Our Favorite Chip & Dip Appetizers
Butternut Queso Fundido
If you prefer, you can roast a halved, seeded butternut squash at 350° for 45 minutes or until soft. Scoop 10 ounces of flesh, and use in place of the puree.
Nashville Hot Chicken Dip
If you are feeling adventurous, go ahead and bump up the amount of hot sauce and cayenne pepper. Just have plenty of liquid on hand the quench the fire. You may also try something sweet, as some people swear that a dessert helps tame the heat. While we suggest serving this dip with chicken wings, it is also delicious drizzled over pulled pork or a baked potato or corn chips.
Sweet Pea and Avocado Dip with Baked Pita Chips
Incorporating green peas into this tasty summer snack not only reduces the amount of fat but also adds sweetness and further brightens the green color.
Louisiana Hot Crab Dip
Fresh crab meat is the star of this classic New Orleans appetizer.
Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
This colby-pepper jack cheese dip is made heartier by the addition of chopped cooked chicken. Chopped chipotle peppers, jalapeños, and chili powder add even more heat. Prepare up to a day ahead; cover and chill in an airtight container, and bake just before serving.
Chile con Queso
Back in 1939, Sunset published a dip recipe from reader M.K.C. of Elk Grove, California, for La Salsa con Queso--"a lively dish from Mexico," as we described it, made with canned tomatoes, diced American cheese, and a whisper of fresh chile. While its origins are up for debate--Texas and Arkansas have also claimed the recipe--the dip (now called chile con queso, or simply queso) is still a crowd-pleaser. Our update on the classic, perfect for Super Bowl Sunday or another sports fest, is made with fresh hot salsa plus hot sauce--but keeps the Velveeta for that chip-coating cling.
White Bean Dip with Rosemary Olive Oil
Brown Sugar Fruit Dip
Brown sugar brings sweet goodness to this fruit dip. Pair it with any fresh, seasonal fruit.—we prefer strawberries, pineapple, and grapes
Hot Crab Dip
Combine fresh crabmeat with cream cheese, sour cream, and Cheddar cheese for a rich and creamy seafood dip.For a lighter version, use reduced-fat cream cheese and light sour cream.
Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
Make the chips in advance, cool completely, and store in an airtight container until ready to serve.
Creamy Artichoke Dip
Serve with Pecorino-Black Pepper Breadsticks. To make this the night before, combine dip ingredients, spoon into the baking dish, cover, and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
Red Pepper Hummus
Try a super-simple guacamole using just four ingredients!
Hot Artichoke-Cheese Dip
Black Bean-and-Mango Salsa
You may not think of collard greens as a tasty party food, but this fun twist on the traditional hot spinach dip will change your mind.
Warm Turnip Green Dip
Transfer the dip to a 1- or 2-qt. slow cooker set on WARM so guests can enjoy this creamy dip throughout your party. To make it spicier, serve your favorite brand of hot sauce on the side.