Easy tailgate dips to snack on before a big game

All good tailgates have one thing in common: a large spread of dips. Beer cheese dip, spinach and artichoke dip, pizza dip and buffalo chicken dip (hello, duh) all make great tailgate dips and should be a staple for your pre-game snacking. 

In our opinion, the thicker and cheesier a dip is, the better. You know, the ones that have a bubbly, browned cheese layer at the top (ehem, like this cheesy crab dip). These types go best with sturdier dipping vessels like toasted baguette slices, crispy pita chips and even veggies like celery or carrot sticks.

No matter your preference—whether you prefer to spoon dip onto your chip or just dive right in—these tailgate dip recipes will get the job done. That is, if the job is feeding a crowd of hungry football fans who are ready to see their team win.

You can check out recipes for over 20 of our favorite tailgate dips in the slideshow below:

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Cheesy Crab Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Philly Buffalo Chicken Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Bacon, Ranch and Sour Cream Ring Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Caramelized Onion Bacon Dip by AOL Best Bites

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S'mores Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Double Cheese White Queso Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Lobster Delight Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Layered Baked Pizza Dip by Campbell's Kitchen

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Garlic Breadsticks with Alfredo Dip by AOL Best Bites

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Easy 5-Ingredient Mexican Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Ratatouille-and-Goat Cheese Dip by Food & Wine

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Beer Cheese Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Artichoke-and-Spinach Dip with Spiced Pita Chips by Food & Wine

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Layered Black Bean Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Cobb Salad Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese            

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Southwestern Star Dip by Taste of Home

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Cheesy Chicken Taco Dip by Souffle Bombay

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Creamy Marinara Dipping Sauce by The Magical Slow Cooker | Sarah Olson

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White Bean Dip with Parsley Oil by Food & Wine

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Warm French Onion Dip with Crusty Bread by Campbell's Kitchen

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Sun-Dried Tomato and Garlic Dip by Philadelphia Cream Cheese

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Crab Cake Dip by Delish

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