16 Recipes to Take Your Tailgate Party to the Next Level

on October 2, 2015

Cooking and Beer

Game On!

Football season is in full swing, and with a few trial tailgates under your belt, it's time to take things to the next level. Ditch the store-bought chips and salsa, and opt for one (or two, or three) of these tailgate-approved dishes instead-they're a guaranteed win.

Damn Delicious

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Swap out messy wings for these perfectly portable meatball skewers. Since they come together in the slow cooker, you'll have plenty of time for all your other pre-game preparations.

Get the Recipe: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Oh Sweet Basil

Tailgator Nachos

Step up your nacho game with this heartier-than-ever take on the classic. The addition of juicy pulled pork and roasted potatoes will be a sure fan favorite. Let the pork cook the night before and this appetizer comes together in no time.

Get the Recipe: Tailgator Nachos

Mark Mediana

Date Kebabs with Goat Cheese and Prosciutto

The sweetness of Medjool dates paired with salty prosciutto and tangy goat cheese lends these kebabs an upscale air-but don't be fooled, they're incredibly simple to make and a sure-to-please combination of flavors.

Get the Recipe: Roasted Date Appetizer

A Zesty Bite

Shrimp Taco Bites

The classic taco bite gets a fresh new twist with the addition of shrimp and crisp red cabbage. They're still easy as ever to make and simply irresistible.

Get the Recipe: Shrimp Taco Bites

The Weary Chef

Ranch Bacon Mac & Cheese Cups

A childhood favorite just became a tailgate classic. These bites are bursting with cheese, ranch and bacon. The best part? No fork or knife required.

Get the Recipe: Ranch Bacon Mac and Cheese Cups

Mother Thyme

Avocado Deviled Eggs

How had we not thought of this before? Swap your mayo for avo and prepare your mind to be blown. Extra creamy, extra satisfying.

Get the Recipe: Avocado Deviled Eggs

The Beeroness

Beer Bacon Dip

You can drink your beer and dip it, too! This melty combination of cheese, bacon and your favorite ale (with just a hint of paprika) won't last very long. You may want to consider doubling the recipe.

Get the Recipe: Beer and Bacon Dip

Kristen Stevens for Honest Cooking

Mini Peppers with Tzatziki Sauce

Give your tailgate some Mediterranean flair with vibrant veggie skewers. These mini peppers are ready on the grill in just a few minutes and are accompanied by the cool, minty flavor of tzatziki dipping sauce.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Peppers with Tzatziki Sauce

The Adventures of Bob & Shan

Mexican Street Corn

Because sometimes, an ear of fresh corn deserves more than just a drizzle of butter butter. Lend some extra lovin' with queso fresco, cilantro and your favorite hot sauce to finish.

Get the Recipe: Mexican Street Corn

Cooking and Beer

Philly Cheesesteak Sliders

You don't have to be an Eagles fan to enjoy this classic sandwich combo. This small-scale version is packed with big-time flavor and is a welcome break from the typical tailgate fare.

Get the Recipe: Philly Cheesesteak with Provolone

Jackie Dodd

Beer Brined Chicken Skewers with Sriracha Glaze

If you needed an excuse to bring Sriracha into your next tailgate equation, here it is. It doesn't hurt that these kebabs are also incredibly tender thanks to a nice long beer bath. (Where do we sign up for one of those?)

Get the Recipe: Tailgate Chicken Skewers

Rabbit Food For My Bunny Teeth

Portobello Pizza

These "pizzas" have a little something to offer for everyone: not only are they delicious, they're low carb AND gluten free! Tasty, healthy, and an all-around win.

Get the Recipe: Portobello Pizza

Peach & Plenty

Grilled Caprese Flatbread

These flatbreads only feel fancy-they're topped with fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes, red pepper and basil. Don't worry, though. They come together in just 10 minutes thanks to a pre-made base. And no one will be the wiser.

Get the Recipe: 10-Minute Grilled Caprese Flatbread

A Zesty Bite

Pineapple and Strawberry Kebabs with Bourbon White Chocolate Glaze

The next big thing to go on the grill? Fruit! These sweet treats are simple yet impressive, and they're the perfect way to savor the tail-end of summer's best produce offerings.

Get the Recipe: Grilled Pineapple and Strawberries Skewers with Bourbon White Chocolate Glaze

Pretty Practical Pantry

Mason Jar No Bake Cheesecake

We love these little guys! Not only are they perfect for individual servings and easy to clean up, they're also customizable with your favorite jam or other cheesecake toppings.

Get the Recipe: Mom's No Bake Cheesecake

The Gunny Sack

Grilled S'mores

This sweet combination of marshmallows, graham crackers and chocolate wrapped in flaky pastry is a mouthwatering dessert that can be easily finished off on the grill. Disclaimer: these babies are nostalgia-inducing from the very first bite.

Get the Recipe: S'mores Hand Pies