Are you ready for some football?! With the weather cooling down, fantasy leagues maxed-out and team colors proudly on display, one thing is certain – football season is upon us! That means it’s time to take advantage of the autumn weather, head out to the stadium or your own background and fire up the grill and host your own tailgate party!

Tailgating Traditions and Fan Favorite Recipes:

Hormel Foods recently conducted a study to better understand football fans, the importance of tailgating and favorite tailgating foods.  According to the study, more than 76 percent of fans say tailgating is a crucial part of the game day ritual and 73 percent would rather feast on their own menu versus stadium food! What do you think? Do you have any tailgating and game day favorites?

Tailgate infographic

Keeping these stats in mind, Hormel created a menu of fan favorite recipes for you to enjoy!

  • Backyard Barbecue Ribs: Heat up the grill for these easy-to-make crowd pleasers, featuring Hormel® Always Tender® Pork Country Style Ribs
  • Hot Pepperoni Dip: Whip up this dip featuring delicious Hormel® pepperoni (regular or mini sized!) to bring to your tailgate. Prep time is less than 30 minutes!

Tailgating Traditions and My favorite recipe – Cheesy Chili Dip!

This dip is seriously the easiest thing you will ever make! You simply take a can of your favorite variety of Hormel Chili (I like to use the no bean Turkey Chili, but I used our last can at a previous party so I used the cook-off chili instead — still great!), add about 1/3 to 1/2 a box Velveeta cheese cut into cubes, and heat. I usually make this in a slow cooker on low so that the cheese stays melty all throughout the game, but for today I simply heated it in the microwave and served with tortilla chips. Yum!

Hormel Cheesy Chili Dip

So tell us…

How often do you tailgate? How important is food to your tailgate? What is your favorite tailgating recipe?



I am currently a member of the Hormel Foods Extended Blogger Program and this post is part of my involvement in the Group. While Hormel Foods provides me material and necessary resources to complete various activities, all statements and sentiment in The Mommy Bunch are my own.