10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Snack Recipes

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on August 15, 2014

College football season is nigh, and we can all agree that the spectacle of the season wouldn’t be the same without a steady arsenal of tailgate party snacks. From salty to sweet (and some with a little of both) these quick and easy recipes cater to a variety of tastes—and since they start with inexpensive snack staples like Chex Mix and popcorn, they’ll allow you to stretch your grocery budget through an entire season of game-time festivities.


S’mores Popcorn

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

The Baker Mama

While most football tailgate parties take place in a parking lot, The Baker Mama’s S’mores Popcorn brings the bonfire to the game. This recipe is ideal if you still have some leftover s’mores ingredients from summer.


Spicy Sriracha Chex Mix

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

My Bacon-Wrapped Life

Heat things up with Spicy Sriracha Chex Mix from My Bacon-Wrapped Life. Add a little Sriracha and soy sauce to your snack mix for an easy (but memorable) game day snack.


Pumpkin Spice Chex Mix

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

Dine & Dish

There’s nothing quite like pumpkin spice to guarantee a happy crowd in the fall. Dine & Dish’s Pumpkin Spice Chex Snack Mix is a quick recipe that delivers fall’s most popular flavor, with the perfect amount of accompanying crunch.


Cinnamon Toasted Almonds

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

Joyful Healthy Eats

Joyful Healthy Eats’ recipe for Cinnamon Toasted Almonds only calls for almonds, cinnamon, salt and olive oil, making for a super simple—not to mention healthier-than-average—tailgate snacking option.


Apple Cider Muddy Buddies

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

What’s Cooking, Love?

What’s Cooking Love? simply replaces the peanut butter in traditional muddy buddies with apple cider mix to add a fall-flavored twist. These Apple Cider Muddy Buddies are the perfect way to enjoy that the cider flavor we love when it’s still a little too warm outside to enjoy hot stuff.


Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn Crunch Mix

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

I Wash, You Dry

This Peanut Butter and Chocolate Popcorn Mix from I Wash You Dry is the ultimate comfort food—and it only takes a few minutes to make!


Chipotle Popcorn

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

No Thyme to Waste

No Thyme To Waste’s Chipotle Popcorn is tossed with cumin, paprika, chili powder and Chipotle Tabasco. Needless to say, this tailgate snack packs in a punch with just a few spices for seasoning.


BBQ Flavored Roasted Chickpeas

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

A Life of Geekery

Give your tailgate a barbecue flare with A Life of Geekery’s Barbecue Roasted Chickpeas. Just look to your pantry for this recipe, which only calls for chickpeas and few staple spices.


Caramel Apple Trail Mix

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

Makes and Takes

Makes and Takes reveals an easier way to eat caramel apples! Well, maybe not the caramel apples you’re used to, but this easy Caramel Apple Trail Mix recipe includes apple chips and bits of caramel to achieve the same flavor combo we know and love for fall.


Cinnamon Roll Pretzels

10 Cheap and Easy Tailgate Recipes

Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Made with white chocolate and cinnamon-sugar, these Cinnamon Roll Pretzels from Crunchy Creamy Sweet will satisfy both your sweet and salty cravings in one easy snack recipe.


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