15 Vegetarian Appetizers to Try Now

These vegetarian appetizers are the best meatless snacks that everyone will love! These irresistible recipes are perfect for a crowd.

Vegetarian appetizers

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?

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Bean dip

Easy Bean Dip (& More Vegetarian Appetizers!)


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Description

This intensely delicious bean dip recipe takes literally 5 minutes. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this party favorite! 


Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 15-ounce cans or jars borlotti or pinto beans*
  • 2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar or Mexican blend cheese**
  • 8 ounces mild or medium salsa
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving

Instructions

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Notes

*We used 2 13-ounce jars of borlotti beans we found at our local grocery, but pinto beans work just as well!

*For a healthy spin, use half the cheese or go to Refried Bean Dip (no cheese). 

  • Category: Appetizer
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Mexican American

Keywords: Vegetarian appetizers

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

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

Cookbook Author and photographer

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.

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