21+ Awesome Main Dish Tailgating Recipes

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21 Awesome Main Dish Tailgating Recipes – A football game isn’t just about four quarters of play! It’s about four hours of pregame and maybe a couple of hours after the game! 

It’s all about ‘tailgating’ and visiting with old friends and making new friends. As well, it’s about enjoying traditional game day foods and experimenting with new recipes. And, well, it may also be about a couple of boozy drinks. 

Main Dish Tailgating Recipes

Have you been looking for new foods to take to your tailgate this year? I have you covered with an extensive list below.


For a successful tailgate, you need appetizer and fingerfoods, but you also need hearty, stick-to-your-ribs foods. As well, a few decadent desserts always is welcome!

Do you know the Top Ten College Tailgating Destinations?

Here they are in descending order, look who’s at #1 {I didn’t make this up either! Source}

10. Washington Husky’s

 9. University of Tennessee

 8. USC Trojans

 7. Texas Longhorns

 6. Auburn Tigers

 5. Penn State

 4. Wisconsin

 3. Florida Gators

 2. LSU Tigers

Drum roll please…………………… and taking the number uno spot as the place to tailgate

 1. The University of Mississippi!! {this is why!}

The state of Mississippi has also produced some of the greatest players in the history of football!

  1. Leading Passer in NFL history – Brett Favre (Kiln, MS)
  2. Top Receiver in NFL history – Jerry Rice (Crawford, MS)
  3. Leading Scorer in NFL history – Jerry Rice 
  4. Second leading Rusher in NFL history – Walter Payton (Columbia, MS)
  5. All-time leading Yardage Producer in NCAA History – Steve McNair (Mount Olive, MS)

My theory, because in Mississippi you either play football or you watch football on Friday nights there’s not much else to do! Those players who have desire, natural ability and who work hard move on to the college level. College football is what I enjoy the most. And, it’s the reason I tailgate.

Hope you enjoy this collection!

21 Awesome Main Dish Tailgating Recipes

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Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites are the easiest appetizer with just four ingredients. This sweet and savory appetizer will become a family favorite.
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Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges

Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges with Chipotle Ranch

Bacon Wrapped Potato Wedges an easy recipe with smokey bacon wrapped around a potato wedge. Serve with Chipotle Ranch for an amazing appetizer or side. 
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Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches - Easy Spicy Chicken Sandwiches!

Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches – Easy Spicy Chicken Sandwiches!

On game day, for tailgating parties, or a weeknight dinner, Buffalo Chicken Sloppy Sandwiches with blue cheese will make your crowd happy.
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Muffuletta on a Stick

Muffuletta on a Stick

A fun way to do the popular Muffuletta sandwich, try this easy appetizer recipe.
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Whiskey Burgers

Whiskey Burgers

These Whiskey Burgers are topped with melted cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, caramelized onions and mushrooms in a sweet and savory glaze.
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Masters Pimento Cheese Sandwich

The Masters Famous Pimento Cheese Sandwich

The iconic sandwich and 'must have' item at The Masters golf tournament.
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Wonton Chicken Tacos


Taco-shaped wontons are filled with oriental seasoned chicken, then topped with sesame ginger coleslaw.
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Chorizo Beef Sliders Burgers with Sriracha Mayo

Beef Chorizo Sliders Recipe

Burgers don’t have to be boring, spice up your burgers with a mix of ground beef and beef chorizo sausage, top it with mouth-watering and unique toppings and you have a restaurant quality gourmet burger
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Chorizo Baked Beans


These baked beans are made with chorizo, jalapenos, spices, and a hint of sweetness.
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New Orleans Muffuletta

Classic New Orleans Muffuletta Sandwich Recipe

The quintessential New Orleans Sandwich is perfect for feeding a crowd.
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Burrata Charcuterie Board


Burrata boards are trending on Pinterest and Instagram. Burrata cheese is large balls of cheese that are soft and creamy on the inside. They pair well with fruit, vegetables, and crackers.
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SAUSAGE DOGS Easy and Delicious 15 Minute Meal - Sausage dogs are grilled and layered with sauce and cheese for an easy and delicious meal!

Sausage Dogs! Easy and Delicious 15 Minute Meal

Sausage Dogs! Easy and Delicious 15 Minute Meal – Sausage dogs are grilled and layered with sauce and cheese for an easy and delicious meal! 
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Country Club Sandwich recipe kicks up the traditional deli sandwich with fresh, wholesome and minimally processed ingredients.


This sandwich is perfectly simple and easy to make but packs a punch of flavor!
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This crispy, gooey Zesty Cuban Sandwich is filled with melty cheese, tangy mustard, smoked pork tenderloin, honey ham, and crunchy pickles.


This glorified grilled cheese is full of ham, tenderloin, cheese, pickles, and mustard.
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Keto Muffuletta

Keto Muffuletta

This is a quick and easy grazing appetizer of cured meats, cheeses, olives, and giardiniera.
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Cuban Sandwich on a Stick Appetizer

Cuban Sandwich on a Stick Appetizer

Cuban Sandwich on a Stick Appetizer is a fun entertaining idea with traditional Cuban Sandwich ingredients, it is an eye-pleasing, mouth-watering hit!
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Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Cheddar Sliders have saucy shredded chicken, cheddar cheese, and jalapenos on Hawaiian buns.
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Chocolate Chip Snickers Cookies

Thick Chocolate Chip Snickers Cookies

Thick and perfectly crispy, chewy, crunchy, and chocolatey cookie recipe. This cookie will become your new favorite!
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slider with chicken and cheese

BBQ Chicken Sliders

These sandwiches are stuffed with chicken, cheese, and bbq sauce for an easy grab-n-go party favorite.
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cheesecake stuffed sweet rolls,


This recipe uses Hawaiian rolls to create a cream cheese Danish perfect for breakfast or brunch. For these Sweet Roll Cheesecake Danishes you'll use premade rolls are stuffed with a cream cheese mixture and then baked with cinnamon, sugar, and butter then baked until golden brown. Originally developed and published by Paula, CallMePMc.com
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Lemon Curd Filled Hawaiian Rolls

Lemon Curd Filled Hawaiian Rolls

Premade brioche rolls are stuffed with a lemon curd and topped with a sweet glaze.
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Snacks and finger foods are an integral part of enjoying game day. Make the game day party a breeze with some easy tailgate food!

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