14 of Real Simple's Top Tailgating Recipes on Pinterest
Game day just got a whole lot more delicious.
Fear not, football fan. Prepping the perfect tailgate food is far easier than many assume—think of it like meal prepping but without the has-to-be-healthy intimidation factor. Opting to solely serve comfort fare is a foolproof way to please a crowd, after all. Here, we've compiled a list of our top tailgate food ideas on Pinterest so you can start planning your football pregame today. Every dish on this list is packed with flavor and requires very little prep work, so go ahead and step away from the packaged pretzels and jar of cheese sauce-section at the grocery store. We'll cheer for that!
Deep-Dish Pizza With Turkey Sausage and Brussels Sprouts
Trust us—once you’ve tried this technique once, you’ll be asked to bring it to every game. The key to making deep-dish pizza at home is to line a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with dough. After covering the bottom and the sides with the dough, fill it with pesto, lots of shredded cheese, crumbled turkey sausage, and thinly sliced Brussels sprouts. As it bakes, the crust will crisp, the sausage will cook, and the cheese will melt and bubble.
Get the recipe: Deep-Dish Pizza With Turkey Sausage and Brussels Sprouts
Honey Nut Popcorn
Sweet, salty, crunchy, and seriously addictive, this popcorn's just the thing for snacking on during the game. To make it even more perfect for fall entertaining, swap in pumpkin seeds for the nuts and add a sprinkle of cinnamon.
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Boozy Apple Cider Slushie
Want to know how to win at any tailgate or fall gathering? Make boozy apple cider slushies. These delightful, festive cocktails are the perfect drink to transition from summer to autumn: frozen but fall-flavored. If you want to get super fancy, garnish each drink with an apple slice and cinnamon stick. Your friends will be begging you to make these all year round.
Get the recipe: Boozy Apple Cider Slushie
Sausage Pizza Subs
These easy sausage pizza subs combo all the delicious flavors of two classic favorites. There’s a garlicky tomato sauce, crispy sausage bits, and a hefty serving of bread. Plus, there’s Swiss chard in there for healthy balance, too.
Get the recipe: Sausage Pizza Subs
Slow-Cooker Chipotle Beef Tacos With Cabbage and Radish Slaw
Whether or not your team wins, this dish will. The meat cooks gently with onions, garlic, chipotles, and bay leaves until fall-apart tender.
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Caramelized Onion Tarts With Apples
These puff pastry bites combine tart apples with caramelized onions for a unique fall flavor that’s sure to please your fellow football fans.
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Slow-Cooker Pulled-Pork Tacos
Is it really a tailgate if someone doesn't bring slow cooker pulled pork tacos?
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Slow-Cooker Barbecue Pork Sandwiches With Crunchy Coleslaw
The sweet, tangy, spicy pork matches well with the crisp, creamy slaw. Prep the pork in advance and assemble the sandwiches before the game to avoid soggy bread.
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Spiced Apple Kombucha
Wow your crew with this cocktail containing kombucha, spiced rum, and classic winter spices. Make it a few days ahead of your event to let the flavors really come together. Then, serve it up in a highball glass with ice and an apple to garnish.
Get the recipe: Spiced Apple Kombucha
Apple, Sausage, and Cheddar Monkey Bread
The best tailgating recipes (like this one) make sleeping in a bit longer easier, when is especially helpful when game day starts early. With just four ingredients, you can whip up this crowd-pleasing brunch recipe in 15 minutes. Then while it bakes, brew a big pot of coffee and transfer to travel mugs—your crew will thank you!
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Green Chile Enchiladas
These pair perfectly with chips, guacamole, and light beer. Game day win.
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Sausage and Apple Stuffing
Sweet Italian sausage mingles with chopped tart apples and sage in this lovely autumn dish. We use a cubed baguette for a toasted crouton feel, but you can play around with the base: try using crumbled-up cornbread, cubed challah, or brioche instead.
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Slow-Cooker Open-Face Pulled-Pork Sandwiches With Tangy Broccoli Slaw
Just making sure your tailgate doesn't have any pulled pork shortage. Here, you'll coat the pork with a mixture of tomato paste, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, and Cajun seasoning to impart sweet, tangy flavors while it cooks.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Open-Face Pulled-Pork Sandwiches With Tangy Broccoli Slaw
Slow-Cooker Sausages With Sauerkraut and Potatoes
Serve these juicy brats with toast, butter, and mustard on the side.
Get the recipe: Slow-Cooker Sausages With Sauerkraut and Potatoes