Tailgating Done Right!

We have finally reached the best time of year, fall. Leaves are changing, the air is cooling, and football (and Gordo’s Ultimate Tailgate Contest) is in full swing. You never have to wonder what you are doing over the weekend because there is always a game to be watched and tailgating to be done. While your tailgating may be done from the comfort of your home, as we like to call it couchgating, the best parts of any tailgate are the same; food, friends, and football. Now we will assume you have the friends and football part covered, so we are here to help with the food!

There are tons of great tailgating tips out there (check out Buzzfeed’s 41 Tailgating Tips that are Borderline Genius). But the most important is you have your tailgating essentials down! No matter where you are, having the basics will make for a great tailgate.

The Good Dip

To start you should always have a good dip! Obviously you should go with the best of the best, Gordo’s Cheese Dip. But while tailgating it can be a bit of a struggle to keep things warm so making a dip that is just as good once it has cooled down is a must. The biggest crowd pleaser is buffalo chicken wing dip!


Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip 



  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 1 16 oz. tub HOT Gordo’s Cheese Dip
  • 1/2 cup ranch or blue cheese dressing
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup bottled hot sauce depending on how spicy you like it
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


Melt cream cheese and Gordo’s Cheese Dip in bowl in microwave for 2 minutes until melted.  Stir in chicken, dressing and hot sauce.  Pour mix into a greased 8 x 8 oven safe baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes until hot and bubbly. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, kettle cooked potato chips, crackers or bread.

The “Main” Dish

Another tailgating essential is the “main” dish. While there is no sit down dinner in tailgating, having a good main dish is important. Whether it be hamburgers and hot dogs, sandwiches and sliders, or another dish its important to fuel up before a big game (even when you aren’t playing). A great dish for a tailgate is the obvious hamburgers. We prefer to make them sliders to make them easy to eat during a busy tailgate!

Hamburger Sliders


  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 1 Tablespoon dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 container Gordo’s Cheese Dip
  • 12 dinner rolls

How to Prepare

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine hamburger meat, onion, seasoning salt and pepper. Press mixture evenly in the bottom of an un-greased 9×13 in baking dish. Bake, uncovered for roughly 25 minutes, depending on how you like your meat cooked. Remove from oven and then carefully pour out the grease in the pan. Place ½ Tablespoon Gordo’s Cheese Dip over the top of meat. Place back in oven for 1 minute or until cheese is melted. Cut meat into 12 equal size squares. Place each square of meat in the center of dinner roll. Top with your favorite cheeseburger condiments!


Your Dish

The final essential is something that makes your tailgate you! What makes your tailgate special to you is part of the fun! Here are a few fun recipes to try out during your next tailgate!

Cheesy Chicken Empanadas


  • 3 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • ½ cup Gordo’s Cheese Dip (any flavor)
  • 1 package taco seasoning
  • 1 (15 oz.) package refrigerated pie crusts
  • 1 egg & water


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a Baking Sheet with parchment paper. Toss chicken in taco seasoning. Cook chicken in large skillet. Allow chicken to cool, shred. In a large bowl combine the chicken and cheese. Unroll 1 piecrust onto a lightly floured surface. Cut into rounds, using a 3-inch cookie cutter or cup. Re-roll dough as needed. Repeat with the remaining piecrust. Making as many circles as possible. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and 1-2 TBSP water. Arrange 1 dough circle on a clean flat surface. Lightly brush the edges with the egg wash.Place 1 large TSP of chicken in the center of the round. Fold the dough over the filling, pressing the edges with a fork to seal completely. Place on baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining circles and chicken mixture. Lightly Brush the tops of the empanadas with the egg wash. Bake in oven at for 15 minutes or until golden brown.


Gerri’s Mexican Wings

  • 1 package dry ranch salad dressing mix
  • 1 package dry taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 bottle Franks Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce
  • 5 pounds wings
  • 1 tub Gordo’s Chipotle Cheese Dip

Mix first 4 ingredients in large bowl.  Place wings in zip lock bag and pour mixture over them.  Marinate at least 4 hours – overnight if possible.  Deep fry in vegetable oil 10 to 12 minutes.  Do not overcook.  Drain wings on paper towels.  Place wings on a baking sheet.


Baked Vidalia Onion Cheese Dip

  • 1 cup Gordo’s Cheese Dip, Original
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • Onion dip2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded pepper jack cheese
  • 2 cups chopped Vidalia sweet onions, chopped
  • Assorted bread or crackers

Melt Gordo’s cheese dip and mix with mayonnaise, cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. Stir in onions. Pour in a greased 4 cup baking dish. Bake uncovered at 375 degrees for 20 – 25 minutes or until bubbly. Serve with bread or crackers.



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