22 Crowd-Pleasing Dip Recipes

The only dilemma you'll face is deciding what to pair them with.

overhead view of bowl of Deeply Caramelized Onion Dip with chips and radishes
Photo: Jennifer Causey

Whether you're hosting a potluck, throwing a party, or planning game day at your house, chances are there's one (or more) dips on the menu. Not only are dips a great way to kick things off, but they're easy to make and help keep your guests satiated before the next course. Plus, there are virtually endless dip recipes to choose from. Favorites like guacamole and onion dip are classics for a reason, while other options like vegan queso and pink hummus appeal to those looking for something a bit different to go with their chips and fresh vegetables.

From summer dip recipes to dips that taste great in the fall, winter, and spring, we've got you covered with this collection of nearly two dozen dips that are bound to please a crowd!

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Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Spinach-Artichoke Dip
Jim Franco

No matter what the season, this baked dip is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Mix the dip (do not bake), cover and refrigerate up to 2 days in advance. Bake according to the recipe instructions, adding 15 minutes to the baking time.

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Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole and Pico de Gallo
Dana Gallagher

You'll never buy guacamole from the store again once you taste this fresh version that takes just 15 minutes. Leave the jalapeño seeds intact if you like a spicier dip.

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Deeply Caramelized Onion Dip

Caramelized Onion Dip Recipe
Jennifer Causey

The secret to this dip is perfectly caramelized onions, which you can achieve by cooking them over low heat and stirring them frequently. You'll finish off the onions with a glug of steak sauce, which adds rich, bold flavor, and top the dip (which also includes sour cream) with chives, which add texture and even more onion-y notes. Serve this dip with fresh vegetables and potato chips to wow your guests.

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Fresh Tomatillo Salsa

Fresh Tomatillo Salsa
Marcus Nilsson

This version of salsa verde is made with tomatillos, white onion, fresh cilantro, lime juice, and salt. Use it as a zesty dip for tortilla chips, or drizzle it over fish, tacos, meats, and more. To add more depth of flavor to this easy salsa recipe, try roasting the tomatillos first.

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Glorious Green Dip

Though this recipe for glorious green dip is a hit with classic dippers, this would be a no-brainer drizzled over roasted or grilled chicken, fish, or layered into a roasted vegetable sandwich. 
Victor Protasio

While dips typically get a bad wrap, this nutritious iteration combines decadent flavors with healthy ingredients. You'll start by charring scallions, which adds unparalleled depth of flavor and crowd-pleasing oniony notes. These are then blended with fresh spinach, mild cannellini beans, punchy chives, and just enough mayonnaise to get that perfectly creamy texture. A squeeze of lemon juice adds some zesty brightness. Serve with fresh veggies, chips or whatever else you like to dip.

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Guacamole and Chips

Guacamole and chips served on a platter.
Quentin Bacon

The key to this guac is picking out five perfectly ripe avocados. The green fruits are cut into chunks and joined by cilantro, red onion, chopped jalapeño, lime juice, salt, and pepper. If you don't like spice, skip the jalapeño. You can also add some ingredients to your guacamole, such as diced tomatoes, a dash of cumin, and more.

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Caramelized Shallot Dip

Caramelized shallot dip is served with potato chips and sliced cucumber.
Greg DuPree

Caramelization strikes again! Here, shallots stand in for onions and are cooked slowly over low heat until they become soft, sweeter, and rich in umami. The shallots are then joined by some usual onion dip suspects, including sour cream, mayonnaise, and garlic powder. If you've got some bagel or pita chips idling in your pantry, this would be a great time to bring' em out.

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Pico de Gallo

Pico de Gallo
Greg DuPree

This taco night staple calls for fresh plum tomatoes and a few tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, which helps even out the bright flavors of the tomatoes. You'll also find salt and lime, as well as heat in the form of a pinch of cayenne and a minced jalapeño. To lessen the spice factor, go ahead and leave out those bold jalapeño seeds.

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Chimichurri-Yogurt Dip

Chimichurri Yogurt Dip
Victor Protasio

Chimichurri is a classic Argentinian herb-and-oil sauce that is usually served with grilled meats. Here, the bright and punchy mixture is swirled into thick Greek yogurt for a pretty presentation and fresh flavor. Serve this rich dip with sliced vegetables, crunchy lettuces, and bitter chicories to compliment the creamy notes and texture.

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Cheesy Chile Dip

Cheesy Chile Dip
Victor Protasio

If you love spice, this dip is for you. It's a cheesy mélange of five different peppers that is perfect for a party, game day, or a comfort food weekend treat. And though it might not seem like it, this dip is also surprisingly versatile. If you want to ramp up the heat, swap in pepper Jack for the Monterey, or toss in a serrano pepper—or to make a milder version, go with sweet peppers in place of the spicy ones.

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Spinach and Caramelized Onion Dip

Spinach and Caramelized Onion Dip
Jonny Valiant

Frozen spinach adds an easy pop of color and nutrient boost to this delicious onion dip, which again calls for some beautifully caramelized alliums. Serve it with broccoli and cauliflower florets, endive spears, and radishes for a healthy, satiating appetizer.

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5-Minute Hummus

5-Minute Hummus
Ditte Isager

As you may have guessed, this easy hummus comes together in a matter of minutes.

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Pink Hummus

Pink Hummus
Victor Protasio

This easy dip gets its bright pink hue courtesy of a small, cooked beet. The fiber-packed veggie adds a subtle sweetness that balances out the slightly bitter tahini, and makes this dip totally Instagram-worthy.

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Carrot-Ginger Dip

Carrot Ginger Dip
Caitlin Bensel

As you may have guessed, this bright dip gets its orange hue from a few large carrots, which are cooked until tender with peppery ginger, and then pureed in a blender with maple syrup to add a subtle sweetness to the mixture. Garlic adds kick, while olive oil lends depth and smooth texture. Garnish the dip with a little pickled ginger for a pop of freshness.

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The Easiest-Ever Homemade Guacamole Recipe

Homemade Guacamole
Greg DuPree

If you find that you can never get your guac recipe just right, go ahead and follow this recipe. We've done the hard part of finding the perfect proportions, so each bite will have the perfect balance of creamy avocado, chopped cilantro, acidic lime juice, and ​​heat from a jalapeño. This 10-minute dip is a hit for a reason!

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Artichoke Dip

Artichoke Dip Recipe
Caitlin Bensel

Though this dip may sound rich, it's actually not as decadent as you might think. In this recipe, Greek yogurt takes the place of the standard mayonnaise, cream cheese, and sour cream, while a little bit of olive oil adds richness. And while this easy appetizer comes together quickly, the longer it marinates, the more the artichoke flavor shines through. In other words, feel free to prep this dip ahead for Super Bowl spreads or pre-dinner snacks.

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Goat Cheese Spread

Goat cheese spread is served in a bowl alongside crackers.
Dana Gallagher

Combine some store-bought goat cheese with fresh, chopped herbs and black pepper to create this simple, earthy spread.

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Vegan Queso

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A queso dip with no queso? It's possible, and it's delicious. In this recipe, the dip's velvety smooth, creamy texture comes from cashew cream. You'll also add green chiles, chipotle pepper, and cumin seeds, which layer in warming, crave-worthy complexity. And to really nail that cheesy flavor, go ahead and add a sprinkle of nutritional yeast to the mix. You won't be disappointed.

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Creamy Smoked Fish Dip

Smoked Fish Dip

If you're ready and willing to expand your dip horizons, give this smoked fish variation a try. Feel free to use smoked trout or smoked salmon as your base, and then add some cream cheese and sour cream to the mix for that smooth texture and a touch of tanginess. You'll also find chopped cornichons, shallot, and chives, which help double down on the savory undertones.

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Eggplant Dip With Feta and Crudités

Victor Protasio

A hefty helping of roasted eggplant dip is the star of this impressive mezze platter, which also includes salty feta cheese, pita, and fresh vegetables. To make the dip, you'll start by roasting the eggplant and will then blend the nightshade in a food processor with tahini, lemon juice, garlic, and pepper. A sprinkle of sumac on top adds a tart, citrus-like flavor to the whole thing.

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Tomato-Feta Dip

Tomato Feta Dip
Victor Protasio

Think of this as a dip version of that wildly popular Baked Feta Pasta that made the rounds on TikTok. Here, broiled cherry tomatoes are paired with tangy feta and a glug of half-and-half for a deluxe twist. Serve this rich dip with some warm pita or crispy crostini and lots of colorful, fresh veggies, and watch it disappear.

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Spiced Lentil Dip

Spiced Lentil Dip
Victor Protasio

You won't miss any cream cheese or mayo in this vegan dip thanks to g​​​​ingery red lentils, coriander seeds, and creamy coconut milk. A topping of lime zest, cilantro, and more coriander seeds adds even more flavor. Go ahead and serve this dip with some milder options, including cucumber spears, carrot sticks, blanched cruciferous veggies, or toasted and oiled naan.

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