11 Lighter Tailgating Recipes

by Kristen Troy

Fall sports season is among us, which means Tailgating Season. Typically tailgating food can be high-calorie and high-fat, which taste great at the moment but don’t leave you feeling great on the scale the next morning.  Here’s a list of fan-favorite recipes for dips, finger foods, and hot cocoa that are sure to fill your craving for junk while keeping it off of your “trunk.”


This dip is cheesy, delicious, and helps you get some vegetables with each bite. This dip takes less than 30 minutes to prep and makes 12 servings.

The more layers, the better. Seven layers of goodness made in adorable individualized servings that are perfect for double dippers.

This one’s for the foodies who love to eat but not to cook. All you do is combine all the ingredients together in a crockpot and put on high until this delicious spinach dip is hot. Simply turn your crockpot setting to warm and enjoy!

Wings to messy (or to meaty for your vegan friends)? Spice up your hummus with buffalo sauce. This will cover the buffalo staple while upping the game on hummus dippers.

Finger Foods

Give your tailgating party some southwestern flavor with these delicious chicken tostadas.

A gluten-free alternative to cheesy breadsticks, these handheld delights will convert your bread-loving guests into cauliflower junkies – and that’s okay when they’re just 51 calories per breadstick.

This fun spin on a traditional turkey sandwich makes keeping a beer in one hand at all times a breeze. These kabobs are a breeze to prepare and easily customizable!

Who doesn’t love jalapeno puffs? A traditional favorite gets an upscale twist with sweet potatoes. 6 ingredients and 30 minutes later you’ll have 18 scrumptious puffs. These are easy to make, easy to serve, and best of all easy to eat.

Liven up your burger sliders by adding pimiento cheese. This homemade light pimiento cheese won’t disappoint, even if your team does.

Another buffalo game-day swap up – try buffalo cauliflower bites with dairy-free ranch dip for a lighter, healthier way to “wing”-it. Vegetarian, gluten-free, and dairy-free make these friendly to diets of all kinds.


Creamy hot chocolate always hits the spot when it is chilly outside. Enjoy this hot chocolate that is made without any added white sugar and provides Potassium, Vitamin B6, and antioxidants.

If you are interested in more tailgating recipes, check out our Tailgating Recipes Pinterest board.


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