It's that time of the year, and you need to get ready for that big game without spending all day in the kitchen. Here are some great easy recipes so you can look like you worked all day.
Let the games begin. Whether you are truly tailgating, have a game party, or just enjoy the game at home, you deserve good eats without all the work.
I'm picking recipes that you can cook ahead and take to the game or party. While I have lots of great grill recipes, most people will opt for a little simpler fare.
Game Day Chili Recipe
I have a lot of great chili recipes, but this two are our family favorites.
First is the easiest white chicken chili recipe you can make, but it is also one of the absolute best chicken chili recipes you will ever eat. The added bonus for tailgating is the cheese in it will keep this hot for several hours to serve.
Our second chili is that great everyday chili you always want to have in your recipe box. In fact, we call it our everyday chili. It is not bland but not too spicy. As baby bear would say, it is just right.
Three Tex-Mex Options
My first offering is the best taco meat you will ever make. You will never buy that envelope again. I consider this one of my best recipes and make it frequently.
Recipe number two is an excellent choice for chicken tacos or nachos.
I can not do a tailgating roundup without recipe number three. Serve it as chili or make some great game day nachos.
I only have one recipe for wings, but one is enough since it is a really good one. No need to fry, do these oven-baked chicken wings, and you will never go back.
Pulled Pork, BBQ Chicken, or Brisket Sandwiches/Sliders.
These are the classic tailgate dish. I'm just giving you the meat part since you can handle the serving.
I'm suggesting my oven version of pulled pork to keep things super simple but check out my Pulled Pork Recipe Roundup for things like an excellent crock pot pulled pork.
I love simple, and I love good. Give them some great shredded BBQ for those sandwiches.
One of the "kings" of BBQ meats is brisket. While all day long smoking is not possible for most people, this easy oven recipe you can do a day or two ahead will get you close.
Dessert bars are a great addition to any tailgate party. Here are a couple of easy cook-ahead bars that will make you look like the hero.
Food Safety Time
These sorts of gatherings are ready-made for food safety issues both at the party and the leftovers. Let's plan for food safety and get it right.
Don't forget the party animals.
Originally Published August 28, 2019. It will be updated and republished yearly about this time.
Enjoy the fall.
Wifo, Molly, Lilly, and DrDan