50 Easy Tailgating Recipes for the Best Game Day Ever

Bring home the win with these fan-favorite snacks.

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Get ready to upgrade your watch party to championship levels with these unbelievably easy tailgating recipes. These appetizers, snacks, and dips might just outshine the big game!

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Brian Woodcock
Bee's Knees Shandy

All the football fun will have tailgaters craving a cool, refreshing drink. This gin-based cocktail is made with your beer of choice.

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Gimme Some Oven
Chunky Guacamole

Everyone loves chips and guac—and this fresh recipe will be their new favorite.

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Gimme Some Grilling
Grilled Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings

These wings are coated in a parmesan garlic sauce that's finger licking good.

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Aberdeen's Kitchen
One Pan Turkey Swiss Cheese Melt Sliders

Brush on butter before you bake these sliders to make the buns extra toasty.

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Lydi Out Loud
Easiest Ever Football Bean Dip

This super simple dip—layered with refried beans, cheddar cheese, and chunky salsa—will be gone in no time.

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Little Spice Jar
Easy Philly Cheese Steak Dip

This ultra-cheesy app is both easy and delicious. Score!

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Creme de la Crumb
BBQ Chicken Bites

These delectable bites are filled with cheese and dusted with ranch seasoning.

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Damn Delicious
Classic Pigs in a Blanket

You can't go wrong with this traditional, two-ingredient snack.

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Taste and Tell
Brown Sugar Sriracha Bites

The best part of these irresistible bites? The bacon gets crispier, therefore more addicting, the longer it's out of the oven!

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Gimme Some Oven
Five-Minute Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

Serve this dip with a variety of potato chips for a savory snack.

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The Recipe Critic
Grilled Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken Sliders

Marinate chicken, pineapple, and peppers in a homemade Hawaiian teriyaki sauce, grill to perfection, and serve.

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Creme de la Crumb
Individual Queso Dip Party Cups

Individual tortilla cups make serving (and not sharing) effortless.

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The Cookie Rookie
Easy Soft Pretzel Bites

Pair these soft and salty pretzels with a variety of dips and sauces so guests can mix and match their favorites.

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Half Baked Harvest
Mom's Secret Chex Mix

Put this savory mix out while you're whipping up the rest of the dishes so tailgaters can enjoy a light—and scrumptious!—snack.

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Wholefully
Bacon Sriracha Queso

This loaded queso is bursting with spicy and smoky flavors.

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Peas and Crayons
Buffalo Ranch Football Cheeseball

A football-shaped cheese ball will earn a touchdown at your tailgate.

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Cooking and Beer
Oven-Fried Pickles with Homemade Dill Buttermilk Ranch

Beware: These lightened up "fried" pickles are completely addicting.

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Lovely Little Kitchen
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites with Apricot Pepper Dipping Sauce

Want proof that bacon does, in fact, make everything better? Try this easy appetizer.

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Buff Strickland
Texas-Style Pimento Cheese

Make this easy, cheesy dip the night before your tailgate, store in your cooler, and serve with a variety of chips and crackers.

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David Tsay
Grilled Hotdogs with Fixin's

It's not game day without a perfectly grilled hot dog. Tailgaters can customize their dogs with zesty pickles and onions, tangy horseradish, or spicy chiles.

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David Tsay
Vegetable Kebabs with Lemon-Scallion Vinaigrette

Serve your hot dogs and hamburgers with a side of fresh zucchini, summer squash, and bell peppers.

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David Tsay
Charred Corn Salad

A quick and easy side is great for hungry tailgaters. Just grill your corn, toss in queso fresco, and enjoy!

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Brian Woodcock
Dill Scallion Dip

This dip tastes delicious with just about everything: chips, crackers, or even freshly cut veggies.

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Courtesy of Foodie Crush
Slow Cooker Little Smokies

These sweet little sausages come covered in barbecue sauce, brown sugar, white sugar, and beer.

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Courtesy of Mother Thyme
Italian Pinwheels

Cut up tortillas filled with these Italian favorites for one tasty snack.

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Courtesy of Culinary Hill
Cowboy Caviar

The sweet and spicy dressing is what makes this dip taste out-of-this-world good.

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Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything
Mozzarella Puffs

Add some pepperoni inside to make these cheesy biscuits even more mouthwatering.

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Kana Okada
Turkey Chili

By using ground turkey or 95 percent lean beef, you'll save at least 7 grams of fat and 59 calories per serving. Plus the beans offer lots of fiber.

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Kana Okada
Chunky Tomato Salsa

Cubed queso fresco adds richness to this fresh chunky tomato salsa, courtesy of Anna Getty, author of .

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Kana Okada
Mini BLTs

These mini BLTs are made with fresh biscuits, courtesy of Marc Meyer, executive chef at and in New York City.

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