Tailgating Recipes

Find all the delicious recipes you need for your tailgating feast. Get recipes, including dips, chili, burgers, and easy desserts.

Staff Picks

Chef John's Hot Sloppy Joe Dip

Rating: 4.33 stars
42
For me this checks all the boxes for a hot party dip. It's relatively cheap and easy to make, but maybe more importantly, it's great hot, warm, or room temp. And it's also incredibly versatile.

Super Nachos

Rating: 4.73 stars
151
This makes a huge meal-sized tray of nachos with lots of good stuff! You can adjust ingredient quantities to suit your preference. Serve with extra chips if required. Great for game day.
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David's Favorite Football Dip

Rating: 3.67 stars
3
I created this recipe and it was instantly my husband's favorite football season dip!

Touchdown Pizza

Rating: 4.38 stars
42
My favorite sports pub serves this, and I've come up with a simple and delicious home version. Many local restaurants sell wing sauce, and most grocery stores carry it near the steak and BBQ sauces. It's rich, so serve in squares as an appetizer. Serve ranch dressing, celery, and carrot sticks on the side. Enjoy!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.52 stars
3018
Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.

Best Brownies

Rating: 4.53 stars
13510
These brownies always turn out!

The Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

Rating: 4.04 stars
76
My husband prepares these burgers throughout the grilling season--they are incredibly juicy and flavorful. Great served with corn on the cob.

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Rating: 4.73 stars
845
This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to pot lucks in a slow cooker! This is a serious crowd-pleaser that is served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla! The heat can be turned up or down with the addition of jalapenos to taste.

Prize Winning Baby Back Ribs

Rating: 4.6 stars
767
A foolproof, simple recipe for the most tender, delectable ribs you've ever had. Follow the directions exactly, and success is guaranteed!

Ram (Rosemary, Ancho, Molasses) Wings

Rating: 4.71 stars
7
Flavored with rosemary, ancho, and molasses, these chicken wings honor this year's Super Bowl® teams, one being the Los Angeles Rams and the other which shall not be named. You'll use the easiest of methods to produce the most crowd-pleasing, finger-messing 'sticky wings.' The technique simply involves soaking wings in a sweet, spicy marinade, baking them wet, and then tossing them with a finishing glaze.

Warm Mexican Corn Dip

Rating: 4.46 stars
28
This is a delicious, easy, and creamy corn dip. You can adjust the spicy level according to the type of tomatoes with green chile peppers you buy. Serve with tortilla chips.

Milly's Oatmeal Brownies

Rating: 4.63 stars
317
These are wonderful, chewy 'brownies' except that they are made with oatmeal instead of chocolate. Add your favorites (nuts, chocolate chips, chocolate candies, toffee chips) and create a truly delicious snack.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Wazzu Tailgate Chili
Rating: Unrated
286
"This is the best chili I've ever had. I made it for football Sunday and it was a huge hit—everyone loved it." – ydudziak
Tailgating Spicy Taco Cheese Ball
Rating: Unrated
19
"I have made this three times now; A+! A hit every time!" – kdsmooshie

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

Rating: 4.52 stars
3018

Slow cooked, Texas-style pulled pork that is served on a buttered and toasted roll. My family's favorite.