By Lauren Durden
The Daily Meal

When summer comes to a close and the fall weather slowly creeps in, football season is just around the corner. Whether this is your first time at the tailgate rodeo or you're a seasoned veteran, there are some classic tailgating recipes you need to master before the first kickoff.

Tailgates are where the football parties get started. They’re where you meet friends, get revved up for the game, and fuel up on food (and -- within reason, we hope -- drink) before you hit the stadium, where that tray of nachos and a couple of beers will cost you a fortune. You’ll be prepared for your first tailgate of the season with these classic recipes in your playbook.

Tailgating recipes can vary by region, but wings and burgers are sure to be a touchdown with your guests. Easy-to-prep slow-cooker favorites and dips mean you don’t have to stand over the grill the whole time. Review the play-by-play of each recipe below to be the MVP of the parking-lot tailgate this fall.

Classic Tailgate Foods

Artichoke Spinach Dip
 

Artichoke Spinach Dip

Fall brings cooler weather, meaning this warm dip will be welcomed at your tailgate.

Artichoke Spinach Dip
 

Artichoke Spinach Dip

It's a classic that works well not only for your tailgate, but for any upcoming get-togethers of the season. Click here for the Artichoke Spinach Dip recipe

BBQ Wings
 

BBQ Wings

Barbecue wings are the perfect choice for those who like their wings with a little more sweet and a little less heat than Buffalo wings provide.

Best Burgers
 

Best Burgers

You can't have a tailgate without a classic burger.

Best Burgers
 

Best Burgers

Forgo the frozen options and batch these out the night before your tailgate for more flavor (and fewer preservatives). Click here for the Classic Hamburger recipe.

Boiled Peanuts
 

Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts hail from the South, where college ball is king.

Boiled Peanuts
 

Boiled Peanuts

Pair the salty snack with a cold beer for maximum tailgate potential. Click here for the Boiled Peanuts recipe.

Bratwurst
 

Bratwurst

What's a tailgate without some brats?

Bratwurst
 

Bratwurst

While Cheddar brats are an easy buy at the store, making these homemade sausages will earn you major tailgate-chef cred with the other grillmasters at the game. Click here for the Homemade Pork and Veal Bratwurst recipe.

Crock Pot Chili
 

Crock Pot Chili

Crock Pot Chili is a crowd pleaser, and easy to set and let cook while you're enjoying the tailgate with your buddies.

Crock Pot Chili
 

Crock Pot Chili

Top with chopped onions, Cheddar cheese, or sour cream for an extra kick. Click here for the Crock Pot Chili recipe.

Guacamole
 

Guacamole

You can almost guarantee that any bowl of guac you bring to a tailgate will leave empty.

Guacamole
 

Guacamole

The pros at Chipotle know a thing or two about the perfect guac, so why not recreate their recipe? Extra chips, please. Click here for the Guacamole recipe.

Jalapeno Poppers
 

Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno poppers are a spicy, creamy snack that's sure to please your tailgate guests.

Jalapeno Poppers
 

Jalapeno Poppers

Add a little bacon and you have a recipe you'll be making throughout the entire football season. Click here for the Bacon Jalapeño Poppers recipe.

Potato Skins
 

Potato Skins

Toss around the old pigskin with one of these potato skins in hand.

Sausage and Peppers
 

Sausage and Peppers

Pump up your brats with this heartier dish of sausage and peppers.

Sausage and Peppers
 

Sausage and Peppers

The sweet and smoky Italian sausage can stand alone as a dish when paired with crisp and sweet bell peppers, but if you want a little carb action, spoon them into a baguette or bun for a handheld meal. Click here for the Sausage and Pepper recipe.

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