Score big points with your fellow football fans by sharing these crowd-pleasing tailgating recipes on game day. These easy tailgating recipes mix and match easily so that you can create the perfect game day menu. From breakfast sandwiches to hearty dips to one-bite salad wedges, these fun football foods offer something for everyone. While some recipes require a plate and a fork, there are tons of tailgating finger foods, like Touchdown Pinwheels and Baby Ballpark Dogs, to keep it super simple. Pick your favorites and get started!
Anne's Hot Sausage DipWhether you're at the game or cheering from home, kick off your tailgating party with our first-string collection of snacks, spreads, and dips. For starters, scoop up this hearty sausage dip and keep it warm at the tailgate party in an insulated casserole dish carrier.
Loaded Baked Potato DipAll tailgate fans will cheer for this hearty dip version of a loaded baked potato featuring waffle fries dipped into a hot mixture of cheese, bacon, and sour cream.
Roll Tide Breakfast RollsWhen your tailgate is slated to last from sun-up to sun-down, start the day right with a filling, flavorful breakfast.
Traditional HummusHummus 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.
Grilled Pepper PoppersIf the game isn't going your way, have no fear. These spicy cheese-filled poppers will fire up any Super Bowl bash. And try washing them down with a cool cocktail.
Crispy Parmesan ChickpeasIf you're planning to pack these flavor-coated, fiber-filled poppers as a to-go snack, be sure to allow them to cool completely on a flat surface first.
Muffuletta DipThis dip version of the classic New Orleans sandwich features olive salad, salami, pepperoncini salad peppers, black olives and diced provolone cheese. Serve with slices of French bread for a hearty tailgate treat.
Sausage, Bean, and Spinach DipScore big points at your next tailgate with this ultimate spinach dip featuring the addition of ground sausage, pinto beans, cream cheese, and Parmesan. It's almost hearty enough to be a main dish.
Maple Chicken WingsWings are a must-have at any tailgate, and serving them in a bucket is affordable, cute, and definitely low on the mess factor. Just be sure to provide a second bucket for the scraps.
Sausage RollsWrap a savory sausage mixture in puff pastry strips and bake for a tasty tailgating treat that’s especially good for a tailgate brunch.
BLT WrapWrap sandwiches are so versatile. You can fill them with your favorite meats and condiments for an array of options. Individually wrap them in plastic wrap or secure with a toothpick for easy pick-up-and-go treats.
Light Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed CeleryThis recipe makes plenty to go around, so stuff some in celery stalks and serve the rest with crackers, apple wedges, or as a sandwich spread. Make pimiento cheese up to a week before game day and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
Spinach-and-Artichoke DipServe hot from the oven to those gathered 'round the big screen. Top off the savory dip with one of our favorite beer beverages.
Barbecue Deviled EggsWhen you make deviled eggs, add some chopped smoked pork to the filling for a game-winning twist. Place the serving tray over ice to keep the appetizers cool during the celebration.
Crisp and Spicy Snack MixServe this mix in individual paper cups adorned with your football team's colors for a portable snack that tailgaters can easily carry as they make the rounds.
Roasted Corn SalsaWhile you're grilling game-day burgers and brats, add some corn to the fire for this zesty recipe.
Cheddar Cheese StrawsSavory and rich with just a bit of a peppery bite, cheese straws are great for game-day snacking. They're especially easy to make and travel well.
Spiced Mixed NutsPack a staple snack mix that's perfect for munching anytime on game day. Take it to the tailgate in an airtight container, and then divide into individual plastic bags for a mid-game treat.
Smoky Ranch DipChipotle peppers in adobo sauce give traditional Ranch dressing a smoky kick. Pair this versatile dip with chicken fingers, wings, carrot sticks, or potato chips at your next tailgate.
Boiled PeanutsSave yourself a trip to the concession stand by preparing this favorite football snack. If you're craving more flavor, try one of the savory variations included with the recipe.
Avocado-Tomatillo Dip with Cumin Pita ChipsUpdate game-day guacamole by adding tomatillos to the mix. Not only will they bring extra flavor, but they'll keep your dip from discoloring at the tailgate.
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.
Creamy Feta-Spinach DipMake a traditional spinach dip lower in fat by using low-fat mayonnaise, sour cream , and cream cheese instead of the full-fat products and add extra flavor with feta cheese and dill.
Sausage BallsThese savory treats are dangerously popable. Plan to at least double the recipe if you're hosting this week's tailgate.
Grilled Vegetable Dip with Pita ChipsRecipes best served at room temperature are ideal for game-days. This grilled veggie dip is a nice alternative to the heavy cheese dips and spicy salsas on the buffet.
BBQ-Ranch PopcornEncourage friends to grab a cone of savory popcorn for their walk to the stadium. Three ingredients quickly transform microwave popcorn into a must-have treat.
Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Chipotle DipSweed potato wedges are a tasty alternative when you're wearing thin on salty chips. The sweetness of the wedges perfectly balances the spice in the dip.
Hot Brown FondueKentucky fans, get ready to swoon! Your favorite sandwich is now a game-day ready dip. This dish is ideal for late-season games when the temperature starts to drop.
Yummy Sausage CupsGrab-and-go appetizers are ideal for tailgates, especially when the treat being served is savory. Now, who wants sausage?
Tiny Pizza PiesThis is so easy it feels like cheating. Start with frozen or delivery pizzas and cut the pies into bite-size portions with a biscuit cutter. Your guests will thank you when they're not balancing a full slice with their already-loaded plate.
White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento CheesePimiento cheese pairs perfectly with sliced veggies, crisp chips, or even just a big spoon so that guests can enjoy themselves. The secret is grating the cheese yourself (really!).
Coleslaw CupsSkip the plate and fork and serve a tailgate favorite, cole slaw, with ease by using crisp lettuce as your vehicle for this tasty side.
Fresh Pork Sausage PattiesWhen a morning game is on your team's schedule, start the day off right with grab-and-go sausage and biscuit breakfast sandwiches for your crew. Who doesn't love brunch?
Buckeye Brownie CupsOne-bite treats keep your fingers clean and your appetite ready for the next dish. Why make basic brownies when you can make these beauties?
Beer and Cheese DipAt a tailgate, incorporating beer into as many dishes as possible is a fun way to bring the best of game-day to a festive event. Using a dark beer really makes this recipe stand out.
Fried Chicken WingsSkip the mess of saucy wings by serving fried wings instead. Plus, fried chicken is one of the rare dishes that's delicious hot, room temperature, or chilled, so it's easy to serve any time of day.
Pumpkin DipThis dip is astoundingly easy and almost doubles as a dessert. It makes a nice addition to a savory spread.
Barbecue-Peach Summer RollsMake barbecue easy to enjoy by wrapping it up tight in sushi-inspired rolls. Ole Miss, this one's calling your name!
Pretzel-Crusted Chicken NuggetsChicken nuggets are definitely not just for kids. Serve them with a mix of spicy and sweet dips to allow your guests to mix and match for their dipping pleasure.
Chicken Salad Tomato CupsAdd bright, bold color to your basic tailgate fare by serving classic chicken salad in tiny tomatoes. Make enough for each guest to have two.
Fruit Kebabs with Honey-Yogurt Dipping SauceKebabs are a fantastic way to maximize table space while adding color to your spread. Plus, you're pretty much guaranteed to fall in love with that dipping sauce.
Greek Spinach DipSpinach dip is a tailgate favorite; make a recipe that calls for satisfying Greek yogurt to ensure you last through the fourth quarter.
Offering sweet and tangy notes, mangoes balance perfectly against rich and creamy avocado.
Baked Buffalo Chicken StripsThis must-try appetizer is a favorite for all ages. Keep a simple dip, like honey mustard, around for the pint-sized fans.
Pimiento Cheese with BaconThis must-have tailgate dip is a bargain at only about $1 per serving. Pair it with hearty crackers or crisp veggies for this weekend's big game.
Antipasto Skewers with Pesto DipGive your oven a rest with these no-cook Antipasto Skewers. Just pile the meat, cheese and veggies on a stick and serve with the easy pesto dip for a no-fail game-day appetizer.
Buffalo Chicken DipThink of this as no-mess wings in a bowl. Pair this 5-ingredient Buffalo Chicken Dip with celery and crackers for a quick, spicy dip fit for any tailgate
Creamy BLT DipYour favorite simple sandwich is now a simple, 5-ingredient dip. Try this Creamy BLT Dip for an easy appetizer at your next football gathering.
Black-eyed Pea-and-Ham DipLooking for a little extra luck? Serve this savory dip to up your odds.
Bacon-Wrapped Potatoes with QuesoWe say bacon makes everything better. This dish proves us exactly right.
Caramel Apple DipSwitch gears from savory to sweet with this must-try fall dip. Baste the apple slices with lemon juice to prevent browning before your tailgate is ready to share.
Irresistible Blue Cheese DipCount on blue cheese to make every appetizer spread better. Pair this dip with any veggies you please for an amazing pre-game dish.
One-Bite Wedge Salad with Blue Cheese and BaconAdd a (gasp!) healthy option to the table with these one-bite salad cuties.
Bacon-Onion DipThis appetizing Bacon-Onion Dip boasts minimal prep time and pairs perfectly with assorted fresh vegetables. Who's ready for game day?
Cream Cheese-and-Olive Pecan BitesCrunchy, creamy, and oh-so delicious, these one-bite wonders are a touchdown on game days.
Bacon Black Bean DipBlack bean dip is a nice alternative to hummus and cheese dip. Dress it up or down for your style of tailgate.
Tortellini Caprese BitesSkewer this easy lunch option before the game and serve them in a glass vase to save room on your tailgate table.
Warm Gumbo DipWhen cool weather strikes, fight back with a warm dip. Use a car-powered slow-cooker to keep this dish warm en route to the game, or simply place warm in a small cooler.
Honey-Ginger Chicken BitesAdd colored toothpicks to this zesty appetizer option to keep your fingers from being sticky. Then again, the sauce is so tasty that you likely won't mind!
Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese DipThis colby-pepper jack cheese dip is made heartier by the addition of chopped cooked chicken. Chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add even more heat. Prepare up to a day ahead.
Macaroni-and-Pimiento Cheese BitesThis dish is ideal for games on your home turf, but can easily be transported for tailgates in the great outdoors.
Touchdown Butterscotch DipPaired with this warm dip, fruit has never been more tempting. Made with butterscotch chips, rum extract and chopped pecans, this dip is a rich memorable treat.
Cheese Bread BitesSometimes you just really need to dip cheesy bread into marinara. This recipe makes that easy, and delicious, to do.
Blue Cheese-Artichoke DipBlue cheese amps up the flavor for a little twist on the traditional artichoke appetizer. The dip holds up well for about two hours after the cook time. Serve with pita chips or toasted baguette slices.
Tomato-Feta BitesSelf-serve appetizers are ideal on game day. Make a double batch of these tasty Italian-inspired bites to ensure you have enough.
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and GruyèreServe this addictive onion dip with a sliced baguette or apples, or thick-cut potato chips. Loser does the dishes.
Fried Chicken BitesCut chicken breasts into one-inch pieces to make this easy appetizer dish. Kids will call them nuggets; we just call them delicious.
Layered Spicy Black Bean and Cheddar DipUse a glass bowl to display dips that are bold and colorful, like this decadent layered bean dip.
Herbed Cheese Dip with CruditésTopping sliced veggies with a dollop of creamy dip encourages guests to serve themselves. We've made it easy with this no-fuss recipe.
Instant Turkey WrapOffer grab-and-go wraps for easy munching at the tailgate or while walking to the game. Use basic ingredients plus one signature, like a grainy mustard.
Three-Dip DinnerVariety is the spice of any tailgate, so keep your guests happy by offering a fun array of dips. We suggest providing labels unless you really like repeating recipe names over and over again.
Southwest BLT WrapThese wraps are so delicious they should be illegal. Use colored toothpicks that match your team's colors for bonus points.
Striped Ribbon SandwichesGive finger sandwiches a much-needed upgrade with this easy, popular recipe.
Touchdown PinwheelsThe best tailgate dishes are those that can be served at room temperature or even chilled. These too-cute pinwheels fit that category perfectly!
Pizza SticksJarred bruschetta topping, chock full of flavorful herbs and veggies, saves both money and prep time for these cheesy pizza sticks. Simply top a refrigerated thin pizza crust with the bruschetta topping and a shredded cheese blend, bake, and cut into bite-size strips.
Italian Egg RollsTraditional egg rolls detour into an Italian-inspired recipe. Make sure you don't forget the warm pizza sauce for dipping!
Stuffed MushroomsOlive Garden is famous for its generous portions of classic Italian dishes: pasta, pizza, breadsticks and that endless salad. Try this DIY version this weekend to surprise your crowd.
Pistachio Pastry TwistsGive your guests something crisp and delicious to munch on while they debate today's starting line. Verticle presentation saves you room for large platters of other noshes.
Swizzle-Stick Pizza AppetizersThis pizza appetizer couldn't get much easier-- it starts with frozen cheese pizza!
Hawaiian Ham SandwichesWith the perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors, these Hawaiian Ham Sandwiches are sure to be crowd-pleasers. Serve them during the holidays or during a football party–they are great for any occasion.
Kibbeh Meatballs with Spiced Yogurt SauceSkip the frozen meatballs and make this tailgate classic yourself. You'll never go back to the bag again.
Baby Ballpark DogsWhat's more adorable than mini hot dogs? Nothing. We repeat, nothing.
Hogs in a BlanketThis fun, high-brow take on pigs in a blanket swaps spicy andouille sausage for the hot dogs, with sweet mustard chutney as a condiment.
Tailgate Tip: Prepare sandwiches the day before the game. Place in zip-top plastic freezer bags, and refrigerate overnight.
Andouille Corn Poppers
These spicy, bite-size versions of corn dogs are irresistible. You'll need about 30 minutes and 1 qt. of oil for frying them.
Pepperoni PuffsLight and fluffy, these Pepperoni Puffs are perfect finger food. Serve them with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.
Broccoli Salad DipSpin the old-school salad into a dip, and pair with everything from crudités to pretzel rods.
Cheese TrufflesPimiento cheese transforms into delectable Cheese Truffles. Roll these cheesy party balls into chopped toasted pecans, parsley or crumbled bacon for even more irresistible flavor in every bite.
These are daintier, fluffier versions of those carnival behemoths, but they still go great with mustard and ketchup.
Bacon-Grits FrittersGrits are treasured like gold in the South. These Bacon-Grits Fritters are the perfect Southern delicacy to introduce to your family and friends. Watch them quickly disappear at your next tailgate!
Bacon-and-Greens SalsaFor the ultimate Southern-style warm dip, combine chopped greens, corn, and bacon and serve with pork skins, sweet potato chips and hot sauce.
Cheddar-Bacon BallsBanana peppers add just the right amount of spice to this pre-game treat. Better double the recipe to ensure you have enough for every hungry fan.
Blue Cheese Cocktail CrackersSkip traditional cookies and serve a must-have savory treat. These savory little bites are great to serve with drinks as a tasty snack for game day.
Potato SkinsAdding pimiento cheese to traditional potato skins is a game changer. The added depth of flavor makes this appetizer one for the "Keeper" recipe file.
Knuckle TipsThese little goodies will disappear in no time! The brown sugar adds just the perfect amount of sweetness to these tasty little treats!
Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar BarsIn these savory bites of Bacon-Smoked Paprika-Cheddar Bars, sharp cheddar cheese gets a warming welcome from the smokey flavors of bacon and paprika.
Onion-Bacon DipBreak out of that onion soup dip rut and wow game-day guests with an easy dip made with sautéed onions, leeks, cream cheese, sour cream and lots of crispy cooked bacon. No need to serve it in the hollowed out squash; a bowl works just fine.
Bacon-Herb CupcakesServe savory treats in unexpected ways to keep tailgate guests happy and guessing. A cream cheese topper completes this appetizer offering.
Cheesy Potato PuffsRoll these Cheesy Potato Puffs in bacon bits for an easy appetizer or an easy side.
Bacon-Cheese DipCrumbled bacon is the crowing glory of this creamy cheese dip that features cream cheese, blue cheese and sour cream. You're guaranteed not to have any leftovers when you bring this dip to a game
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping SauceDress up traditional pigs-in-a-blanket for a fun twist on the tailgate favorite. This five-ingredient appetizer takes just minutes to prep followed by a brief bake in the oven.