10 Easy, Low Mess, Transportable Tailgate Recipes

It’s fall and it’s football season.  You have tickets for game day.  Now it’s time to plan the tailgate menu.  Here is a collection of easy, low mess, transportable tailgate recipes to get you started.

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Tailgate Recipes

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I selected the following recipes to please picky kids, satisfy grown-up appetites, minimize prep work on game day, eliminate the need for crock-pots and barbecues, keep utensil and serving -ware requirements simple, and to keep the mess to a minimum.  Sorry, no saucy wings in this tailgate recipe collection.

Tailgate Recipes


A wide variety of appetizer recipes is included here.  This collection will take care of those who like pizza, tacos, or even the classic corn dog.  I think every tailgate appetizer collection needs at least one dip, so be sure to check out the cheesy bacon ranch dip recipe.

Homemade pizza puffs from Cafe Mom.

pizza puffs

Sausage Roll Ups from Dreaming-n-color.


Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip from Deliciously Sprinkled.

Cheesy Bacon Ranch Dip

Puffy Tacos from Plain Chicken.

Puffy Tacos - my favorite way to eat tacos! Only 5 ingredients - hamburger, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes and green chiles, cheese and puff pastry. Ready to eat in minutes!! Can make ahead of time and freeze for later. Great for tailgating and parties!

Corn Dog Muffins from The Pioneer Woman.



Appetizers are great for snacking, but it’s important to offer sandwiches in case guests have heartier appetites.  These recipes can be prepared in advance to minimize prep. work on game day.  The biscuit BLTs and empanadas can be wrapped in wax paper to make transport and eating while mingling even easier.  Tie the wax paper with ribbon in your team’s colors for even more team spirit.

Italian Pinwheels from Mother Thyme.

Italian Pinwheels | www.motherthyme.com


Fresh biscuit BLTs  from Country Living.

mini blts


Pulled pork empanadas from Singly Scrumptious.


Cookies and brownies are easy desserts for a tailgate.  However, I love theme food and think it’s fun to offer desserts in the spirit of the game.

Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods from Sarah’s Bake Studio.  I love the idea of sprinkles in your favorite team’s colors.  Go Team!

Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs from Life, Love and Sugar.

Eggless Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Footballs - perfect for a Super Bowl Party and College Championship party!

 Tailgating Essentials

No tailgating party is complete without coolers, tables, chairs and serving wear.  It always fun to find forks, knives and cups in your team’s colors.  Dollar Stores and party stores can be a great place to shop for these items.  I love the multi-functional items below.   A backpack cooler that serves as a seat!  A folding table that has a beverage bucket and drink holders.


  1. Thanks for sharing my Chocolate Football Pretzel Rods! 🙂

    • Provenance2016

      October 16, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Sarah, I am so happy to share this great recipe. The tailgate recipe collection wouldn’t be complete without it.

  2. Your Tailgate Food Collection is just awesome, so many recipe’s to try! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great week and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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