Tailgate Time!

Whether you’re a fair-weather fan or flat-out fanatic, we’ve got game plans for you. Here are a few make-ahead recipes you can eat straight out of the cooler at your next tailgate party and some that are a little more complex, but worth the wait. Hopping on Caltrain to meet friends for a tailgate party? We’ve got grab-n-go picnic ideas too. These recipes make great additions for a crowd-pleasing spread.

Pressure-Cooker Chili. Kick off your tailgate party with this winning recipe for thick, hearty chili. Corn chips thicken the chili and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce give it smoky flavor.

Meatball Sandwiches. Fellow tailgaters will rave over every element of these mini sandwiches, from the Parmesan-parsley biscuits to the homemade spaghetti sauce to the triple-meat meatballs.

Beer-Cheese Spread. Serve this versatile spicy spread over hot dogs, atop your chili or with crackers for a tasty game-day appetizer. Have leftovers? Bring it home, spread on buttered bread and cook in a skillet for a twist on the traditional grilled cheese sandwich.

Coleslaw Cups. Skip the plate and fork and serve a tailgate favorite with ease by using crisp lettuce as your vehicle for this tasty side.

Jalapeno Peppers. Prepare these peppers at home and throw them on the grill at the game. Jalapenos are stuffed with cream cheese, wrapped with bacon, and barbecued on the grill.

San Mateo Caltrain

Go by Caltrain
Walk over to the Hillsdale Station or drop your car if needed in the plethora of parking available. Caltrain makes your transit lifestyle a breeze. Here are a few more tips for taking Caltrain to the game.

Grab a few picnic inspired recipes that are perfect to pack in your basket and bring along on your ride to the game. These recipes are full of flavor and easy to make in advance:

Spicy Fried Wings. Pep up your wings with cayenne and red pepper flakes. The creamy dipping sauce also comes with a punch of horseradish, cayenne and chili sauce.

BLT Wrap. You can fill your wrap sandwiches with your favorite meats and condiments for an array of options. Individually wrap them in plastic wrap or secure with a toothpick for easy pick-up-and-go treats.

Cheddar Ale Pub Spread. Pull out from the cooler, surround with crackers, flatbreads and slices of apples and viola you have a perfect bar! It had a nice spreadable texture with a delicious cheddar flavor.

Fried Pies. These sweet fruit-filled pies are perfect for one-the-go and will be a fan favorite.

Tailgating is a lifestyle. If you’re looking for serious tips to up your game, here are 41 Tailgating Tips from BuzzFeed that are borderline genius.

*featured image credit: bonappetit.com

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