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When you’re hosting a tailgate party, one of the most important aspects to nail is the food.

Sure, watching the big game is (allegedly) the real reason everyone has gathered together, but deep down inside I think we can all agree that no tailgate party is complete without a mouthwatering array of tailgate food.

The best tailgate parties have a selection of appetizers, dips, a main course or two and of course, a couple of mouthwatering desserts.

If you’re hosting a tailgate party and need some tailgate food ideas, you’re in the right place.

100 Tailgate Food Ideas That Deserve a Touchdown

Below you’ll find 100 tailgate food ideas conveniently organized into categories, including :

  • Tailgate Dips
  • Tailgate Appetizers
  • Tailgate Crockpot Recipes
  • Main Courses
  • Seafood Tailgate Recipes
  • Cold Weather Tailgate Food
  • Tailgate Food That Can Sit Out (perfect for summer!)
  • Vegetarian Tailgate Recipes
  • Tailgate Dessert Ideas

This is the ultimate source of Tailgate party food recipes and will ensure that your tailgate party is the place to be!

Table of Contents

Tailgate Dips

Spicy Jalapeno Popper Dip

Recipe found at A Nerd Cooks

Philly Cheesesteak Dip

Recipe found at 4 Son R Us

Easy Cheeseburger Dip

Recipe found at Cutefetti

Secret Ingredient Guacamole

Recipe found at Canadian Cooking Adventures

Cream Cheese Sausage Dip

Recipe found at Salt and Baker

7 Layer Dip

Recipe found at Confessions of a Baking Queen

Spinach and Caramelized Onion Dip

Recipe found at The Roasted Root

Easy Mediterranean Dip

Recipe found at Midwest Foodie Blog

White Queso Dip

Recipe found at Sizzling Eats

Pizza Dip

Recipe found at The Seasoned Mom

Simple Guacamole

Recipe found at My Cultured Plate

Spicy Sausage Dip with Bacon and Cheese

Recipe found at Sizzling Eats

Football Shaped Bread Bowl with Spinach Dip

Recipe found at This Ole Mom

Hot Corned Beef Reuben Dip

Recipe found at Savvy Saving Couple

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe found at My Organized Chaos

French Onion Dip

Recipe found at Confessions of a Baking Queen

Tailgate Queso

Recipe found at Cooking With Carlee

Candied Jalapeno Cheese Dip

Recipe found at Life Currents Blog

Tailgate Food Appetizers

Keto Cauliflower Cheese Bites

Recipe found here

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

Recipe found at Snacks and Snips

Fried Pickles

Recipe found at Tastefully Frugal

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Recipe found at Cook Eat Go

Pepperoni Cheese Pizza Bombs

Recipe found at Sizzling Eats

Game Time Deviled Eggs

Recipe found at Cooking on the Front Burners

Alabama Firecrackers

Recipe found at The Honour System

Jalapeno Popper Deviled Eggs

Recipe found at Bobbi’s Kozy Kitchen

Easy Pizza Empanadas

Recipe found at Latina Mom Meals

Mini Muffin Cups

Recipe found at Mother Would Know

Taco Egg Rolls

Recipe found at Finding Zest

Reuben Tater Tots

Recipe found at Savoring the Good

Mexican Tortilla Pinwheels

Recipe found at Beyond the Chicken Coop

Bacon Cheeseburger Bites

Recipe found at Keto Cooking Christian

Easy Pork Dumplings

Recipe found at Midwest Foodie Blog

Tailgate Food in a Crockpot

Creamy Keto Crockpot Jalapeno Popper Dip

Recipe found here

Crockpot Mexican Chicken

Recipe found at Good Life Eats

Slow Cooker Sausage Dip

Recipe founds at Who Needs a Cape

Slow Cooker Korean Pulled Pork Sliders

Recipe found at My Kitchen Love

Slow Cooker Beer Bratwurst with Onion and Peppers

Recipe found at Culinary Ginger

Keto Buffalo Chicken Crockpot Dip

Recipe found at Sorey Fitness

Instant Pot Hamburgers

Recipe found at Recipes from a Pantry

Instant Pot Honey Buffalo Wings

Recipe found at Flavor the Moments

Tailgate Main Dishes

Knock Your Socks Off Tailgate Burgers

Recipe found at 4 Sons R Us

Mexican Stuffed Peppers

Recipe found at Taste and See

Philly Cheesesteak Hot Dogs

Recipe found at Taste and See

Easy Party Cuban Sliders

Recipe found at Cooking on the Front Burner

Tex Mex Egg Rolls

Recipe found at Savoring the Good

Minted Lamb Burgers

Recipe found at Greedy Gourmet

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Recipe found at A Nerd Cooks

Pastrami Wraps

Recipe found at Homemade Food Junkie

Juicy Grilled Pork Chops

Recipe found at Plating Pixels

Lemon Pepper Wings

Recipe found at Taste and See

Buffalo Chicken Dip Stuffed Peppers

Recipe found at Girl Heart Food

Ham and Cheese Sliders

Recipe found at Homemade Food Junkie

Easy Grilled Chicken Drumsticks

Recipe found at My Everyday Table

Philly Cheesesteak Nachos

Recipe found at Sizzling Eats

Keto Broccoli Cauliflower Salad

Recipe found at Fit to Serve Group

Seafood Tailgate Recipes

Shrimp Boil Foil Packets

Recipe found at Muy Bueno Cookbook

Grilled Salmon Kabobs

Recipe found at Plating Pixels

Crab Corn Fritters

Recipe found at Savoring the Good

Smoked Salmon Potato Appetizers

Recipe found at Homemade and Yummy

Blackened Shrimp with Avocado Ranch Dip

Recipe found at Flavor the Moments

Shrimp Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Recipe found at Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch

Cold Weather Tailgate Food

Short Rib Chili

Recipe found at Midwest Foodie Blog

Dad’s Award Winning Secret Ingredient Chili

Recipe found at 4 Sons R Us

Chile Rellenos

Recipe found at Upstate Ramblings

Instant Pot Pulled Beef Brisket

Recipe found at Posh Journal

Baked Korean Beef Meatballs

Recipe found at Midwest Foodie Blog

Guava BBQ Tajin Meatballs

Recipe found at Latina Mom Meals

Roasted Vegetable Sandwich

Recipe found at Brooklyn Farm Girl

Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Recipe found at My Organized Chaos

Parmesan Crusted Chicken Tenders

Recipe found at Recipes from a Pantry

Honey Sriracha Chicken Wings

Recipe found at My Organized Chaos

Savory Peanut Chicken Stuffed Buns

Recipe found at Savory Spin

Crispy Baked Buffalo Wings

Recipe found at Pinch and Swirl

Vegan Tailgate Food

Vegan Walking Tacos

Recipe found at Cadrys Kitchen

Air Fryer Falafels

Recipe found at Recipes from a Pantry

Sweet and Salty Jalapeno Poppers

Recipe found at Spa Bettie

Vegan Buffalo Chicken Dip

Recipe found at Shane and Simple

Creamy Vegan Broccoli Slaw

Recipe found at Glue and Glitter

Air Fryer Kale Chips

Recipe found at Recipe This

Vegan Chilli Dog

Recipe found at Cadrys Kitchen

Dorito Popcorn

Recipe found at Whole New Mom

Chocolate Fruit Dip

Recipe found at Whole New Mom

Vegan Black Bean Dip

Recipe found at Whole New Mom

Tailgate Food That Can Sit Out

According to the FDA, it’s safe to eat foods that require refrigeration (think meat, cheese, dairy, etc.) if they’ve been sitting out for less than 2 hours (or less than 1 hour if the temperature is 90 degrees or higher.)

Here are some ideas of tailgate food that can sit out (but remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry!)

Pizza Hummus

Recipe found at Whole New Mom

Middle Eastern Zucchini Tahini Eggplant Dip

Recipe at Mother Would Know

Easy Homemade Salsa

Recipe at My Cultured Plate

Chipotle Corn Salsa Copycat

Recipe at Savoring the Good

Sour Cream and Onion Popcorn

Recipe at Moore or Less Cooking

Black Bean Corn Salsa

Recipe at Finding Zest

Muhammara

Recipe at Savoring the Good

Pico De Gallo

Recipe at Cook Clean Repeat

Easy Game Day Snack Mix

Recipe at Grits and Pinecones

Easy Tailgating Dessert Recipes

Perfectly Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe found at Of Batter and Dough

Watermelon Dessert Pizza

Recipe at Homemade and Yummy

Cookies and Cream Football Cheese Ball

Recipe at Cooking with Carlee

Shortcut Beer and Pretzel Brownies

Recipe at Itsy Bitsy Kitchen

Maple Bacon Popcorn

Recipe found at Salt and Baker

Olive Oil Brownies

Recipe found at Chocolates and Chai

Aronia Oatmeal Crumble Bars

Recipe found at Vibrant Plate

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