Awesome Super Bowl Tailgating Food Ideas: Recipes, What To Bring & Planning Tips

Camping food is not only for the Great Outdoors … it is AWESOME for tailgating parties! We’ve got the perfect tailgating food ideas whether you are at the big game, throwing a party at your campsite, or, in your own backyard!

What To Bring For Tailgating by CampingForFoodies features a collage that includes the Arizona Cardinals Football Stadium, a cast iron Dutch oven filled with chili next to another pot filled with golden brown cornbread, paper plates and cups, lighter, propane camp stove with 1 pound propane canister attached, propane camp grill, gloves, folding chair, thermos, grill filled with chicken shish kabobs, spicy nuts in a bowl, cooler, garbage can, fire extinguisher, package of sanitizing wipes and roll of paper towels with text over the image that reads Tailgating What To Bring.

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What To Bring For Tailgating

Before you plan your menu, verify everything you want to do is permitted. Create a packing list prior to your event, here are a few items to get you started:

Cooking Gear, Fuel & Accessories

  • Portable stove with ample fuel
  • Portable grill with ample fuel
  • Portable smoker with ample fuel
  • Propane
  • Charcoal
  • Lighters
  • Electricity source
  • Cooler for holding raw and cooked food at safe temperatures (get tips on how to pack a cooler efficiently)
  • Folding table

Cooking, Eating & Drinking Utensils

  • Plates
  • Bowls
  • Serving trays
  • Cups
  • Napkins
  • Forks
  • Spoons
  • Knives
  • Cutting mats
  • Tongs
  • Spatula
  • Aluminum foil
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Corkscrew
  • Koozies
  • Paper towels

Condiments + Recipe Ingredients

  • Salt & pepper
  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Mayo
  • Hot Sauce
  • Ice
  • All ingredients for the tailgating recipes you will be making in the parking lot

Cleanup Items & Safety Equipment

  • Towels
  • Water
  • Soap
  • Dishpan
  • Sanitizing wipes
  • Trash bags
  • Fire extinguishers

Personal Items

  • Chairs
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent
  • First Aid Kit
  • Warm clothes, shoes and a blanket if you are attending a football game in cold weather

A comprehensive camping checklist is a good tool to help you prepare the items you need to bring for tailgating. Grab a copy of our FREE Ultimate RV And Tent Camping Checklist.


Tailgating Rules At Stadiums

If you are lucky enough to be tailgating in the parking lot at the stadium on Super Bowl Sunday, you can usually find recycling programs. They often have FREE recycling bags for tailgaters!

The use of charcoal grills and oil fryers are often prohibited at large stadiums. Propane grills and stoves are usually acceptable. Some stadiums allow the use of portable tailgate pellet grill smokers too.

Be sure to plan your menu with all of the rules in mind. You don’t want to show up with food to cook on a charcoal grill and find out that you can’t use it after you arrive!


Camp Stove Ideas For Tailgate Menus

We use our propane camp stove frequently in the summer when we can’t have open flames due to wildfire restrictions. Here are some of our favorite camp stove recipes that are also great when tailgating.

Dutch Oven Chili: Secret Family Recipe Revealed

Our family LOVES chili, that’s why we have so many different recipes for different versions! After years of begging my brother-in-law for his recipe, he finally shared his family secrets! He starts with a homemade spice blend that has a little kick, adds ground beef, Italian sausage and a touch of beer. It simmers for at least 2 hours and once we start, we can’t stop eating it!

Dutch Oven Chili by CampingForFoodies features a blue camp bowl filled with Dutch oven beef chili topped with freshly made cornbread sitting in front of two camp Dutch ovens, one filled with campfire chili and the other filled with jalapeno cornbread with a slice removed and text over the image that reads Dutch oven chili.

Our other chili recipes include:

Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe

This is my award-winning recipe that uses ground beef and ground Italian sausage.

White Chili Recipe

This white chili is made with ground turkey and has a mild Mexican flavor profile.

Dutch Oven White Chicken Chili

You’re probably thinking … didn’t she just tell me about a white chili recipe? Yes, I did. But I have two of them. This one is made with cubed chicken breast meat and has a rich and creamy texture.

Spicy Chicken And Corn Chili

You won’t need to worry about cold food storage space for this simple recipe … it uses only non-refrigerated ingredients! Canned chicken, corn and pinto beans are the base for this quick meal.


Big Mac Sloppy Joes

The Big Mac copycat secret sauce, pickles, lettuce and double-decker bun make this homemade version of the fast-food favorite a crowd pleaser!

The Best Big Mac Sloppy Joes With Copycat Secret Sauce by CampingForFoodies features a double decker sandwich on a sesame seeded bun filled with sloppy joe meat and a copycat version of McDonald’s secret sauce, American cheese, pickles and shredded lettuce with a cast iron Dutch oven and propane fuel canister on a camp stove in the background with text over the image that reads Big Mac Sloppy Joes.

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Dutch Oven Beef Sandwiches

These beef sandwiches require NO prepping and only use 3 ingredients. They cook low and slow making them tender and delicious.

Dutch Oven Beef Sandwiches by CampingForFoodies features a shredded beef sandwich on a hoagie roll topped with mildly spicy green peppers on a blue camping plate alongside a serving of coleslaw and dill pickles ready to be served and setting in front of a black cast iron camp Dutch oven with text over the image that reads Beef Sandwiches.

Dutch Oven Camping Tacos

We call these “10 minute tacos” because they are ready so fast!

Dutch Oven Camping Tacos by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with ground beef hamburger tacos in hard shells topped with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, onions, tomatoes, guacamole and sour cream with a background of a forest with green trees and a campfire wood pile and text over the image that reads Dutch oven camping tacos.

Dutch Oven Cowboy Stew

When you start with ground beef, andouille sausage and a few strips of bacon, you can’t go wrong. This one-pot meal also adds potatoes, canned diced tomatoes, green beans, corn, green chilies and pinto beans for a satisfying dinner.

Cowboy Stew Camping Dutch Oven Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting on the ground of a forest and filled with a meal of cowboy stew. A blue camping bowl sitting in front of the Dutch oven pot is filled with an individual portion of the stew ready to be served at the campsite. The stew contains ground beef, andouille sausage, potatoes and canned corn, tomatoes, green beans and green chilies with text over the image that reads cowboy stew Dutch oven camping recipe.

Dutch Oven Jambalaya

We made this family-friendly version of jambalaya the is not too spicy. It features chicken, sausage and shrimp in a thick tomato sauce.

Dutch Oven Jambalaya by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camping Dutch oven filled with chicken, sausage and shrimp jambalaya alongside a pot of white rice in the background and a cast iron lid resting against a camping fire ring with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Jambalaya.

One Pot Creamy Cajun Chicken Camping Pasta

Boil some chicken broth on your stove. Add farfalle pasta and cook till al dente. Then, stir in sliced pre-cooked chicken, fire roasted tomatoes, cream cheese and some Cajun spices for a yummy meal.

Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta One Pot Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping dinner plate filled with bowtie pasta and sliced chicken in a creamy Cajun sauce sitting in front of a cast iron camp Dutch oven with more of the pasta recipe and serving spoon next to the Dutch oven lid that is leaning against a log for the campfire with text over the image that reads Creamy Cajun Chicken Pasta.

Dutch Oven Chili Mac

No pre-boiling required! This classic comfort food is filled with carbs and protein, perfect for colder weather. The pasta combines with the beef, beans, tomatoes and cheese to make a flavorful meal.

Dutch Oven Chili Mac by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron camp Dutch oven sitting over a campfire on a cooking grate, it is filled with chili mac that is being served, another single portion is placed alongside the Dutch oven in a blue camping bowl with a spoon in it and ready to eat with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Chili Mac.

Tailgate Grilling Menu Ideas

The nice thing about easy camping grill recipes is that you can use a propane grill or a charcoal (if allowed at the stadium) grill.

Spiced-Up Mixed Nuts Camping Recipe

This incredibly flavorful snack is great for munching before you bring out the heavier bites.

Spiced-Up Mixed Nuts Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

Grilled Flatbread With Prosciutto, Charred Tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella And Basil

Flatbread is a great finger food and can turn from a light appetizer to a full meal depending on what you top it with.

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Chicken Shish Kabobs

These shish kabobs marinate about 4 hours after only a few minutes of prepping. You can grill them over a portable grill or use a portable stove with a grill pan.

Chicken Shish Kabobs by CampingForFoodies features skewers of grilled chicken and vegetables including charred cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers and mushrooms sitting on a propane camping grill ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads chicken shish kabobs.

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

This bruschetta is almost gourmet yet really simple to prepare. It is one of the best camping snacks to enjoy with a nice glass of wine.

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Grilled Tortilla With Veggies And Black Beans Burrito

Although this is one of my vegetarian camping recipes, it completely satisfies the meat-lovers in my family!

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Grilled Pound Cake With Berries

Are your team colors red, white and blue? Try this grilled pound cake. It is one of my personal favorite camping dessert recipes.

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Tailgate Smoker Recipe Ideas

Small portable tailgate smokers are great for smoking food at different locations. Here are a few of our favorite camping smoker recipes.

Smoked Ground Beef Chili

We combined ground beef, bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, spices and three types of beans to make this classic meal in a portable tailgate smoker.

Pellet Grill Ground Beef Smoked Chili Recipe by CampingForFoodies features an aluminum foil pan filled with smoked chili that has been smoked in a portable pellet grill and includes hamburger, bacon, onion, garlic, jalapeno peppers, spices, three types of beans, tomatoes and sauce that is ready to be served at the campsite. In the background sits a tailgate smoker with text over the image that reads Pellet Grill Ground Beef Smoked Chili.

Easy Smoked Chicken Legs On A Pellet Grill

Combine chicken drumsticks with a simple spicy dry rub and smoke 2 hours for a yummy treat. Add BBQ sauce if you want but it is not necessary!

Smoked BBQ Chicken Legs by CampingForFoodies features chicken drumsticks cooked and ready to be served on a blue camping plate in front of a portable pellet smoker with text over the image that reads smoked chicken legs.

Chuck Roast Burnt Ends

This quick version of Poor Man’s Brisket Burnt Ends cooks for 5 hours in a portable pellet grill. Make the easy homemade Kansas City Dry Rub and Kansas City Style Homemade Old Fashioned Molasses BBQ Sauce days in advance for easy game day cooking.

Poor Man’s Burnt Ends Recipe Using Chuck Roast by CampingForFoodies features an aluminum foil pan filled with beef chuck roast burnt ends covered in BBQ sauce ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads poor man’s burnt ends.

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Pellet Smoked Short Ribs

These fall-off-the-bone tender “dino ribs” are beef short ribs that cook for 6 hours in a tailgate portable smoker.

Pellet Smoked Beef Short Ribs by CampingForFoodies features a blue camping plate filled with food ready to be served at the campsite. The English-style cut short ribs have a golden brown color after being smoked in a pellet grill. Next to the ribs are smoked green beans with bacon and fluffy mashed potatoes sprinkled with freshly ground black pepper with text over the image that reads Pellet Smoked Beef Short Ribs.

Smoked Green Beans

These green beans are smoked at 225 F degrees with your other smoked meats. The bacon, onion and garlic are a winning combination here.

Pellet Smoked Green Beans by CampingForFoodies features a cast iron skillet set on a grate inside a portable pellet grill smoker. The pan is filled with green beans, bacon, onions and garlic that have been smoked and are ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads Pellet Smoked Green Beans.

Make-Ahead Food Ideas

If you want to do most of the prep and cooking at home, consider these make ahead camping meals.

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives

This ridiculously tasty potato salad is best after the flavors marry a few days. Make it at home for quick serving at the game.

Potato Salad With Bacon And Chives Make Ahead Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies

French Dip Beef Sandwiches

This French dip is one of my “dump and cook” freezer meals. Just simmer this beef in the flavor-filled juice that you’ll use for dipping!

French Dip Beef Sandwiches Dutch Oven Campfire Recipe by CampingForFoodies

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe

This Southwest Salad is great to serve with sandwiches. Make it a main course by adding some cubed grilled chicken. Make it at home and refrigerate up to 2 days.

Easy No Cook Healthy Southwest Camping Salad Recipe by CampingForFoodies is one of our simple optional make ahead camping recipes that is fast enough to make at the campsite and is a great cold side salad for summer camping, great vegetarian lunch or hearty camping dinner by adding a little protein and great for camping potluck side dishes too!

Greek Tomato And Feta Pasta Salad Camping Recipe

This pasta salad has bold flavors with the feta cheese, Kalamata olives and pepperoncini peppers. Serve it as a side dish or add cubed grilled chicken to make it a main dish.

Greek Tomato And Feta Camping Pasta Salad by CampingForFoodies

Broccoli Sunshine Salad

This fresh broccoli salad can be made days in advance and kept refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.

Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies features a bowl filled with a colorful salad with green broccoli, red onion, crispy brown bacon, sweet raisins and sunflower seeds all tossed in a simple homemade dressing ready to be served at the campsite.
Broccoli Sunshine Salad by CampingForFoodies

Dutch Oven Cornbread

This easy cornbread is made with cornmeal and canned creamed corn. It can be made a few days in advance and travels well. Just slice and serve at the game-day party.

Cornbread Dutch Oven Camping Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron Dutch oven filled with a freshly baked recipe of golden-brown cornbread, set on the ground to cool, waiting to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads Dutch Oven Cornbread.

Dutch Oven Gumbo

This is one of my “lazy cooking days” where we just hang out at the campsite and tend to a long-cooking meal throughout the day. If you make it at home, you can just reheat it at the game.

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BLT Camping Wraps

Wraps can be made ahead then wrapped in plastic or parchment paper for eating later. I don’t like making them more than about 12 hours in advance, otherwise they can get soggy.

BLT Camping Wraps by CampingForFoodies features a chopped salad of bacon, lettuce and tomatoes tossed in mayonnaise and wrapped in a wheat tortilla placed on a blue camping plate ready to be served at the campsite for a quick lunch or light dinner meal.

Blue And Cheddar Cheeseball

This easy and sophisticated appetizer can be made several days in advance. It has a strong blue cheese flavor which is great for blue cheese fans. You can reduce the amount of blue and increase the amount of cheddar cheese for a milder flavor profile.

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls

The combination of peanut butter and marshmallow fluff create a quick and easy base for these chocolate dipped cookie balls that can be made months in advance and frozen till ready for serving at the party.

Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Balls Camping Recipe With Food Requiring No Refrigeration by CampingForFoodies

Caramel Nut Brownies Camping Recipe

Bake these brownies at home, then, cool, slice, wrap and freeze. They’ll be ready for quick serving after they’re defrosted.

Caramel Nut Brownies Camp Recipe - Perfect for making in a Dutch Oven, Camp Oven or RV Oven - Camping For Foodies .com

Bacon And Cheese Quiche

Quiche is often served cold or at room temperature, making it the ultimate make ahead recipe.

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Camp Dutch Oven Coffee Cake Recipe

Make this coffee cake at home, cool and wrap whole. Then slice and serve at the party. It makes a slightly sweet breakfast or dessert.

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Breakfast Tailgate Food Ideas

If your game-day events start early in the morning, you might want to try a few of these awesome camping breakfast ideas.

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Hobo Eggs

3 basic ingredients cook in 8 minutes to make this simple breakfast. The bread has the flavor and texture of a buttery grilled cheese (without the cheese).

Hobo Eggs Recipe by CampingForFoodies features an egg cooked in buttered toast that is sitting on a blue camping plate with a few slices of bacon on the side and text over the image that reads hobo eggs.

California-Style Camping Breakfast Burritos With Avocado, Eggs & Chorizo

These California-style breakfast burritos combine avocado with the eggs, cheese, chorizo and potatoes … all wrapped in a tortilla making it really easy to eat.

California Breakfast Burritos Camping Breakfast Recipe by CampingForFoodies features a tortilla topped with eggs, chorizo, potatoes, beans, cheese, cilantro and avocado with a camp stove in the background, the meal is ready to be served at the campsite with text over the image that reads California Breakfast Burritos.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camp Stove Pancakes

Just-add-water pancakes turn almost gourmet! The secret is a super-simple peanut butter sauce. Kids of all ages like chocolate chips in their flapjacks.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Camp Stove Pancakes - Camping For Foodies .com

Breakfast Camping Burrito Bowls

You’ll be eating in about 15 minutes! Start with canned black beans, avocado, eggs, cheddar cheese and finish off with some prepared salsa for a quick and satisfying breakfast.

Breakfast Camping Burrito Bowls by CampingForFoodies features a brightly colored breakfast of black beans, scrambled eggs, avocado and red salsa with a fork sitting in a blue camping bowl ready to be served next to a cup of camp coffee with text over the image that reads burrito bowls camping breakfast.

Camping Breakfast Sandwiches

This is a fresh, homemade version of an Egg McMuffin. Combine a fried egg, bacon and cheese with a toasted English muffin for a quick breakfast that easily scales up to feed large crowds.

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Hungry Man Breakfast

This simple one-pot skillet breakfast combines bacon, Southern style hash browns, green bell pepper, onion, eggs, cheddar cheese, salsa and sour cream and it’s ready in less than 1/2 hour.

Hungry Man One Pot Breakfast Skillet by CampingForFoodies features a black cast iron skillet on a propane camp stove filled with a hearty breakfast ready to be served. The one pot meal includes bacon, southern style hash browns, green bell pepper, onion, cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and is topped with salsa and sour cream. In the background is a camp toaster with golden brown English muffins and a slice of toasted wheat bread with text over the image that reads Hungry Man Breakfast.

Bacon Avocado Breakfast Wraps Camping Recipe

These breakfast wraps combine bacon, avocado and scrambled eggs to make a quick, delicious meal.

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Popular Tailgating Events

We can’t all have our team in the biggest game of the year but we can enjoy the tailgate food and party! Some of the most popular events include…

  • Super Bowl
  • Pro & College Football Games
  • Pro & College Sporting Events
  • Concerts & Music Festivals

Super Bowl Food Fun Fact…

  • Question: How many chicken wings will Americans eat on Super Bowl Sunday?
  • Answer: According to the National Chicken Council that number is an astounding 1.4 BILLION chicken wings! Source. Get the wet naps ready!

Themes For Tailgating

Tailgate parties can take on a distinctive personality that celebrates the event.

How To Celebrate Your Team

Teams (some of the most devoted fans support the Denver Broncos, Pittsburgh Steelers, Green Bay Packers, New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Ole Miss and Notre Dame)

  • Prepare food and drinks that are in the team’s colors
  • Use plates, napkins, eating & serving utensils in the team’s colors
  • Create recipes using local/regional ingredients (crawfish, salmon, crab, Spam, potatoes, green chiles)

Local Food Styles & Recipes

  • Southern (peach cobbler, fried chicken, pimento cheese anything LOL)
  • Cajun (jambalaya, gumbo, dirty rice)
  • Midwest comfort food (Chicago-style hot dogs, mac & cheese, cheese curds)
  • Southwest (tacos, burritos, avocado and salsa anything LOL)

Concerts/Music Festivals

  • Jimmy Buffett (Cheeseburgers in Paradise, spicy grilled shrimp and margaritas, of course)
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