5 Delicious Recipes That will Conquer Your Tailgate Party

Posted by Pinto Ranch on Oct 31st 2018

Fall means many things… changing temperatures, changing landscapes, pumpkin everything, and football. With football season comes great responsibilities, like cheering on your favorite college or professional team and hosting a grade-A tailgate party. Whether you’re in the stadium parking lot or in front of the television, good tailgating recipes are a must.

Frito Chili Pie

Frito Pie became popular in the 1960’s and the recipe hasn’t changed much over the years. Who can complain about chili, cheese and corn chips? For a tailgate party, we love this version by The Pioneer Woman that is served right out the bag with a plastic fork.


Get the full story on this tasty treat and more vintage Fritos recipes from Kaleta Doolin’s Fritos Pie.

PHOTO: Frito Chili Pie via ThePioneerWoman.com

Bob Armstrong Queso Dip

So who is Bob Armstrong anyway? He was a member of the Texas House of Representatives in the 1960’s and then the Texas Land Commissioner in the 1970’s. For our purposes just remember three things: queso, guacamole and taco meat. Texas Longhorn fans know a thing or two about this special from Matt’s El Rancho in Austin, and we’d venture to say that it has become a favorite of Texans near and far. The Homesick Texan adapted Matt Martinez’s original recipe and hit the nail on the head.


PHOTO: Bob Armstrong Dip via HomesickTexan.com

Smoked Sausage Wraps

This tailgate go-to needs no recipe or introduction. Just make sure you have the three key ingredients on-hand and you’ll have an easy and hardy snack for guests.

You’ll Need:

  • Smoked Sausage

  • Flour Tortillas

  • Yellow Mustard

Add On’s:

  • Grilled Jalapeños or Bell Peppers

Grill the smoked sausage over medium-high heat for 12-14 minutes or until warm in the center. Cut the sausage lengthwise, and then slice into hot dog size pieces. Place in the center of a flour tortilla. Top with yellow mustard and enjoy!

Smoked Sausage Wraps

Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders

Short on time? This is an easy semi-homemade dish that is always a satisfying crowd-pleaser. Pick up about three pounds of pulled pork from your favorite BBQ joint and ask for the works – sliced pickles, onions, jalapeños, and a pint or two of sauce on the side.

You’ll Need:

  • 2 Packages (12 count each) King’s Hawaiian® Honey Wheat Dinner Rolls

  • Pulled Pork from your favorite BBQ joint with the fixin's

Add On’s:

  • Cole Slaw

  • Spicy Pickles

Right before the game, slice the dinner rolls in half and scoop a spoonful of the pulled pork on to each bun. Stack them up on your serving platter, get the fixin’s out, and you’re done!

Pulled Pork BBQ Sliders

Pumpkin Sheet Cake

Don’t forget dessert! There are a few reasons to love a sheet cake for a tailgate party. The thinness of the cake makes it easy to slice and eat, you can transport and serve directly from the baking sheet, and it will stay moist and delicious into overtime. This pumpkin variation from the Pioneer Woman is perfect for fall football parties.


PHOTO: Pumpkin Sheet Cake via ThePioneerWoman.com

If you’re feeling confident in your tailgate cooking skills, enter the TUMS Ultimate Tailgate Sweepstakesfor the chance to win prizes every week! Share your dish on Instagram or Twitter with #TUMSsweepstakes.

For more delicious recipes, check out cookbooks from The Pioneer Woman, The Homesick Texan Cookbook and more all available on our website.