Tailgating Recipes For Home

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When football season comes around, tailgating season comes back, too. After all, good football and good food go hand in hand! 

But you don’t actually need to be at the game to tailgate – you can do it at home, too! Just put on the colors of your favorite football team and prepare some great dishes that remind you of being at the game in person!

You may have a few tried and true recipes that you’ve got to make, but if you’re looking for a few new ones, take a look at these!

  • Ham and Cheese Sliders: Melty ham and Swiss on squishy Hawaiian rolls never tasted so good! And the buttery Dijon sauce is what puts this simple yet totally delicious sandwich over the top. Make a double batch!
  • Slow Cooker Beer and Garlic Brats: You don’t have to live in the Midwest to enjoy a good brat – you just have to know how to make them properly. This recipe has you using your slow cooker, beer, and plenty of garlic to pack in a lot of flavors. 
  • White Chicken Chili: Chili is definitely a fall football food, and this White Chicken Chili is a great twist on a more classic red chili. It’s got plenty of garlic and onions in it – and the fresh lime juice just brightens it all up.
  • Bacon-Wrapped Smokies: Sure, you could do pigs-in-a-blanket – and everyone will love them – or you could try this recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Smokies. You’ll love their flavor – especially the hint of sweetness from the brown sugar.
  • Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip: Is it really a tailgate without buffalo chicken dip? This one is thick and creamy and has just the right amount of kick. 
  • Easy Sausage Dip: Here’s another easy recipe that only requires three ingredients – sausage, Rotel, and cream cheese. It’s great with tortilla chips or cut-up pieces of sourdough bread.
  • Mexican Beer Cheese Skillet Dip with Soft Pretzels: Grab your cast iron skillet and get ready to make some delicious pretzels with a gooey beer cheese dip. And if you’ve never made homemade pretzels before – this recipe will show you just how easy it is.
  • Black Bean Salsa: Grab an extra bag of tortilla chips if you make this recipe because it’s fabulous! It’s hearty, healthy, and filled with all sorts of delicious ingredients. 
  • Crispy Oven Baked Potato Skins: These potato skins are so tasty you’ll never even miss the fact that they’re not fried like the ones you’d get at your favorite restaurant or bar. Just pile them high with all of your favorite toppings, and enjoy!
  • Football Whoopie Pies: Every tailgate needs some sweet treats! These Football Whoopie Pies have a fantastic and fluffy marshmallow buttercream filling and look like mini footballs. 
  • Touchdown Brownies: These brownies are sweet, salty, and sticky – and you’re going to love them! And while this recipe has you making brownies from scratch, you could always start with a box of your favorite brownie mix.
  • Bloody Mary: If your football game kicks off early, you may want to make some bloody marys to start your day. This recipe from Food Network Chef, Geoffrey Zakarian, kicks up the spice and allows you to get creative with your garnishes. 
  • Apple Cider Sangria: Of course, if you want a drink on the sweeter side, this Apple Cider Sangria is perfect – and tastes like a little piece of fall.

Get ready to cheer on your football team – and enjoy it all while having some tasty food! Give some of these recipes a try for your next at-home tailgate!

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