25 Tailgate Food Ideas So Good, You'll Skip the Game

Hector M. Sanchez

is more than just about watching your favorite team score a winning touchdown. It's also a time to gather with friends and family and indulge in some of our favorite tailgate foods! Whether you're cheering on a high school, college, or professional football team, with this list of tailgate food ideas, you'll be the real MVP of the game! Here, we've gathered everything you need for the ultimate —from the and to make-ahead and crowd-pleasing . So grab your jerseys and pack the car because we're whipping up some winning !

So what kind of tailgate foods do you bring to the parking lot? Kick off with some and a swoon-worthy beer cheese dip, or warm up with some super easy enchilada soup. Or, wait for it... try Ree Drummond's famous cowboy nachos! Ree loves finding new and inventive ways to use every last morsel of . Serve your nachos up with warm brisket, fix a pitcher of , and you'll have a lot of happy fans. Plus, she offers some expert tips to help make sure the food travels well. "For brisket, I sometimes like to use these heavy, disposable aluminum numbers," Ree says about transporting her melt-in-your-mouth brisket to a tailgate. Of course, these tailgating recipes would be just as tasty at a baseball game, soccer tailgate, or Super Bowl watch party—just be sure you come prepared with a comfy !

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