Tailgating eats

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Tailgates are so much fun! Like I was telling the crowd at work it’s probably good there weren’t smartphones to capture every misbehavior back when I was in school. My tailgating exploits are better as faded memories than digital images. Aside from the obvious imbibing that happens at tailgates my favorite part is the food. Here are some of my favorite tailgate eats broken out into digestible categories.


I just love a good dip. From French onion to plain ol’ ranch most everything tastes even better slathered in a great dip.

Fiesta salsa

  • 16 oz. of your favorite canned or fresh salsa
  • 16 oz. sour cream
  • 1 package your favorite taco seasoning
  • 1 larger can chopped green chilis
  • 1 cup (or more) grated cheddar or jack cheese

Mix all ingredients together and shovel into your face with corn chips. As a variation I like to add sliced black olives too.

7 Layer Taco Dip 

Buffalo Chicken Dip 

Best Ever Hot Artichoke Dip 

Green Chili Chicken Dip 



Best Chili Recipe 

Pork Chili Verde 

Chili in a Biscuit Bowl 




Hot dogs are easy enough to just toss on the grill, but if you really want to impress your friends try this Bacon Wrapped Mexican Hot Dog recipe.

Also with burgers, anyone can make a great burger, but surprise your friends with these awesome Stuffed Burgers.



It’s not a tailgate party without at least three types of chips and corn chips with salsa.

Pinwheels: I started to look up a recipe, but these couldn’t be easier. Lay out some tortillas, spread cream cheese on them and layer on top your favorite meats, cheeses and veggies. Roll up and slice into desired thickness for the wheels. I’ve got my kids hooked on pepperoni and cream cheese pinwheels.


Veggies with Ranch Dip of course

Quesadilla triangles



Rice crispy treats with food coloring to match your favorite team.


Whatever your favorite snack this season is sure to be full of great food and memories. Don’t forget to support you’re favorite team with the NFL Defender Series cases available now at OtterBox.com! Go Ducks!




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Is a west coast gal who has settled down in Colorado. She loves to write, cook and play outdoors. If you don’t find her at work, she’ll probably be out riding her bicycle, at the pool with her kids or curled up on her couch with her face buried in a book.

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