PART OF Game Day

73 Easy Tailgating Recipes

We have two words for you: Game. On. Pull up a chair and get ready to throw the ultimate parking lot party with Buffalo wings, boozy brats and cheesy dips. Get more inspiration with our best game day eats and touchdown treats.

Touchdown Chili

"I've made this recipe twice and I love it! It's great as written, but I add red pepper flakes and a few dashes of Texas Pete for more heat."


Party Ryes

"We just love these. They're great for football parties because, in my opinion, all game-day food should be finger food!"


Jalapeno Poppers

"Yum! These are great. We like making them on the grill."


Grilled Buffalo Wings

"This will be our go-to wing recipe for the summertime. It's easy and fabulous."


Pigs in Blankets

"I made these for a football game and everyone enjoyed them. I loved the nice crispy crust."

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Grilled Corn

"This is a great way to grill corn if you don't have any foil on hand. The corn always tastes fantastic!"


Loaded Reubens

"This was a really filling and delicious sandwich. It came out better than any famous deli or pub could make."


Mini Pizzas

"I loved how quick and easy these were to put together! They make a nice addition to any football spread."

-Mama's Kitchen (Hope)

Beer Brats

"This is an excellent way to cook brats! I used a good beer, so the onions and sauerkraut tasted delicious."


Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispies Treats

“I made these and got so many raves from my husband and son! They are delicious. I am making these for the hunting camp!”


Frito Pie in a Bag

"This is such a quick, fun treat! It reminded me of when I used to live in Texas, where these are very popular."


Sweet & Sticky Drumsticks

"Loved this recipe! I made it as written, using a combo of thighs and drumsticks. The flavor is awesome."


Deli Melt Bites

"These were perfect for last night's football game. I stacked the crackers next to the cheese and meat so people could make their own."

-Andi of Longmeadow Farm

Cheddar Ale Pub Spread

"This is quite possibly the perfect bar cheese! It had a nice spreadable texture and the nuts really enhanced the cheddar flavor."

-Sue Lau

Easy cheese scones

“This is the best cheese scone recipe I have ever used! I doubled the recipe for a nice big batch of them. I’ve made this many, many times now, and it turns out perfect every time!”


Oreo Football Cookie Balls

Rich, decadent, and worth every calorie!

Taco Scoop Appetizers

"These were a big hit at my party! I made them exactly as directed and they were gone in a flash."


Cinnamon Rolls

"The dough was so easy to work with; it didn't stick to the work surface when rolling it up. I've made this a few times and each time it turns out gorgeous!”


Whoopie Pies

"This is the way to make whoopie pies! Using marshmallow cream and butter instead of shortening makes them taste much better."


Barbecued Onion Relish

"This is a great topping for hot dogs or Italian sausages. This will definitely be a regular addition to our family barbecues."


Pimento Cheese Dip

"People go crazy when I make this dip! It tastes delicious with crackers and pretzels."


Beef Kebabs

"We enjoyed these! The marinade was very easy to make, and the meat was flavorful and tender."


Brats, Beer & Cheddar Soup

"We were in the mood for something warm and filling, and this fit the bill. It was hearty with lots of flavor. The caraway seed was an inspired addition!"

-Chef Menel

Ginger, Garlic & Honey Baby Back Ribs

"Yum! This was delicious, and the lime dipping sauce was a great touch."

-Peter J

Cheesy Potato Salad

"This may be the best potato salad I've ever had! I used very little sugar and I added chopped celery for extra crunch."

-Chef #1155527

Hard Rock Guacamole

"This was a great party recipe! I allowed it to chill for several hours so all the flavors could meld."


Sweet BBQ Meatballs

"These were outstanding! The thick sauce really clings to the meat. The combination of barbecue sauce and grape jelly was wonderful!"


Awesome Cheesy Hot Crab Dip

“Excellent. Got rave reviews as the appetizer at Thanksgiving dinner!”


Slow Cooker Chili

What better way to amp up a big game in the chilly-weather season than with a warm bowl of slow-cooker chili? I know, nothing!

Barbecue Beef Brisket

"This was so good! It had just the right combination of sweet and tangy, and the meat was perfect.”

-Bonnie G 2

Ranch Pasta Salad

"This was so flavorful and tasted even better the second day. It was a hit with my family and friends at the barbecue."

-heather in Ont,

Beer & Pretzel Burgers

"This burger comes out so moist and flavorful. I substituted a little hot salsa for the relish, which worked out really well."


Deviled Eggs

"These go down so easily, you can't stop eating them! I've found they're best when eaten at room temperature."


Chocolate Cupcakes With Chocolate Frosting

"Absolutely delicious! The cupcakes themselves are light and moist with a richness running through them. Perfect crumb and texture.”


Chicken and Sausage Gumbo

“I tried this and it was so good, and so easy to make. This was my first time ever trying my hand at a Gumbo!”

-Cajun Woman

Classic Mimosa

"Yummy. My daughter was here for the weekend and this is her favorite drink!”


Tommy Bahama's Blackened Cabo Fish Tacos

From tangy to creamy, and salty to seasoned, these tacos provide everything you'll ever want.

Citrus Glazed Pork Belly

“Compliments to the chef was all I heard in return from all my guests that had the privilege of enjoying this delicious meal.”


Beignets for Ze' Lay- Zay! (Lazy)

“My dad would make these for us when we were growing up. They are a very tasty treat, and a fun thing to make for the kids."


Grilled Parmesan Potatoes

"I loved the green onion with the cheese and seasonings. The potatoes cooked up perfectly in the foil without burning."

-Crafty Lady 13

Cheddar Dip

"This dip really impressed me. I used the Worcestershire sauce option, which gave it a real depth of flavor."


BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches

"I can't find the words to express how tender, juicy and absolutely fabulous these sandwiches were! We loved them!"


Sugared Spiced Nuts

"I made a batch of these to munch on during the playoff games and they were all gone by halftime!"


Ultimate Chocolate Chip Bars

"I found these delightfully simple to make, and the result was absolutely delicious — gooey, chocolatey and decadent!"


Buffalo Chicken Wraps

"Yummy! This is definitely going into my folder of top recipes. I didn't have chicken breasts, so I used chicken tenders."

-Teddy's Mommy

Spinach Artichoke Dip

"Five stars for a combination of great taste and simplicity! I topped it with a little bit of grated parmesan, and served it with tortilla chips.”


Football Sunday Salsa

"This is a rich and delicious dip for chips! I used Rotel tomatoes with green chiles, which gave it the perfect amount of heat."


Sweet & Sour Hot Dogs

"These were fantastic! I made them exactly as written, and served them over rice. They were a hit with my kids!"

-Sara 76

Bacon Ranch Dip

"Whenever there's a potluck party among my friends, they always ask, 'Are you bringing that bacon dip?' It's definitely a favorite!"


Bea's Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Dip

"This is a 10-star dip for sure! We finished the entire batch of dip in about 10 minutes.”


Beef Jerky

"I made this for my boyfriend, who's a jerky junkie, and he loved it! We couldn't believe how easy and mess-free it was to dehydrate in the oven."


Triple-Chocolate Beer Brownies

"Wow! I used both dark cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips, so mine were very rich, with a subtle stout flavor."


Garlic-Parmesan Buffalo Wings

"These turned out absolutely perfect — crisp on the outside and moist and juicy on the inside. The sauce was fabulous!"


Pumpkin Cheese Praline Bars

“I made this for an open house and they turned out great! I love the crumb topping!”


Golden Chicken Nuggets

“This recipe has the approval of my 4 picky eaters. I saved the leftovers and they ate them for lunch the next day. Also, my kids had a lot of fun helping me dip the chicken and making their own nuggets!”

-Noodle lovin flool

Bean, Bacon & Blue Cheese Dip

"This was a lovely recipe that was a lot healthier than dips made with mayonnaise or sour cream. The beans make it creamy enough!"


Peanut Butter Fudge

“This recipe is so easy and the fudge is great. This will be my peanut butter fudge go-to recipe in the future.”


Simple Sausage Sliders

"I've made my share of burgers but never sliders. These were simple to make, delicious and gone in 60 seconds!"


Bacon Muffins

"I've been making bacon muffins for so long, and I've finally found the perfect recipe! I always add cheese to these."


Auntie's Delicious Soft Pretzels, Amish Recipe

“Great recipe! Very soft. I throw all the ingredients in the bread maker for the dough cycle and bake it in the oven.”


Houdini Burgers

"Delicious! I loved the combination of the coleslaw and the barbecue sauce."


Cowboy Cocktail

"I love Captain Morgan spiced rum, and this was a nice way to enjoy it in a cold drink!"


Chex Mix

"I made this today and we ate the whole bowl! I will never go back to the store-bought kind again."

-Little Bee

Crunchy Potato Cheese Balls

"These turned out absolutely great. The cheese melted perfectly. I served them with sour cream and some ketchup."

-William (Uncle Bill) Anatooskin

Barbecued Chicken Bites

"The chicken came out so tender and juicy. These make a great entree, but they would also work as an appetizer."

-Crafty Lady 13

Ham & Swiss Sliders

"I took these to a potluck and everyone wanted the recipe. I even made them the night before!"


Foiled Hot Dogs

"Even people who don't normally like hot dogs enjoyed these. Plus, they were neat to eat, and cleanup was a breeze."


Mozzarella Puffs

"Yummy! There are a million ways you could use this recipe. Next time I might add some pepperoni."


BBQ Baked Beans

"We loved the use of ground beef in these sweet beans. It gave them a hearty, chili-like texture."


Hot Lemon Rum Toddy

“I’ve made this countless times. This recipe is perfect! It is a big favorite at our house.”


Fruit Salad

"This was a big hit at the party; everyone just loved it. Very easy to make!”

-Mimi Blum

Puppy Chow

These melt-in-your-mouth treats are perfect for the fall when entertaining, or just snacking by the fire.

Long Island Iced Tea

“I love Long Island Iced Tea and this one is special cause it has a little bit of white creme de menthe. It adds a great taste!”