There are many easy recipes for crowd-pleasing tailgate food. After all, food that's easy to prepare is the best type of food to cook when you are having to create your own kitchen out of the back of a truck and a small generator in the middle of a parking lot. Sports fans need food that is heavy and can absorb a lot of beer, as well as give them ample energy to cheer their team on from the beginning to the end of the game, while still absorbing beer. In short, heavy foods with a lot of spice, starch, and meats are key for tailgaters. Check out these three easy recipes for crowd-pleasing tailgate food and see which ones you can whip up before the next big game.
As simple as it sounds, taco soup is basically a lot of ingredients that are in tacos all put together in a soup, meaning you will have a warm and hearty meal for everyone in the tailgate crew on those colder game days. You will need about two pounds of ground beef browned in a skillet, along with two cups of diced onions. Drain the excess fat and then transfer the onions and browned meat to a crockpot. Once it is settled and cooking in this crockpot (before you get to the tailgate) add two cans of pinto beans, one can of kidney beans, one can of kernel corn, one can of Mexican stewed tomatoes, one can of diced tomatoes, one can black olives, and one can of green chiles. Add a packet of taco seasoning and ranch dressing mix and let it simmer for six to eight hours straight. Serve over corn chips, like Frito pie, at the actual tailgate and add sour cream, cheese, chives and jalapenos to garnish. This should serve about twelve people.
Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls
Balls of deliciousness that taste like buffalo wings? There are few tailgating foods that will be better. You'll need to heat oil to 350 degrees while you pick the meat from a rotisserie chicken. Be sure to discard the skin. Place the chicken in a large bowl, and add buffalo sauce, cheese, pepper, and scallions. Toss everything together and combine it. Then roll everything into two-ounce balls about the size of golf balls. Then roll each of these balls in a bowl with flour, three cracked eggs, and breadcrumbs. When the oil is hot, fry these balls for two minutes each. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Southern Deviled Eggs
Few things are better to eat then deviled eggs when made right. They are also perfectly filling to have before the big game. Hard-boil however many deviled eggs you want, peel them and then halve them lengthwise. Remove the yolks, place them in a small bowl and mash them with a fork, stirring in a quarter cup of mayonnaise, one and a half tablespoons of pickle relish, and a teaspoon of mustard. Add some salt and pepper to taste. Then fill the halves of hard-boiled egg whites with the mixture of yolk and top with paprika or chives. These can be made on site or before and stored in a fridge.