Tailgate Food: Our Favorite Game Day Recipes

Umami Girl’s definitive collection of tailgate food. Dozens of our favorite game day recipes, tips, and tricks for a fun, easy, crowd-pleasing party.

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Game day should be easy

When we think of game day and tailgate food, we think relaxed, easy fun. Hearty recipes that range from indulgent to stealthy-healthy. Food that pairs well with beer. A combination of bite-sized apps and snack foods, really good dips, comforting mains like chilis, soups, mac and cheese, and pulled chicken. And, of course, low-key desserts.

For once in a lifetime of recipe roundups, we haven’t included any cocktails, because BEER.

Tailgate party tips

Game day gatherings around here are all about friends, food, and football. There’s not a lot of room in the day for anything else. Which is kinda great, because it makes party planning simple.

We’d recommend just a few strategies

Make most of the food ahead of time. Almost everything on this list can be made in advance.

Game day is a great time for a potluck. Have everyone bring one dish and a six-pack of beer. (Or have half your guests bring a dish and the other half bring drinks.)

Commandeer a big swath of countertop for your buffet, or use a big folding table.

Don’t forget nonalcoholic beverages.

Carve out a couple of spaces in addition to the TV area: a place for introverts to escape for a bit, and a separate place for chatters to hang without interrupting the game.

Tailgate Food: Our Best Game Day Recipes

Game Day Appetizers

Our favorite apps for tailgate parties

Game Day Dips

Our favorite dips for tailgate parties

Game Day Chilis and Soups

Our favorite chili and soup recipes for tailgate parties

Game Day Instant Pot Recipes

Our Instant Pot recipes for game day are easy and dreamy.

Game Day Pizzas and Burgers

Our favorite pizza and burger recipes for tailgate parties

Game Day Snacks

Our favorite snack recipes for tailgate parties

Game Day Desserts

Our favorite desserts for tailgate parties

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