Tailgate party snack foods 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 is 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, there is always great tailgate food to look forward to. Let’s face it, tailgate food is just plain awesome. If you’re looking for some simple snack ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Here are some awesome game day food ideas to keep you going.
This list was created as an ultimate list for easy tailgate foods. We have defined the tailgating categories for; Chicken, Dips & Sauces, Nachos, Poppers, Sandwiches & Pockets, Desserts, Side Dishes, & Drink foods.
In addition to all these great tailgate party snacks, don’t miss our List of Tailgate Party Supplies.
- DIPS & SAUCES
- POPPERS BOATS & WEDGES
- SANDWICHES & POCKETS
- DESSERT FOODS
- SIDE DISHES
Tailgate Food - Chicken WingsChicken wings are a great way to get any tailgating party started. Not only is it one of the healthiest foods, but it is also very versatile. The following foods will inspire your next party.
Tailgating Dips, Sauces, and ChipsDips, sauces, and chips are great tailgate food. They can also be made ahead of time and make a great conversation starter food. We have listed our favorite dips and sauces for tailgating.
Tailgate Food - Nachos & Chips
No tailgating experience is complete without nachos. Nachos are perfect football snacks. Tailgates and nachos are perfect for one another. There so many varieties on this classic food. We have included several ideas to get you started.
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. Quick snack ideas like these BBQ nachos are addicting but you won’t spend lots of time preparing them. This makes nachos a perfect choice for tailgates.
Loaded Mediterranean cauliflower nachos are a unique nacho dish and a fan favorite. This dish would be a perfect tailgate brunch idea. Tailgating and nachos go together well.
Classic tailgating food ideas always include nachos. Cheesy game day black bean nachos are a hearty nacho heavy on the black beans. Football foods are perfectly simple but do not lack flavor.
Baked potato nachos are perfect if you love loaded baked potatoes. Party snacks like nachos will be a sure-fire hit at your next tailgating party.
Tailgating Poppers, Boats, and WedgesPoppers, boats, and wedges make for awesome party snacks. There is nothing better than foods that can be used to hold or contain other ingredients.
Sandwiches, Pockets, and Blankets Perfect Food for TailgatingPortability is essential for tailgating. These foods do not require a plate. There is nothing better than being able to eat on the go. The following list will provide inspiration and ideas.
Dessert Recipes Perfect for TailgatesDesserts are a great tailgate food to prepare ahead of the big game. After feasting on other snack foods, a sweet treat will be refreshing. The following list is our favorite sweet tailgate foods.
Tailgating Side Dishes, And Miscellaneous Appetizers Make Perfect Football SnacksAppetizers are perfect for gamedays! These recipes are meant to supplement a larger meal. However, these foods are great conversation starters. Who doesn't like to sample all of these delicious snack foods?
Tailgating DrinksNo tailgate is complete without refreshments. You’ll need something to wash all that amazing food down with.
If you like these tailgate foods, then please check out these other great recipes from Slim Chef Recipes.
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.
Tailgating can be a lot of fun but you’ll need power. 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
Don’t ruin a perfectly good tailgate by forgetting important items. You never know when you may need to plug an electric device in. Choose a cord long enough to power your items.
If you’re using a charcoal grill to cook your food, don’t walk out of the house without your charcoal. You can make a lot of really tasty tailgating food with a simple charcoal grill.
Bring multiple lighters or matches. You never know when you’ll need them.
If you’re like me, you’re absent-minded. You might have plenty of simple snack ideas but don’t forget something as important as comfort. 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.
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 igniting that competitive spirit.
- Fan Gear
This goes without say. No tailgate party is complete without representing your team. 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.
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.
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
Tailgates can get messy. Don’t leave that mess for someone else to clean up. Wet wipes are always great to have on hand.
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 litterbug. Tailgates can get messy. 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 alcohol 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.
Tailgate Food Condiments and Misc Food Items
- Cooking spray
No one wants their food sticking to the grill. Make sure to pack some cooking spray.
What good is a delicious hamburger or hotdog without some ketchup or mustard?
Like ketchup, good mustard can be the highlight of a good hotdog or burger.
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.
No tailgating party is complete without ice cold beer. The ultimate condiment.
At this point in human history, is there anyone that doesn’t love a tasty salsa and chip combo?
Onions are versatile and can spice up any quick snack idea.
Like ketchup and mustard, who doesn’t love pickles on their hamburger?
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.
6 Steps For Successful Tailgating Foods
- Plan & shop ahead of time.
- Make foods that can be stored or frozen first.
- Bring ice and coolers for drinks
- Enjoy beer but drink responsibly or make sure you have a designated driver
- Don’t forget utensils.
- Don’t forget a grill or warmers
Final Thoughts on Tailgate Food
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