Game Day Snacks and Tailgating Foods

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Looking for game day snacks and tailgating food ideas to make for upcoming game days? Here is a collection of 50 best game day food recipes that are perfect for tailgates and upcoming football parties. This collection includes appetizers, snacks, dips, and many more that everyone will love whether that is before, during and after the game. 

50 game days recipes from chicken, cookies, corn salsa, bacon cheddar scones, pepperoni dip and Italian stromboli

Game Day Snacks and tailgating foods are the perfect way to enjoy football season. These recipes will be a big hit for your next tailgate or football party. This collection has food items that even the pickiest of eaters can enjoy, so something for everyone to love! Tailgating has been a ritual in this country since the 1800’s, how did it begin? Check it out.


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Expert Tips for Tailgating Food Items and Game Day Snacks

  • How do you keep food warm during a tailgate?: Keep food warm at a tailgate by wrapping it in aluminum foil if the party is held outside. If the party is inside, it should be kept in an oven on low or even use a slow cooker. This will make sure that the food items don’t lose their delicious taste. 
  • What’s a Tailgate Dish?: A tailgate dish is a food item you take to a tailgate party. The most popular are burgers, wings, and hotdogs. 
  • What are good game day snacks? Some good game day snacks include cookies, fried items, pastries, chips, and crackers to just name a few. 

Football Finger Foods

These Football Finger Foods are simple and delicious. All these recipes make little to no messes and are easy to eat and enjoyable for people of all ages and even picky eaters! Having finger foods at your next gathering will be a big score and have everyone coming back for more.  

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Doritos Chicken Tenders
Doritos Chicken Tenders
These Doritos Chicken Tenders will earn you a gold star from your kids. This easy recipe only requires 4 ingredients total!
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Top shot of the Italian Stromboli.
Italian Stromboli
Italian Stromboli is really easy to make at home. When you want that stuffed dough filled with savory meats and cheeses, there is no need to go to the local restaurant, try making this simple stromboli recipe at home.
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Picture showing the top slice of a sheet pan taco pizza.
Sheet Pan Taco Pizza
Taco Pizza is the perfect fusion of two of everyone's favorite dishes. Pizza and Tacos! Spicy and crispy and piled with your favorite toppings!
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Stack of Instant pot Cheesesteak sliders on a white plate on a white tablecloth.
Instant Pot Philly Cheesesteak Sliders
Philly Cheesesteak Sliders are a staple in our house. They are so tender, juicy and irresistable. Additionally, they are so easy in the Instant Pot.
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Air Fryer Mac & Cheese Bites on a white plate
Air Fryer Mac & Cheese Bites
There are not enough adjectives to describe Air Fryer Mac & Cheese Bites. They are crispy, cheesy, pasta goodness that will become your families new addiction.
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Picture of the air fryer pizza rolls from the top, all stacked on a white plate.
Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
Air Fryer Pizza rolls are a delectable and fun way to eat pizza. These rolls are so much better than the store bought one you will never go back.
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Plate of air fryer Mozzrella Sticks with a side of marinara sauce.
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks
Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks are a quick, enticing, easy to prepare, snack or appetizer your family will love.
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Instant Pot meatballs on a wooden board with a side of marinara in a white ramakin
Instant Pot Meatball Subs
Try Instant Pot Meatballs Subs for a hearty meal on a cold winter night or a cool fall game day. These satisfying sandwiches will be a true hit.
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Football Dip

 Football Dip is becoming more and more popular each year, and you have so many options to create. These dips go great as an appetizer or even a snack. Everyone loves a good dip to eat with their chips or crackers. 

Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip
Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip
This Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip is the of the best game day appetizers. Everyone will love this Chili Cheese Dip crock pot recipe.
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Spinach Artichoke Baked Dip
Spinach Artichoke Baked Dip
This Spinach Artichoke Baked Dip in a bread bowl is guaranteed crowd pleaser. Your family will drooling over this Artichoke Spinach Dip Baked.
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Queso Blanco Dip with a chip dipped in it.
Queso Blanco Dip
Queso Blanco Dip is the perfect cheese addicts snack obsession. It is thick, creamy, delicious melted cheese sauce.
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Bacon Ranch Dip surrounded by dips and cheese on the side.
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip
Bacon Cheddar Ranch Dip is one of those amazing creations that will just become part of your everyday life. It is so easy, so tasty and very, very versatile.
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Hot Crab Dip
Hot Crab Dip is so good, you will want to have a party just so you have an excuse to make it. Seafood lovers and dip connoisseurs will both fall for this timeless and delicious dip. 
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Pepperoni Pizza Dip
Pepperoni Pizza Dip is one of my favorite go to party essentials. Not only is quick and easy to make but everyone loves it. 
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7 Layer Taco Dip
If you eat with your eyes, you will love this 7 Layer Taco Dip.  It is as beautiful to look at and even better to eat.
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Buffalo chicken dip in a small crock pot
Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
Need to feed a crowd but don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen for your entire football gathering cooking wings? Try this fabulous Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip.
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Italian Hoagie Dip with a stripped napkin.
Italian Hoagie Dip
This easy Italian Hoagie Dip recipe is one of my family’s all-time favorite recipes.  It has everything that an Italian Hoagie has on it but it’s chopped up and served as a dip.  Every time I make it, it gets devoured! 
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Slow Cooker Corn Casserole in white bow with red and white stripped napkin
Slow Cooker Corn Dip
Slow Cooker Corn Dip is creamy, sweet. spicy and salty. It is the perfect party dip when made in the slow cooker for ease of preparation and time savings. 
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Football Game Appetizers

Everyone loves a good football game appetizer to enjoy before the game, here are some good tailgate and game day food appetizers for everyone to love! These appetizers range from macaroni to charcuterie boards to scones and many more! You can’t go wrong with these perfect game day appetizers! 

Easy Charcuterie Board
Easy Charcuterie Board
This Easy Charcuterie Board is the perfect appetizer for all your special occasions especially during game day. This Charcuterie Board makes for easy football snacks to keep and easy for everyone to enjoy.
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Charcuterie Skewers on a white plate.
Charcuterie Skewers
These Charcuterie Skewers layered with meat and cheese make for the best party appetizer as they are so easy and convenient.
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A stack of buffalo chicken egg rolls on a cutting board with a side of dipping sauce.
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls
Buffalo Chicken Egg Rolls are a great twist on the traditional egg roll. Filled with spicy chicken, cheese and a zingy sauce. These egg rolls are a must make!
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A ring of crescent pigs in a blanket around dipping sauce on a white plate.
Crescent Rolls Pigs in a Blanket
Crescent Rolls Pigs in a Blanket are a fabulous appetizer or a fun dinner idea. This recipe is elevated by using the Everything but the Bagel seasoning to take the flavor truly next level good.
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Cheeseburger Macaroni on a checkered tablecloth.
Cheeseburger Macaroni
Cheeseburger Macaroni recipes will be approved by even your pickiest eaters. Perfect for hectic weeknights when you want a hearty dinner.
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Cranberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls
Cranberry Cheesecake Crescent Rolls
This treat is like a cross between Cranberry Cheesecake and a cheese danish with crescent rolls. It is a perfect Holiday side dish or dessert.
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Bacon Cheddar Scones close up on a stack.
Bacon Cheddar Scones
Bacon Cheddar Scones are a dream. A savory scone filled with bacon and cheddar cheese that are perfect as a side, as a sandwich as a snack.
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BBQ Crockpot Meatballs
These BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are a quick and easy party appetizer you can whip up in no time! The best part is, there are only 3 easy ingredients and you can use frozen meatballs or homemade.
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Glass bowl filled with honey bbq wings
Honey BBQ Wings
Honey BBQ Wings are a sticky, sweet treat that are perfect for game day. Perfect for people who don't want a wing that is too hot.
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Beef Taco Tarts on a white plate with lime wedges
Beef Taco Tarts
These Beef Taco Tart may be tiny but they have big flavor.  This quick and easy beef taco recipe makes a great appetizer or snack.
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Baked Wings in a red basket lined with parchment
Baked Buffalo Wings
Baked Buffalo Wings are a quick and healthy way to get the wings ready for your game day party but sacrifice nothing in taste.
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Healthy Game Day Snacks

 Want to have a football celebration but looking for healthy game day snacks? Look no further these recipes are all healthy and low in calories. Also, include a variety of dips and appetizers that are still great to enjoy during the football season.

Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey
Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey
This Whipped Ricotta Dip with Honey is a crowd pleaser for sure. Whipped Ricotta with Honey is so easy to make, you won't believe it!
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White plate of fried pickles with dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Pickles
Air fryer fried pickles are seriously amazing. If you have never been to a fair and tried this delicacy, you are missing out. Try this recipe!
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Homemade Ranch Dip - this easy recipe comes together in a few minutes and uses ingredients you probably already have
Easy Ranch Dip
This Easy Homemade Ranch Dip makes a quick appetizer and is perfect for any party or family get-together. Plus, it comes together in minutes and uses ingredients you probably already have on hand.
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Hummus Deviled Eggs on a white dish with a tray of the deviled eggs beside them.
Hummus Deviled Eggs
Hummus Deviled Eggs are the perfect snack, they are healthy, high in protein and the flavor can not be beat. They are so quick and easy to make too.
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Air Fryer Chicken Egg Rolls on a rounds white plate with a side of dipping sauce.
Air Fryer Chicken Egg Rolls
Chicken Egg Rolls are a versatile dish that you can make as an appetizer, snack, quick lunch or main meal. This air fryer recipe makes it quick and so easy.
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Black Bean Corn Salsa with lime and chips.
Black Bean Corn Salsa
This Black Bean Corn Salsa is healthy, flavorful, colorful and delicious are just a few words that describe this Black Bean and Corn Salad.  It’s a quick and easy salsa that can be used as a salad or a topping too! 
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Three white bowls of Spinach artichoke dip surrounded by crackers
Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip (copycat Olive Garden)
Instant Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip is the perfect blend of mixing a classic dip and bringing it into the modern age by using an instant pot
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White bowl with Roasted Chickpeas
Air Fryer Roasted Chickpeas Recipe
This Air Fryer Chickpeas recipe is super simple as they are ready in a fraction of time that it would take to roast them in the oven.  
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Football Game Snacks

You can’t go wrong with football game snacks that are popular during game days as well as trying new snack options for everyone to love and to munch on during the game. Some of these snack options also make great desserts. These football snacks are a mix between sweet and salty foods, these options everyone will find a recipe they love. These recipes are easy football snacks to create and most of them take less than 30 minutes. 

Football cookies stacked on a wooden cutting board.
Nutter Butter Football Cookies
Looking for easy football snacks to make for your football party? These Football Cookies are the perfect football finger foods to enjoy while watching the big game!
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4 Instant Pot Churro Bites on a white plate
Instant Pot Churro Bites
Instant Pot Churro Bites are a quick, tasty snack to have on movie night, game night or whenever you want a scrumptious treat.
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Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball - This Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer recipe that's the perfect holiday party treat
Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball
This Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball is an easy appetizer recipe that’s the perfect holiday party treat!
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Caramel Pretzels with Chocolate
Caramel Pretzels with Chocolate
These Caramel Pretzels with Chocolate have your family coming back for more. Make these for your next party, they will be a hit!
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Blue bowl of churro muddy buddies with a cinnamon stick on the side.
Churro Muddy Buddies
Churro Muddy Buddies have all the sweet, cinnamon sugar, crunchy goodness of a traditional churro but take no time at all to make. So if you have been craving churros give this quick, easy snack a try.
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Peanut Butter Blondies stacked on a white plate.
Peanut Butter Blondies
This Peanut Butter Blondie Recipe is not only amazing, it is also flourless and also healthier than the traditional option. This recipe has all the rich flavor of a tradition blonde right down to the chocolate chips.
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Slow Cooker Snack Mix - this easy crock pot recipe is full of flavor and simple to make
Slow Cooker Snack Mix
This Slow Cooker Party Snack Mix is one of my favorite easy Crock-Pot® slow cooker recipes.  It’s super delicious and one of the best slow cooker recipes of all time. This recipe is great for games day to enjoy while watching. 
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Peanut Butter Nutella Crescents - this is an easy snack recipe that kids love
Nutella Peanut Butter Crescents
These Nutella Peanut Butter Crescents are an easy snack recipe that only takes 25 minutes to make. Nutella, and peanut butter inside a crescent, makes the perfect snack for everyone to enjoy!
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Tailgating Foods Without A Grill

Want to make tailgating foods without a grill? Don’t worry this list will highlight some recipes that are made without a grill. This list includes fan favorites foods to enjoy during football season. These recipes are so tasteful and still give some flavor the same way a grill would. 

Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder (Pulled Pork BBQ)
Slow Cooker Pulled Pork BBQ
Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder is one of those amazing dishes that just become better with a low and slow cooking process. If you’re looking to wow your family and friends this summer, give this recipe a try!  It just might become the most coveted recipe in your recipe box too!
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Chicken with garlic brown sugar.
Crock Pot Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken
Your family will love this Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken made in a Crock Pot. This Brown Sugar Chicken recipe only requires 4 ingredients!
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Air Fryer Hamburgers
Air Fryer Hamburgers are the perfect dinner to make when you want something quick, flavorful and juicy without firing up your grill.
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Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken on a white plate.
Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken
Instant Pot Barbecue Chicken is a tender, sumptuous, chicken dish slathered in barbeque sauce prepared in a short time. Perfect for those busy weeknight meals when time is of the essence but you don't want to sacrifice on taste.
 
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Air Fryer Corn with Herb Butter
Air Fryer Corn with Herb Butter
This Air Fryer Corn with Herb Butter makes for the perfect side dish. This will the best Corn on The Cob in Air Fryer recipe you'll have!
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12 thoughts on “Game Day Snacks and Tailgating Foods”

  1. Wow these look so yummy for anytime! Definitely going to make some of these…I’m sort of an appetizer lover! 😀

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  2. Yum! These Super Bowl snacks look amazing. I am a huge fan of buffalo chicken and I’m going to have to try this dip on Sunday! I pinned it up as well. Thanks!

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