Tailgate Party Snacks | Top 51 Tailgating Recipes for a Crowd


Tailgate party snacks go with football season like Dan and Rosanne, June and Ward, Weezy and George, hat and gloves, socks and shoes… Well you get the idea.  We’ll show you amazing finger food ideas and perfect party snacks.

Football season is almost upon us and the Miller family couldn’t be happier!  Laugh if you must but my husband and I are avid Cleveland Browns fans.  Despite their struggles for even a .500 season, we still adore our Brownies.

The way I see it, we have two possible starters at QB in Cody Kessler and Brock Osweiler. Neither are the long term answer but Deshone Kizer looks like a rookie with great potential. Throw in a great first round draft choice in Myles Garrett and a totally beefed up offensive line and the Browns look to be at least entertaining this year.


In case the Brown have another disappointing season in the long line of disappointing seasons, we have tailgate food to look forward to.  Let’s face it, tailgate food is just plain awesome. Here are some awesome game day food ideas to keep you going.

In addition to all these great tailgate party snacks, don’t miss our List of Tailgate Party Supplies.

Tailgate Party Snacks | Top 52 Tailgating Recipes for a Crowd

Tailgate party snack chicken wings and tenders

BOURBON CARAMEL-GLAZED WINGS

For quick snack ideas, try these bad boys. Bourbon caramel-glazed wings are a unique finger lickin’ experience. Easy tailgate foods don’t get better than this. Perfect easy finger food ideas for a crowd.

 

 

 

 


SMOKY HABANERO BARBECUE GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS

Perfect party snacks for a crowd. Hold on to your jersey’s and brace for impact with these smoky habanero barbecue grilled chicken wings. Fire these up on your tailgate grill.

 

 


EXTRA CRISPY BAKED CHICKEN WINGS WITH GARLIC AND PAPRIKA

These Extra crispy baked chicken wings with garlic and paprika are baked and pack a great flavorful taste.

 

 


CRISPY BAKED BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS

Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are coated with homemade buffalo sauce and then dredged in crunchy toasted panko breadcrumbs.

 

 


BAKED BUFFALO WINGS IN THE OVEN

Baked Mango Buffalo Wing are oven baked and ready to go on game day. This is must have tailgate food. Finger food ideas like this one will encourage conversation at your next party.

 

 


Tailgate party snack dips and sauces

 

SOMBRERO DIP

SOMBRERO DIP is a cheesy, beefy dip with green pimento olives added to it to jazz it up. Party snacks like this one are sure to be a hit.

 

 


Crockpot Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip

Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a spicy, hot dip with chicken. Be sure to try this easy tailgate food at the next game.

 

 


BEST EVER TEXAS CAVIAR DIP APPETIZER

Best ever Texas caviar dip appetizer is a dip with beans and peas lime juice and jalapeno peppers give it a kick

 

 


TACO DIP

Tailgate food ideas like this one are sure to be a hit. Taco Dip is a healthy, low calorie dip that uses lots of vegetables, low fat sour cream, and greek yogurt.

 

 


BACON CHEDDAR DIP

The best tailgate dips all contain bacon. Bacon cheddar dip is a delectable dip with bacon and cheese inside a bowl of sourdough bread. Quick snack ideas like this one will make lots of friends.

 

 


CHIPOTLE QUESADILLAS WITH MINTY MANGO SALSA

This tailgate food recipe will satisfy those Mexican cravings. Chipotle quesadillas with minty mango salsa is a spicy quesadilla with a flavorful mint mango salsa.

 

 


 

FRITO PIE DIP

Frito pie dip is a creamy, cheesy chili pie dip.

 

 


PIG SKIN CHEESE BALL

Football food ideas can be creative but this one inspires me. Pigskin cheese ball is a classic tailgate food for snacking on.

 

 


FULLY LOADED GUACAMOLE

Who doesn’t like guacamole. Quick snack ideas with loaded guacamole will be a sure-fire hit on your next tailgating menu.

 

 


Tailgate party snack nachos

 

BARBECUE NACHOS

You can’t have an ultimate tailgate without BBQ. BBQ nachos have a traditional cheese sauce nacho with pulled pork. Party snacks are meant to be shared.

 

 


LOADED MEDITERRANEAN CAULIFLOWER NACHOS

Loaded Mediterranean cauliflower nachos are a unique nacho dish and a fan favorite. This dish would be a perfect tailgate brunch idea.

 

 


CHEESY GAME DAY BLACK BEAN NACHOS

Classic football food ideas always include nachos. Cheesy game day black bean nachos are a hearty nacho heavy on the black beans.

 

 


BAKED POTATO NACHOS

Baked potato nachos are perfect if you love loaded baked potatoes.

 


Tailgate party snack poppers, boats, and wedges

 

CREAM CHEESE JALAPENO POPPERS WITH BACON

Finger food ideas like cream cheese jalapeno poppers with bacon are a meaty flavored popper great for parties.

 

 


MUSHROOM ARANCINI

Mushroom arancini are a mozzarella filled risotto ball. Try these at your next tailgate party.

 

 


BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP JALAPENO POPPERS

For quick snack ideas, try these bacon wrapped shrimp jalapeno poppers are spicy party snack for watching the big game.

 

 


BLACK BEAN TACO CUPS

Black bean taco cups are a portable way to get Mexican goodness in your mouth.

 

 


PEPPERONI PIZZA POPPERS

 

Pepperoni pizza poppers are perfect party snack foods. A bite-size way to enjoy pizza. Easy tailgate food like this will win you many friends.

 

 


BACON WRAPPED KIELBASA BITES WITH BROWN SUGAR GLAZE

Bacon wrapped kielbasa bites are a savory, sweet, meaty treat.

 

 


TAILGATE BITES

Tailgate bites are mini tacos in a tortilla container.

 

 


SWEET AND SALTY PINEAPPLE JALAPENO POPPERS

Sweet and Salty pineapple jalapeno poppers are a non traditional popper that tastes fantastic.

 


BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO PEPPERS

Bacon and tailgate traditions go hand in hand.

Finger food ideas like bacon wrapped jalapeno peppers are a perfect low carb popper snack.

 

 


HEALTHY HUMMUS STUFFED PEPPERS

Healthy hummus stuffed peppers a great tailgating snack for those watching their waistlines.

 

 


NUTTY SHRIMP LETTUCE BOATS

Easy tailgate food ideas like this one are a win win. Nutty shrimp lettuce boats a high protein appetizer with intense flavor.

 

 


TACO BOATS FOR GAME DAY

Gameday food like this won’t last long. Taco boats are a great way to make tacos portable for game watching. Share these perfect party snacks.

 

 


20 MINUTE POTATO WEDGES

Potato wedges are perfect, quick snack ideas that will accompany hot sausage sandwiches at an outdoor tailgate party.

 

 


Tailgate party snack sandwiches, pockets, and blankets

 

QUICK-BBQ PULLED PORK EMPANADAS

Quick BBQ pork should be a staple at every tailgating party

 

 


GLUTEN FREE PIGS IN A BLANKET

Gluten free pigs in a blanket are great for those watching gluten intake.

 

 


PULLED BBQ CARROTS

BBQ and football blend well together. Pulled bbq carrots are a quick snack ideas for those monitoring their weight.

 

 


GLUTEN FREE PULLED BARBECUE CHICKEN SANDWICH

Gluten free pulled barbecue chicken sandwich is great for those watching their gluten intake.

 

 


PIZZA TARTS

Pizza tarts are a bite sized way to snack on pizza.

 


Tailgate party snack desserts

 

TAILGATERS CRACKER TOFFEE

Tailgaters cracker toffee is buttery , chocolate delight. Perfect, cool snack ideas with very little preparation.

 

 


HEALTHY SNICKERS ICE CREAM BITES

Healthy snickers ice cream bites are a tasty, healthy treat.

 

 


PUMPKIN SPICE SMORES TRIFLES

Pumpkin spice smores trifles are a great dessert for fall and football season. Tailgating food and pumpkin are a nice pair. These cool snack ideas are perfect for sharing.

 

 


FUNFETTI CAKE DIP

Funfetti cake dip is a way to dip your favorite cookie or cracker into a sweet, delicious dip.

 

 


REESE PRETZEL FOOTBALL COOKIES

Dessert can be fun finger food ideas for your next party. Desserts are perfect party snacks that will make you some new friends. Reese pretzel football cookies are cookies that are chocolaty and have coconut in them designed to look like football.


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CHOCOLATE FOOTBALL CAKE BALLS

Chocolate football cake balls are chocolaty cake crumbles designed to look like footballs

 

 


BROWNIE BATTER DIP

Brownie batter dip is a scrumptious chocolate dip that you can dip apple slices, graham crackers or pretzels into.

 

 


FROSTED FOOTBALL BROWNIES

Chocolate and vanilla frosted treats that will make any Superbowl, college, or high school game legendary. The gooey chocolate will be a hit at your next party or get together.

 

 


The best tailgate food, side dishes and miscellaneous appetizers

 

GRILLED GLUTEN FREE RIBS

These sweet and spicy wings will make your next football party a huge success. Be sure to bring plenty of wet wipes. Try these on the tailgate grill for quick snack ideas.

 

 


BBQ SLOW COOKER MEATBALLS

BBQ slow cooker meatballs are a big hit with nearly everyone on the planet with a pulse. Tailgating food doesn’t get better than this.

 

 


VEGAN MEXICAN LASAGNA

Lasagna and Mexican fusion in one dish. This will score with the football party crowd.

 

 


STUFFED MUSHROOM WITH ITALIAN SAUSAGE

Italian sausage is a staple at any tailgating event. These stuffed mushrooms will be sure to please.

 

 


SPICY CROCKPOT MEATBALLS

Easy tailgate food and party snacks like this are a win-win Spicy crockpot meatballs are perfect for any social gathering. Who doesn’t like meatballs? Quick snack ideas like this take very little time to prepare.

 

 


FOOTBALL PIZZA

Not only are these a beauty to look at but they are delicious as well. Pizza and football go hand and hand. This is football food at its finest.

 

 


GINGER EGG SALAD

Even if your favorite team isn’t doing so well, this Creamy Ginger Egg Salad recipe will surely make up for it. If it’s cold outside, you won’t have to worry about heating it up.

 

 

 


Tailgating drink recipes

 

BLOODY MARYS FOR A CROWD

A Bloody Mary is the perfect drink to get your spirits soaring for football. Just make sure you don’t drink too many!

 

 

 

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List of Tailgating Supplies

 

Common Tailgating Equipment

  • Portable grill

No tailgate party is complete without a way to cook your food. Some opt for charcoal and some opt for gas.

If you have access to a vehicle, you can use the battery to charge various items.

Crockpots are a great way to keep tailgating food warm.

  • Extension cable

You never know when you may need to plug an electric device in. Choose a cord long enough to power your items.

  • Charcoal

If you’re using a charcoal grill to cook your food, don’t walk out of the house without your charcoal.

  • Lighters

Bring multiple lighters or matches. You never know when you’ll need them.

If you’re like me, you’re absent minded. Standing for hours on end out in the hot sun is no fun. Bring chairs to relax in.

  • Folding Table

You’ll need something flat to prepare all those quick snack ideas.

You never know when the rain may come and you can’t depend on those meteorologists to get the forecast right. Plus, the canopy will help protect you from the sun and keep the sun out of your eyes.

  • Toothpicks

Several of the best snacks to make are small in size and heavy on flavor. Rather than have a crowd put their dirty fingers all over your treats, insert toothpicks so they have something to grab hold of.

  • Aluminum Foil

You never know when you might need aluminum foil. Like duct tape is to a handyman, aluminum foil is a versatile tool for any tailgating chef.

  • Plastic Cups

Tailgate parties usually involve iced cold beer or other refreshments. Bring plenty of cups.

  • Plastic or Paper Plates

Just like plastic cups, no tailgate party is complete without plates to pile on all that naughty food.

Eating is one thing but no party is complete without some good old-fashioned entertainment. If you’re like me, cornhole is a great way to pass the time while also ignighting that competitive spirit.

  • Fan Gear

This goes without say. Don’t walk out of the house without your favorite jersey, hat, flag, or t-shirt.

  • Eating Utensils

What’s use are all these cool snack ideas if these are no utensils to eat them with? Don’t forget knives, forks, and spoons.

  • Multipurpose Large Freezer Bags

A great way to store food is by using freezer storage bags.

  • Napkins or Paper Towels

Quick and easy party snacks are so wonderful to make for the big game but they will certainly create quite the mess.

  • Sunscreen

Being out among your favorite fans is rewarding but don’t get burned to a crisp in the process. Be sure to include a sunscreen with a high SPF.

  • Cell Phone Charger

Your favorite game can go on for several hours. Don’t forget to charge your phone ahead of time and to pack an extra charger in case the battery gets low.

  • Sunglasses

Hot summer days and early fall can bring on nice sunny days but too much sun can cause severe irritation to the eyes.

  • Wet Wipes

There are plenty of snacks to make and with that comes lots of messes. Wet wipes are always great to have on hand.

  • Cooler

No tailgating party is complete without iced cold refreshments. Make sure to bring one or many coolers.

  • Oven Mitts

Don’t leave the house without a few oven mitts. Cooking for a crowd can be rewarding but pans and plates can get hot.

  • Aluminum Pans

Cheap disposable aluminum pans are so versatile and it makes it easier to access all those amazing finger food creations.

  • Toilet Paper

This one goes without saying. Don’t get stuck in a remote location without a little backup.

  • Trash Bags

No one likes a litter bug. Clean up after the party is over instead of leaving it for someone else to clean.

  • Designated Driver

Tailgating parties are so much fun and alchol is often involved. Plan ahead, drive safe, and be responsible.

  • Meat Thermometer

Whenever you are cooking meats, especially pork, make sure you pack a meat thermometer.

While waiting for the big game to start, entertain yourself by passing the old pigskin.

Condiments and Misc Food Items

  • Cooking spray

No one wants their food sticking to the grill. Make sure to pack some cooking spray.

  • Ketchup

What good is a delicious hamburger or hotdog without some ketchup or mustard?

  • Mustard

Like ketchup, a good mustard can be the highlight of a good hotdog or burger.

  • Mayonnaise

If you’re like me, mayo is something special on a delicious hamburger bun.

  • Salt and pepper

It’s easy to forget this one but salt and pepper can go a long way for adding flavor to quick snack ideas.

  • Beer

No tailgating party is complete without ice cold beer. The ultimate condiment.

  • Salsa

At this point in human history, is there anyone that doesn’t love a tasty salsa and chip combo?

  • Onions

Onions are versatile and can spice up any quick snack idea.

  • Pickles

Like ketchup and mustard, who doesn’t love pickles on their hamburger?

  • Relish

If you’re serving hot dogs at your next tailgate party, be sure to include relish.

  • BBQ Sauce

If barbequed meat is one of your favorite snacks to make, be sure to stock up on some extra BBQ sauce.

I hope you have enjoyed this list of tailgate supplies to include for your next tailgating party.