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

THE MOST VERSATILE APPETIZER

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 round up 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. 😉

Cheese fondue surrounded by bread chunks

Planning Tips

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. Ultimately it’s totally your preference, but here are a few things that I consider when planning my menu: 

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. 

  • When I’m hosting 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. 
  • When I have 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.
Pina colada dip - a sweet appetizer dip

“Dippables”

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:

Great items to use in salsas:

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. 


Nutella dip topped with chocolate chips and one strawberry

Easy Appetizer Dips – the favs!

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

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
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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Dessert Yogurt Fruit Dip Recipe
Cream cheese, cool whip, vanilla yogurt, and vanilla pudding mix blended together to make this amazing Vanilla Yogurt Fruit dip for your favorite fruit!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 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, 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 49 votes
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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 including, cream cheese, brown sugar, sugar, & vanilla.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Cream Cheese Bean Dip Recipe
This Cream Cheese Bean Dip recipe is our new favorite Mexican dip! With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, it is the perfect dip to eat with chips, tacos, or any other Mexican dish! SOO good!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.95 from 51 votes
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Scooping crock pot spinach artichoke dip with a tortilla chip

Hot Appetizer Dips

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

Here are some tips for keeping hot dips hot:

  • I have mini crock pots that are great to keep dips warm at a party. Be sure that you use the warm setting and not the low. Also, make sure cords are out of the way 
  • Chafing dishes work well.
  • Small electric heating pads can be placed under trays to keep them warm.
  • Fill the bottom of a bowl with hot water and nestle a smaller bowl filled with the warm dip inside. Change water as needed.
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 7 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
All the flavor of buffalo wings in a creamy, cheesy, simple dip! This super easy Buffalo Chicken Dip is filled with chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, and three different types of cheese! It’s perfect for parties and get togethers, served with chips or veggies.
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 23 votes
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Appetizer Artichoke Dip Recipe
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!
Total Time: 33 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Appetizer Cheese Fondue Recipe
This cheese fondue is gooey perfection made in literally minutes. It's a showstopper dip to share, or not!
Total Time: 20 minutes
4 from 3 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: 28 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip Recipe
Cheesy Spinach and Bacon Dip – one of the easiest and most delicious dips you’ll ever make! All it takes is cream cheese, Velveeta, spinach, diced tomatoes, and bacon!!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.34 from 3 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 1 vote
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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 7 votes
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Appetizer Nacho Cheese Recipe
The EASIEST recipe for concession-style nacho cheese sauce made totally from scratch! All it takes is a small handful of ingredients you probably already have on hand.
Total Time: 20 minutes
4.77 from 17 votes
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Cucumber salsa in a small bowl - one of our favorite cold dips

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 with dip.
  • Only place out enough dip that can be eaten within the hour. Refill with extra dip from the fridge.
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 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 1 vote
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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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Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
7 Layer Bean Dip – our family’s favorite recipe with loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese and more! It’s a must-have appetizer at most family functions.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.91 from 11 votes
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Appetizer Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw diced tomatoes, rotel, cilantro, lime juice, onion powder, jalapeños, and cumin into your blender, and blend! It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, or any other Mexican food!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.97 from 51 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 14 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: 6 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can’t go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 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
4.67 from 12 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa – one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer 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.
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 filled with sweet pineapple, cilantro, mangoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos making it full of flavor and simple to make.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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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 9 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
Sweet and spicy pineapple salsa that you won’t be able to stop snacking on. Eat it with your favorite tortilla chips and share with friends and family!
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
5 from 11 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 11 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
4.86 from 7 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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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 8 votes
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