6 Tailgating Essentials + Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

Many thanks to Sam’s Club for sponsoring today’s story and getting me ready for tailgating.

Have you ever been to a tailgating party? Whether you head to a game and camp out outside the stadium before the game starts or simply throw a party from your own home to watch the big game, these tailgating essentials can help you get ready!

6 Top Tailgating Essentials

Portable Grill – Traditional tailgating means a parking lot party which makes a portable grill an absolute essential! But even if you plan to host your tailgating from home, you’ll want a good grill. You can grab a portable gas grill for under $100 at Sam’s Club.


Good Food - No party is complete without finger-lickin’ good food. Pack fruits, veggies, chips, soda, and some great entrees. See below for a yummy chili cheese dog recipe that’s perfect for making at your tailgating party.

Fan Gear - What good is a party if you’re not cheering for your favorite team. Go all out dressing up in your team colors, paint your face, or throw on a team jersey!

Football - Grab a football and toss it back and forth to get you excited to watch the game and have fun with your friends.

Camping Chair - A portable camping chair is perfect for your party to give you a place to sit, eat, chat, and party. When it’s time to head into the stadium, fold it up and you’re clean-up is done!

Music – Good tunes always complete a party. At home, complete your entertainment center with a Samsung soundbar and subwoofer to give you the full sound experience for the game.


Chili Cheese Dog Recipe

Chili Cheese Dog

Nothing says tailgating to me quite like barbecued food! An easy and yummy recipe that is perfect for tailgating is these chili cheese dogs! They can be made from home or from your trunk!


Chili Cheese Dog

Grill your hot dogs until cooked through.

Open and heat your chili and Velveeta cheese in a pot on your grill or using a 10-cup multicooker.

Lightly toast your buns, if desired. With the buns toasted they will have a great texture and won’t get soggy from your toppings.

Layer your hot dog inside your bun, top with chili and cheese. Serve and enjoy!


When you’re getting ready for your tailgating party, Sam’s Club is the perfect place to shop for all the essentials! Visit Sam’s Club Tailgating page to find more essentials and ideas to prepare for your big party!

What are your top tailgating essentials?


About Janel

Hi, I'm Janel! I'm the owner and lead blogger here at A Mom's Take. I have five little boys age 8 and under. I am a Phoenix based mom blogger and love the sun. I love to travel and have been known for planning trips specifically to hit the roller coasters! I enjoy digital scrapbook and design and I'm obsessed with board games.


6 Tailgating Essentials + Chili Cheese Dog Recipe — 37 Comments

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  2. Oh man… I’m sitting here HUNGRY but about to go to bed and I’m DYING for some good food and BOY does this look good! I LOVE chili cheese dogs! But I never tried them with velveeta – I’m going to have to pick some up.

  3. I always say I’m going to tailgate and I never do. Let this be my year…I’m determined. It looks like so much fun!Good thing Sam’s is nearby for the snacks.

  4. I always look forward to fall. It means it is time for football, friends and great tail gate parties. Chili cheese dogs is one of my favorite things to make for football Sunday.

  5. Sounds like you’ve got it covered. I’m definitely with you on the chairs. It’s no fun if you can’t sit down, especially when you’re eating!

  6. I love Samsung for music needs! And Velveeta on a dog might be a huge hit here (with the chili of course). Willing to give it a try!

  7. We usually grill when we tailgate, so I love your chili cheese dog idea. I might have to try those next sunday!

  8. I don’t like football, but I like everything about tailgating. Especially the food! I tried concentrating on your tips, but the delicious cheesy chili dog picture snagged my attention and wouldn’t let go! It looks so tasty.

  9. I have never tailgated but these are some great tips for when I do. The chili cheese dog is my hubby’s favorite – thank you for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy