50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

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50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

It’s Tailgating time again! I don’t know about you, but we look forward to the fall season all year long. The weather cools down, we can still be outside and you guessed it, it is football season -GO LIONS! Although tailgating is a fun part of the season, getting your tailgate menu ready can be stressful and make-ahead tailgate foods can help you save time on game day.

Yes, it’s not all beers and bean dips! There is some preparation involved.  However, if you find make-ahead tailgate foods to add to your tailgate menu, your early Saturday (college football) or Sunday (NFL) will be a breeze.

Therefore, I have you covered with my fifty plus tailgate recipes that you can make ahead of time and pop in the cooler or bring your crockpot to the tailgate for some cozy chow.

Let the fun times and food roll as you cheer for your team! I’m a home-team kind of girl, so I will be rooting for the Detroit Lions and Central Michigan Chippewas. – ROOOOAR and GO FIRE UP CHIPS!

Put on those football sweatshirts, pack up the cooler and get ready for the big game with these yummy recipes below!

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Make-Ahead Tailgate Food for you Tailgate Menu:

Slow Cooker Recipes:

Closeup of baked pork meatballs on a white serving plate

I love a good slow cooker recipe! These recipes will help you stay warm on those chilly fall days.

Slow the Cook Down: Baked Pork Meatballs – Pineapple and Buffalo Sauce

Lemon Blossom: Honey BBQ Slow Cooker Chicken  Wings

Evolving Table: Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Saving Lifestyles: Quick and Easy Crockpot Cocktail Meatballs

Strength and Sunshine: Creamy Nacho Cheese Dip

The Typical Mom: Instapot Salsa Chicken

Drug Store Divas: Time-Saving Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites

Mission to Save: Chunky Crockpot Chili Recipe

Lemon Blossom: Instapot Pulled Pork

Five Minutes For Mom: Texas Sushi Pinwheel Recipe

Emma and Rose: The Best Spicy Chicken Wings

My favorite slow cooker is the Crock-pot 6-Quart programmable carrier. I use this crock-pot and it works well for all of your crock-pot need at home and tailgating.

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Ranch Potato Salad

The Anthony Kitchen: Ranch Potatoe Salad With Bacon and Cheddar

Sustain My Craft Habit: Taco Salad Recipe

We’re Parents: Italian Ham Pasta Salad

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cream cheese bean dip baked with a cheesy top

This Delicious House: Cream Cheese Bean Dip

and Carmalized Onion Dip

Delicious On a Dime: Pepperoni Pizza Dip (With Cream Cheese)

Utensi: Jalapeno Dip

Salt and Baker: Cream Cheese Sausage Dip

Baking With Mom: Hot Reuben Dip

Foodal: Obatzda: A Creamy Bavarian Cheese Dip

Garlic and Zest: Black Bean Dip

Lemon Blossom: Hot and Cheesy Bacon Dip

Recipes From a Pantry: Bacon Cream Cheese Dip

Baked, Broiled, and Basted: Bacon Bean Dip

The Appetizer Girl: Make Ahead Spinach Artichoke Dip

The Rising Spoon: 7 Layer Black Bean Dip

Baked Broiled and Basted: Easy, Fresh Salsa

Attainable Sustainable: Spicy Hummus Recipe

And French Onion Dip Recipe



Looking for the perfect bacon and cheese potato skins for your game day gathering? This easy recipe is sure to be a hit no matter who you are cheering for .

Two Kids and a Coupon: Game Day Bacon and Cheese Potato Skins

Evolving Table: Buffalo Chicken Celery Sticks

The Flavor Bender: Easy Sausage Rolls With Just Three Ingredients (Video Recipe)

Delicious On a Dime: Easy Homemade Pizza Pockets

Food Meanderings: Tortilla Pinwheels

The Salty Pot: Buffalo Chicken Mimi Pepper Appetizer

Veggie Desserts: Cheesy Garlic and Herb Skillet Rolls

Vegan in the Freezer: Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto Tortilla Roll-Ups

Taste and See: Meat Lovers Mini Deep Dish Pizzas

VegAnnie: Jalapeno Poppers

Confetti and Bliss: Jalapeno Bacon Deviled Eggs

House of Nash: Homemade Soft Pretzels With Mustard Cheese Dip

Food Meanderings: Quick and Easy Pork and Beef Stove Top  Chili

From Playdates to Parties: Game Day Tailgate Breakfast Recipes and Tips

Low Carb Yum: Ham and Cheese Frittata Muffins

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best oatmeal chocolate chip cookie recipe

The Anthony Kitchen: 10-Minute Carmel Apple Dip with Cream Cheese

and Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Two Kids and a Coupon: Football Cookie Pop Recipe

Baked Broiled and Basted: Tailgating Tasty Tartlets

The Soccer Mom Blog: Easy Football Brownies


50 Plus Make Ahead Tailgate Food Conclusion:

With a list of 50 make-ahead tailgate foods, you are bound to find something for your tailgate menu. Tailgating is a time to come together with your fellow fans! Share the love and the food! Let’s hope your team wins this year! GO LIONS!! GO BLUE (My hubby’s team is U of M)!!

Take care – Sarah

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5 Comments on 50 Make-Ahead Tailgate Foods for Your Tailgate Menu

  1. You have a ton of fabulous ideas. So many fun options to try for tailgating. I think the pepperoni pizza dip looks fun and different. Great post!

  2. I’m a Spartan from Michigan State! I love the State of Michigan… I just found it too cold in the winter times… but yes I may not be a Detroit Lion fan but now am an avid Dallas Cowboy fan and I love tailgating! I love my slow-cooker and appreciate your recipes you’ve shared!

  3. Wow – what a great list! Love the ease of making crockpot recipes ahead of time. The bacon and cheese potato skins look amazing to me. Definitely going to try some of these recipes.

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