6 Recipes for the Perfect Tailgate

Whether you’re cheering on your favorite NFL or college team from outside the stadium or from the comfort of your living room, you’ll want touchdown celebration-worthy food to serve to your fellow fans. From vegan nachos even raging carnivores will love to the freshest homemade salsa, up your tailgate game with these tasty recipes. Win or lose, there will still be plenty to cheer about.

Stock up on all of your tailgate needs at these gourmet groceries, and take your tailgate to the next level with these game-day gadgets. And for decor, create football coasters and placemats with these tips from Sugar and Cloth.

The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich

tailgate recipes: The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich from Pinch of Yum

Photo courtesy of Pinch of Yum.

Early kickoff? No problem! Start your day off right with a breakfast sandwich packed with bacon, eggs, garlic butter tomato sauce and guacamole. Your friends and family will thank you when they’re ready to rumble bright and early. Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum.

Healthy Loaded Vegan Nachos

tailgate recipes: Healthy Loaded Vegan Nachos from Love & Lemons

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Make your next tailgate a little healthier by serving up this vegan version of nachos, complete with mushroom and walnut taco “meat,” kale, pumpkin cashew cream and avocado. Tailgate tip: Instead of bringing one big serving, try making the dish into individual servings. They’ll be neat, convenient, and just as delicious. Get the recipe from Love & Lemons.

Friday Night Football Fajita Sticks

tailgate recipes: Friday Night Football Fajita Sticks from Southern Made Simple

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Get game-day ready with these flavorful kabobs featuring chicken, peppers, red onion and salsa verde. These can easily be individualized by adding your own favorite veggies. Get the recipe from Southern Made Simple.

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa

tailgate recipes: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa from Love & Lemons

Photo courtesy of Love & Lemons.

Anyone can buy salsa from the store, but yours is sure to score you more fans if you make it yourself. This particular salsa is easy to make and a fun way to get creative with ingredients such as yellow onion, jalapeño, garlic and cilantro. Get the recipe from Love & Lemons.

Easssssyyyy Beer Queso

Easssssyyyy Beer Queso

Photo courtesy of Jillian Harris.

Spice up the party with this vegetarian-friendly beer queso from Jillian Harris that’s quick, easy, and the perfect creamy consistency. Don’t forget a big bag of your favorite tortilla chips. Get the recipe from Jillian Harris.

Easy Jalapeño Poppers

tailgate recipes: Easy Jalapeno Poppers from Southern Made Simple

Photo courtesy of Southern Made Simple.

Here’s an easy version of a classic tailgate dish. These particular jalapeño poppers are stuffed with sausage, cream cheese and cheddar cheese, then topped with bacon (of course). Get the recipe from Southern Made Simple.

Lobster Verde Chili

tailgate recipes: Lobster Verde Chili from Blue Plate Catering

Photo courtesy of Blue Plate Catering.

Blue Plate Catering‘s Executive Chef Randal Jacobs shares this hearty Lobster Verde Chili recipe filled with lobster, white beans, green chilis, charred corn and cilantro, perfect for a game-time meal. Get the recipe from Blue Plate Catering.

Vegan Lemon Bars

tailgate recipes: Vegan Lemon Bars from Oh My Veggies

Photo courtesy of Oh My Veggies.

These lemon bars look just as good as they taste, and they’re the perfect way to end your tailgate. They take some time, but your crowd is bound to go nuts over them. Get the recipe from Oh My Veggies.


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Alexis Miller recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee where she earned a degree in Journalism, Advertising & Public Relations, and Media Studies. In her free time, she does Pilates, floral arrangements, and some freelance event planning. As an alumna member of Alpha Omicron Pi, Alexis is an enthusiastic fundraiser for the Arthritis Foundation.






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