Who’s Ready for Football? Check Out These Tailgating Tips from Chef Jody Denton! (Giveaway)

It’s football season, which for many means festive tailgating parties with family and friends. Recently, Frito-Lay Flavor Kitchen Chef Jody Denton shared some special tailgating tips and recipes just for readers of 5 Minutes for Mom. Take a look:

Chef Denton’s acronym for T.E.A.M. is very clever and useful:

  • T – Travel Ready. Make sure you have enough coolers and ice on hand to transport your food safely. And bring disposable containers to make transport (and clean up) a breeze.
  • E – Easy Eating. Plan on simple foods that can be mostly prepared ahead of time.
  • A – All-weather. Check the forecast and be prepared with any gear you may need for the elements.
  • M – Make a checklist. Click here for an extensive checklist for all your game-day tailgating essentials, provided by Frito-Lay.

Chef Denton also mentioned two tasty recipes in this special video – Tostitos Tailgating Football Salsa and Ruffles Max Smokehouse BBQ Chicken Quesadillas. Here they are for you to use!:

tostitos tailgating football salsa

ruffles max smokehouse bbq chicken quesadillas

Win a Tailgating Prize Pack from Frito-Lay

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One winner will receive a fantastic tailgating prize pack from Frito-Lay (pictured above). Just use the Rafflecopter form below to enter this giveaway. New to Rafflecopter? Watch this 45-second videoon how to enter!

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*Disclosure: This is a promotional post for Frito-Lay. All opinions expressed are honest and our own.


  1. Rebecca Rahkonen says

    Okay, I know it sounds like it may be gross, but we like to take sliced Ham or Turkey and put Sour Cream and Chive flavored cream cheese on it and roll them up! It’s really quite good! Or if you take Salsa and shredded cheddar cheese and cream cheese and mix it together and add a bit of bacon bits, it makes a yummy dip!

  2. Natalie J Vandenberghe says

    oh, my goodness–there are so many foods I love! If the weather is cold, I’d prefer a hot dip; otherwise, I really love a good 7-layer dip. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. Theron Willis says

    Arizona Pie, which is layers of ground beef and cheddar cheese on a bed of Fritos. That spiced with lots of hot red peppers and plenty of cold beer.

    Hope to win!

  4. Jessicca Ruffell says

    I love tailgating, and grilling. It is my favorite time of the year! Ribs, chicken, hots and corn on the cob.Yummy :)

  5. betty says

    Love BBQ ribs which are really messy for tailgating – but pulled pork is a wonderful alternative that is just as tasty!

  6. SHEILA tf says

    Small stuff for tailgaiting: salsa and chips, though recently we’ve been making caprese salad on a stick–very popular. Big stuff for talgaiting–ribs:)

  7. Laurie Harrison says

    We like Rotel Dip and Chips. Make it a few times a football season and for sure on Superbowl Sunday.

  8. Jennifer Peaslee says

    If it’s outside I like something I can hold – a hot dog, hamburger, sausage, etc…at an inside tailgate I like bbq chicken

  9. Debbie ritenour says

    Any finger or easy to eat food like hot dog or wings and chips and sandwiches but my favorite is bbq meatballs!

  10. Jane H says

    For me, it’s sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers or when it starts to get cold…its chili. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  11. Aaron Bretveld says

    Well I’ve never actually tailgated, but one of my favorite things at a football party would have to be chilli. You can make a basic mild version and then put out a bunch of fixings for people to customize their bowl. I don’t see why chilli wouldn’t work for an easy (no grill) tailgating.

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