It wasn’t until recently that I came to realize that Tailgating is not something to be taken lightly.
It is for some, a sport in itself, and some have perfected it to an art form. My good friend Elizabeth has taught me what professional tailgaters do, and it is through that knowledge that I have made this video. Her family has tailgated at University of Miami games for the past 30 years, and they drive an RV, specially outfitted just for UM games, to the tailgate. So, I took an ethnographer’s viewpoint on tailgating and made a little mini tailgating documentary on how professional tailgaters do it!
Because I am “grillgrrrl” I always get to grill something for the crowd, and I decided to make Breakfast Burritos for our morning tailgate. Breakfast Burritos feed a lot of people without a ton of prep-work, as well as being universally likable for most people. You can set up a “burrito bar” with condiments so people can customize them to their liking. I included toppings like chopped cilantro, salsa, chopped avocados and hot sauce. And, they go well with a bloody mary.
I made the eggs in an iron skillet on the grill. Here is the concept – if you think of your grill as an outdoor stove/oven and not as a “grill” you will come up with all kinds of things you can make for a tailgate. Next thing you know you will be making nachos on the grill! My favorite tailgate grill is the Weber Smokey Joe. It is portable and inexpensive and gives great results.
Here’s a great tailgate recipe for breakfast burritos so you can be the star of your next tailgate.
Breakfast Burritos on the Grill
Ingredients: (serves eight)
- 3 containers of Southwestern style Egg Beaters
- 2 (10 count) packages of flour tortillas (the medium size, NOT the burrito size)
- 3 chopped bell peppers
- 1 chopped onion
- 1 tblsp butter or olive oil
- 1 bunch cilantro, chopped
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 jar/can salsa
- Hot sauce – bring a few bottles for a “burrito bar”
- 1 (160z) package shredded Mexican style cheese
Place a cast iron skillet on your tailgate grill. Next, preheat the grill to medium heat and place butter or olive oil in the pan. Once the butter/oil has melted, add the chopped onion and peppers and sauté until they become a little soft. Next, add the eggs and let them cook with the grill covered, for about 2 minutes. Next, wrap about 5 tortillas at a time in foil and place directly on the grill or on the bread rack on the grill and let them get warm. Once eggs are cooked through, remove them with a spoon and place on a platter. (You will need to cool the eggs in batches – and remember not to touch the hot skillet, simply remove the eggs to a different serving piece). Place the eggs on the table with the tortillas and all the toppings spread out so people can make their own burritos at the “burrito bar”.
This recipe is pretty easy and can be customized with your favorite ingredients and toppings. It is filling enough to hold you over while you are at the game until you make it back to the Car/RV/Tent for more eating and cornhole games!
Robyn Lindars is a Grilling is Happiness sponsored writer.