Here are all the best appetizer recipes everyone will love! These time-tested fan favorites always get rave reviews.
Need appetizers? Here’s a collection of the top appetizer recipes that everyone goes mad for! Here at A Couple Cooks, we’ve been testing out these recipes for years on our friends and family. We’ve also had loads of reader feedback over the past 10 years of publishing recipes. Time and time again, we hear raves about some of the same concepts. That spinach artichoke dip! That baked goat cheese!
Here are all the best appetizer recipes that everyone will love! These time-tested favorites are organized into categories below: you’ll see the top recipe and then other ideas within that category. Let the cooking begin!
The top crowd pleasing appetizer recipe? In our experience, it's the pure perfection of this spinach artichoke dip! Our spin takes this classic to a new level! This tangy, creamy dip is such a crowd pleaser that it might interfere with the conversation when you serve it (sorry!). Whenever we make it, everyone parks around the bowl exclaiming how good it is.
Vying for the top in our appetizer recipes: this 5-minute cheesy bean dip! In just 5 minutes, beans, salsa, and cheese come together into the creamiest, gooiest piping hot mess! Dunk in crunchy homemade tortilla chips and it tastes remarkably like the queso from your favorite Mexican joint. With just 3 ingredients, the flavor is more irresistibly complex than you’d imagine. But to really understand the magic here: you’ve got to taste it.
One of the best appetizer5 recipes there is? A good pinwheels recipe! This one is full of Italian-style flavors: mozzarella, sundried tomatoes, spinach, and a blend of spices. They look totally stunning on a platter. And better yet: we’ve figured out all the tricks to making a beautiful roll up: ours used to turn out misshapen and sad looking. Here’s how to make the most perfect pinwheels for your appetizer trays!
Here’s a tasty appetizer that always goes over well: Texas caviar! Cowboy caviar, as it’s also known, was invented in Texas and has now spread all over the US. This combo of black eyed peas, veggies and a vinaigrette dressing is equal parts zesty and comforting: and you can use it as a chip dip or healthy side dish. This recipe has loads of colorful veggies, cilantro and jalapenos, and a simple zingy dressing with the perfect flavor.
Who can resist a plate of coconut shrimp? (We certainly can’t.) Each crunchy, coconut-scented, juicy bite is so supremely satisfying, we want to devour the entire plate. This appetizer is popular at seafood restaurants and has a bit of that nostalgic 1990’s chain restaurant vibe. Here we’ve decoded the secrets behind the flavor: and for a lighter twist we’ve made it baked, not fried! Serve it with sweet chili sauce for a tasty appetizer.
People cannot handle themselves around this baked goat cheese! It's one of our top appetizer recipes because it's just that good. It features a tangy homemade marinara sauce, simmered until perfectly flavored, then baked with creamy, tangy goat cheese. Dip in crostini or crusty bread, and it's to die for. It's one of the most popular healthy appetizers on our website.
People go crazy over this appetizer recipe: roasted chickpeas! Here's a healthy-ish snack that's that ultimate satisfier of a salty snack craving. They’re crispy, crunchy, perfectly spiced, and they stay crunchy in the pantry for days. And they’re a naturally plant based and gluten free snack! Score.
Another big crowd pleaser appetizer on the sweet side: peanut butter dip! It's got just 4 ingredients and tastes like frosting. Really! How is this so good, yet so simple? You've gotta try it. It works for any occasion: a quick snack for kids, a family party, or a big snacks table. Or if you’re me, use it for a sweets craving after a meal! This our a go-to healthy fruit dip.
Here's one of the easiest appetizer recipes imaginable: goat cheese crostini! This appetizer idea could not be easier: honestly, it’s more an idea than a recipe. Bake up some homemade crostini, top with goat cheese and honey, and you’ve got the most delicious sweet and savory taste treat. The flavor of soft goat cheese is so perfect in itself that you don’t need any other seasoning. Once you make this once, it will become part of your repertoire for years!
Love dill pickles? Love dip? Good. Because we’ve got the perfect appetizer recipe for you: dill pickle dip! Creamy and tangy, the flavor is like biting into a dill pickle spear. It’s absolutely perfect with potato chips or cucumber slices.
Here’s a favorite party trick that makes a tasty and versatile appetizer recipe in just 5 minutes of hands on time! This dish will make an olive lover out of anyone. Using the right olives here results in smooth, rich flavor: not briny or overly salty. The garlic, lemon and herbs make a symphony of flavor! Every time we make these and set them out on the table, people go crazy for them! Add to a cheese platter or charcuterie board.
A great trick entertaining? Goat cheese stuffed dates! Yes, this appetizer recipe is incredibly easy to make, and the flavor of this simple pairing is outrageous. There’s the sweet caramel chewiness of Medjool dates. Pair that with tangy, fluffy goat cheese, and the sweet-savory combo is out of this world. Top them with a dusting of pistachios and a sprinkle of smoked paprika, and wowza!
Nachos are always a hit as an appetizer recipe! These nachos feature all the best nachos toppings: charred veggies, fried beans, guacamole and cheese. Make them on the grill, in the oven or on a sheet pan. There are lots of topping ideas no matter your diet.
Here's an appetizer recipe people can't stop talking about: chocolate hummus! This surprisingly delicious hummus tastes like chocolate, but is made with chickpeas. Use it as you would a fruit dip: it's full of chocolaty flavor but tastes light and fresh! Of course, you can also go for the standard savory hummus recipes as well.
Here's another crowd favorite appetizer recipe: ranch dip! This creamy ranch dip recipe is made with all natural, whole food ingredients: no seasoning packets here! Just a few simple spices and you've got a perfectly creamy dip for veggies and chips. Made with Greek yogurt, it's a healthy spin on the traditional sour cream.
Are you a fan of taquitos? Here’s a homemade baked flautas recipe that’s an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla treat! This version is not so much authentic as an easy way for a tasty snack. The filling is vegetarian, a mix of refried beans, cheese, salsa, and spices. It makes for a snack that’s seriously tasty (and kids love them). They’re also great for parties. Serve with your favorite salsa, guacamole, or sour cream for dipping.
Guacamole is like potato salad and coleslaw: everyone has their family favorite recipe. And this simple guacamole is ours. It’s a home run every time! When we serve it, a chorus of “Wow’s” fill the room. (Really. Not hyperbole!) What makes it so great? It’s classic and has the perfect balanced flavor: perfectly savory, creamy, and tangy. Serve it up with tortilla chips and your guests — and you — won’t be able to stop eating it.
Here's another fan favorite appetizer recipe: buffalo cauliflower wings! These tasty morsels are crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and tossed with spicy, tangy buffalo sauce. You’ll see these in restaurants here in the US these days…and this recipe? It tastes just as good as restaurant-style. Better, in fact!
Ready to meet your new favorite appetizer? Meet this whipped feta dip recipe, the quickest and easiest appetizer that seems fancy but only takes 5 minutes to make. Yes, 5 minutes! Serve it drizzled with honey and dip in warm flatbread. WHOA! We were instantly hooked, and we think you might be too.
In a medium bowl, mix together the spinach, shallot, green onions, and artichokes with the Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, Parmesan cheese, dried dill, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Taste and add a few pinches kosher salt if desired.
Spread the dip in an even layer in a small baking dish. Top with a sprinkle of shredded Parmesan (and if desired, a sprinkle of paprika). Bake for 20 minutes.
Serve warm with pita chips.
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Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.