Tailgating: Cold weather menu items


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By Bob Bley and Joe Drozda

Have you looked outside lately?  It looks and feels like the season is changing fast towards cold weather. People that are huddled together against cold winds don’t want to eat a cold cucumber salad – they want something hot. Maybe it’s time for you to look for some recipes for foods that not only taste good but also will warm your guests. With that in mind, our crack staff has some ideas for you.

We’ve surveyed hundreds of people in parking lots of high school, college, and pro football games.  These fans shared their food with us and cheered our research efforts.  Here is what they told us that they liked to eat at their cold-weather tailgate parties:

What fans like in cold weather


Favorite Food

1. Chili- 45%

2. Sausage- 18%

3. Chicken- 11%

4. Soup- 8%

For your next cold weather tailgate party, why not cook a huge pot of chili?  You could even float a bunch of hot dogs or Johnsonville Stadium Brats right in the pot to please those that want to have a quick sandwich to go with their chili.

Easy Spicy Chili


2 lbs. ground beef

1 large onion, chopped

1 (28 oz.) can crushed tomatoes in purée

1 (15 to 19 oz.) can red kidney beans, undrained

1/4 cup FRANK’S® REDHOT® Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce

2 (1 1/4 oz.) packages of your favorite chili seasoning mix


COOK beef in large nonstick pot until browned. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Drain.

STIR in remaining ingredients. Heat to boiling. Stir often.

SIMMER, partially covered, 15 min. until flavors are blended; stirring often. Garnish as desired.


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