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!
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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
- 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
- Serving trays
- Cutting mats
- Aluminum foil
- Bottle opener
- Can opener
- Paper towels
Condiments + Recipe Ingredients
- Salt & pepper
- Hot Sauce
- All ingredients for the tailgating recipes you will be making in the parking lot
Cleanup Items & Safety Equipment
- Sanitizing wipes
- Trash bags
- Fire extinguishers
- 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 parking lot tailgate food that’s cooked 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!
Our other chili recipes include:
Campfire Dutch Oven Chili Recipe
This is my award-winning recipe that uses ground beef and ground Italian sausage. This low carb meal is great for people looking for keto camping food options.
White Chili Recipe
This white chili is made with ground turkey and has a mild Mexican flavor profile. Check out all of our yummy Dutch oven Mexican recipes.
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.
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Cheese
If you’re looking for Super Bowl grilling ideas that’ll make you the MVP, you’ve gotta try these awesome grilled cheese sandwiches that are wrapped in bacon and cooked on a flattop grill or in a frying pan. I can guarantee you’ll be the hit of the party!
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!
Coleman Fold N Go 2-Burner Propane Stove
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 Camping Tacos
We call these “10 minute tacos” because they are ready so fast!
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.
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.
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.
Check out all of our camping pasta recipes!
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.
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.
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.
Coleman Camp Propane Grill/Stove
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Green Mountain Davy Crockett Sense Mate Electric Wi-Fi Control Foldable Portable Wood Pellet Tailgating Grill with Meat Probe
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Broccoli Sunshine Salad
This fresh broccoli salad can be made days in advance and kept refrigerated until you are ready to serve it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bacon And Cheese Quiche
Quiche is often served cold or at room temperature, making it the ultimate make ahead recipe.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bacon Avocado Breakfast Wraps Camping Recipe
These breakfast wraps combine bacon, avocado and scrambled eggs to make a quick, delicious meal.
Camping Smores Dutch Oven Brownies
These oooey, gooey brownies are a fun twist on the classic campfire dessert.
Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside Down Cake
Need a simple dessert that is so yummy, your friends will be raving about it? Try this easy upside down cake.
We’ve got a ton of camping desserts that you really should try!
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)
- Jimmy Buffett (Cheeseburgers in Paradise, spicy grilled shrimp and margaritas, of course)
More Fun Recipes
Get more inspiration for your next outing.
If you’re looking for awesome ideas for yummy camping food, you’re in the right place! Here’s our entire camping recipes list.