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C.Gray | February 1, 2021

There’s nothing quite like the sound and smell of a gridiron sizzling while fans fuel up to cheer on their favorite team during the Big Game. Don’t worry! Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. has you covered with hunger-tackling recipes to ensure a perfect “at-home tailgate.” 

When it comes to tailgating, beef reigns king as a top fan food.1 With 86 percent of social eaters agreeing beef is good for social gatherings, and 89 percent of those consumers agreeing beef is a pleasurable eating experience, featuring beef at home tailgates is a no brainer.2

While burgers can be an obvious go-to for a crowd-pleasing stadium tailgate, enjoying the game from home allows fans to step-up their culinary skills and “beef up” their game day menus. These crave-worthy recipes from Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner. are great options to consider when hosting hungry, beef loving football family:

  • Grande Beef Empanada – This hand-held app is perfectly balanced with a savory mixture of spicy ground beef and the sweet taste of raisins. Looking to impress your family? Top your empanadas with salsa con queso and some fresh cilantro.
  • Big Game FRITOS® Pie – Wow your Big Game family with this perfect on-the-go recipe. Ground Beef chili served in a bag of FRITOS® Corn Chips.      
  • One Skillet Beefy 7-Layer Dip – What is a party without a dip? This Mexican-style dip combines ground beef sausage with other Mexican-style fillings for a cheesy party favorite. Serve with tortilla chips or fresh tortillas.

"The tailgating fun doesn’t have to stop when you are watching from home,” said Courtney Gray, Director of Marketing and Industry Relations, PA Beef Council. “Cooking at home for your family means at-home tailgaters can get more creative with their game-day menus. I recommend preparing a variety of appetizers that can fuel your family throughout the game."

Find additional recipes from the Tailgating Treasures recipe collection from Beef. It’s What’s For Dinner., a contractor to the Beef Checkoff. 

About the Beef Checkoff 

The Beef Checkoff Program was established as part of the 1985 Farm Bill. The checkoff assesses $1 per head on the sale of live domestic and imported cattle, in addition to a comparable assessment on imported beef and beef products. States may retain up to 50 cents on the dollar and forward the other 50 cents per head to the Cattlemen's Beef Promotion and Research Board, which administers the national checkoff program, subject to USDA approval. 

About and NCBA, a Contractor to the Beef Checkoff, managed by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) is the authority on all things beef. From creative recipes and beefy inspiration, to nutrition facts and information about how beef is produced, there’s something for everyone. NCBA is a contractor to the Beef Checkoff Program. The Beef Checkoff Program is administered by the Cattlemen’s Beef Board, with oversight provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

1.Tailgater Magazine Grill Survey 2015 

2.Consumer Beef Tracker