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8 Fun Tailgating Food Ideas

Lovers of football are also lovers of tailgating. If you’re planning on heading out to a game, there’s no sense in not making a major event of it. But, a tailgating party requires food, and lots of it. It can be hard to figure out what foods work best for a tailgate party. But, there is no need to stress. The following recipes are all fantastic ideas for serving at your next tailgate party. Be careful, though, this food is so good that you might forget to head into the stadium to watch the game!

Breakfast Burritos

Sometimes tailgating for a football game starts pretty early in the morning. So, prepare yourself for a long day of football with this delicious breakfast burrito. This little bundle of goodness combines everything you love about breakfast. It has hash browns, breakfast meats, cheese, and veggies, all rolled up neatly into a tortilla.  Your tummy will be happy. Don’t forget some salsa for dipping!

Light and Layered Taco Dip

Traditional tacos are a bit too messy for a tailgating party. But, this dip gives you all of the flavor you crave without the mess. The tasty ingredients are all layered neatly into a casserole dish, so it is easily portable as well as delicious. Plus, the dip is made with healthy ingredients, so you can munch away all through the game without feeling guilty. Smoked Jalapeno CheeseCrisps are the perfect zesty go-along for this dip with a Southwestern flare.

Mini Corn Dogs with Cranberry Mustard

Corn dogs are an excellent choice for tailgating. The sticks make them perfectly portable and easy to eat. Since this version is diminutive in size, they’re easy to finish off in just a bite or two. The cranberry mustard takes this dish over the edge. Its tangy sweetness is a wonderful complement to the spicy bite of the hotdog. (And, even though it’s red, it’s not ketchup, which is a cardinal sin on a hotdog.)

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

For a multitude of reasons, Buffalo wings are not practical for a tailgate party. However, these Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders fit the bill nicely. These bite-sized gems have all the flavor of buffalo wings in a mini sandwich. Top these beauties with some shaved celery and carrots for an even more authentic taste.

BLT Wrap

Who doesn’t love a good BLT? This version is ideal for a tailgating party. There is no need to prepare a bunch of toast that will end up getting too hard to eat after a short amount of time. This recipe takes all the wonderfulness of a BLT and simply rolls it up into an easy-to-eat tortilla. The finished product can be rolled up in plastic wrap or secured with a toothpick so they can stay together until they are ready to eat.

Light Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Celery

Folks in the southern United States love their college football, and they love their pimiento cheese. This fabulous tailgate recipe allows them to combine those two loves into one. The cheese dip is a cinch to put together and tastes unbelievably good. It really perks up the celery sticks. This recipe makes a ton of cheese spread, so be prepared with extra stuff to spread it on. It goes especially well with gourmet cheese snacks from John Wm. Macy Company. The best part of this delectable dish is that you don’t have to live in the South to enjoy it. Northerners will love it too.

Mini Italian Beef Sandwiches with Pepperoncini Slaw

If you are looking for something a little more substantial at your tailgate party, these mini sandwiches really fit the bill. Thinly sliced pieces of beef are the star of this sandwich, but the supporting players play a pivotal role in making this sandwich all that it can be and more. The cool crispness of the peppers and slaw mix perfectly cut through the spiciness of the meat and pepperoncinis. The entire concoction sits between the two halves of the dense and chewy ciabatta bread. Every bite is simply heaven in your mouth. 


A tailgate party is not complete without a good cocktail, and this one definitely delivers. If you like beer, and you also like margaritas, then hold onto your hat. You’ll love beergaritas. Beergaritas combine everything you love about the two drinks and combine them into one fantabulous libation. These tasty drinks are perfect for your tailgate party because they only require a few ingredients, they are easy to prepare, and they will please everyone. The women at the party will love the drink because it’s a margarita, and the men will love it because it’s beer. Everyone wins!

Tailgating is about football and food, and both need to be exciting and excellent. Be sure to include at least one of these recipes the next time you’re heading out to tailgate. Don’t forget to bring along a bag or two (or three) of your favorite variety of CheeseCrisps or CheeseSticks from John Wm. Macy Company. They make every event better.

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