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. 😉
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.
Choosing items to dip is almost as important as the dip itself. Some of our favorite items to dip in sweet dips include:
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
AppetizerCream 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!!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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