25 Tailgate Food Ideas That Will Score Every Time

This post may contain affiliate links. Please read our disclaimer for more info.

image grid of tailgate foods

Football, fall, and food! Three of our favorite things! Here are some of the best easy tailgate foods that you can whip together quickly to head to the stadium. Or if you are having people over to your house for the big game, any of these recipes are easy tailgate foods that will please any crowd.

This list of the best easy tailgate foods has been divided into five different categories; appetizers, chicken recipes, meaty recipes, slow cooker recipes, and dessert recipes.

Pick one from each group and you have a whole game worth of tailgate food touchdowns to celebrate in your mouth.

Make sure to follow us on Pinterest for some more incredible fun & easy foods to share with the whole family!

If you are looking for ways to save money on your groceries by meal prepping give $5 Meal Plan a try!

 

Tailgate Food Appetizer Ideas

Appetizer recipes are great to put together to munch on before the game. They are normally easy, throw together ingredients that make a great portion for any size crowd. We definitely love recipes that make too much so we can finish it up for leftovers later on.

Bacon Crackers

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Tip Hero

Cheese, bacon, and crackers … do I need to say more? Yum! This is one recipe that we will definitely be trying this football season!

 

Cracked Out Corn Dip

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Plain Chicken

Why do all of the best dips have to be so bad for your health? If you are NOT counting calories, this dip looks amazing! Everything in moderation and you can indulge in this cream corn dip.

 

Jalapeño Popper Wonton Cups

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Lemon Tree Dwelling

The pop of flavors in these wonton poppers are to die for! Loaded with bacon, cheese,  and jalapeno’s. Your tailgate guests will not be able to have just one!

 

Mini Italian Skewers

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Listotic

So simple to string together a few ingredients on a toothpick for your next get together. The simplicity of bringing this appetizer tailgating allows for extremely easy pick up!

 

Cowboy Caviar

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Culinary Hill

One of our all-time favorite appetizers! I make Cowboy Caviar for almost every event I attend. It can take a little longer than the other recipes, but trust me when I say it is completely worth the time. This recipe makes a lot and I have used the leftovers in a tortilla and it is incredible!

 

Tailgate Food Chicken Ideas

Chicken is one of the easiest and healthiest meats to work with for tailgating recipes. When in doubt or in a crunch, I use a rotisserie chicken that I can normally get from the grocery store for around $5.

Hawaiian Chicken Kebabs

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Cooking Classy

These kebabs are easy to throw together before you leave the house. When you get to your tailgate, throw them on the grill and you’re ready to go. Another easy cleanup recipe.

 

Spicy Chicken Cheeseballs

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Everyday Made Fresh

Yes, you read that right! Spicy chicken cheeseballs! A simple recipe of mixing all ingredients in a bowl, roll the balls and bake for 20 minutes. SOLD!

 

Cheddar Ranch Popcorn Chicken

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from BuzzFeed

I do not know about you, but recipes that have a demonstration video of the recipe bring it to whole new level. I love being able to pause the video to mix ingredients and continue. This source link has a video of how to make this amazing ranch chicken.

 

Chicken Avocado Burger

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from California Avocado

This 4 out of 5 star recipe takes less than 20 minutes to make from start to finish. These burgers are also a great health alternative for anyone watching their weight or has any diet restrictions. Tailgate food doesn’t always have to have cheese … or does it?

 

Barbecue Bacon and Chicken Bites

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Lilluna

Anything wrapped in bacon is bound to be delicious! This easy tailgate food recipe made the list because it has a total of 3 ingredients!

 

Meaty Tailgate Food Ideas

We can’t forget some of the other favorite meats that make for good tailgate ingredients.

Easy Meatball Sliders

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Homemade Interest

You can clearly see from the above picture how simple and easy this recipe is. Wrap up the sliders in some tinfoil and break apart when you arrive to your tailgate.

 

Hawaiian Roll Ham Sliders

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Just a Pinch

Another recipe I make all of the time! We love these sliders so much! The dressing is incredible and the Hawaiian sweet roll is a must! The best is when I score the sweet rolls discounted on the clearance bread shelf at Wal-Mart.

 

 Italian Pinwheels

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Mother Thyme

No round-up of easy tailgate foods would be complete without one pinwheel recipe. Kelan loves his meat and these are perfect when hosting a lot of manly men at your next tailgate.

 

Walking Tacos

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Neighbor Food Blog

These are perfect for walking around your tailgate and checking out what is going on. Make ahead the meat and baggie all the goodies to easily fill your Fritos bag up.

 

Simple Homemade Pretzel Dogs

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from The Best Blog Recipes

Just like it says in the title, SIMPLE pretzel dogs. The worst part is waiting for the dough to rise. After that, smooth sailing and worth every second!

 

Tailgate Food Slow-Cooker Ideas

Slow cookers and fall just go together with football. These slow cooker recipes will help make planning your next tailgate event with ease!

Bacon Cheeseburger Crock Pot Dip

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Recipes that Crock

Set it and forget for 2 hours with this tasty bacon cheeseburger dip. Pair it with some tortilla chips and you can rock your tailgate.

 

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Gimme Some Oven

We can’t get enough of Chex mix in our house. It is so addicting and so is this recipe. I love a variety of different types of food at a tailgate to please all different kinds of taste buds. This one is most definitely a keeper!

 

Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Gimme Some Oven

Spinach artichoke dip is so delicious! Again, this slow cooker recipe only calls for two hours, so it will finish just in time to bring with you to the game.

 

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Mommy Musings

How easy is this recipe? Party meatballs are awesome because they are enjoyed by everyone and it is so simple to make a large batch for everyone.

 

Buffalo Chicken Dip

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from All Things Mamma

I don’t know if it is just a New York thing, but we LOVE our chicken wing dip! We have it all football season long. To mix up your dippers you could use baguette bread, tortilla chips, or celery.

 

Sweet Tailgate Food Desserts

Nothing wraps up a tailgating party like some freshly baked desserts.

Football Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Blondies

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Well Plated

How adorable are these blondies?! All she did was use a football cut out of the blondie bars. So clever! There are so many different desserts you could try that with.

 

Pretzel S’mores Bites

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Well Plated

When I think of summer ending and the beginning of fall, I still think about s’mores by the fire. You might not be able to make s’mores at your tailgate, however you can still enjoy them with this recipe.

 

Easy Football Cupcakes

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Your Cup of Cake

A basic cupcake with some chocolate frosting and white laces. Another baking technique that could be used with so many different desserts.

 

 Referee Wafer Cookies

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from Wilton

WOW! These easy wafer cookies will blow away all your tailgate goers! So simple and creative. I love the visual and being able to follow the order step-by-step, I know I wouldn’t mess this recipe up.

 

Buckeye Dip

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Found from What Molly Made

In honor of our Ohio roots, this dip is a touchdown celebration for sure! I love the pairing of the graham crackers, but with fall upon us and apple picking season, I would have to cut up some fresh apples.


What is your go-to tailgate food?

Make sure you follow us on Pinterest for more awesome recipes!

These tailgate food ideas are AMAZING! We are hosting a Super Bowl party this year and this list has everything I need from appetizers, potlucks, crock pots, wings, crowd pleasures, and sliders. Pin this! #FootballFood #SuperBowl #TailgateFood #CrowdPleasures #Wings

Reader Interactions

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Hey, we are Kelan & Brittany!

We paid off $25,000 of debt in only 5 months using our blog! Now we help other families do the same. Let us help you manage your money, control your life, and most importantly, find your freedom!
6K Shares
Pin
Share
Tweet
Share