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Tailgating on a Budget

Attending festivals and sporting events can become expensive quickly.  Tickets, travel, lodging, food, drinks…everything adds up.  If you’re looking for ways to cut a few corners and pinch a few pennies this recipe for Hot Pizza Sandwiches is going to be right up your alley!  Save money and enjoy a  great meal at your next festival or tailgate.

Tailgating money saving tips

When it comes to tailgating, the best way to save money and eat great food is to keep it simple.  Here are a few tips to help you make delicious meals without breaking the bank:

  1. Don’t buy fancy equipment – Check out this cheap backcountry stove that we found for $8.29. Pair that with a fuel canister at $3.95 and you have budget cooking gear that you can take anywhere while spending only $12.24.
  2. Stock up on spices – Save parmesan and pepper flakes from pizza places, salt and pepper from convenience stores, hot sauces from takeaway restaurants, ect…  If you have an assortment of spices you will be able to make bland food taste extraordinary without spending any extra money.
  3. Hit up your local thrift store – Most thrift stores have a kitchen and cooking section where you can find semi-unused cookware at a very discounted rate.  Light pans and pots can typically be found for under $5, along with basic utensils that are usually priced between $0.25 and $2.
  4. Cook one pot meals – Combine your favorite cheap or on sale food ingredients into one pot. Add above mentioned collected spices, and cook at medium-low for 15 minutes on your budget stove.  Garnish and eat….its that simple.

Budget tailgate recipe

Using the tips listed above, we invented an easy to make and easy to share twist on a classic American meal….budget tailgating Hot Pizza Sandwiches. Watch the video and learn how to feed four people for only $8.84 at your next event!

Looking for more budget saving meals? Check out Pesto Tortellini – this recipe was invented by a college student who refused to sacrifice taste even though he had to adhere to a thrifty budget!

Hot Pizza Sandwiches
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
15 mins

Save money and feed your friends with this easy to make one pot meal.  Great for tailgaters and festival goers!

Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American, One Pot
Servings: 4 people
  • 1/2 bottle Light Beer
  • 1 cup Chopped Green Pepper
  • 1 cup Chopped White Onion
  • 2 cup Pepperoni
  • 1 cup Tomato Paste
  • 2 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 tbsp Chili Flakes
  • 1 tbsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper
  • 4 packages String Cheese
  • 4 French Rolls
  1. Turn stove to medium.  Pour in light beer, add chopped onions, peppers, and pepperoni.  Cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  2. Stir in tomato paste, parmesan, salt, pepper, oregano and chili flakes.  Turn burner to low and let cook for 5 minutes, while stirring occasionally.

  3. While sauce is cooking, prep rolls by cutting them open lengthwise.  Pull string cheese apart and add 1/2 to the bottom of the roll - saving the other half for the topping.

  4. Check to make sure vegetables are soft and cooked through.  When sauce is ready, scoop 1/4 of pizza filling into each roll.  Then top with the remaining string cheese, and a sprinkle of parmesan.  Enjoy!

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