10 Chips and Dips to Take to a Tailgate

Bringing store-bought chips and dips to a tailgate is perfectly fine, but making your own at home will be 10 times better

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Delicious and sweet berry salsa with cinnamon chips.

Is there any party combination more classic than chips and dip? Sour cream and onion Lay’s, Doritos, and store-bought dips are delicious additions to your tailgate, but making your own will be much more satisfying. At home, you can experiment with ingredients and customize your chip and dip recipes with out-of-the-box flavors that don’t exist as store-bought brands.

Making chips at home takes no time at all — and the only tool that’s required is a mandolin. Slice your potatoes thin and fry them until golden brown. Season with salt, and you’re done. If you want to be a little more adventurous, add garlic powder, onion powder, or Cajun seasoning for a kick of flavor.

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For instance, try making  guacamole with bacon is sure to be a hit at your next tailgate. To make this guacamole, simply mash fresh avocados with diced red onion, tomatoes, finely chopped cilantro, and crisp, crumbled bacon for a delightful dip. But that isn’t all you can pull off! Try making onion dip, or southwest taco dip to go with your delicious homemade potato chips. You’ll be the star of the party when you show up with both homemade chips and dip.

Need more chip and dip ideas to prepare for your tailgate? Here are a few to get you started:

Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip

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Sweet apple chips and yogurt dip for your tailgate.

Try this delicious yogurt as a dip for crispy apple chips — the perfect fall snack to take to a tailgate. — Yoplait

For the Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip recipe, click here.

Bacon Guacamole


Bacon guacamole to take to your next tailgate.

If your football party or tailgate isn’t complete without some guacamole and chips, take a cue from the master, Richard Sandoval, and serve his bacon guacamole during football season. That’s right, bacon. Need we say more? — Richard Sandoval


For the Bacon Guacamole recipe, click here.