30 Quick and Easy Appetizers Built for Hassle-Free Hosting
Throwing a party shouldn’t be stressful. Start your easiest party ever with quick recipes for easy dips, simple spreads, and pick-up bites that can be made ahead or assembled in minutes. This selection of quick and easy appetizers will have you out of the kitchen in no time, enjoying the fun with your friends and family. Most of these recipes come together in under 30 minutes (some of them in under 15).
Hosting a tailgate or a watch party? Country Ham & Biscuits are a delicious way to start the party, and guests can munch throughout the game on easy appetizers like Sheet Pan Nachos and Fire Crackers. An outdoor picnic calls for fresh appetizers showcasing garden produce; whip up a batch of Black-Eyed Pea Hummus and serve with fresh veggies, or choose Black Bean and Corn Salsa use what’s in your pantry. If you need a recipe that you can make ahead or just assemble minutes before your guests arrive, check out this medley of quick and easy appetizers. The next time you’re entertaining in a pinch, just turn to these quick and easy appetizer recipes.
Sheet Pan Nachos
Homemade Onion Dip
Recipe: Homemade Onion Dip
Put away the flavoring packets: This homemade onion dip is just as quick, and it’ll be your new go-to.
Recipe: Texas Caviar
When it comes to this classic Southern app, there’s no cooking required. Talk about the ultimate summertime dish.
Stuffed Endive with Herbed Goat Cheese
Spoon a mixture of goat cheese and cream cheese into little endive “cups” and your appetizer is as good as done.
Mini Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas
Dress up flour tortillas by baking them in a muffin tin to create cute-as-can-be mini enchilada cups.
Recipe: Cornmeal Popovers
Didn’t think you could pull off homemade bread in time for the party? Think again: These popovers come together in just 30 minutes.
Baked Brie Bites
Recipe: Baked Brie Bites
There are a few appetizers that you really can’t beat, and these Baked Brie Bites are one of them. Your guests would never guess how easy they really are to make.
Warm Cheese and Spicy Pecan Dip
Recipe: Warm Cheese and Spicy Pecan Dip
This dip combines two of our favorite things—warm cheese and spiced pecans—in one epic appetizer. An added bonus: It only requires 5 minutes of active time.
Recipe: Fire Crackers
The South’s most beloved appetizer is one of its simplest—all it takes is a few seasonings and a package of saltine crackers. Baking optional.
Basic Deviled Eggs
Recipe: Basic Deviled Eggs
Mama always said not to mess with the classics. These flavorful eggs have been on our appetizer spreads for as long as we can remember.
Recipe: Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Has the party really started until there’s a bowl of Spinach-Artichoke Dip on the table? No, we didn’t think so.
Cheddar Cheese Straws
Recipe: Cheddar Cheese Straws
Keep a batch of this cheesy dough on hand at all times and bake just before your guests arrive.
Buttery Toasted Pecans
Recipe: Buttery Toasted Pecans
No Southern gathering is complete without a bowl of toasted nuts on the table, and these fan-favorite pecans only call for 4 ingredients.
Rotel Sausage Dip
Recipe: Rotel Sausage Dip
This 6-ingredient appetizer comes together in your slow cooker. Plus, who can resist a big bowl of melty cheese?
Buttery Garlic Shrimp
Recipe: Buttery Garlic Shrimp
One of the many virtues of seafood is its quick cook time—this Buttery Garlic Shrimp will be on the table in 15 minutes.
Recipe: Pimiento Cheese
Pimiento Cheese has always been there for us, and when you’re entertaining, store-bought is simply not an option. Once you make this Southern classic once, you’ll be whipping it up every week.
Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Recipe: Black Bean and Corn Salsa
Ditch the jarred stuff and go a more creative route with this refreshing Black Bean and Corn Salsa.
Recipe: Bacon-Pimiento Guacamole
Give your guac a Southern spin with the addition of bacon and pimientos. It’ll become your new signature appetizer.
Creamy Crab Dip with Peppadews
Recipe: Creamy Crab Dip with Peppadews
As if making this crab dip could get any easier, you can put it together ahead of time and store it in your freezer. Just bake for 15 minutes and serve.
Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
Recipe: Smoky Black-Eyed Pea Hummus
You may be used to classic chickpea hummus, but any Southern crowd will rave over this black-eyed pea version.
Recipe: Ham Biscuits
Leftover ham has never looked so good. These simple Ham Biscuits take well to big-batch preparation.
Ranch Snacker Crackers
Recipe: Ranch Snacker Crackers
Your guests will be munching on these addictive, ranch-seasoned oyster crackers all night long.
Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
Recipe: Bacon Bow Tie Crackers
The key to a great appetizer is simplicity; with only 2 ingredients—bacon and butter crackers—this recipe has snacking down to a science.
Pizza Pepper Poppers
Recipe: Pizza Pepper Poppers
Say “Pizza Pepper Poppers” three times fast. By the time you’re through, the whole plate will be picked clean.
Cheesy Garlic, Herb, and Ham Bites
These petite bites may look extra-elegant, but thanks to frozen puff pastry and garlic-and-herb cheese, they take less than 30 minutes to make.
Smoky Snack Mix
Recipe: Smoky Snack Mix
A homemade snack mix instantly elevates any party spread, and this smoky version may just be our favorite ever.
Blue Cheese-and-Pecan Stuffed Peppers
Pull together these bite-sized stuffed peppers without even turning on your oven.
Olive Oil Popcorn with Garlic and Rosemary
Seasoned with olive oil, rosemary, and fresh Parmesan, this is certainly not your average bowl of popcorn.
Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
Recipe: Baked Brie with Jezebel Peaches
We’d pick this timeless appetizer out of the lineup any day.
Creamy Feta and Herb Dip
Recipe: Creamy Feta and Herb Dip
This bright, tangy dip is the ideal companion for crudité or flatbreads.