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Tailgating Recipe Round Up

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Happy Saturday Everyone! I hope everyone is enjoying their weekends! Well, we are only a few weeks away from football, both college and professional. I’m sure that besides the game being on everyone’s minds, the food and beer is too. I mean this really is the best part. I think so at least. Today’s post is just a compilation of a lot of great recipes we have that would be perfect for tailgating, including the game day recipes from this past week (and the links that go with them). Don’t forget that these recipes are awesome for ANY great tailgating sport. Baseball…Hockey…you name it. I just happen to be a big football fan =). Also, in the post, I’ve provided some insight to what I think are the best beers for game day (and the most affordable). Check it out, and enjoy the rest of your weekends (and what’s left of your summer — sad face)!

Fresh Peach and Avocado Salsa


Number 1: Let’s start with an appetizer! Try this Fresh Peach and Avocado Salsa on for size. It’s the perfect salsa for those first games of the year when fresh peaches are still be harvested. Kick up any great salsa recipe with some fresh fruit! It makes a huge difference!

Pair it with Deschutes Brewery’s Fresh Squeezed IPA



Portobello Fries


Number 2: Portobello Fries are the perfect game day appetizer. Let’s be honest, everything is better when it’s deep fried: even vegetables!

Pair it with a Uinta Brewing’s Imperial Black IPA: Dubhe



Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa


Number 4: Roasted Tomatillo and Garlic Salsa is second on our list of great salsa to serve at a tailgate. This salsa can be served cold or at room temperature. Add some tortilla chips into the mix and it will be gone in seconds.

Pair it with a Funkwerks’ Saison


Fried Chicken Green Chili Wontons with Mango, Habanero Sauce


Number 4: Fried Chicken Green Chili Wontons with Mango, Habanero Sauce is spicy, but does not lack in flavor. The tastes of the southwest really bring these wontons to a whole new level!

Pair it with a Bridgeport Brewing’s Summer Squeeze


Chicken Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


Number 5: Chicken Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms are a great spin on stuffed mushrooms. Get creative with this recipe. Your options are endless!

Pair it with a Wynkoop Brewing Company’s Imperial Red Ale: Colorojo



Butter Crunch Trail Mix


Number 6: Butter Crunch Trail Mix is great to snack on while you are waiting for the other food. It can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature. It’s also super addicting, which makes it super special.


Sweet and Savory Baked Beans


Number 7: Sweet and Savory Baked Beans are the perfect side dish with anything you decide to make for your tailgate. They are great with burgers and hot dogs, or even on top of them!

Pair it with a Deschutes Brewing’s Red Chair Northwest Pale Ale


Buffalo Chicken Burgers


Number 8: Buffalo Chicken Burgers put a new spin on traditional buffalo wings. They are easier to make too and everyone will love them!

Pair it with a Boulevard Brewing Co. Double Wide IPA



Buffalo Turkey Meatballs


Number 9: Buffalo Turkey Meatballs are another great spin on buffalo wings, but with turkey instead! These meatballs are so packed full of flavor. They are great on a bun or all by themselves!

Pair it with a Bison Brewing’s Hop Cuvée


Chipotle BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Cream


Number 10: Chipotle BBQ Chicken Kabobs with Avocado Cream are perfect for a tailgate because of how easy they are to whip up and how many people they can feed!

Pair it with a Tröegs Dead Reckoning Porter


Grilled Chicken with Habanero and Orange Glaze


Number 11: Grilled Chicken with Habanero and Orange Glaze is a delicious grilled chicken recipe. Instead of using a traditional BBQ sauce. Try this glaze instead!

Pair it with a Elevation Beer Company’s First Cast IPA



Mini Italian Sandwiches with Garlic Aioli


Number 12: Mini Italian Sandwiches with Garlic Aioli are great make-ahead snacks. They can be served cold or at room temperature. The pesto and roasted garlic aioli really make these sandwiches pop!

Pair it with a Bear Republic’s Racer X Double IPA


Sweet Potato Chili


Number 13: Sweet Potato Chili is delicious. It is the perfect vegetarian option for your vegetarian guests. It is hearty and smoky and made with beer! Win, win win! It also can be made earlier in the day and simmered all day. It’s the perfect recipe for game day.

Pair it with a Big Sky Brewing’s Pale Ale: Scape Goat


Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce


Number 14: Thai Chicken Skewers with Peanut Dipping Sauce is another great kabob recipe that’s great for game day. Just marinate them and pop them on the grill! Let them cook and they’re done!

Pair it with a Stone Brewing’s Collaboration R&R Coconut IPA


Chicken Dogs with Watermelon Salsa


Number 15: Chicken Dogs with Watermelon Salsa are great for the kid in all of us. They are fun to look at and fun to eat. Oh and they’re easy too.

Pair it with a Boulevard Brewing Company’s Single-Wide IPA


Cannoli Cream Dip


Number 16: Cannoli Cream Dip is the best dessert for a tailgate. A little work goes a long way and feeds a lot!

Pair it with a Victory’s Old Horizontal American Barleywine



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Hello! I'm Justine.

I’m a blogger and web developer from the beautiful state of Oklahoma, where my loving husband, two adorable kids, and two mischievous dogs keep me on my toes 24/7. My idea of heaven includes endless summer days, getting lost in a good book, and whipping up some delicious homemade bread.


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