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.

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Brown Sugar Smokies

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Bacon-wrapped yummies! You can make these little smokies on skewers or toothpick them to secure.
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Easy Pepperoni Bread

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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

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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

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

Jan's Pretzel Dogs

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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

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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

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Healthy and fun for the family. Serve with salsa, guacamole, and sour cream.

Homestyle Potato Chips

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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.

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey Meatballs

These bacon-wrapped bundles of deliciousness are served with a sweet teriyaki sauce, and perfect for your game day tailgate or homegate celebrations. Serve with additional teriyaki sauce for dipping.

Real Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds

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Real Wisconsin fried cheese curds!
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Grill Master Chicken Wings

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These wings are always a hit! I grill them up before a party and keep them hot in a low oven. I always use Frank's RedHot® sauce. It's got lots of flavor and isn't too spicy.

Chicken Wing Dip

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This tastes just like hot chicken wings, but without the mess. It is very addicting, and is perfect for football and tailgating season. Serve with tortilla chips. I take this whenever I have to bring a dish and am always asked for the recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas


Chef John's Hot Spinach Artichoke Dip

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I've always enjoyed hot spinach artichoke dip, but it always struck me as a little oily. I decided to try a mayo-less version, and then raised the stakes even higher by excluding the sour cream as well. To counter this, a bit more cheese was added, and the results were amazing. A rich, creamy, cheesy, not greasy dip.