Jalapeño poppers, chili and nachos are some simple food ideas for tailgate events. Many easy tailgate recipes are available on FoodNetwork.com and SouthernLiving.com.
Bite-sized appetizers and finger foods are good choices for tailgate parties. Foods such as chicken wings, chips with guacamole and stuffed mushrooms are easy to make ahead of time and bring to a tailgate. Chili, potato salad and burgers work well as main courses. Chili should be kept in a heated or insulated container.
For dessert, it's best to pick foods that do not require utensils, such as cupcakes, peanut butter bars, cookies and brownies. Drinks such as punch and lemonade are popular choices.