These vegetarian appetizers are the best meatless snacks that everyone will love! These irresistible recipes are perfect for a crowd.
Need appetizer ideas? Turns out: most of the best, crowd-pleasing appetizers are vegetarian! Meatless recipes are ideal for entertaining: from cheesy chip dips to a blazing hot pan of spinach artichoke dip. Really, there’s nothing better than a plate of cheesy goodness to set down in front of your guests!
Here are all our top vegetarian appetizers that everyone loves! We’ve tested out these recipes on friends and family for years, and these are the ones that get top marks. There’s a bit of sweet, savory and everything in between. Getting hungry yet?
First up in our top vegetarian appetizers: 5-minute bean dip! Incredibly this dip comes together in...actually 5 minutes. It's cheesy, creamy, and everything you want for dipping chips. Everyone raves about this one: and it's beyond easy to make. Add warm homemade tortilla chips to step it up.
What’s better for parties than a good spinach dip recipe? This one is served cold, perfect for dipping pita chips or serving in a bread bowl. The recipe is a little healthier than most, relying on Greek yogurt for much of the creaminess. And because it’s not baked, it’s quick to put together: just 10 minutes! Literally the perfect finger food for easy entertaining.
This baked goat cheese is an ideal vegetarian appetizer: it always disappears in seconds when we set it out at a party! The creamy goat cheese melts into a zingy, garlicky tomato sauce in a way you won't want to stop eating. Dip with crostini or crusty bread.
Pinwheels are a fantastic vegetarian appetizer: they're totally customizable! Held together by cream cheese, you can put almost anything into these easy rollups. This recipe has spinach, sundried tomatoes and Italian spices, but feel free to customize.
“WOW, this is so good! Can I have the recipe?” is usually the chorus when we serve this spinach artichoke dip. This vegetarian appetizer is a perfect party snack, and borders on addictive territory. The creamy, cheesy sauce is perfect for dipping pita chips or bread.
This recipe dresses up whole almonds to make them the perfect salty-sweet snack. Roasting them with a mixture of honey, salt, sesame seeds and cayenne pepper makes for a crunchy, elevated take on this superfood nut.
Calling all crunchy, salty snack lovers! This vegetarian appetizer is absolutely irresistible: roasted chickpeas! Each bite has a satisfying crunch with the perfect seasoning from chili powder, smoked paprika, and garlic powder.
Everyone is surprised by...and then loves this chocolate hummus! It's a sweet version of the typically savory dip that's sweet and dark chocolaty. Make it with either tahini or peanut butter and maple syrup as the sweetener. Then dip with strawberries or pretzels!
Speaking of fruit dip, another go-to in our vegetarian appetizers list is this yogurt fruit dip! It's so simple, yet so delicious. The combination of Greek yogurt, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon makes a magically sweet fruit dip that's loads healthier than the store-bought kind.
Want a favorite trick for entertaining? Goat cheese stuffed dates! 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. To them with a dusting of pistachios and a sprinkle of smoked paprika, and wowza!
Another favorite in our vegetarian appetizers: ranch dip with vegetables! There's nothing better than a good ranch dip: and this one's all natural! Just add a few spices to Greek yogurt and there's no ranch packet needed.
These homemade baked taquitos are an easy spin on that tasty Mexican rolled tortilla treat! This version is not so much authentic as an easy way for a tasty appetizer. 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
There's nothing better than a great homemade guacamole as a vegetarian appetizer. 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.
Another favorite vegetarian appetizer: whipped feta dip! Whip this crumbly cheese into a creamy spread with olive oil, then top it with honey and dip with warm flatbread. It's next level good! We were instantly hooked.
Last up in our vegetarian appetizers: skillet cheese dip! Check out that gooey, melty cheese, right? It’s perfect for parties: tailgating, a game day gathering, or a party table full of easy finger foods. It’s a play on white chili, using white beans, mild green chiles, corn, and a gooey mess of Mexican cheeses (sans the typical chicken so it’s vegetarian!).
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Add all ingredients to a medium saucepan: no need to drain or rinse the beans (add the can liquid too)! Warm it over medium heat until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Mash beans gently with a masher if you’d like a smoother texture. Taste and add another pinch of salt if necessary.
Serve immediately with tortilla chips. If desired, you can garnish with chopped veggies: we used a bit of finely chopped tomato, red onion and green onion with a drizzle of Cholula hot sauce.
*We used 2 13-ounce jars of borlotti beans we found at our local grocery, but pinto beans work just as well!
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.