Appetizer Dips

Appetizer Dips are great for parties, holidays, game day, an after school snack, or simply for a night at home watching T.V. Check out this collection of our favorites!

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A collage of appetizer dip recipes.

Who doesn’t love appetizer dips?

Dips are an easy go-to snack that whips up in minutes and can be served with all kinds of dippables, depending on your mood.

Whether you dish ’em up with fruit, veggies, chips, or crackers these sweet and savory dips are sure to please the masses.

In this roundup post, I’ve included all of our MOST favorite appetizer dips—savory dips, sweet dips, Mexican dips, salsa, and even dressings! But before we get into the recipes, here are a few tips for your dips. 😉

Pizza dip in a metal pan.

What are the most common dips

I feel like the three most common dips include hot dips, cold dips, and salsa. Whatever your flavor, there are plenty of tasty easy dip recipes to choose from.

Cheese fondue surrounded by bread chunks.

How MUCH TO MAKE

Deciding which dips to serve at a party and how much of each can be a bit tricky. Ultimately you just have to make an educated guess.

It’s totally your preference, but here are a few things that I consider when planning my menu of party dip recipes:

How many dips to serve. This depends on what other appetizers if any, you will be serving as well as how many guests you have invited. 

  • For 12 people or less, I will plan at least one dip, but not more than two. If the other appetizers are warmer, then I’ll choose a cold dip and vice versa. If I decide to serve two dips, I will usually have one cold and one warm. 
  • For 12-30 guests I’ll usually plan 1 cold dip and 2 warm dips. I’ll usually add another dip option for every 25 more people making sure to keep a balance between warm and cold. 
  • Make sure that the dips are complementary to the other flavors being served as appetizers and/or what is being served for dinner.

How much to make.

  • Chips and Salsa: For every 10 people plan 1 lb of chips and 1 pint of salsa.
  • Sweet and Savory Dips: If you are offering both types, then plan for guests to have 2 oz (¼ cup) per person. If you are only serving one type, then plan for guests to have about 3 oz (⅓ cup) per person.
Buffalo dip in a yellow dish.

How to Serve

Keeping dip warm. The easiest way to keep a dip warm is to use a small crock pot. They are typically 1½ qts and keep the dip warm throughout.

To serve large amounts, have a larger crock pot with the reserved dip and refill the smaller crockpot as needed.

Keeping dip cold. If you are serving dip inside, at room temperature, it should be fine for a couple of hours. However, if you are serving it in a warmer environment like an outside BBQ, then you’ll want to keep it on ice.

Place ice inside a bowl, or on a tray, then place a smaller bowl of dip on top of the ice. Another good idea for colder dips is to only set out what can be eaten in 30 minutes.

Display. How to display the dip is as fun as it is important.

  • Place the dip near the ingredients that are to be the “dippables”.
  • Be sure to utilize the proper tools to keep dips warm or cold.
Pina colada dip in a white bowl topped with toasted coconut on a white plate surrounded by whole strawberries.

What to Use with Dips

Choosing items to dip is almost as important as the dip itself. 

Some of our favorite items to dip in sweet dips include:

  • Apple Slices
  • Strawberries
  • Marshmallows
  • Cookies like Oreos and Vanilla Wafers
  • Graham Crackers

Favorite items to dip in savory dips include:

  • Lays or Ruffles Chips
  • Baguettes
  • Produce like carrots, celery, broccoli, red peppers
  • Potato Wedges
  • Pretzel Bites
  • Crackers such as wheat thins, saltines, and Ritz
  • Pita Chips
  • Crostini

Great items to use in salsas:

Crack Chicken Dip in a yellow baking dish.

Double Dipping

When we are enjoying salsa or dip at home we don’t worry too much about this, but it’s definitely frowned upon at a party. Be sure to have a spoon near every dip so guests can scoop some onto their own plates. 

I also like to provide small condiment cups near each dip so guests can spoon an individual portion into the cup. Bonus: the mini cups keep the dip from spreading out into other foods. 


Easy Appetizer Dips

These are some of our easiest (and most favorite) appetizer dips—both hot and cold, sweet and savory.

Queso Blanco – This delicious queso blanco is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.

Yogurt Fruit Dip – In just minutes, mix together an amazingly sweet and creamy vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip. Serve with your favorite fruit!

Chili Cheese Dip – Make the BEST and yummiest Chili Cheese Dip in only 10 minutes and with a handful of ingredients. It’s the perfect appetizer for any party.

Pina Colada Dip – Pina colada fruit dip is fresh, creamy and filled with pineapple and coconut bits. It is perfectly refreshing and great for any party.

French Onion Dip – French onion dip is tangy and savory. It requires only two ingredients and is made in under a minute!

Spinach Artichoke Dip – This is the BEST Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe, and the ultimate dip for any get together! Filled with spinach, artichoke hearts, cheese, and more – this dip is sooo cheesy and perfect for any gathering!

Bean Dip – With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, this delicious Bean Dip is perfect to eat with chips, tacos, or any Mexican dish!

Chocolate Chip Dip – Chocolate Chip Dip is a simple dessert dip filled with mini chocolate chips that tastes like cookie dough! It’s perfectly dippable.

Apple Brickle Dip – This 5-Ingredient Apple Brickle Dip recipe takes minutes to make and is so delicious! Plus, it uses common ingredients. The addition of Heath Toffee Bits makes it even better!

Taco Dip – Loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings, this creamy taco flavored dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.


Hot Appetizer Dips

I love a good hot appetizer dip, especially ones that are both made and served in the crock pot.

Buffalo Chicken Dip – This dip has all the flavor of buffalo wings in a creamy, simple dip! Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is perfect for parties and get-togethers.

Artichoke Dip – Artichoke Dip is irresistibly creamy and every bite is loaded with spinach and artichokes. This hot, cheesy dip will be a hit at your next party!

Cheese Fondue – This cheese fondue is gooey perfection made in literally minutes. It’s a showstopper dip to share, or not!

BLT Dip – This creamy BLT Dip is the ultimate warm, cheesy, party dip! It’s loaded with cream cheese, cheese, and sour cream, then baked and topped with crispy bacon, shredded lettuce and fresh tomato!

Pizza Dip – Everyone’s favorite food in dip form! This pizza dip is simple, delicious, and can be customized based on your favorite pizza toppings!

Velveeta Spinach Dip – Cheesy Velveeta Spinach Dip is a simple 5 ingredient dip that everyone will love! It’s quick, easy, and SO tasty!

Hamburger Dip – A cheesy, hearty dip made with only 4 ingredients—this Savory Hamburger dip is always a hit at parties.

Tamale Dip – Tamale Pie Dip – this cheesy dip is going to be a new favorite at any gathering! Filled with shredded chicken, creamed corn, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, and sour cream!

Nacho Cheese – Delicious concession-style Nacho Cheese sauce is made from scratch in only 20 minutes! It’s a crowd favorite.

Jalapeno Popper Dip – Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip has just enough spice and a perfectly crisp topping. It’s sure to be a hit at your next party!


Cold Appetizer Dips

Most of our favorite cold appetizer dips include salsas and dressings that you can dip other appetizers in. With salsa, you can make our Homemade Tortilla Chips, or if you want store-bought, our favorite brand is Juanita’s. 😉

To keep cold dips cold:

  • Place ice in the bottom of a bowl. Use a slightly smaller bowl to fill with dip, then nestle it in the larger bowl on top of the ice.
  • Place serving bowls in the freezer before filling them with dip.
  • Only place out enough dip that can be eaten within the hour. Refill with the extra dip from the fridge.

Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip – Cream Cheese Green Chili Dip is one of our favorite appetizers. It is is delicious and takes just 1 minute to make!!

Bacon Ranch Cheeseball – Spruce up your holiday appetizers with a tasty Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball. It’s easy, delicious, and perfect served with crackers and veggies.

Homemade Salsa – This is such an EASY and delicious homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into your blender, and blend!

7 Layer Bean Dip – This 7 Layer Bean Dip recipe is a must-have at every function! It has loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole and more!

Simple Guacamole – Spicy, chunky simple guacamole is so easy and addicting, it’s sure to be a crowd pleaser! You won’t be able to stop eating it.

Peach Salsa – Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You’ll love the sweet and savory flavors in this simple recipe!

Salsa Verde – Sweet Salsa Verde is a delicious salsa recipe made from tomatillos, jalapeños, sugar, & cilantro. It is sweet and spicy and takes just minutes to make.

Chili’s Salsa – 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.

Strawberry Salsa – The unique flavors of this sweet and spicy Strawberry Salsa pair perfectly with fish, tacos, or any Mexican dish!

Homemade Hummus – If you need a quick healthy snack or party appetizer, you can whip up this Homemade Hummus in 5 minutes or less! With just a few simple ingredients, this delicious hummus is perfect for dipping pita bread, fresh veggies, and tortilla chips.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa – This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is one of our favorite dips and appetizers. It’s great with any Mexican dish or served with tortilla chips!!

Tomatillo Salsa – Easy tomatillo salsa is spicy and delicious! It’s great with tortilla chips or as a sauce on top of your favorite Mexican dishes!

Cucumber Salsa – Crisp and light Cucumber Salsa is delicious with tortilla chips or on top of tacos. It is best when freshly made and chilled.

Mango Salsa – This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It’s full of flavor and simple to make.

Corn Salsa – Savory corn salsa has a little kick of spice! There are so many yummy uses for this delicious and simple salsa.

Homemade Ranch Dressing – Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!

Avocado Lime Ranch Dip – It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!

Nutella Dip – Filled with hazelnut goodness and a helping of tangy cream cheese & whipped cream, this Nutella fruit dip is heavenly!

Dill Vegetable Dip – Fresh & creamy Dill Veggie Dip is quick, simple, and perfect for parties and snacking. It’s our go-to vegetable dip!

Chipotle Ranch – Chipotle ranch has just the right amount of kick. Drizzle it over salads, dip tortilla chips, or serve it on the side of your Mexican entrees.


Trust me – it’s good!

Who doesn’t love dip?!

Not only do they make all the dippables better, but they’re usually easy to make.

One of our favorite appetizer dip recipes is this Avocado Dip. It only has six ingredients and is made by throwing everything in the blender until combined.

It’s great for veggies, chips, and also for any Mexican recipes.

We hope you like it too!

40+ Appetizer Dips – Avocado Dip + MORE

5 from 4 votes
This avocado dip is delicious and only takes a few ingredients and a few minutes to make!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Mexican
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 1000 kcal
Author Lil’ Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado halved and pitted
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tbsp lime juice

Instructions
 

  • Scoop avocado out and place in blender or food processor.
  • Add remaining ingredients and blend until all combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

The Complete List

Here are the picture recipe cards for all the recipes in this collection! We hope this helps you in creating a delicious Appetizer Dip spread. Any of these are sure to be a hit.

Appetizer BLT Dip Recipe
This creamy BLT Dip is the ultimate warm, cheesy, party dip! It’s loaded with cream cheese, cheese, and sour cream, then baked and topped with crispy bacon, shredded lettuce and fresh tomato!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This dip has all the flavor of buffalo wings in a creamy, simple dip! Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is perfect for parties and get-togethers.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.94 from 32 votes
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Appetizer Artichoke Dip Recipe
Artichoke Dip is irresistibly creamy and every bite is loaded with artichokes. This hot, cheesy dip will be a hit at your next party!
Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Cheese Fondue Recipe
This Cheese Fondue is gooey perfection literally made in minutes. It's a showstopper dip to share, or not!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.67 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Pizza Dip Recipe
Everyone's favorite food in dip form! This pizza dip is simple, delicious, and can be customized based on your favorite pizza toppings!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 16 votes
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Appetizer Velveeta Spinach Dip Recipe
Cheesy Velveeta Spinach Dip is a simple 5 ingredient dip that everyone will love! It's quick, easy, and SO tasty!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.85 from 13 votes
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Appetizer Hamburger Dip Recipe
This savory Hamburger dip is always a hit at parties. It's cheesy, hearty, and made with only 4 ingredients!
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Appetizer Tamale Dip Recipe
Tamale Pie Dip – this cheesy dip is going to be a new favorite at any gathering! Filled with shredded chicken, creamed corn, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, and sour cream!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Nacho Cheese Recipe
Delicious concession-style Nacho Cheese sauce is made from scratch in only 20 minutes! It's a crowd favorite.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.86 from 28 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeno Popper Dip Recipe
Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Dip has just enough spice and a perfectly crisp topping. It's sure to be a hit at your next party!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Snack Dill Veggie Dip Recipe
Fresh & creamy Dill Veggie Dip is quick, simple, and perfect for parties and snacking. It's our go-to vegetable dip!
Total Time: 7 minutes
5 from 20 votes
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Dressing Chipotle Ranch Recipe
Chipotle ranch has just the right amount of kick. Drizzle it over salads, dip tortilla chips, or serve it on the side of your Mexican entrees.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Pina Colada Dip Recipe
Pina colada fruit dip is fresh, creamy and filled with pineapple and coconut bits. It is perfectly refreshing and SO dippable.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Queso Blanco Recipe
This delicious queso blanco 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
4.94 from 44 votes
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Dessert Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
In just minutes, mix together an amazingly sweet and creamy vanilla Yogurt Fruit Dip. Serve with your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.84 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
Make the BEST and yummiest Chili Cheese Dip in only 10 minutes and with a handful of ingredients. It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 12 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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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, and more – this dip is sooo cheesy and perfect for any gathering!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 110 votes
Check out this recipe
Dessert, Snack Apple Brickle Dip Recipe
This 5-Ingredient Apple Brickle Dip recipe takes minutes to make and is so delicious! Plus, it uses common ingredients. The addition of Heath Toffee Bits makes it even better!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer Bean Dip Recipe
With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, Cream Cheese Bean Dip is perfect to eat with chips, tacos, or any Mexican dish!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.99 from 182 votes
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chocolate chip dip in bowl
Dessert Chocolate Chip Dip Recipe
Chocolate Chip Dip is a simple dessert dip filled with mini chocolate chips that tastes like cookie dough! It's perfectly dippable.
Total Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Taco Dip Recipe
Loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings, this creamy taco flavored dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 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 Simple Guacamole Recipe
Spicy, chunky simple guacamole is so easy and addicting, it's sure to be a crowd pleaser! You won't be able to stop eating it.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Appetizer Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball Recipe
Spruce up your holiday appetizers with a tasty Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball. It's easy, delicious, and perfect served with crackers and veggies.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
5 from 11 votes
Check out this recipe
Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
This 7 Layer Bean Dip recipe is a must-have at every function! It has loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese, guacamole and more!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 28 votes
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Appetizer Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw all the ingredients into your blender, and blend!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.99 from 82 votes
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Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You’ll love the flavor combinations in this recipe!
5 from 15 votes
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Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde – a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.98 from 40 votes
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Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
The unique flavors of this sweet and spicy Strawberry Salsa pair perfectly with fish, tacos, or any Mexican dish!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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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
4.81 from 21 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
This Black Bean and Corn Salsa is one of our favorite dips and appetizers. It's great with any Mexican dish or served with tortilla chips!!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 15 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack Cucumber Salsa Recipe
Crisp and light Cucumber Salsa is delicious with tortilla chips or on top of tacos. It is best when freshly made and chilled.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Mango Salsa Recipe
This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It's full of flavor and simple to make.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Appetizer Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
Easy tomatillo salsa is spicy and delicious! It's great with tortilla chips or as a sauce on top of your favorite Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer Corn Salsa Recipe
Savory corn salsa has a little kick of spice! There are so many yummy uses for this delicious and simple salsa.
5 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Pineapple Salsa Recipe
Fresh Pineapple Salsa is deliciously addictive. Eat it with your favorite tortilla chips and share it with friends and family!
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dressing Ranch Dressing Recipe
Delicious homemade buttermilk ranch dressing is made in minutes and is better than any store bought version!
Total Time: 35 minutes
4.93 from 26 votes
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Side Dish Homemade Hummus Recipe
If You Need A Quick Healthy Snack Or Party Appetizer, You Can Whip Up This Homemade Hummus In 5 Minutes Or Less!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Avocado Lime Ranch Dip Recipe
It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Dessert Nutella Dip Recipe
Filled with hazelnut goodness and a helping of tangy cream cheese & whipped cream, this Nutella fruit dip is heavenly!
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Comments:

  1. I have wanted to make the perfect spinich artichoke dip. The one you have posted here looks delicious. I might have to give it a try!!

  2. 5 stars
    So many of our favorite dip recipes in one place! We’ve already tried (and loved) a bunch of these…can’t wait to try more!

  3. 5 stars
    I made the 7-layer bean dip for a party and it was a huge hit!! Thanks for sharing this list, I’m excited to try more!