Football season is here, and we’ve got you covered with ten tasty tailgating recipes. All of these can be made at your tailgate or made ahead and packed in coolers to heat up (or just to eat) at the game. If you’re bringing something that needs to be heated, pack it into a disposable aluminum pan, then pop it on the grill when you’re ready for it. Don’t forget disposable plates and silverware, serving utensils, napkins or baby wipes, and trash bags to clean up your mess when you’re done!
Hoagie Dip by The Girl Who Ate Everything
All the flavor of a sub sandwich in DIP FORM. This genius recipe is one of the first ones I’m going to make this football season.
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeño Poppers by Gimme Some Grilling
These cheesy bacon-wrapped jalapeños can be assembled ahead of time, then cooked on the grill at your tailgate for a smoky and spicy pre-game snack.
Walking Tacos by Taste of Home
Try this taco meat recipe or make your own– then pack up your chili, taco toppings, and single-serving chip bags to make these portable tacos at the game.
15-Minute Coney Sauce by The Anthony Kitchen
This Coney Island-style chili comes together in just 15 minutes. Ladled onto grilled hot dogs and topped with onions and cheese, this will keep you warm and full well into game time.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad by I Heart Naptime
Buffalo chicken pasta takes the best parts of buffalo wings– chicken, celery, spicy buffalo sauce, creamy ranch, and bleu cheese– and combines them for a pasta salad that’ll be gone before game time.
The BA Muffuletta by Bon Appétit
Muffuletta sandwiches get better the longer they sit, as the tangy and spicy olive salad soaks into chewy bread. If this is just one part of your game day spread, slice your muffuletta into smaller pieces and skewer them with toothpicks so everyone can get a taste.
Bacon Broccoli Salad and Firework Bean Salad by Catastrophe Kitchen
OK, yes, these are my own recipes– but this is the best broccoli salad recipe on the planet, and you should make it! Both of these easy salads can be made the night before to take to the game.
Grilled Bratwurst by The Food Lab
As a Cheesehead and brat connoisseur, I’m telling you this is the only bratwurst recipe you will ever need. It guarantees perfectly cooked brats every time, and since most of the cooking is hands-off, it couldn’t be easier.
Gridiron Punch by Chowhound
You need just three ingredients (and one of them is beer) to make this herbaceous and tropical punch.
Apple Hand Pies by Sally’s Baking Addiction
A football-shaped cutter is all you need to transform these handheld caramel apple pies into tailgating showstoppers!