17 Easy 5-Ingredient Tailgate Snacks That Score Big
Are you ready for some football snacks? Give these tailgate-pleasers a try when it's your turn to feed the fans. Each recipe takes no more than five ingredients, and they're super easy to pull together. Hey, there's no rule that says easy can't be awesome.
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls
A five-ingredient appetizer that's "easier to make than the instructions made it sound," says Occasional Cooker. Here's how CJ added bacon to her version: "Take an unsliced loaf of Italian bread, and slice like you would slice but don't go all the way, but about 3/4 down. Spread softened butter mixed with garlic on both sides of the slices. Then put in between each slice a 1/2 slice of Munster cheese. Add the cooked bacon and sprinkle with Parmesan. Then bake until cheese is melted."
You can order M&Ms in team colors to personalize these fun treats all season long. Carrie Magill says, "Let me put it this way: I made a batch, tasted one while still warm, then immediately knew I'd need to make another batch."
Amazing and Easy Chicken Wings
"These wings were a hit. They sat in marinade for only 15 mins. prior to baking. I like a crispier wing and baked them at 450 instead of 375. Tasty and quick" —mrsacb
"If you dribble the sauce slowly over the popcorn and then mix it all together really well it gets just a hint of taste on all the pieces. I found it to be a perfect amount of flavor to be deliciously addictive!" —Heather
Easy Rumaki with Pineapple
"Wonderful! Made a batch of these for Sunday NFL day and they were a hit!" —Danielle Morrissey.
To make sure the bacon crisps up, Allrecipes home cook lutzflcat offers this tip: "Do yourself a favor and cook these at 425."
Pesto Sausage Biscuit Bites
"Easy, tasty, and my family loved to pop them! That's a big win in my book!" —MarilynHortonDotCom.
You can use crescent roll dough instead of biscuits if you'd like. That's what SF did, who says, "it worked beautifully."
Cheesy Chili Dip II
"I thought this was really good; however, I used the Sloppy Joe II recipe from this site in lieu of the canned stuff," says Sheila LaLonde. How good are they really? Melowdie says, "This was good although so good I nearly no longer had a laptop as I kept picking up bigger and bigger mouthfuls and nearly dropping them on the laptop!"
3-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cookies
"Ladies and gentlemen get your cold glasses of milk ready! Super easy and super delicious. This whips up-even by hand- in no time. I even used 3/4 cup of sugar and they were awesome.." —Buckwheat Queen.
Home cook Ashton Peterson adds, "If you want to take it to the next level, melt some chocolate (I used chocolate almond bark), dip them and set in fridge to chill until chocolate hardens. It tastes exactly like a peanut butter cup."
Baked Jalapeno Poppers
Healthier than the fried versions and loaded with a big wallop of flavor. If you're worried about the heat, follow Carla Craycraft's lead: " I parboil the halved and seeded peppers for two minutes to remove some of the heat prior to stuffing them."
Easy Pepperoni Pizza Muffins
With a can of refrigerated buttermilk biscuit dough, store-bought pizza sauce, pepperoni, and shredded mozzarella, this savory snack takes basically no effort to prep.
Easy Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings
Wings for the win. "My family and I love chicken wings, especially during football season. I just got tired of spending so much money on wings for our party that I decided to whip up my own version," says recipe creator FleurSweetLoves. "The ending result was an empty platter and pleased bellies."
Sausage and Cream Cheese Pinwheels
"I have to comment because they were such a hit! I made them for a Chargers party and the boys loved them; they complimented me endlessly," Taryn says. "They flew off the platter. I'm not kidding. I used spicy chicken sausage. Very easy and tasty"
"You can pretty much wrap anything in bacon, including pickles! These are perfect for game day or any time of year. Thick-cut bacon doesn't work as well for these, so use the thinner slices. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing. These are also tasty dipped in Buffalo sauce," says France C.
"The best sit-around-and-snack-on dip for the big game. Enjoy with crackers and then with a spoon the next morning (if there's any left)." —Lhilbert
Stuffed Sweet Potato Skins
You can prep these stuffed sweet potatoes a day in advance, saving the last step (just heating them up) for game day. "Sweet, salty, creamy," says France C. "All the flavors and textures come together nicely."
S'mores in a Cup
These s'mores cups are easy to eat without the mess (and without the campfire). Reviewer ReneePaj says these taste delicious "hot, warm, or even cold."