31 Tailgating Snacks That Will Score is a round up of some of the best game day recipes, including buffalo wings, pub cheese, beer bread, nachos, jalapeño poppers and more!

Tailgating snack recipes with zucchini tots, cheese ball and more

Are you ready for some football??  I definitely am!  I look forward to football season every year — there’s so much excitement in the air on Game Day, and every single game counts.

My household is full of football fanatics, and if we’re home, we’ll have football on the television all day long on Sunday.  And let’s not forget about Monday night football or the Thursday night game — we’re definitely watching them, too. 🙂

Of course it’s not game day without amazing food, and that’s where this round up of 31 Tailgating Snacks That Will Score comes in.  Because quite honestly, the food is just as important than the game.

When the game is going great, the food makes the game day experience even better.  Yassss….shredded buffalo chicken sliders and air fryer zucchini fries are definitely going kick game day up a few notches.

If the game is going badly, the food is a great distraction.  Of course, there are also people who aren’t football fans, so you need great food to keep them entertained when you invite a crowd over for the big game.

Great game day snacks are win-win any way you look at them, and the recipes in this round up are guaranteed to score.  Let’s get to it!

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Game Day Snacks

You can’t have a game without these Buffalo Chicken Wings!  They’re spicy, sweet and tender, and the recipe includes instructions to prepare them in the slow cooker and Instant Pot!  

Instant pot chicken wings piled on a plate with ranch dip

Is there anything better than a cheese ball, especially when it’s in the shape of a football?  This Jalapeño Popper Football Cheese Ball by Peas and Crayons is the ultimate tailgate food!

Jalapeno popper football cheese ball

Game day snacks can be healthy too, and these Zucchini Tots by She Likes Food are living proof.  They’re addictive and made with only 4 ingredients!

Zucchini tots in a box with ketchup

Sliders are always more fun than a big sandwich or burger in my opinion, and I definitely couldn’t eat just one of these Shredded Buffalo Chicken Sliders by The Blond Cook!

Buffalo chicken sliders with blue cheese and pickle

Kick your game day snacks up a notch with these Blackened Shrimp!  They’re juicy, flavorful and perfect when paired with a cool, creamy avocado ranch dip!

Blackened shrimp appetizer with avocado ranch dressing

Creamy onion dip in a mini bell pepper?  Yes please.  These Caramelized Onion and Cream Cheese Stuffed Peppers by The Roasted Root are creamy, flavorful and guaranteed to impress!

caramelized onion and cream cheese stuffed peppers on baking sheet

These Chicken Taquitos by The Seasoned Mom are an easy family-friendly finger food!  You only need 4 ingredients and about 10 minutes to pull together this crowd-pleasing appetizer!

4 Ingredient Chicken Taquitos piled on a plate

Beer and cheese are made for game day, and this Pub Cheese incorporates both!  This creamy dip has big cheddar cheese and mild beer flavor, and is a must for the big game.

Pub cheese dip in a bowl surrounded by pretzels and vegetables

Loaded with pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella cheese, pepperoni and seasonings, these Pizza Potato Skins by Pumpkin ‘n Spice are sure to be a crowd-pleasing appetizer or snack!

Pizza potato skins on baking sheet

Air Fryer Zucchini Fries by Sweet Peas and Saffron are coated with a crispy parmesan panko breading and are one of the best healthy tailgating snacks!

Air fryer zucchini fries on plate with ketchup

These Homemade Soft Pretzels are soft and delicious with beer baked right in!  Serve with maple mustard sauce for one memorable game.

Homemade soft pretzels on a cutting board with a glass of beer

A big bowl of this Creamy Jalapeño Salsa Bean Dip by My Sequined Life is the perfect tailgate food. It’s easy prep and you can customize the spice level by switching up the salsa variety.

Cheesy salsa bean dip in bowl

Crispy wonton cups filled with a black bean and sweet potato taco mix – these cute little Taco Cups by Bake. Eat. Repeat. are the perfect appetizer or meal!

Sweet potato taco cups

Cowboy Caviar by The View From the Great Island is a healthy rainbow bean salad that doubles as a dip, a salsa, and an all around people pleaser!

Cowboy caviar in a bowl

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes by A Latte Food are spiced up with a creamy pepper jack cheese filling.  Bet you can’t eat just one!

stuffed tomatoes on a white plate

The best dip for any occasion is this Homemade Guacamole!  This is a fresh, flavorful crowd pleaser that’s ready in 5 minutes!

Homemade guacamole on platter with chips and lime

Wow your guests with this Shrimp Cocktail by My Kitchen Craze!  It’s fresh and flavorful with a spicy Mexican twist!

Mexican shrimp cocktail in a glass with lime and cilantro

Mini Cheeseballs by Live Well Bake Often will be the hit of any party!  They’re creamy, cheesy and coated with crunchy almonds!

Mini cheese balls with pretzel sticks on a white plate

You’ll make everyone forget about the game with these BBQ Steak Nachos by Spicy Southern Kitchen!  Tender beef is topped with tangy bbq sauce, gooey cheese and so much more!

Nachos on a plate

White Bean Hummus is a nutritious dip that’s a great addition to any game day spread.  It’s creamy, flavorful and perfect served with crunchy veggies, crackers or pita chips!

White bean hummus in a bowl with veggies

Spicy Asian Meatballs by Maebells are juicy pork meatballs with a spicy, sweet Asian sauce that makes them utterly addictive!

Asian meatballs on a cutting board

Deviled Eggs by Cooking on the Front Burners are dressed to impress for Game Day!  They’re boiled to perfection with a creamy filling that everyone will love!

Football deviled eggs

This Bacon-Wrapped Chicken by The Seasoned Mom come together in a matter of minutes with just 3 ingredients.  They’re guaranteed to be a hit!

Bacon wrapped chicken bites on plate

Football Scotcheroos by Julie’s Eats and Treats are ooey, gooey scotcheroos covered in chocolate, and are a festive treat for game day!

Football scotcheroos on a white plate

Buffalo Chicken Tortilla Pinwheels by Homecooking Memories are delicious party food with all the flavors of buffalo wings + blue cheese, but without the mess!

Buffalo chicken tortilla pinwheels on a white plate

Irish Nachos by Cooking With Curls are a fun twist on traditional nachos, made with thinly sliced potatoes, crispy bacon, melted cheese and all of your other favorite toppings!

Irish nachos on a plate with sour cream

Beer Bread is light and fluffy with crispy edges and the flavors of brown butter, maple syrup and beer!  This homemade bread recipe is beyond easy and comes together with just 5 ingredients!

Loaf of sliced beer bread with butter in a ramekin

Lighten up your tailgating snacks with these Air Fryer Buffalo Cauliflower Wings by Recipes From A Pantry!  These vegan cauliflower wings are a crispy, flavorful and addictive!

Air fryer buffalo cauliflower wings in a bowl with sauce

Cream Cheese Jalapeño Poppers by Wholesome Yum will leave you asking, “Game, what game?” 🙂  They’re spicy, cheesy and topped with crispy bacon for the ultimate snack!

Jalapeno poppers on a white platter

Frosted Football Brownies by Celebrating Sweets are brownies decorated to look like a football using chocolate and vanilla frosting. Use your favorite brownie recipe as the base. No cookie cutter needed! 

Frosted football brownies on a platter

Roasted Nuts are crunchy and addictive, with the flavors of rosemary, maple and hint of spice.  They come together in minutes with just a few simple ingredients!

Roasted nuts in a bowl with rosemary

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