Tailgating Party Ideas & Chili Super Rolls

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What’s black and white and “fall” all over?  My tailgating party! And how do you know a party is a roaring success?  When everyone asks for your Spicy Chili in Super Rolls recipe.

Tailgating Party Ideas & Chili Super Rolls

I wanted to get away from the traditional “football field” tablecloths – yawn – so I created a black and white theme.  I’ll say it’s in honor of the refs since they don’t get much respect, but I really wanted to glam it up a little bit.  This one is for the girls!  Oh, yeah, and I’m featuring veggie cuisine that everyone will love!

Tailgating Ideas

Grab All Your Ingredients

First of all, I headed to Target for all of my party needs, including stopping by the frozen foods aisle for MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles, Veggie Corndogs, and Chik’n Nuggets. I also bought a package of my favorite Spicy Black Bean Burgers for later.  Don’t you just love one-stop-shopping trips?

Tailgating Party with Veggie Cuisine

DIY Centerpiece

Before the party, make the centerpiece using tissue boxes, construction paper, fall leaves/berries and little burlap bags.

Tailgating Party Ideas & Recipes

Now it’s time to add a few buttons to make the football cutouts pop.

Tailgating Party Recipes & Ideas

It only takes a few minutes to make the centerpieces. Now it’s on to my Spicy Chili in Super Rolls. Here’s my complete menu.

Healthy Veggie Menu for Tailgate Party

Homemade Spicy Chili

My homemade spicy chili is so easy to make and takes only 15 minutes.

Tailgating Party Ideas

Sauté chopped onions in olive oil until translucent (don’t brown). Add 2 cups tomato sauce, 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilis and 1 can kidney beans.

Add 2 teaspoons chili powder and MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles, mix well and let simmer for 10 minutes.

Tailgating Party Ideas

Make the Chili Super Rolls

After the chili is done, cut the tops out of rolls and spoon in the chili. Top with cheese slices to represent football stitching. You’ve got Spicy Chili in Super Rolls – no bowls needed.

Spicy Chili - Tailgating Ideas


Chili Super Rolls

 Chili Super Rolls


  • 1 (12 oz.) package MorningStar Farms Grillers Crumbles
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 (10 oz.) can diced tomatoes and green chilis
  • 2 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 (15.5) can kidney beans
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Cheese slices, for garnish


  1. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil on medium heat.
  2. Add diced onions and saute for two minutes or until translucent.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, diced tomatoes & chilis, kidney beans, chili powder and crumbles.
  4. Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Carefully cut out the tops of dinner rolls and stuff with chili.
  6. Cut cheese slices to represent stitching on a football.
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While the chili is simmering, dip strawberries in chocolate.  Once they are set, pipe football stitching with white icing. Aren’t they cute?

Tailgating Party Ideas

Corn Dogs and Chik’n Nuggets

The corn dogs and Chik’n Nuggets are heated according to package directions.  These corn dogs are amazing and you won’t ever guess that they are meatless.

Tailgating Ideas

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TailGating Ideas

Tortellini Pasta Skewers

You will need fresh Tortellini pasta.  After cooking the pasta, rinse in cold water and thread the pasta onto little skewers.  Marinara sauce is perfect for dipping.

Tailgating Ideas and Recipes

And what tailgating party is complete without baked chips and guacamole?

Chips & Guacamole Now that all the food is ready, let’s set up the party!

I used fall inspired pillows and throws to warm up the “tailgate” of my SUV.  This is where I served Hot Apple Cider in thermos bottles.

Tailgating Party Ideas

A white table cover with a gold-threaded burlap runner adds a little glam to my tailgating party. It looks a little bare here, but just wait.  This is just the first step.

Tailgating Party Tips & Recipes

Add pops of fall colors, mix up some patterns and create a warm, cozy party atmosphere.

Helpful Hint:  When setting up for a party, I always shop my house first.  You’ll be surprised by what you can come up with. It saves time and money.

Tailgating Party Decor

Tailgating Ideas & Recipes

Tailgating Party

Tailgating Party Ideas & Recipes

Thanks for stopping by my Veggie Cuisine Tailgate Party.  The meat-lovers and vegetarians all enjoyed my spread.  What’s your favorite?

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  1. We love MorningStar Farms products! The Grillers Crumbles are amazing in a chili, and everyone in my family loves the Chick’n Nuggets, too! Your burlap bags and the chocolate covered strawberries are such cute additions to the party!
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  2. Your centrepieces are great, and I love all the ideas for the food, right down to those lovely looking strawberries. Very clever and effective.

  3. This looks like the perfect tailgating food and set up! I love your plaid blanket and throw pillows, too! So cute and cozy!
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  4. These are all great tailgating recipes and I’ve just got to try them. I come from a sports loving family and I created my own sports loving family. Your ideas will be a hit (and so will I lol).
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  5. Everything looks gorgeous! I like to mix the crumbles with scrambles eggs and cheese and serve in biscuit cups.
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  6. I have never tried morning star products. But that is quite the tailgating spread. Looks so pretty.
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  7. The spicy chili in super rolls look so cute and delicious. I need to get some tailgating in before it gets to cold.

  8. OH my gosh all of this is so cute! I love that it’s vegetarian. And your photography is A+
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  9. These are excellent party ideas. It’s so cool that they are bite sizes and looks really tasty.
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  10. Those Spicy Chili in Super Rolls look so yummy! One thing I miss most about college is tailgating, it’s definitely my favorite thing about football season <3
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  11. You have some serious party planning/setting up skills! I am terrible at putting together parties. You had everything from the small details, to the delicious food! Love it!

  12. Now I feel like I’m missing out. I’ve never had or been to a tailgate or any kind of sports party. Those strawberries are adorable!
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  13. What a swanky tail gait spread you have put on over there! The strawberries are cute, and the vegetarian options will go over really nicely here in California.
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  14. That chili looks and sounds good-I love that you made a bowl out of the roll! That definitely is a different look to a tail gate party–you did your van up proud!
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  15. All of that looks delicious! It’s 4:30am here and I want chili! Can I get an invitation to your next tailgate party?
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  16. Awesome idea! I have never planned a football party before – but I would love to join yours! Oh those pillows – I love the color scheme!
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  17. I want to come tailgate with you! This food looks fun and yummy! 🙂

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  18. Everything looks so football chic. Lol. And those strawberries, why didnt I ever think of that!?
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  19. I haven’t tried Morning Star products yet but I know people who have and love it! Thanks for sharing, you always have such great posts!
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  20. These look amazing!! They would be perfect at any tailgate or fall party!!
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  21. Great ideas and those strawberries are awesome! Thanks for linking up to Home Matters Party. #HomeMattersParty http://cu-rio.net/home-matters-linky-party-60/
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  22. I totally love everything you did here. So clever with the tissue box centerpieces and those football chili rolls. And major bonus points for having a completely meatless tailgating party! #client
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