Easy Appetizers

Start your party off right with these easy appetizers that can be whipped up in a pinch. Whether you’re preparing for a dinner party or last minute guests, these quick tasty snacks are sure to please!

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A collage of easy appetizer recipes

Nice and Easy!

I love doing appetizers because everyone can have a wide sampling as they wish. From cheese balls and spreads to poppers and wings, choose from a variety of mouth-watering snacks depending on how much time you have to prepare. There is sure to be something for everyone!

Easy appetizers are ones that fit into one or more of the following categories:

  • Can be made in 20 minutes or less
  • Uses less than 5 ingredients
  • Can be made ahead of time
  • Ones that guests bring 😁 (Can’t get easier than that!)
A bowl of dill dip surrounded by vegetables - an easy appetizer recipe

Planning Your Easy Appetizers

One of the most difficult menu questions is how much to make. You definitely do not want to run out of food, but you also don’t want to have a whole lot of leftovers either. The following information will help give some general guidelines. You have to consider both how many different appetizers to serve and then how much of each to make. 

How many different dishes provide:

  • If you have fewer than 10 guests offer 2-3 different types of apps. 
  • If you are having more than 10 guests add another dish for every 5-8 more people.
  • Try to balance out the types of dishes that you choose. Have a mix of warm and cool, light and heavy, proteins and produce. Vary the colors and textures as well. 

 How much per person:

  • When serving appetizers before dinner you will only need to plan for about 3-5 pieces per person.
  • When apps are the main food at an event you’ll need to plan to serve about 10-12 pieces per person for a two hour party. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
Baked Chicken Wings on a white plate - one of our favorite easy appetizer recipes

Tips for Serving Your Appetizers

Serving and displaying appetizers varies according to your venue, which dishes you choose and how many you’ll be serving, but in general you can display them one of 2 ways:

  • Divide the items and have them placed in various areas around the venue. Be sure that you set out plates, napkins and any necessary utensils around the room as well. 
  • Have all appetizers in one location. Be sure to arrange cutting boards and platters so that guests don’t have to reach over taller items like crock pots and tiers.

Homemade bruschetta on a white plate - an easy appetizer recipe

Quick and Easy Appetizers

Appetizer, Side Dish Asparagus Roll Ups
Asparagus wrapped in Puff Pastry, filled with cream cheese and topped with parmesan. So simple and delicious, it’s the perfect side for any meal.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.79 from 14 votes
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Appetizer, Snack Dill Vegetable Dip Recipe
The perfect go-to veggie dip for parties and snacking. Use it for vegetables, chips, or whatever you feel like! Even if you don’t like dill pickles, you’ll love this Dill Vegetable Dip.
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos Recipe
Serve these Buffalo Chicken Taquitos as an easy dinner idea, or as an appetizer at your next party or get together. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Appetizer Queso Blanco Recipe
The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.67 from 24 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Mini Deep Dish Pizza Recipe
Mini Deep Dish Pizzas are our new favorite dinner recipe. They're easy, quick and can be made custom for each person with their favorite toppings!
Total Time: 17 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Bruschetta Recipe
This yummy appetizer is quick, simple and perfect for any party! This easy Homemade Bruschetta Recipe only requires 5 ingredients!! Everyone loves how easy it is!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 19 votes
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Appetizer, Breakfast, Snack Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls Recipe
This simple 3-ingredient appetizer is great for parties and get togethers and is so full of flavor! Everyone will love these Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls.
Total Time: 18 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer French Onion Dip Recipe
French onion dip is tangy and savory. It requires only two ingredients and is made in under a minute!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Bacon wrapped smokies on a white plate - an easy appetizer

Easy appetizers for a Crowd

Appetizer Deviled Egg Recipe
Nothing better than a smooth deviled egg appetizer! You’ll be surprised with how easy these are to make. Tons of flavor, super delicious and perfect for parties and holidays.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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Appetizer Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe
This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, and mayo – this easy spinach artichoke dip is sooo cheesy and flavorful, served perfectly with chips, bread pieces or veggies.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 50 votes
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Appetizer Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe
Delicious 3-ingredient Grape Jelly Meatballs. They take just minutes to prep and are the perfect dinner or appetizer for any party or get together.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Appetizer Hamburger Dip Recipe
A cheesy, hearty dip made with only 4 ingredients—this Savory Hamburger dip is always a hit at parties.
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
Total Time: 37 minutes
5 from 48 votes
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Appetizer Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip Recipe
Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip is one of our favorite appetizers. It is is delicious and takes just 1 minute to make!!
Total Time: 1 minute
5 from 5 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Hot Dog Nuggets Recipe
Hot Dog Nuggets only require TWO ingredients and make a perfect for lunch, dinner or even a party appetizer! Kids and adults alike will love these little bites.
Total Time: 18 minutes
4.81 from 21 votes
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Dipping a cracker into Slow Cooker Artichoke Dip - an easy appetizer

Easy Make Ahead Appetizers

I always have at least one of my items be something that I can make the day before and store it in the fridge, or that I can throw in the crock pot the morning of. 

Appetizer Crockpot Meatball Recipe
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
5 from 24 votes
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Appetizer Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups Recipe
These delicious Veggie Tortilla Roll Ups are made from a rolled tortilla filled with Ranch Veggie dip, and chopped veggies, making them the perfect bite-sized party appetizer!
Total Time: 2 hours 8 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
This Bacon Ranch Cheese ball is the perfect partner for your veggie tray! With cheese, bacon, and ranch flavors, you can do no wrong!
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Side Dish Fruit Kabobs Recipe
Colorful fruit kabobs are the best appetizer or side for any occasion! Load up your favorite fruits and get snacking.
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Crock Pot Artichoke Dip Recipe
Crock Pot Artichoke is the same cheesy, savory dip you've always loved, but made in a slow cooker. Make this tasty dip ahead and save time!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
Cheesy, spicy Crockpot Buffalo Chicken dip is a flavorful party dip that can be easily made in the slow cooker! It's great for game days and get togethers.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Appetizer Chili’s Salsa Recipe
The restaurant salsa you know and love, made at home anytime you like! This Chili's Salsa copycat recipe is literally made in minutes with the help of a blender.
Total Time: 3 minutes
4.67 from 12 votes
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