Tailgate Food: Inspirational Recipes for Your Gameday Fix


Tailgate Food: Inspirational Recipes for Your Gameday Fix

If you know me, you know I love tailgating season. It’s a time for getting together with friends, family, and coming up with some awesome recipes to share. But “tailgate food” doesn’t have to be the traditional hamburgers, hotdogs, and brats. We’re pulling out all the stops for gameday with three tailgating recipes that are surefire ways to make you the queen of the stadium lot.

1. Charred Steak Burrito

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Serves 4, but easily doubles or triples with more steak and salsa. This is one of my favorite ever tailgate food delights – simply because it’s so unexpected. While anybody can do burgers, this recipe adds incredible flavor without creating extra work for you. The whole thing comes together with about 10 minutes of prep work at the house and standard grilling time on the lot.

Before Leaving the House

Cook 3 cups white rice and place in plastic travel container

Prep the Salsa. Combine cilantro, basil, jalapeno peppers and capers with mustards. Add vinegar, olive oil, and raisins; whisk to blend. Gently stir in tomatoes and peppers. Do not over mix!

Salsa ingredients:

  • ½ cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • ½ cup basil leaves, tightly packed and chopped
  • ½ small jalapeno pepper, minced (if you’re like me and want more spice, make it a full)
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon (smooth) mustard
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • ½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons golden raisins
  • 2 cups fresh tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 cup bell pepper, diced

Put a full package of Azteca supersize flour tortillas straight from the refrigerator to your cooler bag. Remember, Azteca tortillas contain no preservatives, so keeping them cool until use is essential!

Pack 1 to 1 1/2 pounds of skirt, strip, or your preferred cut of steak, trimmed with a sharp knife

Pack Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

On the Lot

Fire up that grill! Use a paper towel or napkin to blot any excess moisture from both sides of the steak, then season generously with salt and pepper. Place steak on grill and brown 3-5 minutes until meat is crusted. Repeat on second side an additional 3-5 minutes. Lower the heat or place steaks on a cooler spot and cook for an additional 5-8 minutes, depending on your desired doneness. Remove the steak from the grill and set aside to rest, approximately 5 minutes. Slice against the grain of the meat.

Warm Azteca tortillas on the grill per package directions. Tinfoil covering helps here unless you want added grill char. Form burrito by layering rice, steak and salsa. Serve eager tailgate guests and become an instant tailgate food legend!

2. Perfect Guacamole

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Serves 8, but it’s guacamole so you know it’s going to go fast on gameday. Best to double or triple to ensure fully satisfied fans.

Before Leaving the House

First you’ll prep the guacamole. This recipe is mostly made at home, since it’s a lot harder to mix on the lot. That said, letting the ingredients sit for 20-30 minutes while you get to the stadium will actually help the flavors combine.

Combine serrano chile with a pinch of the salt and lime juice, let rest 5 minutes. Add the avocados and mash; taste. If too salty, increase the acidity with more lime juice and finish with adding in olive oil. Gently toss in onions, tomatoes and cilantro.

Guacamole ingredients:

  • 5 avocados
  • 1 serrano chile, chopped
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lime juice’
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup white onion, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 bunch fresh cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup cotija cheese, shredded

Pack kosher salt, at least 2 bags of Azteca tortilla chips, and one pack of Azteca salad shells

On the Lot

Salad shells make this a fun and portable recipe. The shells act as edible plates, so you can hand them out with a scoop of guacamole and added chips inside. To prep the salad shells, throw them on the grill wrapped in tinfoil for a minute or two until they are warm. Scoop in the guacamole and then top with more grated cotija cheese and fresh cilantro. Super easy, super delicious.

3. Cheddar and Bacon Skinny Rolls

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Serves 10, but I am warning you: These rolls are so addicting that nobody can eat just one.

Before Leaving the House

For this recipe we need to make a premixed smear that will be applied to the tortillas before cooking on the lot. It’s very quick to make, and can be easily transported in a plastic container or bowl with tinfoil or cling wrap to seal.

Bacon mixture ingredients:

  • 3.5 cups cheddar cheese, shredded
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1/3 cup bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 2 medium green onions, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Place at least 1 package of Azteca flour tortillas into your cooler bag right before you leave.

On the Lot

Spread the bacon mixture in the center of the tortillas and wrap in foil. Throw on the grill at medium heat until the cheese is fully melted, just 5-10 minutes. Once the tortillas are ready to go, slice them in half to boost quantity or leave as whole wraps – no silverware required! For fun, you can combine with the perfect guacamole recipe above and throw one of these into the salad shell containers for an added bonus.

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