Tailgate Food Options

Deciding what tailgate food to bring can be simple, or incredibly complex. After all, tailgating is one of the favorite American pastimes(or so I think).  As a southern California native that went to USC, there really was nothing like walking on to our campus, seeing a sea of red, and tailgating right before a football game.  Watching the game itself was fun, but tailgating made the experience all the more better.  Throughout these years, I've been to some relatively mediocre tailgates and some pretty amazing ones.  The one thing the amazing tailgates had in common were the amazing people, but also the amazing food.  If you're not sure what food you should bring to host a tailgate, never fear!  The answers are below. 

1. Chili

Chili is an easy tailgate food to make, store, and reheat.  It's incredibly unhealthy, but it tastes so delicious.  In addition, it's relatively easy to re-serve.  All you need is one large pot to store the chili, and a bunch of disposable bowls and utensils to serve it.  It takes around 20 minutes to prepare, and around 90 minutes to 120 minutes to cook.  

2. Chicken wings

Chicken wings are another great tailgate food choice, as they are the ultimate finger food.  You can grill the wings on a bbq, or bake them in an oven.  Bring several different sauces to dip the chicken wings in.  In general, it takes around 20 minutes to prepare and 30 minutes to cook.  The only downside is that it may get messy. However, when it comes to tailgating, no one really cares.  

3.  Potato salad

Potato salad is one of my favorite tailgate food options.  You can make it well ahead of gametime, and it is easy to bring along.  All you need is a large pot to boil the potatoes, and a large bowl to mix and serve the salad from.  Potato salad takes around 10 minutes to prepare, and 10-15 minutes to cook.  

4. Hot dogs and burgers

Who can forget hot dogs and burgers as the ultimate tailgate food options? Yes, you will need a grill.  However, all you need are the buns, the meats(hot dogs, patties), and the condiments(mayo, mustard, ketchup, relish, onions) to have yourself some happy tailgaters.  Both are simple to make, and very satisfying(after you eat around 4 of them, or more).  

5.  Chips and salsa

This is another fan favorite tailgate food option.  Plus, it is incredibly easy to make happen.  All you have to do is go to your local grocery store, buy some chips, and buy the salsa.  Plus, it's easy to carry and serve.