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33 Fan-Favorite College Tailgate Recipes

Our readers get pumped up for tailgate snacks and the school they're cheering for. Tackle a few of their favorites and see why.

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Tailgate: Charcoal Burning In Grill During Tailgating PartyPhoto: Shutterstock / Sean Locke Photography

Love college football (or basketball, for that matter)? We asked alums and fans alike what must-have tailgating recipes they make to cheer on their teams.

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Texas A&M University AggiesTaste of Home

Texas A&M University Aggies

“A typical Aggie tailgate includes beef brisket, sausage and dips of all kinds!” —Cassie O’Haver, Houston, Texas

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West Virginia MountaineersTaste of Home

West Virginia Mountaineers

“Whether we’re tailgating at the stadium or having a party at home, we have to have nachos.” —Becky Cline Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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University of Georgia BulldogsTaste of Home

University of Georgia Bulldogs

“In Georgia, it goes without saying: peach cobbler!” —Patrick Taylor, Clinton, New Jersey

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University of Alabama Crimson TideTaste of Home

University of Alabama Crimson Tide

“I love a good pulled pork sandwich at any tailgate. Roll Tide!” —Rashanda Cobbins, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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University of Wisconsin BadgersTaste of Home

University of Wisconsin Badgers

“On Wisconsin game days, it’s all about the cheese curds, beer and the brats—better yet, beer brats!” —Raechel Bartz, Chicago, Illinois

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Boise State University BroncosTaste of Home

Boise State University Broncos

“It’s not a game without hot wings!” —Jennifer Patterson, Shoshone, Idaho

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Texas Christian University Horned FrogsTaste of Home

Texas Christian University Horned Frogs

“It wouldn’t be a tailgate if we didn’t have stuffed jalapenos. Big jalapenos, filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. What a way to cheer on my alma mater.” —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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University of Oklahoma SoonersTaste of Home

University of Oklahoma Sooners

Breakfast burritos show up at all our tailgating parties.” —Darla German, Tulsa, Oklahoma

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University of Tennessee Volunteers

University of Tennessee Volunteers

“We have country ribs, eclair cake, and tables of cheese balls, cheese wafers and cheese soup. Anything orange goes.” —Beth Tuesburg, Roanoke, Virginia

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University of Iowa HawkeyesTaste of Home

University of Iowa Hawkeyes

“The night before a big game, we make BLT dip so it’s ready as we head out the door. Go Hawkeyes!” —Virginia Clayton, Roudabush, Iowa

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University of Illinois Fighting IlliniTaste of Home

University of Illinois Fighting Illini

“I love a good Italian sausage at a tailgate. Add peppers and it’s even better!” —Caroline Stanko, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Ohio State BuckeyesTaste of Home

Ohio State Buckeyes

“My husband is a huge Ohio State fan. I make loaded potato skins for most games.” —Amy Prunkl Hinzmann, Wethersfield, Connecticut

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Clemson University TigersTaste of Home

Clemson University Tigers

“Gotta have fried chicken and potato salad!” —Nancy Lak, Bremen, Georgia

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Michigan State University SpartansTaste of Home

Michigan State University Spartans

“We put up three big tents and long banquet tables brimming with snacks. Of course there’s our special Coney sauce that’s slathered on snappy grilled hot dogs.” —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan

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Northwestern University WildcatsTaste of Home

Northwestern University Wildcats

“We do ours to the nines! We cook a turkey at home and carve it while we tailgate—and there’s always a bottle of champagne to share with everyone.” —Bonnie Hawkins, Elkhorn, Wisconsin

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Indiana University HoosiersTaste of Home

Indiana University Hoosiers

One of the best parts of the many fairs and festivals in Indiana is the corn dogs! My family loves corn dogs, so I fix them fairly often at home. —Sally Denney, Warsaw, Indiana

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University of Nebraska CornhuskersTaste of Home

University of Nebraska Cornhuskers

On the outside, these golden buns resemble ordinary dinner rolls. But one bite reveals the tasty, cheesy beef filling inside. —Sharon Leno, Keansburg, New Jersey

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Syracuse University OrangeTaste of Home

Syracuse University Orange

These deluxe chili dogs are a surefire hit at family functions and tailgates. Adults and children alike love the cheesy chili sauce, and the toppings are fun! —Marion Lowery, Medford, Oregon

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Temple University OwlsTaste of Home

Temple University Owls

I've been told by fellow party-goers that this recipe tastes exactly like a jalapeno popper. I like that it can be made without much fuss. —Ariane McAlpine, Penticton, British Columbia

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University of North Carolina Tar HeelsTaste of Home

University of North Carolina Tar Heels

This pot is a fun way to feed a crowd for a tailgate. You can serve it two ways: Drain the cooking liquid and pour out the pot on a paper-lined table so folks can dig in, or serve it as a stew in its liquid over hot rice. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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University of Oklahoma SoonersTaste of Home

University of Oklahoma Sooners

For me, football, cool weather and chili just seem to go together. Whether I’m cheering on the local team on a Friday night or enjoying a Saturday afternoon of Oklahoma Sooner football with some friends, I enjoy serving this chili on game day. —Chris Neal, Quapaw, Oklahoma

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Western Michigan University BroncosTaste of Home

Western Michigan University Broncos

I'm always looking for new ways to combine fun flavors, and what goes together better than beer and pretzels? Not much that I can think of. That’s why I put them together into one delicious recipe. —Alyssa Wilhite, Whitehouse, Texas

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Purdue University BoilermakersTaste of Home

Purdue University Boilermakers

I served this at my son’s graduation party and kept it warm in a slow cooker after roasting it in the oven. The pork is superb by itself or piled high on rolls. For a classic combo, serve it with warm biscuits and coleslaw. —Michelle Gauer, Spicer, Minnesota

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New Mexico State University AggiesTaste of Home

New Mexico State University Aggies

These Walking Tacos are great for an on-the-go dinner, campfire meal or easy game night supper. The ingredients transform a bag of chips into a taco in a bag! —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington

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UCLA BruinsTaste of Home

UCLA Bruins

Ever wonder how to make guacamole? Just whip together this delicious blend of your favorite fresh ingredients.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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University of Oregon DucksTaste of Home

University of Oregon Ducks

Edamame and corn give this unique salsa its unmistakable team colors. You can add a little salt if you like, too. A healthy alternative to creamy dips, it’s good for the extra point. —Maggie Lovat, Green Bay, Wisconsin

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University of Kentucky WildcatsTaste of Home

University of Kentucky Wildcats

Mint and bourbon give this drink a Kentucky kick, and ginger ale makes it a fizzy party punch.—Cathy Justus, Taylor, Michigan

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Penn State Nittany LionsTaste of Home

Penn State Nittany Lions

This hearty chili with sausage, beef, beans and barley is perfect for the halftime food rush. People actually cheer when they see me coming with my slow cooker! —Barbara Lento, Houston, Pennsylvania

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LSU TigersTaste of Home

LSU Tigers

This twist on the traditional po'boy sandwich adds flavor and veggies while reducing fat and calories. For a smoked flavor, grill the shrimp. For a lower-carb option, serve the po'boy open-faced on a baguette half. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Rutgers University Scarlet KnightsTaste of Home

Rutgers University Scarlet Knights

I’ve had this recipe for more than 42 years, but have updated it from time to time. This is an easy party favorite, and everyone loves the taquito dippers. —Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Stanford University CardinalsTaste of Home

Stanford University Cardinals

For game days, I shake up these saucy wings. When I run out, friends hover by the snack table until I bring out more. When they ask me how to fry chicken wings, they never believe it's so easy! —Nick Iverson, Denver, Colorado

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Ole Miss RebelsTaste of Home

Ole Miss Rebels

This southern favorite is one my family can never get enough of and there are never any leftovers. My grandmother, mother and aunts always made this recipe for family gatherings. Now I make it for everyone because it's so easy to prepare and everyone loves it! —Elizabeth Williston, Thibodaux, Louisiana

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Virginia Tech HokiesTaste of Home

Virginia Tech Hokies

My family loves Buffalo chicken wings but the frying makes them unhealthy. This takes out some of the fat but lets us enjoy the great taste of Buffalo chicken. —Terri McKenzie, Wilmington, Ohio

Lisa Kaminski
Lisa is an associate editor at Taste of Home where she gets to embrace her passion for baking. She pours this love of all things sweet (and sometimes savory) into Bakeable, Taste of Home's baking club. At home, you'll find her working on embroidery and other crafts.

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