Snacks Ideas for Tailgating

Everyone loves football and the tastiest tailgating snacks that it brings! We are always looking forward to enjoying the matches along with the delicious snacks at tailgate parties outside in the parking lot. If you are thinking about making your own food for tailgating then this article is surely for you.

We have prepared a list by putting together some best snacks ideas for tailgating that you will love making and others will love eating.

Here is the list:

Where to Buy
Pace Chunky Salsa, Medium
Kettle Brand Potato Chips
Hidden Valley Original Ranch Seasoning and Salad Dressing Mix
Kettle Brand Potato Chips Variety Pack
Corn Chex Gluten Free Cereal
Rice Chex Cereal, Gluten-Free Cereal
Chex Cereal, Wheat
Planters Premium Blend Mixed Nuts, Unsalted
Snyder's of Hanover Mini Pretzels Single-Serve
New York Style Garlic Bagel Crisps
Bull-Dog - Worcestershire Sauce
French Whole Grain Old Fashioned Mustard
Frito-Lay Classic Mix Halloween Trick or Treat Variety Pack
5 Ounce Restaurant Whole Dried and Cut Mediterranean Oregano Leaves Spice
McCormick Garlic Salt
Muir Glen Organic Pizza Sauce, No Sugar Added




1. Football Bean Dip

You can make an amazing football-style bean dip that people will fall in love with! All you have to do is take heated refried beans and spread them across the bottom of the dish (a bonus if you have a football shaped dish). Put a handful of cheddar cheese and 1/2 cup of Pace Chunky Salsa over the bean spread.

Garnish the dip with sour cream and green onions. You can opt for Kettle Brand Potato Chips or your favorite one to serve the dip with.

2. Five-Minute Cheddar Bacon Ranch Dip

Who doesn’t love the combination of bacon and cheddar cheese, especially when in a ranch dip? All you need is a block of cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, ranch seasoning, plain Greek yogurt, green onions and obviously Bacon.

Just stir all the ingredients together and serve the dip with your favorite chips. The suggestion is that you opt for a variety pack because you should have various flavors when it comes to entertaining different people. We suggest that you try Kettle Brand Variety Pack that consists of total 30 bags of chips of different flavors; 6 sea-salt and vinegar, 6 krinkle-cut salt and fresh ground pepper, 6 backyard BBQ, and 12 jalapeno bags.

3. Chex Mix

Treat people with something healthy yet delicious with Chex Mix. The preparation is quite easy. Just make sure you have all the ingredients available which are Corn Chex, Rice Chex, whole wheat Chex, mixed nuts, bite-sized pretzels, garlic-flavor bite-size bagel, butter, Worcestershire sauce, salt, onion, and garlic powder.

First set the oven to pre-heat at 250°F. Take a large bowl, put corn, rice, whole wheat Chex, and pretzels in it (amount depends on the servings you want to prepare). Take another bowl; melt the butter in it, put Worcestershire sauce and top it over with seasoned salt, garlic powder, and onion powder to taste and then stir all of them well. Pour the liquid mixture on the top of cereal mixture and toss it well. When the cereal mixture is mixed evenly, put it on the baking tray and bake it for at least 1 hour (stir it every 15 minutes so it gets heated evenly). Once done, spread it out on a paper towel and let it cool.

Serve it at the tailgate party with special football-theme utensils (mentioned below in the article).

4. Grilled Hotdogs with Fixin’

Take a mini grill machine with you to make a smoky fresh snack that will instantly become everyone’s favorite. All you need is a pack of hot dogs, pickles, white onion, parsley, and whole grain mustard.

Start by grilling some hot dogs for about 5 to 6 minutes, you can also grill the buns according to your preference. Once they are ready, serve them with fixin’. To make a zesty fixin’, stir together pickles, white onion, fresh parsley, and whole grain mustard. You can also season the fixin’ with a pinch of black pepper and kosher salt.

5. Dill Scallion Dip

No matter what, the love for delicious dips would never end especially when it comes to parties like tailgating. Dill scallion dip is quick and easy to make. The ingredients you require are sour cream, mayonnaise, sliced scallions, lemon zest, finely grated garlic cloves, and chopped fresh dill.

You have to stir all the ingredients together and season the mixture with a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate it for some time and serve it with some chips. You can opt for a Variety Pack by Frito-Lay or Kettle Brand Variety Pack.


You will find so many cheese lovers at the tailgating parties who will automatically get attracted by these mozzarella puffs. The ingredients you will need to make these are: refrigerated buttermilk biscuits, dried oregano, garlic salt, pizza sauce, and blocks of mozzarella cheese.

Start by preheating your baking oven to 375°. Make a hole in the center of each biscuit, cut the mozzarella cheese in cubes and put them inside each biscuit. Sprinkle a pinch of dried oregano and garlic salt. Place the biscuits on the baking tray (seam-side down) and brush them with some butter and pizza sauce. Bake them for 10 to 15 minutes and they are ready to be served with some sauce.


These melt sliders made with the combination of turkey and cheese will make everyone’s mouth water. You can bake the slider buns in your home or get them from the market. Cut the turkey and Swiss cheese in thin slices. Meanwhile, put the oven to preheat at 350°F. Put the buns on a baking tray and place the slices of turkey and cheese on them. Top them with coleslaw mix (according to your preference). Spread cheese on the tops of the bun to give them a soft texture.

Cover the buns with a foil paper and bake them for at least 15 minutes. Remove the buns from the oven and brush them with a mixture of melted butter, a pinch of salt, and parsley. Then put them in the oven again for 10 more minutes until their tops are golden. Pack them in aluminum sheets and serve them with some sauce!

8. Additional Items to Bring

Where to Buy
OVOT 50-Pack 16 Ounce Football Cups
Football TouchDown 9 Inches Dinner Plates Party Accessory 60 Piece Pack
Oojami Touchdown Napkins Football Theme 13
Football Party Supplies


Well, the food needs to be served too and serving them in something ordinary won’t be much attractive. Here is a list of some items that you can use to be the best tailgater at the party:

These football-themed 16oz cups are a perfect thing to pour the drinks into and serve. They are made of sturdy plastic and are an excellent choice for a wide variety of cold beverages. They can be hand-washed, reused, or simply be used as disposable cups.

Serving the above-mentioned snacks in football field printed disposable plates would double the fun. The package contains 60 plates, each measure 9inch in diameter that makes them great to be used for every snack.

When we are mentioning football-themed plates and cups then how can we forget about football themed paper lunch napkins? The package contains 120 13inch paper napkins that you can also cut in half to make the quantity double.

If you do not want to order the football-theme utensils separately then you can opt for this tailgate kit that contains everything necessary for a tailgating party such as 24 knives, spoons, forks, cups, and napkins. Everything except forks, knives, and spoons are football-themed.

Final Verdict

Tailgating is an extremely wonderful source for entertaining a huge crowd by serving mouth-watering food. You can take help of the above-mentioned list of snacks and choose the one you think is easy for you to make. Also, use these football theme utensils to attract more people to your tailgate stall. Happy Tailgating!