At every tailgate, chips and dips are a necessary snack. But how can you make your tailgate better than just any other game day party? These 5 homemade dips, paired with the perfect chip, will have your guests talking more about how fantastic your food is than how their team is performing on the field.

Whether you pick just one or decide to make them all, with these recipes, you just might become the designated game day chef.

Guacamole

  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:1 hour
  • Total Time:1 hour and 30 minutes
  • Servings:1 batch
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 3 Haas avocados, halved, seeded and peeled
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/2 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Step 1

Coat the avocado pulp with lime juice in a large bowl.

Step 2

Drain the lime juice and set it aside for later.

Step 3

Add the salt, cumin and cayenne to the avocado pulp. Mash using a potato masher.

#SpoonTip: If you don’t have a potato masher a fork will work too.

Step 4

Add the onions, jalapeño pepper, tomatoes, cilantro and garlic and mix together.

Step 5

Mix in 1 tablespoon of the extra lime juice.

Step 6

Let the dip sit at room temperature. After about 1 hour, the dip is ready to be served.

#SpoonTip: Use cling wrap to help keep the ingredients fresh.

Step 7

Serve with tortilla chips to compliment the salty and spicy dip.

Black Bean Salsa

  • Prep Time:30 minutes
  • Cook Time:0 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:1 batch
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 package frozen yellow corn
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 1 Haas avocado, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 medium red pepper, seeded and diced

Step 1

Mix the drained black beans, frozen yellow corn, diced red onions, diced tomatoes, diced avocados and diced red pepper together in a large bowl.

Step 2

Add in salt, lime juice, chopped cilantro, minced garlic, olive oil, hot sauce and cumin.

Step 3

Serve with Blue Corn Tortilla chips to match the dips color and flavor.

Spinach and Artichoke Dip

  • Prep Time:15 minutes
  • Cook Time:5 minutes
  • Total Time:20 minutes
  • Servings:1 batch
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup frozen artichoke hearts, thawed and chopped
  • 6 oz cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup water

Step 1

Boil chopped spinach and artichoke hearts in 1 cup of water for about 5 minutes, then drain.

Step 2

Heat cream cheese in microwave for about 1 minute, or until soft.

Step 3

Mix together all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.

Step 4

Serve with buttermilk crackers to compliment the dip’s creamy flavor.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Prep Time:20 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:40 minutes
  • Servings:1 batch
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 8 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup ranch dressing
  • 1 cup hot sauce
  • 1 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
Photo by Cara Newcomer
Photo by Cara Newcomer

Step 1

Mix together shredded chicken, cream cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and 1 cup shredded cheese in a medium baking dish.

Step 2

Bake for 20 minutes.

Step 3

Sprinkle blue cheese crumbles and the remaining shredded cheese on top.

#SpoonTip: You can add as much, or as little, blue cheese crumbles and shredded cheese as your hungry little heart desires.

Step 4

Serve with fresh celery sticks to add some cool flavors to the spicy dip.

#SpoonTip: This dip is a little on the heavy side, so the thicker the chip, the more dip you’ll get with every bite.

French Onion Dip

  • Prep Time:10 minutes
  • Cook Time:20 minutes
  • Total Time:30 minutes
  • Servings:1 batch
  • Easy

    Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cup medium onions, diced
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper

Step 1

Saute onions, a pinch of salt and oil in a pan with medium heat for about 20 minutes, then cool.

Step 2

Mix together the cooled onions and the rest of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl and refrigerate.

Step 3

Serve this classic dip with it’s classic chip pairing, Wavy Lays.