100 Top Tailgating Dips and Appetizers
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!
This sensational spud riff on nachos is an hommage to party food lovers everywhere. Loaded with toppings and drizzled with a hot cheese dip, these totchos are ready to rock and roll right onto your plate. This dish has all of the goodness of trashy, delicious bar nachos but are made with potato tots for a warm comfort food addition. Fresh jalapeno slices and cool avocado round out this dish, leaving the end impression and flavor as simply drool-inducing.
Homemade Chicken Fingers
Sorry, drive-through: This version of the kid favorite is better than yours. Get your kids involved in making this recipe, making sure to use the right measuring cup (the one intended for dry ingredients) and a blunt table or butter knife to level off the ingredients (even for smaller teaspoon and tablespoon-sized amounts).
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Louisiana Hot Crab Dip
Fresh crab meat is the star of this classic New Orleans appetizer.
Roll Tide Breakfast Rolls
When your tailgate is slated to last from sun-up to sun-down, start the day right with a filling, flavorful breakfast. Time out! Go leaner and make a substitution— 1 1/2 cups egg substitute for eggs and reduced-fat pork sausage for sausage.
Grilled Pepper Poppers
If 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 Chickpeas
If 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.
This 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 Dip
Score 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 Wings
Wings 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.
Wrap 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 Celery
This 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.
Serve 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 Eggs
When 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 Mix
Serve 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.
Cheddar Cheese Straws
Savory 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.
Smoky Ranch Dip
Chipotle 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.
Save 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.
Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip
Make 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 Dip
Make 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.
These savory treats are dangerously popable. Plan to at least double the recipe if you're hosting this week's tailgate.
Encourage 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.
Hot Brown Fondue
Kentucky 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 Cups
Grab-and-go appetizers are ideal for tailgates, especially when the treat being served is savory. Now, who wants sausage?
White Cheddar-Chive Pimiento Cheese
Pimiento 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!).
Buckeye Brownie Cups
One-bite treats keep your fingers clean and your appetite ready for the next dish. Why make basic brownies when you can make these beauties?
Fried Chicken Wings
Skip 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.
Barbecue-Peach Summer Rolls
Make barbecue easy to enjoy by wrapping it up tight in sushi-inspired rolls. Ole Miss, this one's calling your name!
Chicken Salad Tomato Cups
Add bright, bold color to your basic tailgate fare by serving classic chicken salad in tiny tomatoes. Make enough for each guest to have two.
Greek Spinach Dip
Spinach 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, mangos balance perfectly against rich and creamy avocado. Try this guac as a dip with chips or as a topping for fish or chicken tacos. For a step-by-step guide to mango prep, see How to Cube a Mango, below.
Pimiento Cheese with Bacon
This 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.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Think 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
Black-eyed Pea-and-Ham Dip
Looking for a little extra luck? Serve this savory dip to up your odds.