Level Up Your Football Tailgate With These Delicious Recipes

Posted: October 7, 2022 4:52 am

10 Tailgate Recipes to Fuel Up Before the Game

Football season is in full gear. Is your tailgate menu getting a bit boring? You may need to liven things up with some new recipes. Here are 10 of the best recipe ideas that you can add to your tailgate menu rotation.

Homemade Jalapeno Poppers

It is not a tailgate without a tray of jalapeño poppers. These homemade jalapeño poppers will disappear quickly because they are so addictive. The fresh jalapeños are filled with a tasty mixture made with cream cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, and worcestershire sauce. Italian style bread crumbs make a great breading to keep all of this creamy goodness in place. There are a number of variations that you can try with this flexible recipe. For instance, try using goat cheese and fresh herbs as the filling for a slightly lighter option.

Everything Ranch Cheese and Pretzel Snack Mix

You cannot go wrong with a homemade snack mix for your tailgate table. This everything ranch cheese and pretzel snack mix elevates the classic Chex Mix with a variety of special additions. This mix includes cheese crackers, pretzels, Goldfish crackers, and more tossed with a homemade ranch seasoning and everything bagel spice to add a zesty flair. The mix is crunchy and cheesy with flavor mixed in through every bite. Best of all, you can make this mix up to one week ahead of time if you store it in an airtight container.

Mini Fried Chicken and Waffles

Planning a tailgate for an early game and wondering if you should serve breakfast or lunch? These mini fried chicken and waffle skewers are the perfect choice for a brunch tailgate. The recipe is made extra easy with the convenience of frozen waffles, however, feel free to make this part from scratch. These waffles are topped with fried chicken and a maple honey butter to bring it all together. You will want to allow the chicken time to marinate in the buttermilk for at least a few hours.

Mini Buffalo Chicken Pot Pies

Sticking with the “mini” theme, these mini buffalo chicken pot pies are a scrumptious addition to any tailgate spread. You will need a tartlet pan to prepare these bite-sized pot pies. After preparing the pie crust base, you will fill each tartlet with a savory filling made with buffalo chicken. Parmesan cheese and panko bread crumbs add another layer of flavor and texture to the top of the pot pies. There is no shortage of flavor punch with these miniature pot pies.

Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs

There is no doubt that the South does it up best when it comes to tailgating fare. Combine the flavors of two Southern classics when you make these pimento cheese deviled eggs. The use of pimento cheese kicks up the traditional deviled eggs, however, you can also add in some chopped jalapeño if you are going for a spicier profile. Because you can store these eggs for up to three days, they are a great make-ahead appetizer for your tailgate. Garnish these eggs with your choice of chives, sea salt, paprika, crumbled bacon, or green onion.

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

If you are feeding a crowd prior to kickoff, you are going to want to go with something easy. This slow cooker pulled pork will fill all of the bellies at your tailgate. All that you need to do is prepare the simple spice blend to rub on the pork and throw it in a slow cooker with your favorite bottled barbecue sauce. The pulled pork will smell as delicious as it tastes. Serve this pulled pork with buns and coleslaw and you have the perfect pre-game meal.

Popcorn Shrimp

You will not be able to resist these bite-sized popcorn shrimp. The shrimp is coated in a seasoning blend and deep fried until it is crispy. You can turn this appetizer into a full meal by adding some cajun seasoning to the mix and serving it with hoagie rolls and all of the fixings to make shrimp po boy sandwiches. Or serve them with tortillas and the appropriate toppings for shrimp tacos. The possibilities are endless when you use this recipe as the base.

Bacon Wrapped Potatoes Bites

You only need four ingredients to make these bacon wrapped potato bites with a homemade honey mustard sauce. Because the baby potatoes have a thin skin, you do not even need to waste time peeling them. You will wrap each potato with a half strip of bacon and roast it for about 30 minutes. A mix of honey and dijon mustard makes a great dipping sauce for these little morsels. Do not let the simplicity of this recipe fool you. They are sure to be a hit at your next tailgate.

Hot and Spicy Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Every tailgate needs some chicken wings to nosh on. These hot and spicy baked buffalo chicken wings fit the bill. The wings simmer in a spicy mixture made with chicken broth, butter, hot sauce, and paprika to lock in the flavor before being baked in the oven. Serve these wings with blue cheese, ranch, or any dipping sauce that suits your fancy. Add in some carrots and celery to the platter to balance the spice.

Touchdown Brownies

Every tailgate needs a sweet treat as the clock is winding down. These touchdown brownies make a great dessert as your guests are rushing from the tailgate to the game. The perfect balance of sweet and salty, these brownies feature pecans, pretzels, and caramel. The fudge brownies elevate a traditional dessert into something worthy of the fanciest tailgate.

Your tailgate will be the hit of the parking lot with these recipe ideas. Be sure to make enough to feed a crowd because you are going to need the extra food.

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