Kick off the season with an awesome Tailgating recipe – Cheesy Chili Dip #TailgatingTraditions

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?



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18 thoughts on “Kick off the season with an awesome Tailgating recipe – Cheesy Chili Dip #TailgatingTraditions

  • October 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm
    I love anything that features velveeta! It's so so tasty and so so bad for you :) Thanks for the super easy recipe, can never have too many of those ;) Reply
    • October 25, 2013 at 8:01 pm
      Yeah, I don't make too many things with Velveeta because it is so bad for you, lol.... and in fact I usually don't like the taste, but this is the one dish I do like it in. Good thing we don't have it that often, haha! Reply
  • October 25, 2013 at 8:35 pm
    My husband might be part of the 38% that say food is the most important part! That cheese dip looks great. I will pin that and make it for my husband and he will love me forever. Thanks for that. ;) Reply
  • October 25, 2013 at 9:46 pm
    Cheese, chili and chips! A trio that's the next best thing to paradise! Looks so yummy! Reply
  • October 26, 2013 at 6:29 am
    Yum! I think once I dip the first chip it would be hard to stop! This looks delicious! Reply
    • October 28, 2013 at 9:23 am
      Yes, very hard to stop! I had to make myself not go heat up more, lol. Reply
  • October 26, 2013 at 9:59 am
    i wanna make this today! Reply
  • October 26, 2013 at 11:26 am
    The hot pepperoni dip sounds great! Especially on a night cold day!! Reply
  • October 26, 2013 at 1:37 pm
    We don't tailgate...but do make snacks when watching a football game. I've never tried Velveeta. This looks like a delicious recipe...would love to try it. Reply
  • October 26, 2013 at 1:48 pm
    That looks nice and hearty! I think food is an absolutely vital part of tailgating...we meet up with friends and potluck, and all try to outdo each other with the food. So much fun! Now that it's getting cooler I'm leaning more towards stews and chilis. Reply
  • October 28, 2013 at 3:15 pm
    That looks sooo delicious!! Reply
  • October 28, 2013 at 3:23 pm
    this looks like it would taste amazing.we dont generally tailgate but i think we just might have to make this this year for Superbowl Sunday Reply
  • October 29, 2013 at 8:56 am
    I have never tailgated, but if I did, I would love to have gourmet sausages roasted and have tons of toppings! Barbecuing hot dogs or sausages are so good. I have barbecued pizza and it came out delicious. I like this tailgating recipe for Cheesy chili dip! Reply
  • October 29, 2013 at 10:34 am
    something so simple but so good, i love this dip! Reply
  • November 7, 2013 at 12:09 pm
    My husband and his buddies would love this! I'm always looking for new, quick football recipes to make for when they come over for the games. Reply
  • November 18, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    looks yummy! I am going to try this recipe Reply
  • December 14, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    Yum! this looks so good! I love dip and this looks so easy to make and the kids will sure to love it. Reply

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