Tackle a Tailgate: 12 Recipes That Will Bring Opponents Together

Hosting a tailgate party? Don't drop the ball. Tackle this game day food and drink menu that's sure to score major points with your guests.
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When it comes to game day, we all love a good nailbiter. But when the pressure is on to throw the perfect tailgate party, no one wants to drop the ball. To ensure your party is one for the books, serve up these ultimate game-day recipes that will score major points with your friends and may even leave opponents cheering for the good guys. Are you ready? Break!

Spicy Chicken Wings

And the kick is good! You can't go wrong with this game-day staple. Classic fried chicken wings are coated with a flavorful mango chutney, curry and lime juice combination that still provides that spicy kick everyone loves but with a new twist. This intense flavor is not for fair weather fans.

Pretzels + Beer Cheese

Pub-Style Pretzels With Beer Cheese

Pub-Style Pretzels With Beer Cheese

Why settle for drinking an ice-cold brew when you can eat it too? Enter this delicious pub-style pretzel and beer cheese duo. Because everything is better with cheese.

Meatball Sandwiches

One order of spaghetti and meatballs, hold the noodles. Who knew the best ingredient in a classic dinner recipe could be turned into the perfect bite-sized sandwich? Beef, pork and veal mixed meatballs covered with spaghetti sauce and provolone cheese combine with parmesan parsley biscuits for the ultimate touchdown.

Beer Sangria

Substitute a wheat beer in place of wine for this winning game play. Quick and easy to prepare, this party-ready sangria infuses beer with a fruity and refreshing taste.

Make This: Beer Sangria

Corn and Bean Salsa

Health conscious fans will rejoice with this fresh and flavorful game-day salsa on the menu. Serve this healthy and colorful snack with baked corn chips and you're sure to draw a huddle.

Pizza Hand Pies

Homemade Pizza Hand Pies

Homemade Pizza Hand Pies

Nothing tames anxious fans like a hot, cheesy pizza with tasty toppings. These easy-to-make, hearty hand pies transform a party favorite into bite-sized snacks that can be eaten on the go.

Glazed Brownies

Just when you thought they couldn't taste any better, a chocolate and heavy cream glaze is the literal "icing on the cake" and turns traditional brownies into a downright decadent treat.

Make This: Glazed Brownies

Deviled Eggs x 3



If you throw a party without deviled eggs, is it really a party? Put a new spin on a classic party appetizer with these three different recipes, because all good things come in threes.

Hearty Chili

One of the most classic tailgate staples, this hearty game-day chili is perfect for chilly game days. A simple recipe that includes, you guessed it, beer (a vital game day food group), will satisfy even the " hangriest " football fans.

Make This: Game Day Chili

Spiked Lemonade

When life hands you lemons, make spiked lemonade. Top off a glass of lemonade with a few mint leaves for a kid-friendly treat or add some bourbon and club soda for a refreshing adult beverage.

Make This: Spiked Lemonade

Spicy Cashews

Chili and Lime Roasted Cashews

Chili and Lime Roasted Cashews

Quiet rowdy guests with these tangy cashews that make for the perfect grazing snack. Lime juice and chile pepper give these roasted nuts a flavorful kick.

Fried Pies

These grab-and-go pies are both delicious and impossible to fumble. Use canned apple and cherry pie filling to cut down on prep time, and in just five minutes your pies will be fried to golden-brown perfection.

Make This: Fried Pies

10 Tips for Hosting a Winning Tailgate Party

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Party Like an All-Star

Provide Collapsible Seating

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Keep Guests Cozy

Turn a Wheelbarrow Into a Mobile Cooler

Label Menu Items

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Chili A Go-Go

S'mores on a Stick

Game-Time Favors

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Party-Proof Your Serving Containers

Serve Snacks Singly

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