50 Easy Appetizer Recipes

These easy appetizers will be a hit at your next party! They include delicious dips, fun finger foods, and other crowd-pleasing snacks that guests will love.

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All our best appetizers, all in one place! If you’re hosting a party this week or looking for a dish to bring to one, I promise–these easy appetizer recipes will not disappoint. They range from indulgent dips to bite-sized finger foods, gorgeous snack boards, and baked treats. These appetizers are the nibbles and bites that I love to serve whenever I’m entertaining because they’re simple to make (and often make ahead) and easy to serve (bonus points if you don’t need utensils!). But most importantly, they’re fun and delicious. They keep the prep straightforward for you while delivering big, bold flavors for guests. We love them, and I hope you will too!

Easy Bite-Sized Appetizers

These finger foods pack bold flavor into a few small bites.

Buffalo cauliflower wings

Buffalo Cauliflower Wings
This veggie riff on buffalo chicken wings is super easy to make in the oven. Doused in homemade buffalo sauce, these cauliflower bites are tangy, spicy, and crisp around the edges. We love them with vegan ranch for dipping.

Best Deviled Eggs
Garnish them with chopped chives, pinches of celery seed, and/or a dusting of smoked paprika for an extra-fun and festive look.

Stuffed mushrooms

Stuffed Mushrooms
Jack and I love these bite-sized party appetizers so much that we could polish off a whole batch on our own! The flavorful filling is a simple combination of panko bread crumbs, pine nuts, parsley, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese.

jalapeno poppers recipe

Jalapeño Poppers
This recipe calls for a Greek yogurt filling instead of a traditional cream cheese one. While it’s lighter than most, it’s every bit as delicious!

Caprese skewers

Caprese Skewers
A finger-friendly version of a classic Caprese salad. Drizzle them with this easy balsamic reduction for a pop of sweet and tangy flavor.

More Finger Food Party Appetizers

These unique appetizer ideas range from crispy taquitos to Italian bruschetta.

Easy appetizers - Homemade Taquitos

Taquitos
Your guests will flip for these baked taquitos! The crispy tortilla shells surround a gooey, melty filling of meaty jackfruit, cheese, and refried beans.

Best appetizer recipes - Steamed dumplings

Steamed Dumplings
Pair these shiitake and kimchi dumplings with a simple tamari dipping sauce, and they’ll disappear in no time.

Easy appetizers - Peanut Noodle Spring Rolls

Peanut Sauce Spring Rolls
Stuffed with peanut noodles, herbs, and veggies, these fresh appetizers are always a hit. Serve with extra peanut sauce for dipping!

Tomato Bruschetta

Tomato Bruschetta
Set out the tangy tomato topping in a bowl with slices of grilled bread alongside it, and let guests assemble their own toasts.

Platters and Boards that Feed A Crowd

If you like appetizers that deliver on both appearance and flavor, then this category is for you. These platters and boards look stunning, and they’re piled high with tasty snacks!

Cheese board

Classic Cheese Board
A cheese board is one of my favorite appetizer ideas because it’s SO simple to put together, but guests always love it. Making a great one is easy. Just set out a few cheeses with seasonal fruit, honey or jam, and little bites like olives and nuts.

Party appetizers - Mezze platter with tabbouleh, whipped feta, muhammara, and veggies

Mezze Platter
I load up this epic Mediterranean board with tabbouleh, a couple of dips, and cheese, olives, and fresh veggies. Serve with pita!

Loaded Sheet Pan Nachos

Ultimate Loaded Nachos
There’s no actual cheese on this epic nacho platter, but you won’t miss it one bit. Instead, these nachos are doused in a creamy vegan cheese sauce that’s every bit as irresistible as the real thing. Fixings like pickled onions, avocado, and pico de gallo take this crowd-pleasing appetizer over the top.

Easy appetizers - Crudité platter with white bean dip, veggies, and marinated feta

Best Crudité Platter
If you’re looking for easy appetizers to serve at a party, you can never go wrong with veggies and dip. This recipe takes that simple combo to the next level. In addition to a creamy white bean dip and lots of veg, it features marinated feta, compound butter, and baguette.

Baked Brie with Pomegranates and Pistachios

Baked Brie with Pomegranates
This baked brie feels elevated, but it’s dead simple to make. Pop a cold wheel of brie in the oven for less than 10 minutes, top it with pretty garnishes, and…that’s it! Scoop up the luscious cheese with crostini, crackers, or baguette.

Cheese ball with veggies and crackers

Almond Cheese with Herbes de Provence, page 73 of Love & Lemons Every Day
A plant-based alternative to a classic cheese ball! Just 7 ingredients perfect its rich and creamy texture and tangy, “cheesy” taste. Serve with crackers and fresh veggies.

Warm and Cheesy Dips

Party food at its best.

Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach Artichoke Dip
Is it really a party without it?

Jalapeño popper dip

Jalapeño Popper Dip
Everything you love about a jalapeño popper (crispy breadcrumbs! creamy filling! chile heat!), but in dip form. It’s totally addictive. You’ve been warned.

Queso dip in a skillet with guacamole, black beans, and pico de gallo

Vegan Butternut Squash Queso, page 75 of Love & Lemons Every Day
Yes! Butternut squash gives this vegan dip its vibrant, cheesy color. If you’re skeptical, don’t be. Take one bite of this gooey, tangy, creamy appetizer, and you’ll be completely hooked.

Bright and Zesty Dips

We’re talking guac, salsa, and more. Tortilla chips for serving are highly recommended.

Best guacamole

Best Guacamole
When it comes to quick and easy appetizers, guac is tough to beat. This recipe calls for 6 ingredients, comes together in 5 minutes, and is always a party hit.

Easy appetizer recipes - Best bean dip

Best Bean Dip
Green chiles and lime juice give this smooth and creamy dip a kick of zingy flavor.

Best appetizers - homemade salsa with tortilla chips

Homemade Salsa
Try it once, and you’ll never get the store-bought kind again!

Easy appetizer recipes - Mango salsa

Easy Mango Salsa
This 7-ingredient recipe has a delicious balance of sweet and spicy flavors.

Best party appetizers - Cowboy caviar recipe

Cowboy Caviar
This dip is one of my go-to party appetizers because it actually tastes better if you make it ahead! I like to prep it a few hours, or even a day, in advance and pop it in the fridge to give the flavors a chance to mingle.

Easy appetizer ideas - Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Tomatillo Salsa Verde
If you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, save them to spoon over tacos or a burrito bowl the next day.

Best appetizers - Avocado salsa

Avocado Salsa
Can’t pick between mango salsa and guac? Make this recipe instead! A perfect mashup of the two, it’s creamy, sweet, spicy, and bright. You won’t be able to get enough!

More Delicious Dip Appetizer Recipes

Find everything from whipped feta to 5-star homemade hummus.

Best party appetizers - French onion dip

French Onion Dip
If I spotted French onion dip at a party when I was a kid, I’d spend the rest of the evening next to it, scooping up bite after bite on ridged potato chips. I’d like to say that I’ve developed some restraint around it over the years, but…I haven’t. Pass me a bowl of this dip, its creamy cashew base streaked with savory caramelized onions, and there’s a good chance you won’t get it back.

Easy appetizers - Olive tapenade

Olive Tapenade
Basil adds a welcome freshness to this salty, briny olive and caper spread.

Best appetizer ideas - Whipped feta dip

Whipped Feta
You can take this creamy dip in a savory or sweet direction, topping it with olive oil, herbs, and Aleppo pepper or a generous drizzle of honey.

Easy appetizer recipes - Muhammara

Muhammara
This striking red pepper dip’s spicy, sweet, and sour flavor is guaranteed to wow guests. Make it up to a day in advance–it keeps perfectly in the fridge.

Easy appetizers - Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki
Cucumber, dill, and mint make this creamy yogurt dip cooling and refreshing.

Easy appetizers - Hummus Recipe

BEST Hummus
The store-bought stuff can’t compare! This homemade hummus is insanely creamy, nutty, and bright with lemon. AND it comes together in the blender in 5 minutes.

Easy appetizer recipes - Baba ganoush

Baba Ganoush
I love this silky, smoky eggplant dip so much that I can’t resist eating it out of the food processor with a spoon. If your guests are anything like me, it’ll vanish from the snack table in minutes!

Best party appetizers - Avocado dip

Avocado Dip
Dijon mustard, lemon, and dill give ranch-y vibes to this fresh, 5-minute avocado dip.

Appetizer Ideas for Bakers

Jack is the baker in our house, and the appetizer ideas below are his specialties. They always impress guests, but he has a secret: none of them is tricky to make! Even if you’re new to baking, you’ll be able to pull off these recipes without a hitch.

Easy appetizers - Garlic knots

Garlic Knots
They’re rich, chewy, and dripping with savory garlic flavor. If you think you’re going to have just one…well, good luck.

Easy appetizers - Homemade soft pretzels

Homemade Soft Pretzels
They’re fantastic on their own or with mustard or cheese sauce for dipping.

Easy appetizer recipes - Rosemary focaccia

Rosemary Focaccia
Studded with rosemary and roasted garlic, this gorgeous bread would be at home at any dinner party or holiday get-together.

Party appetizers - Socca flatbread

Socca
This easy flatbread is made with chickpea flour and olive oil, which give it crisp edges, a moist interior, and a rich, nutty flavor. Serve slices plain, or dress them up with toppings. I love my socca with a slather of labneh and a sprinkle of za’atar.

Best appetizer recipes - Homemade pita bread

Homemade Pita Bread
Adding Greek yogurt to the dough creates the fluffiest, pillowiest pita you’ve ever tasted! It’s divine with dips like hummus, tzatziki, or muhammara.

Crispy, Crunchy Appetizers to Make in the Air Fryer

If crispy, crunchy appetizers like French fries and onion rings are your speed, get yourself an air fryer! You’ll be able to make fantastic versions of these classic appetizers at home.

Easy party appetizers - Air fryer French fries

Air Fryer French Fries
Like regular fries, but with a fraction of the oil. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce!

Easy appetizer recipes - Air fryer onion rings

Air Fryer Onion Rings
Crisp on the outside and tender in the middle, they rival any onion rings you’d get out to eat.

Best appetizers - Air fryer fried pickles

Air Fryer Fried Pickles
I developed this recipe by popular request, and I am SO glad I did! These crispy pickle chips are a ridiculously delicious snack. We love them with remoulade sauce for dipping.

Easy appetizer recipes - Air fryer zucchini chips

Air Fryer Zucchini Chips
Zucchini has never been so snack-able! A crispy, nutty Parmesan breading coats the tender slices. They’re irresistible on their own, but I wouldn’t say no to a side of marinara either.

Party Appetizers for Potato Lovers

How many ways can you turn a potato into an appetizer? Let me count…

Crispy smashed potatoes

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
They’re crisp on the outside, creamy in the middle, and filled with savory garlic flavor! Serve them hot off the baking sheet, topped with Parmesan or drizzles of chipotle sauce.

Best appetizers - Chili cheese fries

Chili Cheese Fries
If you couldn’t tell, I love making plant-based spins on classic dishes. Take these chili cheese fries. I douse them in a vegan cheese sauce and meatless chili and shower them with fresh veggies for good measure. They’ll still satisfy any comfort food craving!

Easy appetizers - Baked potato wedges

Baked Potato Wedges
A yummy blend of spices–garlic powder, onion powder, and smoked paprika–turns these simple potato wedges into a next-level snack. I love ketchup for dipping, but tartar sauce is great too!

Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites

Sweet Potato Appetizer Bites
If the potatoes you love are sweet, then this appetizer recipe is for you! I top tender roasted sweet potato rounds with crisp radishes and a creamy, lemony avocado “tartare.”

Loaded Potato Skin Appetizers

Loaded Potato Skins
These are not your average potato skins! I load them with a zesty black bean and sweet corn salad, top them with dollops of sunflower sour cream, and add coconut bacon for crunch. Yep, they’re vegan, but everyone will love them.

Simple Party Snacks

These easy appetizer recipes yield simple snacks that guests can munch by the handful.

Best appetizer recipes - Roasted pecans

Roasted Pecans
I have two options for you here–a savory rosemary one and a sweet cinnamon sugar one. Choose just one, or try both! Either way, your guests will be happy (and your kitchen will smell amazing).

Easy appetizers - stovetop popcorn

Stovetop Popcorn
Toss it with a little melted butter and nutritional yeast for appetizer perfection.

Party appetizers - Roasted pumpkin seeds

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
If you’re cooking with a kabocha or butternut squash sometime soon, save the seeds! Roasted low and slow, they become a crunchy, nutty, and delicious salty snack.

Easy Appetizer Recipes: Deviled Eggs

rate this recipe:
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Serves 8

Ingredients

  • 8 hard boiled eggs
  • ¼ cup mayo
  • cup thick Greek yogurt, (Fage or Chobani recommended)
  • teaspoons sweet pickle relish
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Sea salt

Toppings

Instructions

  • Slice the eggs in half lengthwise and remove the yolks.
  • In a small food processor, combine the egg yolks, mayo, yogurt, relish, and mustard and pulse until smooth. Season to taste with salt.
  • Scoop the mixture into the egg white halves (or use a piping bag, if you prefer). Sprinkle with desired toppings.

Notes

A fun spicy option: this filling is delicious with a few jalapeño or pickled jalapeño slices blended into the mixture.

 

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  1. Stacey
    12.28.2022

    5 stars
    WOW!!💝
    Thank you!!!🤗

  2. Sabrina from newkitchenlife.com
    12.27.2022

    thank you, looking for some NY Eve serving inspiration, so many great ideas!

  3. CP
    10.31.2021

    5 stars
    So amazing I almost don’t want to go to the party we made it for anymore. I’d rather just sit here and eat this amazing hummus! 🤣 So glad we doubled the recipe.

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