20 Tailgating Recipes

Football season has begun!  I’m from Texas so yes, football is considered its own season, y’all!  We get excited, we get loud and we tailgate this time of year.  And, of course, with any football game there is food!  Tailgating food needs to be portable, manly and easy to make.  Here are 20 tailgating recipes to help you celebrate the football season!

Appetizers, sides and main dishes for the big game!

Bacon Guaca hummus dip for appetizers

1. Bacon Guaca Hummus // I bet if you whip up a batch of this hummus, it will disappear in minutes!

 Grilled Mahi-Mahi Kebabs

2. Grilled Mahi-Mahi Kebabs // Impress your friends with the fancy mahi-mahi kebabs!

 Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches

3. Honey Balsamic Pulled Pork Sandwiches // Make and ahead and prepare the day of the game!  Its a win-win!

Copycat Outback Cheese Fries

4.  Copycat Outback Cheese Fries // Portable and covered in cheese and bacon?  These fries will be a real tailgate winner!

Cobb Dip for Delicious and Healthy dips

5. Cobb Dip // You may want to stand guard this dip.  Its going to go FAST!

Ranch Bacon Mac And Cheese Cups

6. Ranch Bacon Mac And Cheese Cups // Another make ahead meal that are great for on the go cheering.

Grilled Chimichurri Chicken

7. Grilled Chimichurri Chicken // Grab a grill, some chicken and homemade chimichurri sauce.  You’re set!

Gourmet Cowboy Hamburger Sliders

8. Gourmet Cowboy Sliders // Win over the competition with these gourmet sliders!

Bacon Swiss Avocado Bites

9. Bacon Swiss Avocado Bites // A 15 minute appetizer that will be gone before the first quarter!

Antipasto Skewers for the Grill

10. Antipasto Skewers // No cooking involved and a total crowd pleaser!  Score!

Grilled Shrimp Nachos

11. Grilled Shrimp Nachos // Switch up your basic nachos with some grilled shrimp!

The Best No Bake Spinach Dip

12. No Bake Spinach Dip // No bake and no way it stands a chance with a group of football fans!

And can’t forget about the tailgating desserts!

Bacon and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies

13. Bacon and Pretzel Chocolate Chip Cookies // Bacon makes everything better.  Its a fact!

Homemade Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups

14. Homemade Peanut Butter Cups // Easy and a fan favorite, these peanut butter cups may win for best dessert!

Root Beer Float Dip

15. Root Beer Float Dip // No double dipping this dessert please!  Thats a big party foul!

Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles

16. Rolo Stuffed Snickerdoodles // An easy cookie that will sprint off the plate!

Maple Granola Rice Krispie Treats

17. Maple Granola Rice Krispie Treats // A fun twist on the classic rice krispie treats, these are sure to get a wave of approval!

Snickers Bacon Cookies

18. Snickers Bacon Cookies // Candy, cookies AND bacon?  The home team wins!

Arnold Palmer Popsicles

19. Arnold Palmer Popsicles // Its like mixing gold and football together!

Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Candy

20. Chocolate Covered Honeycomb Candy // A hush will fall over the crowd with this fun dessert!

So which of these amazing game-day recipes will you take with you?

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Kelley is a food blogger, photography, licensed Texas REALTOR and most importantly - mom to two rambunctious kiddos. She blogs at thegrantlife.com and shares easy recipes along with stories of her days as a work at home mom.

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