18 Summer Dip Recipes That Start Any Meal Off Right

Artichoke and Crab Meat Dip
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Summer produce is the best produce, and we're always looking for new ways to use our farmers' market finds. Fresh tomatoes, corn, seafood, and more star in these tasty summer dip recipes. You'll never go back to store-bought once you try our homemade sweet onion dip, and if your salsa needs an upgrade, we can't wait for you to try our smoked version. We freshened up old-school crab dip and gave hummus a Southern twist with our version that uses fresh summer field peas. Whether you need an afternoon snack or a pre-dinner appetizer, turn to these summer dip recipes, and you won't be disappointed. Celebrate the season of al-fresco dining with these fresh and delicious summer dips.

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Corn and Jalapeño Dip

Corn and Jalapeno Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Corn and Jalapeño Dip

This flavorful corn dip is made right in the slow cooker so you don't have to worry about keeping it warm all night.

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Smoky Field Pea Hummus

Smoky Field Pea Hummus

Recipe: Smoky Field Pea Hummus

Smoked ham hocks deepen the flavor of many Southern dishes, including this summery dip.

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Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Kay E. Clarke; Food Styling: Margaret Monroe Dickey

Recipe: Hot Crab-and-Artichoke Dip

This creamy crab dip includes Southern-favorite Old Bay seasoning plus two kinds of cheese.

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Crunchy Summer Salsa

Brisket Tacos with Summer Salsa
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Crunchy Summer Salsa

Fresh peaches and crunchy diced cucumber meet in this refreshing salsa recipe.

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Homemade Onion Dip

Homemade Onion Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip

Instead of grabbing a container of it at the grocery store, make your own flavorful, addicting onion dip.

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Texas Caviar

Texas Caviar
Southern Living

Recipe: Texas Caviar

The best thing about this popular dip? It's actually secretly healthy (don't tell the kids).

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Crawfish Dip

Crawfish Dip
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Crawfish Dip

This fresh seafood dip is the ideal way to get a summer party started.

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Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

Nashville Hot Chicken Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole

We made classic guacamole even better by adding bacon, of course.

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Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Back Bean Corn Salsa
Antonis Achilleos

Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa

Use fresh summer corn from the farmers' market as the base of this fresh and flavorful dip.

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Creamy Crab Dip

Creamy Crab Dip
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip

We revisited your favorite vintage crab dip recipe with a fresh upgrade.

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Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip

Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Artichoke and Crabmeat Dip

Spinach and artichoke has met its match with artichoke and crabmeat, and once you try it, you may never go back.

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Homemade Salsa for Canning

Homemade Salsa for Canning
Caitlin Bensel

Recipe: Homemade Salsa for Canning

Put up summer's best and give some to your neighbor with this fresh recipe.

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Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip

Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip
Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling: Christina Lane; Food Styling: Tina Bell Stamos

Recipe: Southwest Black-Eyed Pea Dip

We took the ingredients of Texas Caviar and turned them into a warm dip that's delicious with a crunchy corn chip.

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Austin Diner-Style Queso

Austin Diner-Style Queso
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Claire Spollen; Food Styling: Torie Cox

Recipe: Austin Diner-Style Queso

Bring your favorite Tex-Mex joint into your kitchen with this melty, cheesy recipe.

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Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus

This Southern spin on classic hummus is delicious with fresh veggies and pita chips.

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Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Creamy Shrimp Dip with Crispy Wonton Chips

Seafood is a summertime staple, and this tasty dip showcases it in a fun way.

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Cast-Iron Salsa

Cast-Iron Salsa
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Cast-Iron Salsa

We'll take any excuse to use our cast-iron skillet, and it gives classic salsa a smoky upgrade.

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Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip

Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip
Micah A. Leal

Recipe: Sweet Onion and Bacon Dip

Georgia's sweet Vidalia onions shine in this dip that will be gone in minutes.

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