housemoms make an easy toothpick-able addition to your table. They look great, taste great, and are sure to be loved by all.
Loaded Tater Tot Skewers
Inviting the younger crowd? Looking for a one handed hit? Look no further. These Loaded Tater Tot Skewers from Made with Happy make a great addition to your spread.
Ice Cream Football Sandwiches
Anyone can execute these neat Ice Cream Football Sandwiches. Great for that last minute invite or unexpected overtime treat for the kids (and adults) this creative but easy addition to a store-bought ice cream sandwich is a quick and easy way to impress for dessert. Idea from Celebration Shoppe.
Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake Bites (Gluten Free)
Want a Gluten Free dessert option for your tailgate, but still want it to be exciting? Try these boozy no bake creations from Cotter Crunch called Dark Chocolate Whiskey Cake Bites. That sounds too good to pass up.