Tailgate Party Snacks | Top 51 Tailgating Recipes for a Crowd

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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.

 

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

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Easy tailgate party snacks you can make ahead of the big football game. Whether its appetizers, lunch or dinner, fire up the grill or crockpot and throw on a slab of meat or vegateble. @slimchefrecipes.com
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Tailgate Party Snacks | Top 52 Tailgating Recipes for a Crowd

This ultimate tailgate food list will inspire great food ideas just in time for the big game.

Course Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword football snacks, party food ideas, party snacks, tailgate food, tailgating food

TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOODS – CHICKEN WINGS AND TENDERS

Chicken wings are a great way to get any tailgating party started.  The following foods will inspire your next party.

 

TAILGATE BOURBON CARAMEL-GLAZED WINGS

For cool tailgating food 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 snack food ideas for a crowd.

 

 

 

 


SMOKY HABANERO BARBECUE GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS PERFECT FOR TAILGATING

Perfect tailgate football snacks or tailgating food ideas 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.

 

 


TAILGATE 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. Tailgates can be a lot of fun but their even more memorable with great food.

 

 


CRISPY BAKED BUFFALO CHICKEN TENDERS FOR YOUR NEXT TAILGATE

Tailgate foods like chicken tenders are perfect gameday food. Crispy Baked Buffalo Chicken Tenders are coated with homemade buffalo sauce and then dredged in crunchy toasted panko breadcrumbs. Tailgating foods like this one, is sure to be a hit.

 

 


TAILGATE BAKED BUFFALO WINGS IN THE OVEN

Some food make better tailgating foods than others. Baked Mango Buffalo Wing are oven baked and ready to go on game day. This is must-have tailgate food. Party snack appetizers like this one will encourage conversation at your next party.

 

 


TAILGATE FOODS – PARTY SNACK DIPS AND SAUCES

Dips, sauces, and chips are great tailgate food!

 

SOMBRERO DIP IDEAL TAILGATE FOOD

SOMBRERO DIP is a cheesy, beefy dip with green pimento olives added to it to jazz it up. Quick tailgate snack food ideas like this one are sure to be a hit.

 

 


Tailgate 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. Foods like this are perfect for game day. Foods like dips are perfect gameday food.

 

 


TAILGATE 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. Tailgating is just better with a good dip and some delicious chips.

 

 


BACON CHEDDAR DIP TAILGATING FOOD

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

 

 


TAILGATING CHIPOTLE QUESADILLAS WITH MINTY MANGO SALSA

This delicious tailgating food recipe will satisfy those Mexican cravings. Chipotle quesadillas with minty mango salsa is a spicy quesadilla with a flavorful mint mango salsa. Food doesn’t have to be complex to be good.

 

 


 

TAILGATE FRITO PIE DIP

Frito pie dip is a creamy, cheesy chili pie dip. Dips are a perfect choice for your next tailgate party. Food is a great way of bring people together.

 

 


PIG SKIN CHEESE BALL – FOODS FOR YOUR NEXT TAILGATE

Football food ideas can be creative but this one inspires me. Pigskin cheese ball is a classic tailgate food for snacking on. If you’re going to host a tailgate party of your own, your guest will adore this recipe.

 

 

 

 


 

TAILGATE EASY SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP RECIPE | FRESH SPINACH DIP

Tailgating and spinach artichoke dip are a perfect union. There is something so amazing about spinach, cream cheese, and artichokes blended together. This is must have party food.

 

 

 

 


FULLY LOADED GUACAMOLE FOR TAILGATES

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

 

 


IRISH NACHOS RECIPE & PUB STYLE APPETIZER FOR TAILGATING 
Tailgate party food is so much fun with foods that can be shared. Irish nachos are perfect finger foods. Mix and mingle while enjoying a delicious plate of the best tailgate foods around. 

TAILGATING PARTY FOODS AND SNACKS – NACHOS

No tailgating experience is complete without nachos. Nachos are perfect football snacks. We have included several ideas to get you started.

 

TAILGATING 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. 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

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.

 

 


TAILGATE CHEESY GAME DAY BLACK BEAN NACHOS

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 – PERFECT TAILGATE FOOD

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.

 


TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOODS – POPPERS, BOATS, AND WEDGES

Poppers, boats, and wedges make for awesome party snacks.

 

TAILGATE CREAM CHEESE JALAPENO POPPERS WITH BACON

I love delicious finger foods like cream cheese jalapeno poppers with bacon is a meaty flavored popper great for parties. Jalapeno poppers are the perfect party snack.

 

 


MUSHROOM ARANCINI

Mushroom arancini are a mozzarella filled risotto ball. Try these at your next tailgate party. These amazing portable football snacks pack lots of flavor.

 

 


BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP JALAPENO POPPERS – DELICIOUS TAILGATE FOOD

For quick snack ideas, try these bacon wrapped shrimp jalapeno poppers are spicy party snack for watching the big game. Tailgating and bacon were meant for each other.

 

 


BLACK BEAN TACO CUPS FOR YOUR NEXT TAILGATE

Black bean taco cups are a portable way to get Mexican goodness in your mouth. Tailgating food doesn’t get much better than this. These are perfect make ahead snacks.

 

 


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. Cool snack foods like these bacon wrapped kielbasas are portable and perfect conversation food.

 

 


TAILGATE BITES

Tailgate bites are mini tacos in a tortilla container. Perfect tailgating food.

 

 


SWEET AND SALTY PINEAPPLE JALAPENO POPPERS – DELICIOUS TAILGATING FOODS

Sweet and Salty pineapple jalapeno poppers are a non-traditional popper that tastes fantastic. Serve them at the next tailgate.

 


BACON WRAPPED JALAPENO PEPPERS

Bacon and tailgate food 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 food for those watching their waistlines.

 

 


NUTTY SHRIMP LETTUCE BOATS FOR YOUR NEXT TAILGATE

Easy tailgate food ideas like this one are a win-win. Nutty shrimp lettuce boats a high protein appetizer with intense flavor and a quick snack to make.

 

 


TAILGATING 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 snack food at your next tailgate party.

 

 


20 MINUTE POTATO WEDGES FOR TAILGATE FUN

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

 

 


TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOOD – SANDWICHES, POCKETS, AND BLANKETS

Portability is essential for tailgating. The following list will provide inspiration and ideas.

 

QUICK-BBQ PULLED PORK EMPANADAS FOR TAILGATE GET TOGETHERS

Quick BBQ pork should be a staple at every tailgating party. Delicious food is always a cause for celebration.

 

 


GLUTEN FREE PIGS IN A BLANKET

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

 

 


PULLED BBQ CARROTS FOR TAILGATING

BBQ and football go well together. Pulled bbq carrots are quick snack ideas for those monitoring their weight. Who says that tailgating can’t be healthy?

 

 


TAILGATE GLUTEN FREE PULLED BARBECUE CHICKEN SANDWICH

Gluten-free pulled barbecue chicken sandwich is great for those watching their gluten intake. Amazing food can be healthy too.

 

 


PIZZA TARTS

Get your tailgate party started with these delicious pizza tarts. They are a perfect bite-sized way to snack on pizza.

 


TAILGATING SNACK FOOD – DESSERT FOODS

Desserts are a great tailgate food to prepare ahead of the big game.

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 FOR YOUR NEXT TAILGATE

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.

 

 


TAILGATES ARE BETTER WITH 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 PERFECT TAILGATING FOOD

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 These cool snack ideas will surely be a hit at your next party.

 

 


TAILGATE BROWNIE BATTER DIP

Brownie batter dip is a scrumptious chocolate dip that you can dip apple slices, graham crackers or pretzels into. Perfect food for any occassion.

 

 


FROSTED FOOTBALL BROWNIES

Chocolate and vanilla frosted treats that will make any Superbowl, college, or high school game legendary. These gooey chocolate footballs are simple snack ideas that have a bit of style and will be a hit at your next party or get together.

 

 


THE BEST TAILGATE FOODS, SIDE DISHES, AND MISCELLANEOUS APPETIZERS

Appetizers are perfect for gamedays!

 

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 a quick snack. Foods like these will make you lots of friends.

 

 


PERFECT TAILGATING 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. These meatballs are quick snacks to make that everyone can enjoy ahead of the big game.

 

 


VEGAN MEXICAN LASAGNA

Lasagna and Mexican fusion in one dish. Amazing food like this will score big 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 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 PERFECT TAILGATING FOOD

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. Pizza is the perfect tailgating food.

 


GINGER EGG SALAD FOR TAILGATES

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.

 

 


BEST CROCK POT RIBS RECIPE
Crockpot ribs are perfect for tailgating. You can cook lots of ribs in advance and in mass quantities. 

TAILGATING DRINK RECIPES

No tailgate is complete without refreshments. You’ll need something to wash all that amazing food down with.

 

BLOODY MARYS FOR A TAILGATE 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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Easy tailgate party snacks you can make ahead of the big football game. Whether its appetizers, lunch or dinner, fire up the grill or crockpot and throw on a slab of meat or vegateble. @slimchefrecipes.com

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.

  • Charcoal

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.

  • Lighters

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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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

Tailgates can get messy. Don’t leave that mess for someone else to clean up. 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 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.

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.

 


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