18 Simple and Delicious Tailgate Recipes

on September 3, 2015

Mom on Timeout

Don't Sweat It!

On the day of the big game, nobody wants to worry about adding last-minute details to complicated dishes. Tantalizingly delicious yet easy to prep, store, and serve, here are eighteen of the best tailgating recipes.

The Girl Who Ate Everything

Seven Layer Dip for One

Don't worry about prepping a pretty dip that's torn apart in seconds by your guests-these individual dips are mess-free and are sure to be a big hit. Use disposable plastic cups for painless clean up.

Get the recipe: Individual Seven Layer Dips

Plain Chicken

Chicken Salad Pockets

While these handheld appetizers are already easy to make, you can save even more time by buying store-bought chicken salad.

Get the recipe: Chicken Salad Crescents

Gimme Some Oven

Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Everyone's favorite snack mix just got an effortless upgrade. Feel free to add your own additions to the traditional seasoning blend, then let this heat in a slow cooker for an easy and addictive snack.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Uncommon Designs

Bread Bowl Beef Dip

The best part about this delicious dip? You can also eat the serving container. A sourdough bread bowl provides quick (and delicious!) clean up.

Get the recipe: Game Day Beef Dip

Whitney Bond

Buffalo Chicken Crescent Ring

Your buffalo wings just got a spicy new look. This dish comes together in just half an hour and will leave your guests seriously impressed.

Get the recipe: Buffalo Chicken Taco Ring

Food Folks and Fun

Chicken & Waffle Sliders

This Southern favorite takes just seconds to put together thanks to the pairing of frozen chicken tenders and waffles. Just heat, assemble, and serve with a little syrup.

Get the recipe: Chicken and Waffle Sliders

This Gal Cooks

Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs

Give your tailgate fare some Asian flair! These baked meatballs are paired with a delicious sweet-and-spicy sauce and can be kept warm in a slow cooker until you're ready to eat.

Get the recipe: Spicy Asian Chicken Meatballs

Food Faith Fitness

Bacon Wrapped Pineapple Bites

Tailgate or luau? Whatever the occasion, these little bites of pineapple wrapped in bacon and drizzled with sweet and sour sauce are sure to have your guests coming back for more. Bonus points: all that you need to eat these are a toothpick!

Get the recipe: Sweet N' Sour Bacon Wrapped Pineapple

Yummy Healthy Easy

Slow Cooker BBQ Sandwiches

Slow cooker = simple in our book. With just three ingredients, these delectable sandwiches will be made (and eaten) in a jiffy.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches


Cheesy Grilled Fries

Who knew that fries could be so delicious on the grill? Loaded with cheese and more of your favorite toppings, these fries are made in a foil pack, which means a no-hassle clean up.

Get the recipe: Grilled Foil Pack Cheesy Fries

Pennywise Cook

Pizza Cupcakes

Mention "pizza" and "cupcake" in the same breath and you've got our attention. A pre-made dough base makes these miniature pizzas a breeze to make, and your guests will be impressed by how you managed to use a cupcake tin to make dinner!

Get the recipe: Stuffed Pizza Cupcakes

Stone Gable

Mason Jar Chili

Mason jars: not only are they cute decorations, they're also a great way to make and store individual meals. In this case, chili topped with cornbread batter bakes up quite nicely in these jars and can even be decorated for game day!

Get the recipe: Mason Jar Chili and Cornbread

The Country Chic Cottage

Tater Tot Kabobs

Everyone loves tater tots-why not make them even more delicious? These loaded tot kabobs are topped with all your favorite fixings, and since the entire thing's on a stick, they've never been easier to eat.

Get the recipe: Loaded Tot Kabobs

Recipe Boy

Walking Taco Bar

This is a classic tailgate favorite, and with good reason-all you need to do is set out the fillings and let guests help themselves.

Get the recipe: Walking Tacos

Mom on Timeout

Touchdown Dogs

A literal "twist" on the classic corn dog, these are a particular favorite with kids and can be made with your favorite sausage.

Get the recipe: Spiral Wrapped Sausages on a Stick

Inside BruCrew Life

Blackberry Brie Bites

This sweet combo comes together in a truly exquisite dessert. Don't worry, the fresh blackberries and brie only feel fancy-these are a snap to whip up.

Get the recipe: Blackberry Brie Bites

The Baker Mama

Deep Fried Cookie Dough Bites

A fair-food favorite, these fried bites will be gone in seconds. If you want to save a little time, use store bought cookie dough.

Get the recipe: Fried Cookie Dough

Something Swanky

S'mores Brownies

Dessert in the slow cooker? We're all about it! To make these fudgy brownies easier to remove and serve, line your slow cooker with parchment paper first.

Get the recipe: Slow Cooker S'mores Brownies