Seven Touchdown-Worthy Tailgating Dishes


Looking for the perfect appetizer for your next tailgate or game-day watch party? These recipes are sure to be a crowd pleaser!

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Texas Caviar

Need a last minute dish? This quick Texas Caviar is a 5 minute crowd-pleaser that gives me the appearance of SUPER mom but requires little effort!

Mexican Avocado Salsa

We take Mexican food pretty seriously around my house. Taco Tuesday quickly becomes Fajita Friday and next thing you know, we've had some sort of Mexican inspired dish for an entire week! So why not keep it going at the tailgate?

Fruit Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips

If you volunteered to bring fruit, go above and beyond the typical fruit platter and give this a try instead! The homemade cinnamon sugar chips are a breeze to make, and the salsa is sure to impress everyone at your tailgate!

Buffalo Chicken with Quick Blue Cheese Salad

This only takes 10-minutes of prep and is perfect for watching football with or without a crowd. Plus, it’s a LOT healthier and more filling than snacking on dips all night! This meal is an easy weeknight dinner, and leftover chicken is delicious to throw over a salad or put in a wrap for lunch.

Avocado Feta Salsa

This recipe uses only six ingredients, and it can be tossed together in less than 10 minutes. Who doesn’t have time for that?! This fresh dip is a total game changer, so be prepared to get asked for the recipe by friends!

Lima Bean Hummus

You know when you find a new product at the grocery store, fall in love with it, and then IT’S GONE?!? This happened to me and that’s why this recipe was created. I know that this hummus probably doesn’t jump out as something you’ve got to try, especially on game day, but it’s really GOOD - as in you don’t need pita bread or a baby carrot to eat it (just a spoon!)

Buffalo Chicken Salad

Get your buffalo wing fix in, but in a light salad that you can make ahead and pack in the cooler. The bold flavors make this salad perfect to serve with raw veggies like cucumber slices, baby carrots, and celery sticks. Serve it with crackers or spoon it in crisp romaine leaves.

What are some of your favorite tailgating dishes?

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