Delicious Skinny Tailgating Recipes

Tailgating snacks don't have to be full of calories and fat. Make these delicious skinny tailgating recipes for football game day without sacrificing fun or taste!

It’s time to tailgate! Everyone knows that football season brings great games, cold beers and delicious tailgating treats. While most of these foods usually come packed with calories in the form of fried and greasy ingredients, why not try your hand at some healthier options? If you are looking for skinny versions of traditional tailgating appetizers, you’ll be happy to know that it can be done!

Check out our gallery for some healthier recipes that won’t make you feel as guilty on game day.


  • Black Bean and Corn Salsa

    Start things off with this simple black bean and corn salsa recipe. Made with just a few fresh, tasty ingredients, this dish will please everyone at the game. The hearty salsa is perfect as a dipper for baked tortilla chips, or on top of tacos or a salad. 

  • Skinny Jalapeno Poppers

    Jalapeno poppers are typically really unhealthy, especially if they are filled with full-fat cream cheese and are then deep fried. Try this lighter version from our expert Daina Falk, who uses Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese and fresh cilantro.

  • Low-Fat Baked Zucchini Fries

    Fried zucchini is one of those bar food delicacies that always tastes delicious, and never disappoints. Our recipe takes the same flavors of zucchini fries, and strips away most of the fat and calories. Try our baked version for your next watch party!

  • Grilled Zucchini Nachos

    Made using fresh zucchini, tomatoes, beans, and avocados, this healthy nachos recipe is a great alternative to the greasy version. Follow this recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod or create your own version with any mixed vegetables. As a gluten-free, vegetarian option, this delicious appetizer is sure to win over everyone.

  • Skinny Baked Chicken Fingers Recipe

    Chicken fingers are the ultimate bar guilty pleasure food. Luckily with our Skinny Baked Chicken Fingers, you can enjoy the taste of your favorite appetizer without sabotaging your diet.

  • Sweet Peach Guacamole Recipe

    This super simple guacamole recipe includes peaches for an extra sweet twist on a fan favorite. With only 5 ingredients, this is one of the easiest dips to whip up. Make this dip for a tailgating party for the perfect pairing of fruit and creamy avocados.

  • Better-for-You Buffalo Wings

    Nothing says football season quite like Buffalo wings! If you are looking to serve them at your next tailgating event, try this healthy Siracha chicken Buffalo wings recipe from Best Recipe Box. The wings can either be pre-poached or steamed and then baked in the oven. Making them much healthier than fried wings.

  • Tandoori Shrimp Skewers

    If you’re looking for something with a bit more flair, try this Tandoori Shrimp recipe. At only 84 calories a serving, these grilled treats will bring the flavor without the guilt. Add as much or as little spice as you’d like and serve with a side of steamed veggies.

  • Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks

    Mozzarella sticks are definitely not a snack I would immediately sort into the “healthy foods” category; however, this Skinny Baked Mozzarella Sticks recipe from Skinny Taste has me changing my tune! This popular finger food is easier to replicate that you might think, using part-skim cheese, egg, flour, parsley and breadcrumbs.

  • Healthy Tater Tots

    Everyone remembers the fried Tater Tots from their youth, so why not try your hand at this healthy version from Chocolate Covered Kate. Dubbed the “world’s healthiest tater tots”, they are actually made with beans, rice and flour rather than traditional potatoes.

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