13 Recipes to Take to the Tailgate

Football and fall go together like milk and cookies. Most enjoy the competitive nature of the game while others enjoy watching the cheerleaders or battle of the bands. But some of us are there for one reason: the food. Every weekend is a chance to show off your cooking prowess to friends and foes alike – and depending on your team’s record, the tailgate party might be the most exciting part of the afternoon. 


Partying in the Parking Lot 

The traditional parking lot tailgate is rife with culinary possibilities. Anything you can prepare beforehand and take with you to the party is an easy win. Try this Slow Cooker Chili or Cheddar Beer Dip

Slow Cooker Chili


Pair with a few refreshing sides, such as the Summer Fruit and Pasta Toss or Grilled Fruit With Vanilla Sauce

Summer Fruit Toss


Eating light? You don’t have to sideline your heathy eating habits. Toss this Salad in a Jar in the cooler along with everything else.  

Salad in a Jar


Hosting at Home

For those of you hosting a tailgate party at your house, I highly recommend these Stuffed Bell Peppers With Avocado Cream. With just a bit of prep, the peppers will cook in the oven while you set out the rest of your spread. 

Stuffed Peppers


If you want more of a game day experience, the Cowboys Mac & Cheese and Cowboys Cheesesteak will make you feel like you’re at the stadium, but with much more legroom. 

Mac and Cheese


For the pizza lovers, the traditional deep dish is always a hit, or try a barbecue twist for your Texan friends. 

Deep Dish Pizza


And don’t forget the nachos



Other offerings that are lighter but full of flavor can include these Baked Mozzarella Sticks or Black Bean Salsa Sliders.

Mozz Sticks


Can’t choose which dish to bring? As long as it includes the deliciousness of dairy, you can be sure you and your guests will score a huge win.

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By Blake Romney

Blake Romney was looking for the opportunity to promote a message he was passionate about, so he joined Dairy MAX in 2020 – finding the proud, Americana story of dairy farmers and sustainability to be well worth telling. He brings more than 10 years of experience in digital strategy and production, including five years in the food and beverage industry.

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