23 Crowd-Pleasing Dips
Pepper-Pepper Cheese Dip
You won't be able to resist going back for more of this creamy dip—a topping of bacon and pepper jelly is an unexpected twist on an old party favorite.
- Recipe: Pepper-Pepper Cheese Dip
Shrimp-and-Andouille Gumbo Dip
Sausage, shrimp, okra, and creole seasoning mingle for an appetizer that will keep guests coming back for more.
- Recipe: Shrimp-and-Andouille Gumbo Dip
Avocado–Black Bean Salsa
People love this highly flavored, not too spicy dip. To make ahead, combine all ingredients except the avocado. Cover and chill, and then gently stir in the freshly diced avocado just before serving.
- Recipe: Avocado-Black Bean Salsa
Hot Caramelized Onion Dip with Bacon and Gruyère
Serve this addictive dip with a sliced baguette, apples, or thick-cut potato chips.
Give a classic dip a coastal twist by adding sautéed scallops. Combine ingredients in a dish and bake until bubbly.
Recipe: Scallop-Spinach Spread
Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip
Chorizo sausage made with lots of paprika and spicy seasonings gives this dip just the right amount of kick.
- Recipe: Chorizo-and-White Bean Dip
The flavors are mild here, so the sweet crab has a chance to shine. Fold the ingredients in gently; you want them to be well mixed but still chunky. Serve cold with your favorite tortilla chips.
- Recipe: Crab-and-Avocado Salsa
Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip
This gathering of flavors is delightfully unexpected and sure to become a crowd favorite. The sweet mango and salty cashews bring out the delectable crab flavor.
Recipe: Crab, Mango, and Cashew Dip
Smoky Orange-Jicama Salsa
Oranges and chipotle peppers create a delightful sweet-smoky combo that is tasty on many types of meat, from mild seafood to hearty steaks. Jicama is a turnip-shaped root vegetable with a very mild taste and a pleasant crunch.
- Recipe: Smoky Orange-Jicama Salsa
Avocado-Corn Dip with Homemade Tortilla Chips
A smattering of flavors makes this dip a delicious go-to for get-togethers, but the best part of all? The homemade tortilla chips.
Caviar d’Aubergine (Eggplant Spread)
What’s the secret to getting the best flavor out of your eggplant? Grill it—or just stick it under the broiler! The key is to get it soft on the inside and charred on the outside.
Recipe: Caviar D’Aubergine
Southwestern Cheese Spread
Add a little heat to your regular cheese spread with hot sauce, green onions, and Dijon mustard. Capers add just the right amount of zing.
Recipe: Southwestern Cheese Spread
Chicken Sausage Puffs with Creamy Mustard Dipping Sauce
These delightful little puff pastries taste best when served warm. The tasty sauce is a simple combination of coarse-grained mustard mixed with sour cream.
Roasted Garlic and Sun-dried Tomato Cheese Spread
Bringing out the perfect garlic flavor is as simple as popping a few cloves in the oven—the perfect complement to sun-dried tomatoes.
Blue Crab Dip
This dip will make you believe that Swiss cheese and blue crab must be soulmates. Bake until bubbly and serve with crackers or toasted baguette slices.
Recipe: Blue Crab Dip
Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa
Guests will love this new approach to enjoying Granny Smiths. A jalapeño chile delivers heat, while brown sugar lends sweetness to the dish.
Recipe: Green Apple-Cucumber Salsa
Goat Cheese Mousse
This rich goat cheese dip isn’t your average indulgence. Serve alongside cranberry chutney.
Recipe: Goat Cheese Mousse
Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip
Smoked cheese adds depth to the shellfish flavor and turns any chilly night into a cozy occasion. Entertaining tip: This dip feeds a lot, so it’s easy on your wallet.
Recipe: Hot Crab and Shrimp Dip
Cod, Artichoke, & White Bean Dip
Fresh rosemary, cayenne pepper, and lemon zest are just the right harmony of flavors to bring the cod, artichokes, and white beans together. Preparation is as easy as combining ingredients in a food processor.
Recipe: Cod, Artichoke, & White Bean Dip
Seviche de Camarones con Mango y Habanero
This shellfish alternative to the typical fish seviche calls for cooked shrimp. Turn up the heat with habanero chile and garlic, and then tame it with sweet avocado and mango.
A delicious guacamole always disappears fast. Try adding fresh pomegranate seeds for a holiday twist.
Recipe: Fresh Guacamole
Vineyard Lobster Dip
A light combination of mayonnaise, red onion, celery, and lemon doesn’t overpower the refreshing flavor of chopped lobster. Serve with crackers, pita chips, or raw veggies.
Recipe: Vineyard Lobster Dip
Smoked Bluefish Dip
Get this easy dip ready in less than 10 minutes. If you can’t find bluefish, you can always substitute tuna or trout.
Recipe: Smoked Bluefish Dip