Tailgating Appetizer Recipes

Dips, salsa, and chili are just a few of the perfect snacks and appetizers for parties and tailgating. Get dozens of recipes here.

Staff Picks

Brown Sugar Smokies

Rating: 4.76 stars
Bacon-wrapped yummies! You can make these little smokies on skewers or toothpick them to secure.

Easy Pepperoni Bread

Rating: 4.65 stars
Frozen bread dough makes this tasty recipe a breeze to prepare! Pepperoni, mozzarella cheese and Italian seasonings are rolled together, baked to delicious perfection, then cut into bite-sized delights. Your guests will beg for the recipe!

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 4.71 stars
This tangy, creamy dip tastes just like Buffalo chicken wings. It's best served hot with crackers and celery sticks. Everyone loves the results!

Football Cheese Ball

Rating: 4.2 stars
Your pigskin party isn't complete without this cute and tasty cheese ball! Serve with your favorite crackers.

Jan's Pretzel Dogs

Rating: 4.79 stars
Hot dogs wrapped in a pretzel are a perfect snack. Perfect for Super Bowl parties or the weekend tailgate! A little something different using your favorite can of beer instead of water! Delicious!

Fabulous Football Dip

Rating: 4.49 stars
Always a crowd pleaser and so easy to make. This recipe can be as hot or as mild as you like, depending on which kind of tomatoes you buy. I got this recipe from a friend. Serve with tortilla chips.

Quick Potato Nachos

Rating: 4.75 stars
Healthy and fun for the family. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Homestyle Potato Chips

Rating: 4.69 stars
Making homestyle potato chips is fun and easy. Guaranteed they won't last long! A food processor with a slicing attachment is very helpful. Experiment with the thickness; you may like them thicker or thinner. I like to use olive oil because it has less trans fats, but you can use safflower, corn, or peanut oil as well as vegetable oil.

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Rating: 4.73 stars
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.

Real Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds

Rating: 4.27 stars
Real Wisconsin fried cheese curds!

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Rating: 4.73 stars
Best poppers you'll have off your grill! Any left over cheese mixture makes a good spread for crackers while you're waiting.

Bacon Wrapped Bratwurst

Rating: 4.63 stars
Sweet, tangy, smoky, and oh so good! A great party recipe that every carnivore loves.

Inspiration and Ideas

Benny's Famous Jalapeno Poppers
Rating: Unrated
"[My] go-to appetizer for watching sports with friends! Yum!" – MM
Cheddar Bacon Ranch Pulls
Rating: Unrated
The ultimate party pull-apart bread.