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Tailgating Recipe Ideas

Updated on August 20, 2010

The kickoff of football season always makes me think about tailgating recipes. We actually refer to appetizers as "football food" in my house. We have football food pretty much year-round in my house, because we follow major league baseball as well as both professional and collegiate football. (How ‘bout dem Saints?, Geaux Tigers, War Eagle, and Go Braves!)

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Details on how to make many of the tailgating recipes that are big around my house are published in other hubs. Check out these all-star treats:

Chicken Wings: What is more perfect for tailgating than spicy Buffalo wings?

Create Your Own Quesadillas: Chicken with cheddar quesadillas, topped with sour cream and salsa are great football food.

Crock Pot Barbecue: Serve this on seeded burger buns for the best barbecue sandwiches ever.

Homemade Sloppy Joes: This easy sandwich filling is sure to be a hit during Monday Night Football (or Saturday, Sunday, etc.)

Easy Mexican Dishes: There's nothing like Mexican food with a side of margaritas when you're watching the big game.

Three Great Dip Recipes: There's someone for everyone: man dip, warm seafood dip, and dip for fresh fruit.

Tortilla Rollups: These keep for several days, so I make a big batch on Saturday mornings during football season, with several different kinds of filling. If we don't eat them all during the weekend, they make great lunches for the coming week.

Boiled Crawfish: Okay, I admit, we don't cook these at home. We get them fresh from our local seafood market, and enjoy them with boiled corn and new potatoes during New Orleans Saints and LSU games.

More Resources for Tailgating Recipes

Another terrific resource for tailgating recipe ideas is The Ultimate Tailgater. There are a ton of great ideas on this site. Some of the recipes are video and audio Podcasts and some are available to download as PDF files. I can't wait to try the Queso de Salsa Sausage Soup! This site even offers nutritional information on tailgating foods, but I'm thinking there are some things I'm just better off not knowing!


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  • Angela Harris profile image

    Angela Harris 10 years ago from Around the USA

    Sad to say, I've yet to attend a tailgating party, even though I lived in the heart of the Oklahoma Sooners (Norman, OK) for about a year.