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Recipe Roundup: Top Cold Weather Tailgate Food


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As the chill of winter sets in, the excitement of tailgating season reaches new heights. Whether you're gathered in a stadium parking lot or hosting a game day party at home, the right cold weather tailgate food can turn a good gathering into a great one. That's where our roundup of recipes comes in. Designed to warm you up and keep the spirit high even when the temperatures drop, these cold weather tailgate food recipes are the perfect blend of hearty, comforting, and deliciously satisfying. From appetizers to main dishes, we’ve cooked up a whole menu for you!


The Appetizer


Kick off your winter tailgate with some mouth-watering cold weather tailgate food that will warm you from the inside out. Our favorite appetizer is the **QB Queso** - with its melty cheese and spicy kick of diced chilies and jalapeño, this winning warm dip is sure to be a touchdown. 


QB Queso




1/2 lb Velveeta cheese, cut into cubes

1/2 lb Asadero, Monterey Jack, or White Cheddar cheese, shredded

1 cup milk

1 can (10 oz) diced tomatoes and green chilies (like Rotel), undrained

1/2 cup white onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeño, finely chopped (remove seeds for less heat)

1/2 tsp ground cumin

1/4 tsp chili powder

Fresh cilantro, chopped (for garnish)

Salt and pepper to taste

Tortilla chips for serving



    1. Prepare Ingredients: Finely chop the onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Set aside the can of diced tomatoes and green chilies.
    2. Melt Cheeses with Milk: In a medium pot or saucepan, combine the Velveeta and your choice of white cheese with milk. Heat over medium-low heat, stirring frequently until the cheeses are fully melted.
    3. Add Aromatics and Spices: Once the cheese starts to melt, stir in the chopped onion, garlic, jalapeño, cumin, and chili powder. Mix well to combine.
    4. Include Tomatoes and Chilies: Add the undrained can of diced tomatoes and green chilies to the pot. Stir the mixture until it becomes smooth and well incorporated.
    5. Season the Queso: Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper, or additional spices as needed.
    6. Serve the Queso: Transfer the queso to a serving bowl. Garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve warm with tortilla chips.
    Optional Slow Cooker Method: For convenience and to keep it warm for extended periods, consider preparing this queso in a slow cooker. Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker and cook on low until the cheeses are melted and combined, stirring occasionally.


            The Drink


            A cold weather tailgate needs warming, comforting beverages to take the edge off frigid temperatures. While hot coffee and cocoa are classic options, consider mixing up a batch of delicious **Sideline Cider** to please all your guests!

            Sideline Cider


            apple cider


            8 cups apple cider

            2 cups orange juice

            1/2 cup lemon juice

            4 cinnamon sticks

            1 tbsp whole cloves

            Orange slices for garnish


              1. In a large pot, combine apple cider, orange juice, and lemon juice.
              2. Add cinnamon sticks and cloves.
              3. Heat over medium heat until hot but not boiling.
              4. Serve warm, garnished with orange slices.



                The Mains


                We couldn’t pick just one—we’re sharing TWO of our favorite cold weather tailgate main dishes. The first is a hearty chili—you can’t go wrong with this classic dish that warms your hands and the soul! The second is chicken tender sliders—these bad boys will fuel the cold weather tailgate food fun!


                Champion’s Chili




                2 lbs ground beef

                1 can kidney beans, drained

                1 can black beans, drained

                2 cans diced tomatoes

                1 large onion, chopped

                2 bell peppers, chopped

                2 jalapeños, finely chopped

                3 garlic cloves, minced

                2 tbsp chili powder

                1 tbsp cumin

                Salt and pepper to taste

                Shredded cheese and sour cream for topping



                  1. In a large pot, brown the ground beef with onions, garlic, and jalapeños.
                  2. Add bell peppers, canned tomatoes, kidney beans, and black beans.
                  3. Season with chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper.
                  4. Simmer on low heat for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
                  5. Serve hot with shredded cheese and sour cream on top.


                    Tender Touchdown Sliders


                    tender sliders

                    Ingredients for Biscuits:

                    2 cups all-purpose flour

                    1 tbsp baking powder

                    1/2 tsp baking soda

                    1 tsp sugar

                    1/2 tsp salt

                    6 tbsp unsalted butter, cold and cubed

                    3/4 cup buttermilk, cold


                    Ingredients for Chicken Tenders:

                    1 lb chicken tenders

                    1 cup buttermilk

                    1 cup all-purpose flour

                    1 tsp paprika

                    1 tsp garlic powder

                    1 tsp onion powder

                    Salt and pepper to taste

                    Oil for frying


                    Additional Ingredients:

                    Your choice of sauce (honey mustard, barbecue sauce, ranch dressing, etc.)

                    Lettuce leaves

                    Sliced tomatoes (optional)

                    Pickles (optional)



                    Prepare the Biscuits:

                      1. Preheat Oven and Prepare Biscuit Dough: Preheat your oven to 450°F (230°C).
                      2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt.
                      3, Add the cold, cubed butter to the flour mixture. Using a pastry cutter or your fingers, cut the butter into the flour until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
                      4. Add Buttermilk: Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the cold buttermilk. Gently mix until just combined; do not overmix. The dough should be sticky.
                      5. Form Biscuits: Turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Gently pat it into a rectangle about 1-inch thick. Fold the dough in half over itself and pat it down again. Repeat this process 3-4 times (this helps create flaky layers). Roll out the dough to about 1-inch thickness. Use a biscuit cutter or a glass to cut out biscuits. Re-roll scraps as needed.
                      6. Bake Biscuits: Place biscuits on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, ensuring they just touch each other. Brush the tops with melted butter. Bake for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown.


                        Marinate Chicken Tenders:

                          1. Place the chicken tenders in a bowl and cover with buttermilk. Let them marinate for at least 30 minutes (or overnight in the fridge for more tenderness and flavor).
                          2. Prepare the Chicken Coating: In another bowl, mix together flour, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
                          3. Fry the Chicken Tenders: Heat oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
                          4. Take each chicken tender out of the buttermilk, let the excess drip off, then dredge in the flour mixture. Fry the chicken tenders in the hot oil until golden brown and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes per side. Drain on paper towels.
                          5. Assemble the Sliders: Slice each biscuit in half, and place a chicken tender on the bottom half of each biscuit. Add your preferred sauce, and top with lettuce, tomato slices, and pickles if desired.
                          6. Serve: Serve the chicken tender biscuit sliders warm.



                            Wrapping Up: Cooking Up the Best Cold Weather Tailgate Food


                            Tailgating in winter is not just about braving the cold and cheering for your team; it's about the comfort of shared experiences, the laughter around a steaming cup of "Sideline Cider," and the stories told over plates of delicious food. So bundle up, fire up the grill or stove, and embrace the season with this roundup of cold weather tailgate food. Here's to making every game day an unforgettable one! 

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