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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10 Chips and Dips to Take to a Tailgate

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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.

Apple Chips with Salted Caramel Yogurt Dip

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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


If your football party or tailgating 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? Enjoy this delicious dip with a side of corn chips. — Richard Sandoval

For the Bacon Guacamole recipe, click here.

Dark Chocolate-Covered Kale Chip

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Kale chips are all the rage because they're the perfect healthy substitute for anyone with a potato chip addiction, explains special contributor Annie Valpone. If you have a few health-conscious folks tagging along to your tailgate, this is the perfect recipe. Bring a side of melted chocolate for extra dipping.

For the Dark Chocolate-Covered Kale Chip recipe, click here.

DIY Potato Chips

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Other than the mandoline (or some really great knife skills), these don’t require any gear and are really easy, says special contributor Anne Maxfield. This is a simple recipe, and you can add any spices that you want for flavored chips. Enjoy these chips with an easy southwest taco dip or onion dip.

For the DIY Potato Chips recipe, click here.

Easy Southwest Taco Dip

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It isn’t a game-day celebration without a taco dip, but you don’t have to overload yours with heavy cream cheese and sugary, pre-made salsa. Instead, make a zesty and creamy dip with yogurt as your base and add seasonings to your taste. Pair it with wheat tortilla chips for a healthier game-day snack. — Yoplait

For the Easy Southwest Taco Dip recipe, click here.

Homemade Tortilla Chip Recipe

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To make your own chips, forego frying: these crunchy chips are super easy to make and go great with homemade salsa. – Arthur Bovino

For the Homemade Tortilla Chip recipe, click here.  

Onion Dip


Here you have a homemade onion dip that is inspired by the 1954 Lipton’s Onion Soup Mix hit commercial. Back then, you would mix onion soup mix with sour cream, and bam, you have a delicious dip. While this dip has a few extra ingredients, we promise it tastes just as delicious. Pair this dip with DIY Potato Chips for a tasty tailgating snack.

For the Onion Dip recipe, click here.

The Perfect Potato Chip


The ideal potato chip is the combination of salty flavor, crunchy texture, and a hint of oil for taste. Being diligent about the width of your chip and exactly how you fry it is the only way you'll achieve that. For the non-traditional, a little barbecue or sour cream and onion seasoning is the perfect way to spice it up in addition to some salt. The perfect potato chip pairs well with guacamole or salsa.  — Anne Dolce

For the Perfect Potato Chip recipe, click here.

Strawberry Salsa

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Tart-sweet and pleasantly spicy, this fresh strawberry and green onion salsa is the perfect match for sweet cinnamon chips on game day.

For the Strawberry Salsa recipe, click here.

Sweet Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips

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When we think about salsa, we often think about it as zesty or spicy. This beautiful blend of berries and lemon juice is just the opposite: and ode to a dessert salsa that satisfies on every level. Plus, the cinnamon pita chips don't hurt, either. — Lauren Gordon

For the Sweet Berry Salsa with Cinnamon Chips recipe, click here.