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15 Tailgating Ideas

on September 26, 2011
Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Celebrate the Tailgate

Tailgating season is officially in full swing. So whether you are cheering for Wiz's black and yellow, the famed Cheeseheads or Da Bears, we've got a pump-you-up menu that can be served straight from the back of your car (or even in your living room).

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Chorizo Pasta Salad

This ragtag team of shell pasta, Mexican sausage and black beans combine for a dish that guarantees a bigger win than “The Annexation of Puerto Rico.” Recipe: Chorizo Pasta Salad

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Beef and Black Bean Chili

Where there is football there must be chili...we're not sure if that's an actual tailgating "rule," but it probably should be. Recipe: Beef and Black Bean Chili

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Beer-Boiled Shrimp Cocktail

The fact that these shrimp are boiled in beer makes them an automatic tailgating season champ. But once you squeeze lemon juice on top - man! You've got a game blowout. Recipe: Beer-Boiled Shrimp Cocktail

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Buffalo Burgers Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Strengthen your team's fan base with a little bit of buffalo - it's on the same level of tiger's blood. And we promise you will be ready for a field stampede after just one #winning bite. Recipe: Buffalo Burgers Stuffed with Blue Cheese

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Roast Beef Wraps

"We will we will ROLL you!" Might just become your new go-to cheer after getting a load of these roast beef and cucumber wraps. Recipe: Roast Beef Wraps

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Grilled Chicken Salad

If rough and tumble servings aren't your thing, go for a more subdued side-line favorite like our grilled chicken salad sandwich with cranberries. Recipe: Grilled Chicken Salad

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Barbecue Pork Sandwich with Crispy Slaw

Pulled pork takes little effort to make in a slow cooker, but it certainly doesn't taste like it when spread on a fresh bun and topped with our crispy coleslaw. Recipe: Barbecue Pork Sandwich with Crispy Slaw

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Butterscotch Toffee Squares

Perfect for packing and even better for snacking, these buttery toffee bars will be gobbled down faster than a 1965 run by Bob Hayes. Recipe: Butterscotch Toffee Squares

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Spanish-Style Popcorn

To avoid a pile-up, you may have to endure multiple handoffs when serving a bowl of this spicy and supremely addictive popcorn. Recipe: Spanish-Style Popcorn

California Sliders

Sliders topped with fresh guacamole are easy to throw together and small enough to keep you trash-talking the opposing team between bites. Recipe: California Sliders

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Chocolate-Chunk Walnut Cookies

Tough players don't use dainty semisweet morsels in their cookies, they prefer heaping chocolate chunks and rough and tumble nuts. Recipe: Chocolate-Chunk Walnut Cookies

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Warm Kidney Bean Salad

A great wing-man for sliders and brats, this kidney bean and onion salad is chuck full of muscle-building protein. Recipe: Warm Kidney Bean Salad

Bratwurst Snacker

Grilled bratwursts + beer + football= A tailgater's paradise. Add peppers and onions to your brats and you'll have a downright heavenly experience. Recipe: Bratwurst Snacker

Mark Boughton/ styling: Teresa Blackburn

Roquamole

Fumbling isn't a possibility with this touchdown worthy guacamole dip. Serve with salty tortilla chips and you're guaranteed the two-point conversion. Recipe: Roquamole

Found in: Fall, In Season, Recipes
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