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50 Easy Appetizers (+ Quick Recipes)

Whether you’re feeding a crowd or planning a quiet book club, you’ll want to bookmark these easy appetizer recipes.

From gooey baked brie recipes to spicy buffalo dip, there’s something here for every occasion.

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Easy Appetizers For Your Next Party

People love to graze. I know I’d rather have a plate full of yummy apps than one big meal.

And thanks to these easy appetizers, your next party will have so much to choose from that your guests will be spoiled for choice.

I’m talking hot dips, cold dips, chips, veggies, savory pastries, sweet treats, and more. 

We have a lot to get through, so let’s just dive right in!

Finger Food Party Appetizers

Pigs in a Blanket served on a plate.

1. Pigs in a Blanket (with Cheese!)

This recipe is a classic for a reason – everyone loves it!

You know you can put a tray of these out and have a happy crowd of kids and adults alike.

Use store-bought crescent rolls and sliced cheese to make the prep lightning fast. I also like to throw in some bacon for good measure.

Ham and Cheese Sliders

2. Hawaiian Roll Ham and Cheese Sliders

Sliders are budget-friendly, easy appetizers for a crowd that you can whip up without too much trouble.

Take these ham and cheese ones, for example. They need only ten ingredients and come together in just 35 minutes.

Yet despite their convenience (and small size), they’re delicious and surprisingly filling.

Air Fryer Onion Rings

3. Air Fryer Onion Rings

These air fryer onion rings will win over any crowd, guaranteed. They’re crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, with a hint of oniony sweetness. 

Want to know the best part? They’re super easy and not at all greasy. Thanks to the air fryer, they cook perfectly in no time.

Little Smokies Wrapped in a Bacon on Stick

4. Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon (Just 3 Ingredients!)

In the UK, pigs in a blanket are cocktail sausages wrapped in bacon.

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They don’t tend to use pastry or crescent rolls, but they’re salty, meaty, and the perfect little bites. These particular smokies also have a little brown sugar on them.

It adds a fantastic sweetness to the mix, ensuring this recipe will become one of your new favorites.

Air fried tortilla chips with a bowl of dipping sauce

5. Air Fryer Tortilla Chips

Looking to impress your guests? Make tortilla chips! 

Homemade chips are so much fresher than store-bought. Made with just three ingredients – corn tortillas, oil, and salt – they have the ultimate flavor and texture. 

Perfect for pairing with all sorts of yummy dips.

Potato Skins

6. Potato Skins

Nobody can pass up these potato skins! 

They’re crispy, creamy, and loaded with a classic filling of bacon, cheese, and sour cream. Sprinkle green onions on top to make them pop.

Potato skins are a finger food favorite for a reason. They’re irresistible!

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Pepper Sauce

7. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Wings

Chicken wings are a staple at pretty much every party.

That’s because they’re small, easy to eat, and great for bringing along to a gathering.

As much as I like to experiment, I’ve found buffalo chicken to be the winner. It’s sticky, spicy, and simply to die for.

Crispy and Crunchy Popcorn Shrimp with Sauce

8. Popcorn Shrimp

I warn you, once you start eating popcorn shrimp, you can’t stop! Between the flavor and the texture, they’re downright addicting. 

Lucky for you, they’re easy to make. So whip up a second batch because these crispy, succulent morsels go fast.

Serve them up with your favorite dipping sauces and watch them disappear.

Bisquick Sausage Balls served on a bowl.

9. Sausage Balls

Speaking of easy appetizers for a crowd, sausage balls are always a big hit. You can serve them for breakfast, brunch, lunch, or as an appetizer.

They’re extremely versatile, filling, and delicious. And if you don’t want to make them totally from scratch, Bisquick can help.

With this recipe, you’ll only need five simple ingredients.

Quiche Muffins

10. Quiche Muffins

Quiche muffins are the ideal finger food for brunches, potlucks, and more.

You get all the rich, savory flavors of classic quiche baked into convenient handheld bites!

Add your favorite mix-ins or keep it simple with spinach and cheese. Bonus points for making mini muffins, which are extra poppable.

Warm and Cheesy Dips

Hot Reuben dip

11. Hot Reuben Dip

Turn everyone’s favorite sandwich into an addicting dip! Loaded with corned beef, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese, it tastes just like the real thing.

This easy appetizer comes together in minutes with minimal ingredients. Whip up a batch for game day, St. Patrick’s Day, or anytime you’re craving a Reuben.

Hormel chili dip garnished with chopped fresh parsley and red chilis with nachos on side.

12. Hormel Chili Dip

Three ingredients and 5 minutes? Talk about easy appetizers!

I don’t know anyone that can resist a rich, cheesy dip. It’s full of Hormel chili, so you know it’s bursting with flavor.

I love the cream cheese base, too, for added creaminess. If you want it spicy, throw in some chopped jalapeños, as well.

Cheesy Dip with Nachos

13. Velveeta Sausage Dip

Here’s another super simple, three-ingredient dip you can whip up in minutes. This one is loaded with crumbled sausage and tomatoes.

Velveeta is the key here, as it will melt beautifully and not turn lumpy.

However, if you use a slow cooker and hold the dip on “warm,” most cheeses will do the trick.

Jalapeno Popper Dip in a casserole.

14. Jalapeno Popper Dip

Want a spicy, extra-cheesy dip not made with Velveeta? This jalapeno popper dip is perfect. It has just the right amount of heat and jalapeno flavor.

But it’s the rich blend of mozzarella, cheddar, and cream cheese that really seals the deal.

Of course, the buttery parmesan and cracker crumb topping doesn’t hurt, either!

Wooden spoon and fork picking a portion serving of Spinach Artichoke Dip from a glass baking dish.

15. Applebee’s Spinach Artichoke Dip Recipe

If you’ve ever had Applebee’s spinach dip, you’ll know it’s extra creamy and full of garlicky goodness. 

That’s because they add alfredo sauce rather than just using cream cheese! It adds much more flavor and makes for a smoother dip overall. 

You can use store-bought alfredo, but I recommend making your own. Use my fettuccine alfredo recipe to learn how. 

Hot Bean Dip Topped with Cilantro and Seasonings on the Side

16. Easy Hot Bean Dip

Need a dip that serves a crowd? You can’t go wrong with this easy hot bean dip. It’s a cinch to make and it feeds a large party.

Refried beans meld with zesty taco seasoning, creamy sour cream, and loads of gooey cheese.

Serve it up hot with a side of veggies stickers, tortilla chips, or crostini.

Buffalo Chicken Dip cooked in a cast iron pan with fresh celery stalks dipped on it.

17. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rotisserie chicken is probably the best thing you can buy at the store. It’s juicy and bursting with flavor.

There’s no way you can recreate it at home!

It’s also perfect for this spicy, cheesy dip. Just shred it and add it to the mix for a super hearty and popular starter everyone will love.

Bread dipped in a creamy BLT dip.

18. BLT Dip

If looking at this chunky dip doesn’t make your mouth water, there’s something wrong with your eyes. (Or maybe your salivary glands?)

Either way, you should see a doctor because SOMETHING isn’t right!

This delicious dip is a creamy combination of cheddar and cream cheeses, green onions, bacon, tomatoes, and so much more. It’s heavenly.

Cool Party Dips

Blue Cheese Dip

19. Blue Cheese Dip

Blue cheese dip always hits the spot. Creamy, rich, and sharp, it’s delicious. 

From parties to picnics to game days, this easy dip recipe will impress. And it’s ready in just 30 minutes with six ingredients, no less. 

Serve chilled with crisp veggie sticks, buttery crackers, pretzels, or even buffalo wings for dipping.

Bowl of pimento cheese with spoon served with cracker.

20. Pimento Cheese

This Southern fave is a tasty mix of cheddar, Monterey jack, cream cheese, and pimento peppers. Plus, it’s another Paula Deen recipe, so you know it’s good.

Smear it onto crackers, serve it as a dip, or turn it into finger sandwiches. Either way, it’s an easy appetizer recipe your friends will love.

Chipotle Guacamole dip on a wooden bowl served with nachos.

21. Chipotle Guacamole Recipe

Guacamole will always be the king of the dips, in my opinion. And as good as some store-bought options are, you can’t beat the homemade stuff.

This Chipotle copycat includes everything you need to make it perfect: cilantro, lime juice, red onions, and jalapeños.

You can also add diced tomatoes for added chunkiness.


22. Authentic Tzatziki

Tzatziki doubles as a refreshing dip and a sauce. So it’s perfect for dunking warm pita bread or drizzling on falafel bites. 

Creamy, garlicky, lemony, and herby, tzatziki is very refreshing. Plus, it’s simple to make and the pairing options are endless. 

Enjoy it at a cookout, summer bash, small soiree, and more.

Hidden Valley Ranch Dip

23. Hidden Valley Ranch Dip

Need an effortless dip that you can prepare in advance? Hidden Valley Ranch dip will come to your rescue! 

Made with four simple ingredients, this classic dip is a crowd-pleaser at any gathering. Throw it together in just 15 minutes, then chill until serving. 

So go on, elevate your veggie tray with the creamy taste of Hidden Valley Ranch dip!

Seven Layer Taco Dip served on a huge glass bowl.

24. Seven-Layer Taco Dip

Everyone loves tacos, but they’re not the easiest appetizer to put out. So, how about a big bowl of taco dip instead?

As the name suggests, this dip has seven layers, each better than the last.

I like it with just beans, but you can so easily make it an eight-layer dip with some spicy ground beef or shredded chicken.

Bowl of Cowboy Caviar salad made with beans, pepper and corns.

25. Cowboy Caviar

This is such a colorful and fun appetizer. It gets its name because of its bold Tex-Mex flavor and because it looks a little like caviar.

Loaded with corn, beans, tomatoes, and peppers, you can serve this with chips, on crostini, or over some mini tostadas.

Quick and Easy Appetizers

Homemade Deviled Eggs with Mayonnaise, Mustard and Pickles

26. Paula Deen Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs always make excellent finger foods for a party, and Paula Deen definitely knows how to make them.

Use her simple-to-follow recipe to ensure your guests devour your deviled eggs. One thing’s for sure — you won’t have to worry about leftovers!

Mozzarella Sticks

27. Air Fryer Mozzarella Sticks

Did you know you can make mozzarella sticks using that string cheese in your fridge? As if they weren’t already your favorite snack!

Kids and adults can both agree on this popular appetizer. The crunchy breadcrumbs and the gooey center are beyond enticing. 

I like to serve mine with marinara, and this spicy version is incredible, too.

Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball served with crackers.

28. Bacon Ranch Cheese Ball

In terms of party recipes, you can’t beat a cheese ball.

I mean, it’s a delicious ball of cream cheese, cheddar, ranch seasoning, and bacon bits! What’s not to love?!

It’ll be messy as you shape it and add the bacon, but it’s worth it. Serve with buttery Ritz crackers for the ultimate taste explosion.

Zucchini Chips

29. Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

These zucchini chips should come with a warning – once you have one, it’s impossible to stop.

Crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, they melt in your mouth. 

They’re healthier than regular chips and just as addicting. So I recommend doubling or tripling the batch.

Air flyer crab Rangoon arranged on a wooden cutting board with sweet and sour dip.

30. Air Fryer Crab Rangoon

I’m a huge proponent of air fryers. They’re probably one of the most amazing inventions of the 21st century. If you don’t have one, GET ONE!

Then, use it to make these scrumptious, bite-sized crab rangoons. They’re savory, umami-packed morsels everyone will love.

Just be sure to make enough. You don’t want to start a fight at your own party!

Air Fryer Hush Puppies

31. Air Fryer Hush Puppies

Sink your teeth into these homemade hush puppies!

These golden delights feature a savory cornmeal batter, speckled with minced onion for a pop of flavor.

They’re a scrumptious appetizer causing guests to swoon. With the help of the air fryer, they cook perfectly, too.

Caramelized pear and baked brie with chopped walnuts, overhead view

32. Baked Brie

Baked brie is a universal appetizer great for any occasion. Holidays, birthdays, happy hours, you name it. 

A melty wheel of cheese comes topped with pear slices, walnuts, and honey. It’s the ideal balance of sweet, savory, and creamy.

I like to serve it with a side of crostini.

Garlic Bread

33. Garlic Bread

Garlic bread is an easy appetizer always sure to please. The garlicky butter, soft and crusty bread, and pinch of fresh parsley are mouthwatering. 

French bread is my go-to, but any solid loaf with a decent crust will work.

Either way, whip it up if you need an easy family-friendly appetizer for a hungry crowd.

Bowl of meatballs served with grape jelly sauce.

34. Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape jelly meatballs aren’t some of the least messy finger foods you can serve. However, they ARE some of the tastiest.

They have that delightful balance of sweetness, savoriness, and spice. They’re also effortless to make. (Especially if you start with frozen meatballs!)

Give them a try if you need crowd-pleasing appetizers for a party.

Potato chips in a white bowl.

35. Air Fryer Potato Chips

Don’t just dump chips into a bowl and call it a day. Make these homemade air fryer potato chips instead!

They’re perfectly salty, delightfully crunchy, and far from greasy. So they’re a healthier and tastier option to pair with all your favorite dips. 

Trust me, your guests will notice the difference.

Bunch of Soft Pretzel Bites.

36. Soft Pretzel Bites

Craving soft pretzel bites? Don’t head to the store! You can make them at home more easily than most realize.

I won’t lie. They take a little time (mostly because the dough needs to rise). But the process itself isn’t complicated.

Bake them and serve them with cheese or even melted chocolate for dipping. Yummy!

Whole and sliced in half Scotch Eggs on Plate served with red dipping sauce.

37. Scotch Eggs

Want an egg-based appetizer that isn’t deviled eggs? Try these traditional Scotch eggs instead.

They’re simple boiled eggs covered in sausage, flour, and breadcrumbs and deep-fried until they’re golden brown.

They have crunchy exteriors, savory middles, and smooth and silky centers. If you’ve never had them, you can’t even imagine how tasty they are.

Simple Party Snacks

Sweet and salty homemade candied bacon in a glass jar

38. Candied Bacon

Candied bacon is a fun addition to brunches, holidays, cocktail hours, and more.

Thick-cut bacon gets coated in a sweet and spicy blend of brown sugar, cayenne, and black pepper. Baked until  delightfully crisp and caramelized.

Serve it alongside a Bloody Mary, breakfast spread, or before a big feast.

Air Fryer Quesadilla

39. Air Fryer Quesadillas

If you’ve ever had a homemade quesadilla and found it lacking, this recipe will change that.

You need decent cheese, quality tortillas, and an air fryer. It’s simple and convenient, but those three things make all the difference.

You can also jazz it up with your favorite fillings.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms served on a gray plate.

40. Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Stuffed mushrooms are such a treat, and they’re versatile, too!

I usually go for something garlicky with breadcrumbs, but these crab-stuffed ones are excellent, too!

They’re decadent, indulgent, and all those other words that mean something is high-quality, fancy, and overwhelmingly flavorful.

Loaded Nachos with ground beef, avocado slices, spices and chopped parsley.

41. Quick and Easy Nachos

Nachos are one of the all-time greats when it comes to easy appetizers.

You can keep them super simple or go above and beyond with a plethora of crazy toppings. Which do you think I prefer?

I say go big or go home! You’ll want chili, beef, beans, pico, guacamole, onion, chilis, and plenty of cheese.

Sausage cream cheese crescent rolls on a baking pan.

42. Sausage Cream Cheese Crescent Rolls

Quick, easy, and impressive is what these crescent rolls are all about. 

Nestled inside flaky pastry is a savory mix of sausage, cheddar, and cream cheese. Need I say more?

They’re the ideal appetizer when you want something crowd-pleasing and fuss-free.

Appetizing Hanky Panky with Ground Beef and Cheese

43. Hanky Panky

Get ready to party with Hanky Panky! This retro appetizer is making a comeback. 

It features a savory beef and pork spread with melty cheese on rye bread. Sinfully delicious, this appetizer is ready in just 20 minutes.

Serve them hot and watch them disappear in a flash!

Combination of Chex cereals, pretzels, and nuts in a bowl.

44. Texas Trash

Texas trash is about as easy as party snacks come. With just 5 minutes of prep, the oven does the rest.

Simply mix Cheerios, Chex cereal, pretzels, nuts, and flavorings, then bake. 

Crunchy, salty, and savory, Texas trash is a surefire hit. I guarantee!

Spicy Homeamde Alabama Firecrackers

45. Alabama Fire Crackers

You don’t have to be from the South to enjoy these quick and easy Alabama fire crackers. These crunchy, spicy snacks are universally delicious.

They’re really just jazzed-up saltines, but the “jazzed up” part makes all the difference in the world. These things are 110% addictive. So be sure to make a huge batch.

Caprese Salad

46. Caprese Salad

Caprese salad is a favorite great for any occasion. This simple yet elegant salad is bursting with fresh flavors and makes a stunning appetizer. 

I like to skewer the ingredients for a convenient finger food party appetizer.

However you serve it, be sure to use the freshest ingredients. It’s the secret to success.

Cut in wedges pizza quesadillas with marinara sauce on a white plate.

47. Easy Pizza Quesadilla

Want something that’s a little more thoughtful than just ordering a pizza? These pizza quesadillas are your answer. 

Stuffed with pepperoni, mozzarella, Parmesan, and pizza sauce, they have all the same cozy flavors. 

Except they come on a warm flour tortilla. So they’re a breeze to make.

Soft and Gooey Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers and Cream Cheese or Texas Twinkies

48. Texas Twinkies

If you’ve never tried (or heard of) Texas Twinkies, get ready to have your mind blown.

Let’s just say that if you’re a fan of BBQ and jalapeno poppers, you’ll go gaga for these bites!

Sweet Appetizers for a Crowd

Dipping Wafer into Cheesecake Dip with Chocolate Chips and Fresh Strawberries

49. No-Bake Cheesecake Dip

You don’t have to be a baker to make this outstanding cheesecake dip! 

There is zero baking required. Not to mention it has all the decadence you get with the real thing. 

Creamy, sweet, and rich, it’s delightfully indulgent. Be sure to get a scoop before it’s gone.

Sliced apples dipped in caramel sauce with chopped nut.
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50. Easy Caramel Dip

My friends know they’ll get something sweet if I’m in charge of chips and dips. It’s just a fact!

And as good as all those fantastic savory dishes are, no table is complete without a little caramel.

This sweet dip is so delicious I could eat it with a spoon!

50 Easy Appetizers

Course: Recipes, Appetizers, SnacksCuisine: American


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Try these easy appetizers for your next party or gathering! All are sure to please, like these devour-worthy potato skins loaded with classic toppings.


  • For the Baked Potatoes
  • 6 medium russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • For the Filling
  • 3 tablespoons salted butter

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese

  • 8 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled

  • For Serving
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

  • sour cream


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Wash and thoroughly dry the potatoes. Use a fork or sharp knife to pierce holes all over the skins. Then, rub them with olive oil and season with salt. Bake them for 50-60 minutes or until tender.
  • When the potatoes are almost done, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add the garlic powder, onion powder, and black pepper. Stir, then remove it from the heat and set it aside.
  • When the potatoes are soft and cool enough to handle, cut them in half lengthwise. Scoop out some of the flesh, leaving about 1/4-1/2 an inch border with the skin. Place them cut side up on the baking sheet.
  • Brush the insides of each potato skin with the seasoned butter. Flip them over, brush the bottoms, and bake them for 5-7 minutes. Flip them back over and bake them for another 5 minutes until the edges are crispy.
  • Mix the cheddar and Jack cheeses in a bowl with the bacon and fill each potato skin evenly. Finally, bake them again for 2-4 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Serve the hot potato skins with sour cream and chopped green onions. Enjoy!


  • If refrigerating, consider drizzling with olive oil or dressing just before serving to freshen them up.
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