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With the football season fast approaching, this means that it’s time to prepare for the great tradition of tailgating.  Whether you’re wearing your team’s colors or cheering on your best team, good times and fantastic food await.

Although a burger or some tasty barbeque may be necessary, you might need to consider simple and portable munchies. You want something that you can grab and go.  If you’re struggling with what to prepare, these are some of the tailgate recipes you need to try.

Salsa

Salsa is a must-have for any tailgating party.  You can have a mild to a super-hot sauce to use as dips for your chips.  While you can buy salsa from the store, you’ll get more fun by making it yourself. The best thing is that you can get creative by experimenting with ingredients like garlic, cilantro, yellow onions, or jalapenos.

What You’ll Need:

  • A half seeded jalapeno pepper
  • Six medium tomatoes cut into cubes
  • Fresh corn with the husks removed
  • Small onion cut into quarter inch slices
  • A garlic clove cut into small pieces
  • A quarter cup of fresh cilantro leaves
  • A tablespoon of salt
  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • Pork rinds
  • Two tablespoons fresh lime juice
Directions:
  1. On medium heat, preheat your grill to 350 degrees. Using the cooking spray, coat your onions, tomatoes, jalapeno pepper, and the corn. Grill your onions and corn for at least 15 minutes. Ensure that they are golden brown by occasionally turning the mixture with a spoon.
  2. Put in the jalapeno and tomatoes. Grill this for a further six minutes, but remember to turn them. Remove from the grill and allow everything to cool.  Finely chop the onion and cut the corn from the cobs.
  3. In a food processor, put the garlic and the remaining ingredients until well chopped. Pout in the jalapeno, onion, and tomatoes in batches. Ensure everything is well blended before transferring this mixture into a large bowl. Sprinkle some salt and add the corn.
  4. You’re now ready to serve your salsa with pork rinds.

Dill Ranch Cheez It’s

Dill ranch cheez it’s are the perfect snack for any time. Whether you’re going for a game day, camping, tailgating, or camping, it’s an easy to make snack that you can bring to any function.  Unlike your normal crackers, Cheez it’s have a flavorful taste thanks to the seasoning.  The garlic powder and dried spices ensure that these are not your average seasoned crackers.

Dill Ranch Cheez Its

When making these snacks, be sure to make an extra batch as they disappear faster than you’d imagine. You can have other snacks as part of your tailgate party if you have a big crowd.

What you’ll need:
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil or any oil without flavor
  • Two tablespoons of freshly minced dill
  • A packet of ranch dressing mix
  • A tablespoon garlic powder
  • A box of cheez it’s
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a small bowl, whisk the ranch dressing and the oil.  Add the garlic powder, and the pepper flakes.
  2. Pour out the cheez its into a bowl and transfer the oil and ranch dressing mix into it.  Mix the cheez its well to ensure that they are well-coated. You can choose to invert the bowl to coat the crackers with the seasoning.
  3. Refrigerate this mixture for at least 24 hours.
  4. Spread the cheez its in a baking sheet. Bake until they are lightly toasted or for 30 minutes to get that brown color. Be sure to stir every ten minutes.
  5. Allow the mixture to cool before you serve it to guests. You can also store the crackers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Smoky Habanero Barbecue Chicken Wings

No fall is complete without a barbeque. If you like your wings hot and spicy, you’ll love these grilled chicken wings for a soccer party. However, when making this wings, you don’t want to touch hot peppers. It’s recommended to get some quality gloves to use when cutting the peppers.

Smoky Habanero Barbecue Chicken Wings

Also, remember to season your wings with salt first. This ensures that the crystals stick to the surface. Use tongs when moving or flipping raw wings.

What You’ll Need:
  • Two pounds of chicken wing sections
  • Two habanero peppers
  • A half cup ketchup
  • A quarter cup rice vinegar
  • A teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • A quarter cup brown sugar
  • A teaspoon minced garlic
  • A quarter cup yellow onion chopped
  • A teaspoon salt
  • A teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
  • Two teaspoons smoked paprika
  • Two tablespoons avocado oil
  • A quarter cup cider or rice vinegar
Directions:

First, for the wings:

  1. Heat your grill for up to 420 degrees Fahrenheit
  2. Take some paper towel sheets and place them on a flat area. Lay the wings on the paper towels. Use the extra paper towels to dry the wings.
  3. Coat the wings with black pepper, paprika, and salt.  Flip the wings using tongs and season the other side. Place the wings on the grill and allow them to cook for 12-15 minutes. Turn the wings on the other side and let them cook for some extra time.
  4. Check to see if the wings are cooked to your preference. They should be cooked, but crispy.
  5. Transfer the wings to a bowl and cover it.

For the Sauce:

  1. Take a bowl and put in the sauce, pepper, paprika, salt, ketchup, vinegar, and brown sugar. Whisk these ingredients together and set aside.
  2. In a pan, heat some oil over medium heat. Add the onion, salt, and the peppers. Stir them occasionally to allow the peppers to turn brown and the onions translucent. Add the garlic as you stir and after a minute, add the sauce mixture. Let this mixture simmer for 7-10 minutes.
  3. Your sauce is now ready. Take your chicken wings and toss them in the sauce.

These are some of the best tailgate recipes you should try.  The recipes are simple to make and the snacks, easy to transport. Your guests will love the snacks and more the dill ranch cheez it’s.

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