35 Tailgating Food Ideas That Are Total Winners
Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan or simply looking for an excuse to eat good food, we can all agree that tailgating is hard to beat. Here, 35 tailgating food ideas and recipes that’ll make you wish football season would never end. We’ll bring the bacon guac; you bring the buffalo cauliflower.
1. Pizza Muffins
Who says pizza has to be served in a pie shape? (Certainly not us.)
2. Brussels Sprouts Sliders
Think outside the bun with this low-carb appetizer.
3. Bacon Guacamole
Just when you thought guac couldn’t get any better, this snack appears.
4. Buffalo Cauliflower Nuggets
Trust us, you won’t even miss the meat.
5. Italian Deli Pinwheel Sandwiches
Perfectly portable, perfectly shareable.
6. Cuban Sliders for a Crowd
Probably the easiest party recipe of all time.
7. Salami, Artichoke and Ricotta Pasta Salad
These are a few of our favorite things.
8. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Fact: You can never have too many of these spicy bites on hand.
9. No-Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Pretzel Bars
You didn't think we’d skip dessert, did you?
10. The Ultimate Party Sub
The easiest way to feed a hungry crowd.
11. Chocolate Coconut Almond Bars
Basically a homemade Almond Joy.
12. One-Pot Vegetarian Chili
It’s just not tailgating without a big pot of chili.
13. Crispy Parmesan Brussels Sprouts
Make extra—you’ll be surprised at how fast these go.
14. 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Psst: No one needs to know you used store-bought rotisserie chicken.
16. Cauliflower ‘Tater’ Tots
No potatoes, no problem. These are just as crispy and satisfying as the original.
17. BLT Pasta Salad
Macaroni salad with a twist, because a little bit of bacon never hurt anything.
18. Oven-Baked S’mores Bars
No fire pit necessary for these sweet bars.
19. Brie-Stuffed Pretzel Bites
Better act fast—these are bound to disappear.
20. Beef Empanadas
FYI: These guys can be frozen for up to three months.
21. 7-Layer Zip
Let’s get this fiesta started (but don’t forget the chips).
22. Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken
Extra napkins are advised for these sticky-sweet poppers.
23. Baby Blooming Onions
This is how you bring the steakhouse to the tailgate.
24. Chicken Parmesan Bites
They’re fancy, homemade chicken nuggets. Need we say more?
25. Homemade Cheese Crackers
Well, aren’t you fancy! These will disappear by the handful.
26. French Onion Cups
It may be soup season, but that’s not exactly tailgate food. This is the perfect compromise.
29. Peanut Butter and Jelly Blondies
Be still our grade-school heart. These are chewy and gooey in all the right ways.
30. Easy Pretzel Buns
For turning into sandwiches, obvi. Pack a spread of cold cuts and let everyone make their own.
31. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
Proof that forks are optional on game day.
33. Everything Chicken Wings
Make a batch and give buffalo sauce a run for its money.
35. Spicy Avocado Hummus
If hummus and guacamole had a (very delicious) baby. Pack pita and tortilla chips to win the tailgate.