It's that time of year again: football season. And you know what my favorite part of football season is? The delicious food that comes with tailgating. Nothing could possibly be better than having an excuse to eat all day. If you're looking to have the ultimate Southern tailgate, check out this list of some of my favorite tailgating foods.

1.  Spinach Dip

spinach, bread, artichoke, cheese, blue cheese
Madison Temple

All dip lovers are a fan of this classic tailgating dip. Full of flavor and super creamy, this dish can be served either hot or cold. It may not be the healthiest, but at least you can say you ate some veggies on game day. 

2. Burgers 

bacon, egg, cheese, cheddar
Megan McKinstry

This is a classic tailgating meal that your party cannot go without. The smell of burgers on a hot grill creates the perfect tailgating atmosphere—not to mention burgers go great with a cold beer. Here are some tips on how to grill the best burger ever. 

3. Hot dogs 

hot dog
Megan McKinstry

Burgers and hot dogs go hand in hand. You can't have one without the other. So don't leave your fellow tailgaters hangin' and make sure to grill some hot dogs.

4. Deviled Eggs 

cream, egg, milk, deviled eggs, dairy product
Stephanie Cozza

These flavorful bite-size appetizers are more popular than you'd think. Down South, these will be a hit at your tailgate. If you're looking for even more flavor, try topping your deviled eggs with fried oysters. 

5. Wings

chicken, meat, sauce, chicken wings
Avery Triesch

Whether you're looking for a snack or a big meal, wings are the way to go. Pair this with a veggie tray and you've got yourself the perfect tailgating meal. Need some help choosing what flavor wings to serve? Here's a fun quiz to help you decide. 

6. Buffalo Chicken Dip 

bread, vegetable, cream
Hana Ezaldein

This addicting dip will be the talk of your tailgate. Anything with buffalo sauce is perfect for a football game, especially when it's in dip form. Be prepared for this dip to run out fast—there's no such thing as just having a little. 

7. Mac 'n Cheese 

cheese, sauce, meat
Megan McKinstry

Mac 'n cheese is a must for your tailgate. Pasta and cheese, what could be better? This is definitely a crowd pleaser. 

8. Pulled Pork Sliders

pork, sandwich, coleslaw, slaw, beef, bun, bacon
Leigh Needham

If you're thinking about whipping up some mac 'n cheese, you might as well make some pulled pork sliders to go along with it. Barbecue-themed tailgates are by far the best and go great with football. 

9. Chick-fil-A

sandwich, chicken, pork, bun, meat
Hannah Hazy

Southerners sure do love their fried chicken, and where else to get it from than our beloved Chick-fil-A? With a chicken nugget platter or a delicious chicken sandwich, your tailgate will be nothing short of a success, especially if you get some pitchers of sweet tea and lemonade to go along with it.   

10. Chili 

bacon
Ali Bucher

Even though Southerners don't have to face the brutally cold weather, this dish is still perfect for colder game days. 

#SpoonTip: Top this meal with a little cheese and sour cream before digging in. 

11. Jalapeño Poppers 

jalapeno, avocado, bacon, pepper
Alexa Gambero

These bite-sized appetizers will add a little kick to your tailgate. If you can't handle spicy foods, dip these babies in some Ranch dressing—you won't want to miss out on the flavor. 

12. 7 Layer Dip

cream, avocado
Maddy Shannon

This Mexican dip has everything a Southerner's heart desires. From the beans all the way to the cheese, this dip will keep you satisfied all tailgate long. 

13. Decorative Cookies 

cake, sprinkles, candy, sweet, pastry, chocolate
Hannah Hazy

What better way to support your team than taking the time to decorate some cookies? In all seriousness, cookies are the perfect dessert for any tailgate. They're easy to make in bulk and extremely appealing to football fans. 

14. Beer

beer, ale, liquor, stout
Katherine Baumstark

Okay, I know beer isn't a food. But it's just so important that I had to include it. 

15. Bagels and Mimosas

bread, bun, wheat, cereal, pastry, sesame roll, sweet
Whitley Pope

Morning games definitely aren't my first choice, especially when it comes to tailgating. But don't lose hope, because you can still make them great. Bagels and mimosas are all you need to make morning games just as good as afternoon games. If mimosas aren't doing it for you, here's a recipe to make a killer bloody Mary

Tailgating is one of the best parts about football season. Having the right food to munch on throughout the day will make for the ultimate tailgating experience. Because let's face it, what's football without good food?