Dip, scoop, and score with these all-time staff and reader-favorite tailgating recipes that will please any and every crowd.
Sausage, Bean, and Spinach DipBreak out the shakers, war paint, and jerseys; it’s football time and we’ve got you set all season long with our best tailgating recipes ever. First up, this ultimate spinach dip featuring the addition of ground sausage, pinto beans, cream cheese, and Parmesan will easily be your go-to dish all seaon. It's almost hearty enough to be a main dish.
Pimiento Cheese Deviled EggsWe combine two Southern favorites into one extraordinary dish—Pimiento Cheese Deviled Eggs.
Easy Margaritas for a CrowdLook no further than these large-batch margaritas for your next tailgate when you can't spend hours juicing limes. This recipe is a revelation--the secret ingredient is a can of frozen limeade concentrate which, once emptied, doubles as a measuring cup for the remaining ingredients.
Macaroni-and-Pimiento Cheese BitesSouthern cooks have a secret-- pimiento cheese is just as delicious as an appetizer as it is on a sandwich or cracker. By giving the pimiento cheese bites a quick fry, they gain a crisp crust that pairs perfectly with the slightly melted cheese on the inside of the popper.
Buttermilk Coffee CakeThis buttermilk crumb cake is a bring-along breakfast favorite. To make one day ahead: just bake, cool completely, and cover pan tightly in in aluminum foil.
Sausage-Hash Brown Breakfast CasseroleCombine frozen hash brown potatoes with sausage, eggs, and cheese for a hearty, 5-star-rated breakfast or brunch casserole that can be prepped ahead and baked the next morning.
Two-Cheese Veggie Nachos
We love the double-cheese contrast here: Shredded cheese melts into a bubbly blanket over the tortillas, while crumbly queso fresco covers the veggies with a salty kick. It's an impressive dish for coffee table dining--it's fun to keep it all on the baking pan and serve as a shared platter.
Gabriel's GuacamoleThis is the base guacamole recipe from Gabriel's in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is intended only as a jumping-off point: Add more seasonings to your taste. We preferred it with 1/2 teaspoon jalapeño, 4 teaspoons onion, and 4 teaspoons lime juice.
Best-Ever Soft PretzelsEnjoy these warm from the oven... there's nothing like them!
Traditional HummusThis quick and easy hummus dip is delicious alone, or used as a base for a variety of different dips and sauces. This dip is a great choice for tailgating because it’s easy to transport and is great chilled and at room temperature. Serve with pita chips or a variety of fresh veggies.
Bacon and Cheddar SlidersClassic burger toppings are all here on these Bacon and Cheddar Sliders. Toasting buns on the grill gives these little burgers a delightful crunch.
Baked Buffalo Chicken Strips
You'll score big on game day with these easy buffalo chicken strips paired with zesty blue cheese dip.
Anne's Hot Sausage DipWith outstanding reviews, this dip is by far your best go-to recipe the season. Simple, easy, quick, and delicious are the perfect adjectives to describe this unbeatable tailgating recipe. Serve with substantial chips to get the best dip every time.
Cheesy Sausage Balls
To make ahead, cover and refrigerate unbaked balls up to 24 hours; or place in a heavy-duty zip-top plastic bag and freeze unbaked balls up to 1 month. Bake frozen balls at 375° for 22 to 25 minutes or until done.
Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips
Basic Deviled EggsAll you need to perfect these tasty stuffed eggs are five simple ingredients and just a couple short minutes. Because these we be such a popular item at your tailgate, we suggest you make at least a second batch for everyone to enjoy.
Game-Day Chili“My go to sports day recipe! My husband and friends love it. I sometimes add a small can of diced jalapenos, and serve it with shredded cheese, sour cream, purple onions and corn bread. It's simply our favorite chili!“ - LoriAnnSt
Sausage RollsThese savory bites of sausage wrapped in flaky puff pastry strips are the perfect appetizer for early games, and since they are only $.42 per serving you can make a huge batch to feed the whole crowd.
Layered Spicy Black Bean DipMake this spicy Mexican dip your go-to dip for tailgate parties and casual entertaining. Just layer cream cheese, black bean dip and shredded cheese and top with your choice of onions, olives and tomatoes.
Pumpkin DipThis dip is astoundingly easy and almost doubles as a dessert. It makes a nice addition to a savory spread.
Yummy Sausage CupsSausage on the go is the perfect tailgating appetizer for morning or evening games. Pop these on the table when you set up your tailgate and watch them disappear in seconds.
Toffee-Apple DipTimes up and you need to be out the door and at the tailgate. Don’t fret, this sweet, nutty dip whips up in just five minutes and creates the perfect pairing for sliced apples and crackers.
Shrimp-and-Andouille Gumbo DipBring the sea shore right to your kitchen table with this delicious gumbo dip.
White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento CheeseHere's the secret to nice pimiento-cheese texture: Grate the cheese by hand, half on the large holes of a box grater and half on the small holes. Choose an aged sharp Cheddar cheese for extra bite. Chopped chives and Dijon mustard add piquant punch in place of grated onion.
Stuffed VegetablesStuffed Vegetables come to life with Jalapeno-Pimiento Cheese. Use this zippy cheese in hollowed-out baby bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, zucchini halves, or pattypan squash halves for lively party bites.
Pepper and Chicken NachosWe take a healthier approach to the standard nacho plate here by using peppers instead of chips. The result is equally as fabulous and maybe even more delicious.
Healthy Chili-Cheese DogsYour kids will flip for these Healthy Chili-Cheese Dogs! Uncured hot dogs cost a few dollars more than regular ones, but they're worth it. They are lower in fat and sodium and free of nitrites.
Slow-Cooker Beef Sliders with Pickled PeppersRev up your slow cooker the night before, and on game day, tote it to the game, plug it in, and let your crowd build their own sandwiches.