Tailgating is a unique experience like no other, differentiated by what city you are from, what part of the country you live in, what nationality you are, etc.
One of the more prideful factors separating one tailgate from another is….FOOD!
Tailgates are known as one of the best places to experience food! From recipes passed down from generation to generation, to concoctions created solely for tailgaters, food has become a staple of every good tailgate.
I wanted to give a shout out to a few tailgating dishes, because it can be a deciding factor for hosts to attract guests, as well as for guests when they are searching for tailgates on tailgreeter.com!
So be on the lookout for an entire series I’ll be doing called “Tailgating Food” presented by TAILGREETER!
The series begins with…. drum roll please….
Episode 1: CHILI
Chili is a MUST for tailgates in the midwest (and abroad)!
There are two reasons:
(1) The weather for at least half of the tailgating season is “chilly,” and chili warms you up perfectly :)
(2) I don’t know anybody who doesn’t like at least some type of chili!
Even all the best cooking competitions include chili. And naturally, because of how customizable chili can be, many people have their own versions and special ingredients.
According to dictionary.com, Chili is defined as: a spicy stew of beef and red chilies or chili powder, often with beans and tomatoes.
Most recipes will have the same basic ingredients like onions, garlic, meat, beans, tomatoes, etc. in some sort of stew form.
Then, out of nowhere, one chef will use poblano peppers while the other chef will use serrano peppers.
One chef will use chicken while the other only uses pork. And of course every one of them thinks their recipe is the best ever!
The best part is that you don’t have to be on top chef to make a good chili. There are the basic ingredients you start with, and then you can add a variety of spices, veggies, meats, etc. to make it your own.
In the end, chili is a hearty, healthy, and easy dish to cook for a tailgate.
Most importantly, everyone likes chili so you will never go wrong preparing it for your own tailgate.
Here are a few recipes to get you started:
I have also included a link to a chili cook-off competition! If you think you’re good enough, test your chili against the best!
Happy cooking!!! And be on the lookout for Episode 2 in my series “Tailgating Food” presented by TAILGREETER.