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.
- 0.1 In addition to all these great tailgate party snacks, don’t miss our List of Tailgate Party Supplies.
- 0.2 Tailgate Party Snacks | Top 52 Tailgating Recipes for a Crowd
- 0.3 TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOODS – CHICKEN WINGS AND TENDERS
- 0.4 TAILGATE FOODS – PARTY SNACK DIPS AND SAUCES
- 0.5 TAILGATING PARTY FOODS AND SNACKS – NACHOS
- 0.6 TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOODS – POPPERS, BOATS, AND WEDGES
- 0.7 TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOOD – SANDWICHES, POCKETS, AND BLANKETS
- 0.8 TAILGATING SNACK FOOD – DESSERT FOODS
- 0.9 THE BEST TAILGATE FOODS, SIDE DISHES, AND MISCELLANEOUS APPETIZERS
- 0.10 TAILGATING DRINK RECIPES
- 0.11 If you like these tailgate foods, then please check out these other great recipes from Slim Chef Recipes.
- 1 List of Tailgating Supplies
- 1.1 Common Tailgating Equipment
- 1.1.1 Portable grill
- 1.1.2 Power Inverter
- 1.1.3 Crock Pot
- 1.1.4 Crockpots are a great way to keep tailgating food warm.
- 1.1.5 Extension cable
- 1.1.6 Charcoal
- 1.1.7 Lighters
- 1.1.8 Folding Chairs
- 1.1.9 Folding Table
- 1.1.10 Pop-Up Canopy
- 1.1.11 Toothpicks
- 1.1.12 Aluminum Foil
- 1.1.13 Plastic Cups
- 1.1.14 Plastic or Paper Plates
- 1.1.15 Cornhole
- 1.1.16 Fan Gear
- 1.1.17 Eating Utensils
- 1.1.18 Multipurpose Large Freezer Bags
- 1.1.19 Napkins or Paper Towels
- 1.1.20 Sunscreen
- 1.1.21 Cell Phone Charger
- 1.1.22 Sunglasses
- 1.1.23 Wet Wipes
- 1.1.24 Cooler
- 1.1.25 Oven Mitts
- 1.1.26 Aluminum Pans
- 1.1.27 Toilet Paper
- 1.1.28 Trash Bags
- 1.1.29 Designated Driver
- 1.1.30 Meat Thermometer
- 1.1.31 A Football
- 1.2 Condiments and Misc Food Items
- 1.1 Common Tailgating Equipment
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
TAILGATE PARTY SNACK FOODS – POPPERS, BOATS, AND WEDGES
Poppers, boats, and wedges make for awesome party snacks.
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 are a mozzarella filled risotto ball. Try these at your next tailgate party. These amazing portable football snacks pack lots of flavor.
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 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 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 are a savory, sweet, meaty treat. Cool snack foods like these bacon wrapped kielbasas are portable and perfect conversation food.
Tailgate bites are mini tacos in a tortilla container. Perfect tailgating food.
Sweet and Salty pineapple jalapeno poppers are a non-traditional popper that tastes fantastic. Serve them at the next tailgate.
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 a great tailgating food for those watching their waistlines.
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.
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.
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 pork should be a staple at every tailgating party. Delicious food is always a cause for celebration.
Gluten-free pigs in a blanket are great for those watching gluten intake.
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?
Gluten-free pulled barbecue chicken sandwich is great for those watching their gluten intake. Amazing food can be healthy too.
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 is buttery, chocolate delight. Perfect, cool snack ideas with very little preparation.
Healthy snickers ice cream bites are a tasty, healthy treat.
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 is a way to dip your favorite cookie or cracker into a sweet, delicious dip.
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.
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.
Brownie batter dip is a scrumptious chocolate dip that you can dip apple slices, graham crackers or pretzels into. Perfect food for any occassion.
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!
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.
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.
Lasagna and Mexican fusion in one dish. Amazing food like this will score big with the football party crowd.
Italian sausage is a staple at any tailgating event. These stuffed mushrooms will be sure to please.
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.
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.
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
No tailgate is complete without refreshments. You’ll need something to wash all that amazing food down with.
A Bloody Mary is the perfect drink to get your spirits soaring for football. Just make sure you don’t drink too many!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Don’t leave the house without a few oven mitts. Cooking for a crowd can be rewarding but pans and plates can get hot.
Cheap disposable aluminum pans are so versatile and it makes it easier to access all those amazing finger food creations.
This one goes without saying. Don’t get stuck in a remote location without a little backup.
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.
Tailgating parties are so much fun and alcohol is often involved. Plan ahead, drive safe and be responsible.
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
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, a 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.
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.