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

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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

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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.

David's Favorite Football Dip

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I created this recipe and it was instantly my husband's favorite football season dip!

Touchdown Pizza

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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!

Best Brownies

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These brownies always turn out!

Slow Cooker Texas Pulled Pork

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

Grilled Salmon I

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A simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, are the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon fillets. Even my 9 year old loves this recipe!

Juiciest Hamburgers Ever

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No more dry, lackluster burgers. These are juicy, and spices can be easily added or changed to suit anyone's taste. Baste frequently with your favorite barbeque sauce. If you find the meat mixture too mushy, just add more bread crumbs until it forms patties that hold their shape.

Apple Squares

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Apples, nuts and cinnamon make these bars delicious. They hardly last a day at my house!

Boilermaker Tailgate Chili

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This is the chili recipe the gang eats at Purdue Boilermaker football games. I always prep and cook the chili the night before and then reheat the next day. This is a combination of many different tomato-based chili recipes. Good luck and enjoy.

Cedar Planked Salmon

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This is a dish my brother prepared for me in Seattle. It is by far the best salmon I've ever eaten. I like to serve it with an Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.

Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

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This hearty pumpkin cupcake with a cinnamon-cream cheese frosting is good in the fall or any other time of the year.

Inspiration and Ideas

Wazzu Tailgate Chili

"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

"I have made this three times now; A+! A hit every time!" – kdsmooshie

Slow Cooker Chili II

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The slow cooker is a great way to make chili. This beefy chili is packed with beans, veggies, and spice.