Tasty Tailgate Recipes for Delicious Pre-Game Fun

Tailgate Recipes

Baseball may be our national pastime but nothing says it’s fall in America like tossing the football around before kickoff. Football season is back and the backyard chefs here at Taylor Morrison have prepared a host of exciting touchdown-inspired recipes for you to give a whirl.

Whether you’re grilling at your new Austin home or cracking a cold one outside your local stadium, these tailgating recipes are good enough for more than a few yards after the catch.

Snap the Ball to Stephanie

Remember Stephanie? The Taylor Morrison homebuyer who blogged her new Phoenix home journey?

Her Somewhat Simple blog is loaded with fantastic football-themed food ideas and she doesn’t mind if we take a peek at her playbook:

  • Speedy Guacamole – Time to run the 2-minute offense. The game starts soon and you totally forgot to prepare snacks. Not a problem. Grab a bag of your favorite tortilla chips and whip up a batch of guac.
  • Dairy-Free Football Cake – It’s Fantasy Football time and Stephanie will show you how to bake the perfect cake for fans both intolerant of lactose and terrible picks. This cake is the ideal pick-me-up after your league gives you flak for drafting a kicker in the third round.
  • Big Game Party Ideas – It’s never too early to start thinking about throwing a huge bash for the big game. Practice makes perfect. Start trying these recipes now so you’ll have them down pat for the playoffs.


Hail Mary to Furikake – Chex Mix Goes Fusion

If you’ve never heard of furikake, prepare your taste buds for a 50-yard kick right through the uprights. A sweet & salty Japanese seasoning made with sesame and seaweed, it’s the trick play that will have your friends asking, “How did you make this Chex Mix?”

Make an extra big batch of Furikake Chex Mix because it goes fast.

Watch Your Weight without Giving Up a Pre-Game Favorite

Watching a football game without potato chips is unsportsmanlike conduct – but store brand chips aren’t what you’d call health food.

Listen to coach and bake your own. They’re lower in fat and can be spiced just the way you like them.

tailgate recipes baked potato chips

Run the Reverse: Fancy Appetizers for More Refined Football Foodies

Not all tailgating treats need to be Cheeto’s, buffalo wings or jalapeño poppers. Put out a platter of these Cheddar Fig Honey Bites and you might be surprised to learn that football isn’t just for meatheads after all!

Sophisticated snacking all the way to the end zone.

tailgate-recipes fig cheddar crackers

Return the Kickoff with Spicy Texas Chili

They say that football in the Lone Star State is virtually a religion – and Texans do take their gridiron seriously.

Very seriously.

Almost as seriously as they do their chili. Heat up your huddle while braving the morning cold outside the stadium with a crockpot filled to the brim with Barbecue Chicken Chili. Grab a bowl and you’d better get a cold one…she’s coming in hot!

tailgate recipes chicken chili

Tear into a Rack of Finger Licking Good Ribs

Keeping track of all those X’s & O’s sure does make a fan hungry. A succulent rack of St. Louis style ribs will make your tailgate party the envy of the parking lot.

Watch and learn from the pros at The Hollar as they walk you step-by-step through the process of smoking mouth-watering ribs in half the time:

Analyze Tailgating Snacks by the Numbers

Ever wonder how many pizzas are delivered across America on the day of the Big Game?

We were curious, too.

Find the answer to this question and a whole lot of other fascinating football food facts on the Second House on the Right blog.

Find an NFL Stadium near Your Taylor Morrison Community

Watching your favorite team every Sunday at home is an autumn tradition – but it’s hard to beat the heart pounding excitement of seeing a game in person.

Almost all of our new home communities are within a short drive of a world class stadium and professional team. Score a pair of tickets and prepare to get rowdy in the stands. Don’t forget to root for your favorite college football teams, too.

North & South Carolina

  • Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte: Home of the Panthers. Fans are hoping Cam Newton can return to Pro Bowl form after a down season.


  • Raymond James Stadium in Tampa: Things are looking up for the Buccaneers as their star young quarterback Jameis Winston is poised for his best season yet. 2017 could be the year the Bucs end their playoff drought.


  • Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Atlanta: Make plans to visit the newest stadium in the NFL. With Julio Jones still in his prime, the Falcons are threatening to make yet another deep postseason run.


  • Soldier Field in Chicago: Opened in 1924 and later remodeled, the home of the Bears is one of the oldest stadiums in the league.


  • NRG Stadium in Houston: Once again the Texans have questions under center – but JJ Watt is a menace on the defense. He’ll create more than enough havoc to keep Houston close in 2017.
  • AT&T Stadium in Dallas: Dak Prescott had one of the greatest rookie season’s in the history of the Cowboys franchise. How will he hold up under the pressure of high expectations in year number two?


  • Sports Authority Field at Mile High in Denver: Von Miller leads the vaunted Broncos defense as they plan to challenge for the AFC West title.


  • University of Phoenix Stadium in Phoenix: Cheer on the Cardinals as Arizona legend Larry Fitzgerald takes one last run at a championship towards the end of his Hall-of-Fame career.


Don’t Forget the Drinks!

When planning the ultimate tailgate get-together, be sure to stop by your local craft brewery to pick up a growler or two of your favorite craft brew.

Or if you like your beer picante, try one of these 20 delicious michelada recipes.

Good luck and we hope to see you in the playoffs!

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