Who's ready to pregame?!

Gosh I love football. It's one of my favorite things about fall. Aside from the action on the field, I love the atmosphere. It's electric. Especially before the game because everyone is amped up for their team.

Hence, tailgating.

If you're unfamiliar, tailgating is the act of celebrating the game before the game begins. It takes place in the parking lot of the stadium and involves music, games, and food. Many people bust out their grills and smokers and serve up some delicious dishes.

There are some pretty traditional dishes that you will see at a tailgate. Essentially it's a giant barbecue/potluck. I mostly see burgers, hot dogs and chips at tailgates. Oh, and plenty of beer. However, in some places you'll get brisket, tacos, Frito pie, rotisserie chicken and a myriad of snacks and desserts.

But what about chili?

Game day chili
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We found a list at Food.com that selected a top tailgating food in every single state. Their selection for Colorado is pretty spot on. I mean, we can make a mean chili in Colorado and it's perfect for those chilly fall Saturdays.

Now, the only thing that can make chili even better is to load it up with delicious toppings. Cheese, bacon, sour cream, chives... the list goes on and on. So it's no wonder that Food.com selected this as the top tailgating dish.

We would actually take it a step further and request hatch green chile chili.

Who wouldn't want to join a tailgate serving this up. I can see it now... a giant vat of hot, steaming chili paired with a table loaded with all kinds of condiments and toppings. Load your bowl and load your chili. OK, now my stomach is rumbling.

What do you serve at your tailgate?

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