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26 Just-As-Good-Cold Dishes, Dips, and Bites For This Weekend's Tailgate

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It's the night before the big game, and while your eyes might be on the clock at the moment (it's almost the weekend, horray!), what to tote to the tailgate tomorrow should also be on the top of your mind. (Right, right? Sports!). Before deciding what to make, ask yourself: "Will it still taste good at the end of the night?" Tailgating is, after all, an all-day affair.

Here are 26 dishes, dips, and bites that'll hold up all day long, and still taste good at the end of the night after sweet, sweet victory:

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Messes of Nachos

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Super(bowl) Chicken and Black Bean Nachos by Kendra Vaculin

Chili Verde Totchos

Chili Verde Totchos by Alexandra V. Jones

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork Nachos

Memphis-Style Pulled Pork Nachos by thirschfeld

Salad Nachos

Salad Nachos by Lindsay-Jean Hard

Chili, Soups, & Stews

Chili Gumbo

Chili Gumbo by aargersi

Best Ever Turkey Chili

Best Ever Turkey Chili by kmartinelli

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew

Meaty Cabbage and Rice Stew by inpatskitchen

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili

Slightly Smoky Mixed-Bean Chili by creamtea

 Rick Bayless' Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chard

Rick Bayless' Tortilla Soup with Shredded Chard by Genius Recipes

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Soup by foxeslovelemons

Meaty Mains

Meatloaf, Plain And Simple

Meatloaf, Plain And Simple by sdebrango

Chicken Fingers

Chicken Fingers by Merrill Stubbs

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Michael Ruhlman's Rosemary-Brined, Buttermilk Fried Chicken by Genius Recipes

Chicken Meatball Sub with Gobs of Fresh Mozzarella

Chicken Meatball Sub with Gobs of Fresh Mozzarella by Erin McDowell

Baked Dips

Roasted Fennel & White Bean Dip

Roasted Fennel & White Bean Dip by singing_baker

Sarah Leah Chase's Scalloped Tomatoes

Sarah Leah Chase's Scalloped Tomatoes by Genius Recipes

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip

Spinach, Feta, and Artichoke Dip by Oui, Chef

Baked Olive, Tomato, and Feta Dip

Baked Olive, Tomato, and Feta Dip by Kendra Vaculin

Something Resembling Breakfast

Chilaquiles Verdes

Chilaquiles Verdes by lisina

Kindred's Milk Bread

Kindred's Milk Bread by Catherine O'Donnell

Bits and Bobs

A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade Za'atar & Aleppo Pepper

A Medley of Roasted Potatoes with Homemade Za'atar & Alep... by onetribegourmet

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast

ABC Kitchen’s Butternut Squash on Toast by Kenzi Wilbur

Party Pretzel Bites

Party Pretzel Bites by fiveandspice

Old-School Swedish Meatballs

Old-School Swedish Meatballs by Corby

Devils on Hatchback

Devils on Hatchback by Helenthenanny

Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms

Creamy Sausage-Stuffed Mushrooms by ADRIENE

What are you taking to this weekend's tailgate—and would you eat it cold? Tell us in the comments below!


Tags: sports, tailgating