My sister-in-law Jess and her husband, Anthony are both proud Northwestern alumni. They have a group of friends that tailgates at every home football game. We try to join them at a game each year, though as the number of kiddos expands it gets a little more difficult. The regular tailgaters plan who is bringing what. There are a number of game day treats that have to be there. This queso dip is a must-have. A huge pot of it is set out with plenty of tortilla chips and people just dip into the communal queso pot. It also gets slather on brats and burgers. It is always a hit.
Jess's Tailgate Queso
1 2 lb block of Velveeta
2 cans Rotel
1 can Hormel hot no bean chili
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp minced garlic
Optional: diced jalapenos or hot sauce if you like more kick
- Cut Velveeta into cubes and put it and all the other ingredients into a saucepan.
- Cook over medium-low heat until completely melted. Make sure to stir frequently because it can scorch quickly.
- Serve with sturdy tortilla chips or on burgers, brats or hot dogs.
Jess says she normally likes to make things from scratch or with store brands, but in this case she prefers using exactly what she spelled out in the recipe. Enjoy!
I don't know about you, but I love having people over for football. It is a great time to make all of those treats that it is hard to justify making when you're not having people over. This year has been extra busy for Matt and I, so we haven't had a chance to have as many Sunday get togethers as normal. In years past, there would be a pot of chili on the stove almost every week. It would also give me a chance to make other snacks and treats. To me, the mark of a perfect game day food is something you can prep that morning and have it ready when your guests arrive. Then it can hold all afternoon and people can help themselves as they are ready. Of course there is an extra big game coming up, so we wanted to give you plenty of ideas! Below are 50 super festive ideas to help you plan your party for the big game. Now the hard part is going to be picking which ones to do. I want one of each!
13. Kickin' Corn Dip
14. Cowboy Salsa
30. Hot Cuban Dip
33. Game Time Chili
36. Wet Burritos
45. Bloody Maria
47. Baked Onion Dip
49. Bacon Explosion
Now that we have your menu planned, it is time to make your party a little extra festive. Katie from Love My Messy Messy Mess made a printable prop sheet for you to use! Now get those invitations sent, we're ready to party!