15 Easy Tailgating Food Ideas to Please Any Crowd

It’s game day, and whether you’re a fan of football or not, you’ll definitely be a fan of these easy tailgating food ideas.

Nothing beats getting together with family and friends to cheer on your favorite team, but the delicious food you serve sure does level up the experience. We’ve put together our favorite tailgating dinners from the Dream Dinners menu and beyond so that you can have the tastiest tailgating season yet.  

1. Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Broccoli Bites

tailgating food ideas broccoli cheddar bites

This delicious recipe from Running to The Kitchen makes the best appetizer for game day. Everyone will be grabbing for more of these tasty bites at the tailgate this year. Not only are they delicious, but they are also super simple, so you won’t spend hours in the kitchen (even though it will taste like you did). 

2. Chicken Quesadillas

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Traditional, easy, and delicious; Chicken Quesadillas are a simple dish that everyone is sure to love. We love this recipe from delish for those looking for the perfect quesadilla to make for the game. With a prep time of only 10 minutes, you really can’t go wrong with serving these up at your next tailgate.  

3. Grilled Sausage and Apple Slaw Subs

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This unique recipe by Barbequick is sure to impress all the football fans at your tailgate party. Hearty brats and creamy, crunchy slaw make up this delicious tailgating dish.  

4. Chicken and Waffle Skewers

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Just like our Sticky Ginger Turkey Meatballs, this recipe by Tattooed Martha goes great on a stick! Something about delicious snacks on a stick screams tailgating, football, and delicious times ahead. Chicken and Waffles is a classic dish, and this recipe makes the traditional dish even better by transforming it into the perfect tailgating food idea. 

For the full recipe and ingredient list, check out Tattooed Martha’s blog! 

5. Gorgonzola Cheeseburgers with Roasted Garlic Aoli

 Gorgonzola Cheese Burgers Tailgating Food Idea

If you’re itching for some fall-time grilling, then our Gorgonzola Cheeseburgers with Roasted Garlic Aioli are the perfect game day treat for you. Lean ground beef burgers topped with gorgonzola cheese crumbles and roasted garlic aioli.  

6. Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches on French Rolls

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This delicious football feature goes from fridge to table in under 30 minutes, so you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time watching the game. Lean, tender pulled pork in a tangy barbeque sauce is served over toasted French rolls. Did you break out your crockpot for Fall? Perfect, because this game day feature cooks delicately in the crockpot! 

7. Herb Crusted Steaks

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Fire up the grill because we’ve got another tailgating food idea that’ll get you grilling this Fall. Lean steak rubbed in a blend of original herbs and spices is the perfect steak for game day.

8. Hearty Braised Beef with Autumn Vegetables

hearty braised beef with autumn vegetables by Dream Dinners

Bring harvest comfort to the game this year with our Hearty Braised Beef with Autumn Vegetables. Tender braised beef in a tangy brown gravy with roasted root vegetables and baby potatoes. 

9. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

Mini Chicken Pot Pies Tailgating Food Idea

Our Mini Chicken Pot Pies will impress the kids attending the tailgate as much as impress the adults! Individual puff pastry filled with all-natural diced chicken, carrots, and celery mixed with our creamy filling. This is the perfect food to have out for the game this year! 

10. Terracotta Chicken with Pita & Hummus

dream dinners terracotta chicken with pita and hummus

Our Terracotta Chicken with Pita & Hummus works excellent both as a game-day app AND as the main course. Fire up the grill, and this tasty dish will be ready in less than 30 minutes. Chicken breasts are marinated in Mediterranean yogurt sauce served with hummus on pita bread. 

11. Dynamite Shrimp

dream dinners dynamite shrimp as a tailgating food idea

This brand-new Dream Dinners dish will fire up your guests even more than the game does! Extra crispy shrimp coated in a creamy sweet Thai sauce and served over Jasmine rice. Serve this dish as is, or turn it into a wrap and serve it up as the main course at your party.  

12. Sticky Ginger Turkey Meatballs

dream dinners meatballs as a tailgating food idea

If you’re looking for the perfect game day app, then look no further than our Sticky Ginger Turkey Meatballs. Flavorful Asian meatballs in a sticky ginger glaze are served with sweet, gingered carrots. Stick mini toothpicks in the sticky ginger turkey meatballs to make it the perfect grabbable game day app.   

13. Sage Crusted Pork Chop Bites

dream dinners sage crusted pork chops as a tailgating food idea

Turn this Dream Dinners classic into fun-sized bites to add some flavor to your game night. Boneless pork chops coated in a parmesan cheese breading mixture, flavored with hints of sage. Ready in under 30 minutes, so you don’t have to worry about missing any of the game.  

14. Classic French Dip

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Our Classic French Dip with Homemade Au Jus is an excellent tailgating food idea for the chillier months of football. Warm-up with the comfort of this kid-favorite, family-approved, guest favorite. Roast beef topped with bubbly cheese, a touch of horseradish mayo, and dipped in a savory homemade au jus. You can’t go wrong with this classic dish, mainly because it cooks in under 30 minutes. 

15. Chicken Enchiladas

dream dinners chicken enchiladas

Another Dream Dinners dish that is perfect for the chillier months is our Chicken Enchiladas. Flour tortillas filled with tender chicken, fresh green onions, and sour cream salsa topped with cheese and baked. 

Even if you don’t watch football,  we truly believe these delicious tailgating food ideas might convert you into a fan! Make sure to place your Dream Dinners order, so you’re prepared for game day with delicious ready-to-cook meals.