18 Football Tailgating Recipes

Looking for recipes that will help you kick off your football tailgating season on the right foot? Check out this round-up of tailgating recipes on Taste As You Go!


The sentiment is a day late, but welcome to September, everyone! Although the long weekend marked the unofficial end of summer, summer is certainly clinging on with a vengeance as we're experiencing a bit of a heat wave in the Lehigh Valley. So much so that Stephen and I actually turned the air-conditioning on to avoid dealing with the humidity.

Regardless, most people have started making the transition from summer to fall, and for us, that means transitioning to football tailgating season. Lehigh's first home game is this coming Saturday, and I know that Stephen and I are both looking forward to reuniting with our fall family.

Anyone who has ever tailgated with us before can tell you that tailgates are kinda a big deal to us. Our group of friends typically chooses a theme for each week, and we compete with each other to come up with a dish (or multiple dishes!) that not only fit the theme but also taste great. So, it comes as no surprise that Stephen and I are always looking for new tailgating recipes to try.

In celebration of the return to watching college football, I've enlisted the help of my fellow food bloggers and have put together a photo-heavy round-up of 18 Football Tailgating Recipes. The next time you're in need of some tailgate food inspiration, I'm sure you'll find something to suit your tastes here!

Curious to see what made the cut?

Tailgate Appetizer Recipes

Avocado, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salsa from The Lemon Bowl

1. Avocado, Black Bean, and Red Pepper Salsa from The Lemon Bowl

Buffalo Parmesan Hummus | Frugal Foodie Mama

2. Buffalo Parmesan Hummus from Frugal Foodie Mama

3. Caramelized Onion Dip from Kailley's Kitchen

Cheesy Bean Dip | WonkyWonderful

4. Cheesy Bean Dip from WonkyWonderful

Harvest Sweet Potato Salsa | Farm Fresh Feasts

5. Harvest Sweet Potato Salsa from Farm Fresh Feasts

Rainbow Pepper Salsa | Two Healthy Kitchens

6. Rainbow Pepper Salsa from Two Healthy Kitchens

Roasted Red Pepper Hummus | A Cedar Spoon

7. Roasted Red Pepper Hummus from A Cedar Spoon

Slow-Cooker Asian Glazed Wings | Karen's Kitchen Stories

8. Slow Cooker Asian Glazed Wings from Karen's Kitchen Stories

Smoky Black Bean Dip | A Cedar Spoon

9. Smoky Black Bean Dip from A Cedar Spoon

Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip from The Lemon Bowl

10. Smoky Chipotle Black Bean Dip from The Lemon Bowl

11. Zesty Avocado Deviled Eggs from Tasting Page

Tailgate Dessert Recipes

Beer Cheese Super Bowl Cookies | Cupcake Project

12. Beer Cheese Super Bowl Cookies from Cupcake Project

S'mores Snickers Brownie Batter Dip | Chelsea's Messy Apron

13. S'mores Snickers Brownie Batter Dip from Chelsea's Messy Apron

Tailgate Main Dish Recipes

"Hold the Fork" Picnic Burgers | Dine & Dish

14. "Hold the Fork" Picnic Burgers from Dine & Dish

Crock-Pot Crazy Pineapple Chili | Two Healthy Kitchens

15. Crock-Pot Crazy Pineapple Chili from Two Healthy Kitchens

Meatball Subs with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere | NeighborFood

16. Meatball Subs with Caramelized Onions and Gruyere from NeighborFood

This recipe will require you to make the meatballs ahead of time and transport them (preferably warm) to your tailgating location.

Turkey Chili | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

17. Turkey Chili from Lexi's Clean Kitchen

Tailgate Salad Recipe

Grilled Black Pepper Chicken Salad | Simply Sated

18. Grilled Black Pepper Chicken Salad from Simply Sated


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