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

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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. Want plant-based? Go to 25 Vegan Appetizers.

And now…the top vegetarian appetizers to try!

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Bean dip

30 Vegetarian Appetizers: Easy Bean Dip & More!

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 0 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings 1x
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This intensely delicious bean dip recipe takes literally 5 minutes. You won’t believe how easy it is to make this party favorite! 


  • 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
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Tortilla chips, for serving


  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.


*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
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Dayvonna hicks says:

    Very amazing recipes I thank y’all both so much for being healthy and happy May God continue to bless you both with the amazing knowledge he has given you to help others have a wonderful and blessed evening