PART OF Game Day

The Best Tailgating Foods in Every State

Bust out your portable grills, slow cookers and beer kegs — we've got every state's favorite way to tailgate.

Alabama: Shrimp & Grits

Buttery grits, garlicky shrimp and cheese — what's not to love?

Alaska: Red Potato Salad

"OMG this was good! I think even better than what my mom used to make!"


Arizona: Grilled Veggies

"Lovely fresh grilled veggies! The lemon pepper and garlic are a great addition."


Arkansas: Gumbo

"WOW... this is a wonderful recipe. I made this last night for my family and we loved it."


California: Guacamole

"Delicious and the most authentic recipe I could find."


Colorado: Chili

"I've made this chili for several years now — it's the only recipe my family wants!"


Connecticut: Easy Cheesy Hot Dogs

"The ONLY way to eat a hot dog, with CHEESE!"


Delaware: Italian-Style Cheesesteak Sandwiches

"Definitely five stars! The aroma alone is to die for."


Florida: Shrimp Scampi Dip

Your favorite way to eat shrimp, now in dip form!

Georgia: Potato Soup

"This was a good soup. Shared with the neighbors, gone in a night!"


Hawaii: Pineapple Coconut Empanadas

"These tasty little gems are perfect. We loved the combo of pineapple and coconut."

-Baby Kato

Idaho: Loaded Potato Fries

"Very decadent fries! This tasted like something you'd order at a restaurant!"


Illinois: Chicago-Style Sausage Pizza

"Using this process of preheating oven with pizza stone and aluminum foil is JUST what I've been needing to make my pizza the BEST!"


Indiana: French Onion Soup

"Awesome! This is a warm, comforting dish."


Iowa: Italian Hero Sandwich

No one can resist all these meats and cheeses.

Kansas: Barbecued Pulled Pork

"Tried other pulled pork recipes but always come back to this one — it's the BEST!"


Kentucky: Beef Stroganoff

"Delicious and so easy. Much better than any boxed mix."

-Susan K.

Louisiana: Slow-Cooker Jambalaya

"This has become one of my favorite recipes. I use andouille sausage and a smoky sweet chipotle sauce, which increases the heat factor a little."


Maine: Lobster Rolls

These buttery creations are a favorite for every occasion.

Maryland: Baked Potato Skins

"I made these for Super Bowl and they were very good and very easy."

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Massachusetts: Chocolate Fudge Cake

"This cake is wonderful. It is so rich!"


Michigan: Brownies

"These brownies are the literal BEST I've ever made."


Minnesota: Sloppy Joes

"I've made this recipe several times, exactly as written. It is a definite hit here!"


Mississippi: Homemade Pimiento Cheese

"Yummy, yummy... we love it just like this."


Missouri: Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

"This is our family's new favorite chicken dish."


Montana: Wild Huckleberry Pie

"I had to make this with half the huckleberries, but halving all the ingredients worked and made for a very yummy pie!"


Nebraska: Old-Fashioned Raisin Pie

This classic Nebraska dessert features raisins, walnuts and a buttery, flaky crust.

Nevada: Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

"Oh my gosh, this was sooo good. I did use boneless skinless chicken breast and cooked on my stove top grill."


New Hampshire: Turkey Chili

"Delicious chili recipe!"


New Jersey: Italian Meatballs

" This is a very tasty meatball recipe. I made them a little smaller and baked them on a rack so that the fat would drain as it baked."

-Cucina Casalingo

New Mexico: Baked Frito Pie

"The taste is simply delicious. Very simple recipe, as well."


New York: Buffalo Chicken Wings

"Great recipe that got me making buffalo wings two days straight!"


North Carolina: Buffalo Chicken Dip

"One of my all time favorite appetizer recipes. So easy to make!"


North Dakota: Bratwurst & Sauerkraut

"Made as written, except the caraway seeds, didn't have any! Great taste, texture, and aroma."

-Paul in Arkansas

Ohio: Peanut Butter Cookies

"Amazing recipe! Thank you so much. They were a bit crumbly but we love them that way!"

-Ramona G.

Oklahoma: Chicken-Fried Steak

"Yum! We love chicken fried steak and loved this version. Very simple, tender, and yummy."


Oregon: Chicken Vegetable Soup

"This really hit the spot on this cold, rainy February day!"

-Lucky Clover

Pennsylvania: Pepperoni Pizza Bake

The absolute easiest way to do pizza night.

Rhode Island: Stuffed Bell Peppers

"This was such an amazing dish. So very quick to throw together too and so very yummy afterwards."


South Carolina: Bacon Nachos

"Even better than the ones we eat in restaurants."


South Dakota: Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

"Made this for a BBQ at a friend's house today and everyone raved."

-Camdens Mom

Tennessee: Pork Chops

"Can't believe how easy this was. My first time oven frying chops. Delicious!"

-MsRenay Cooks

Texas: Meatloaf

"Best meatloaf I have ever made!"

-Jeff Spiker

Utah: French Fry Dipping Sauce

"Wow, this was really, really good with some steak fries."


Vermont: Fried Dough

"Wow! This was really good. It is different from the fried dough we are used to, but it was so flavorful AND easy to make."


Virginia: Grilled Garlic Shrimp

"What a perfectly simple and delish recipe! We used chives right out of the gaden and grilled just a few minutes and they were wonderful."


Washington: Pasta Salad

"I will make this again and again. It's a really good blend."


West Virginia: Pepperoni Rolls

"OMG, these were the best pepperoni rolls! The family loved them."

-Parris Original

Wisconsin: Four-Cheese Macaroni & Cheese

"I've made this twice now and both times it was amazing!"

-Michael C.

Wyoming: Antipasto Salad

"FANTASTIC! Like a party in your mouth!"