30 Easy Dip Recipes Guaranteed to Get the Party Going
Every hostess knows the power of a good dip. A really, really good dip? That’s what can set a really, really good party apart from the rest. We also know that if there is one thing that’s guaranteed to please a crowd of hungry Southerners every time, it’s not going to be a cucumber canape. It’s a dip.
No matter what's coming up on your calendar, you can turn to one of these easy dip recipes to get the job done. No summer cookout is complete without our succotash-inspired salsa or bacon-studded guacamole, and no tailgate is game-ready without our ever-classic spinach dip or slow-cooker buffalo chicken dip. Got a fancy affair? Try our creamy crab dip or smoky field pea dip instead. We’ve got the dips, all you need is to bring all of the chips. (Seriously, all of them. Corn chips, tortilla chips, potato chips, pita chips…you get the picture.) Here are the 30 best party appetizer dips to add to your recipe box.
Warm Spinach-Sweet Onion Dip with Country Ham
Sweet onions and country ham give this classic dip something extra for your tailgate or cookout. Prepare it in a skillet and throw it on the grill to reheat easily.
Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Recipe: Warm Cheese-and-Spicy Pecan Dip
Cheese dip...but make it Southern. Be prepared to go heavy on the cream cheese and mayo in this cheese-laden dip. The crunchy, cayenne-spiced pecans make for a show-stopping finish.
Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Recipe: Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Imagine your classic Texas caviar—but in a warm, melty, multi-layered dip form.
Creamy Crab Dip
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip
This update on classic crab dip is welcome at every party. Fresh lump crab is the star ingredient, but the Old Bay seasoning is a close second.
Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole
You know what's genius? Guacamole with a Southern spin. Three standout ingredients will see you through: bacon, pimiento, and avocados.
Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Dip
This is the only spinach-artichoke dip you'll ever need. It's the ultimate blend of cheesy, creamy, and melty goodness.
Recipe: Succotash Salsa
A summer-favorite side dish gets a snack-worthy makeover. It's got everything you love—fresh lima beans, corn, tomatoes, and sweet onion—but it's fit for a party.
Recipe: Collard Dip
Leave it to Southerners to turn collard greens into a delicious take on hot spinach dip. It'll be scooped clean in 15 minutes flat, we guarantee.
Recipe: Crawfish Dip
Don't let crawfish season pass by without making this crazy-flavorful dip. Even better: You can make it in a slow cooker for ultimate ease and to ensure it stays warm.
Recipe: Rotel Dip
This dip sometimes gets a bad rap—but we don't want those people at our party anyway. In this recipe, simplicity is key. (Oh, and Velveeta is key, too.)
Recipe: Cast-Iron Salsa
You'll forget all about that jarred stuff after tasting this easy recipe. The extra step—charring the garlic, peppers, and onions—takes salsa to the next level.
Baked BLT Dip
Recipe: Baked BLT Dip
Everyone's favorite sandwich—especially during the summertime when tomatoes are at their peak—is even better when reimagined into a crowd-pleasing baked dip.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
This Southern spin on classic hummus is sure to have everyone talking—and dipping! Smoked paprika is the secret touch.
Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip
Sweet corn and spicy jalapeño are a flavor match made in heaven. The bacon doesn't hurt either.
Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips
This is certainly not your average seafood dip. Paired with addicting crispy wonton chips, it's ready to wow the crowd.
Pimiento Cheese Dip
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Dip
We'd dip everything but a tractor tire into this melty version of classic pimiento cheese. (And you can quote us on that.)
Tomato and Feta Dip
Recipe: Tomato and Feta Dip
It's the combination you never knew you needed. We like to think of this as the sassier cousin of baked brie with preserves.
Hot-Sauce-and-Honey Chicken Dip
Recipe: Hot-Sauce-and-Honey Chicken Dip
The two best friends that ever existed: sweet and heat. Use store-bought rotisserie chicken to make this the easiest (but heartiest) dip ever.
Creamy Crab Dip with Peppadews
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip with Peppadews
Southerners love a creamy dip, and this creamy crab dip uses the trifecta: cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise.
Queso Fundido with Mushrooms and Chiles
This molten three-cheese dip gets extra flavor from a mixture of toasted garlic, mushrooms, and green chiles. Need we say more?
Recipe: Eggplant-Yogurt Dip
This take on classic baba ganoush is the summer-ready appetizer that feels a tad lighter than your creamy cheese dip.
Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip
Recipe: Smoky Field Pea-and-Greens Dip
Have you met a dip more suited for a Southern tailgate? It's made with bacon, spinach or kale, and plenty of field peas—and it doesn't skimp on the cream cheese, mayo, and shredded cheese either.
Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip
Recipe: Sausage, Bean, and Spinach Dip
In our world, sausage makes everything better. In the world of dips, this is definitely a proven fact.
Recipe: Texas Caviar
You won't find a bigger hit with a Southern crowd than traditional Texas caviar.
Classic Pimiento Cheese
Recipe: Basic Pimiento Cheese
Showing up to the potluck with a container full of pimiento cheese is as foolproof as it gets.
Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta-and-Herb Dip
This tangy, homemade dip is simple in construction but packed with flavor from herbs and seasoning.
Recipe: Blueberry Salsa
Put those summer berries to good use with this not-your-ordinary salsa recipe.
Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
Recipe: Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken Dip
Making this game-day favorite just got easier. Let your slow cooker do the work.
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Recipe: Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Imagine all of the fixings of the greatest loaded baked potato ever mixed into a bowl, waiting to be scooped up with potato chips or waffle fries. Sound pleasant? We thought so.
Recipe: Spinach-and-Vidalia Dip
This is a tastier version of French onion dip, using Southern-style Vidalia onions instead. Get those ruffled potato chips, and start snacking!