30 Quick Appetizer Recipes That Are Ready in 20 Minutes or Less

But do take an extra minute to label them. (Guests love a fancy-sounding hors-d'oeuvre.)

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Need some quick appetizer recipes for any season? We've got your back. Whether you have plans to host a weekly book club or need to whip up something in a hurry when company drops by with little warning, these easy (yet tasty) apps will leave your guests full while you get to enjoy a stress-free evening.

Sure, we've got recipes for classic appetizers, like hummus and bacon-wrapped dates, but we've also got recipes for meat-free appetizers, dairy-free appetizers, and more. The best part about this bevy of apps is that they each take about 20 minutes (or less) to make.

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Pink Hummus

Pink Hummus
Victor Protasio

Cooked beets help make this magenta hummus as beautiful as it is delicious.

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Orange-Chili Shrimp Cocktail

Orange-Chili Shrimp Cocktail
David Prince

Why make an ordinary shrimp cocktail when you can make this sweet and spicy rendition?

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Chickpea and Mint Crostini

Chickpea and Mint mix in a bowl with a side of toasted crostini ready for serving
Mikkel Vang

In this no-cook recipe, combine chickpeas with juicy pomegranate seeds and chopped mint for a bright, fresh topping.

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Quesadillas Poblano

Quesadillas Poblano
Jen Causey

Whether you're entertaining a group of kids or adults, these vegetarian quesadillas are sure to please the crowd.

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Bacon-Wrapped Apricots With Sage

Bacon-Wrapped Apricots With Sage
Con Poulos

Instead of the usual bacon-wrapped dates, serve this twist which pairs dried apricots with salty bacon.

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Endive With Ricotta, Almonds, and Raisins

Endive With Ricotta, Almonds, and Raisins
Beatriz da Costa

Dress up crisp endive leaves with a creamy ricotta filling for a beautiful handheld appetizer.

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Tequila Queso Fundido

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Greg DuPree

Get the party started with a big bowl of irresistible queso that has an extra kick from green chilies, Monterey Jack cheese, and tequila.

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Kale Flatbread Bites

Kale flatbread bites
Victor Protasio

Elevate store-bought pizza dough with this thin-crust, cheesy, kale flatbread.

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Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches With Chutney

Mini Grilled Cheese Sandwiches With Chutney
Con Poulos

The fruit jam brings out the nutty, warm flavors in the melted cheese, and cuts through its richness.

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Crispy Homemade Baked Potato Chips

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feelgoodfoodie.net

Say goodbye to unhealthy bagged chips. There's nothing more satisfying than enjoying a delicious, homemade crispy potato chip.

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Fancy Tomato Sandwich

Fancy tomato sandwiches on a wooden board displayed on a table with fruit juice and sunglasses.
Greg DuPree

Take your sad sandwiches up a notch with this meat-free option that includes heirloom tomato, Gruyere, arugula, and fried onion.

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Rosemary Pecans

Rosemary pecans are served in a decorative bowl.
Beatriz da Costa

Sugar, cayenne pepper, and chopped rosemary turn ordinary pecans into a party-worthy snack.

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Spiced Pita Chips

Spiced Pita Chips
Beatriz da Costa

Jazz up plain pita by sprinkling with herbs and broiling until crisp.

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Personal Pizzas

Personal Pizzas
Anna Williams

Start with a baguette and top with tomato sauce, cheese, spinach, and salami for an Italian appetizer in minutes.

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Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto

Pears With Blue Cheese and Prosciutto
Mikkel Vang

If pears aren't in season, you can substitute juicy peaches, cantaloupe, or honeydew to create this simple app.

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Homemade Mild Salsa

Easy DIY Salsa
Ann Stratton

Skip the jarred salsa and make a big, fresh batch at home with this easy recipe.

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Roasted Red Pepper Canapés

Roasted Red Pepper Canapés
James Wojcik

Use quality thick-cut potato chips to make this five-minute appetizer.

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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

Spinach and chives help make this creamy dip as vibrant as it is refreshing.

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Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing
Caitlin Bensel

Now you can make a dairy-free, vegan ranch dressing that tastes just like the real thing.

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Spicy Parmesan Crackers

Spicy Parmesan Crackers
RealSimple.com

Making your own crackers may seem time consuming, but this perfect snack takes just 15 minutes to whip up and calls for only five ingredients.

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Manchego and Fig Jam Crostini

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This elegant appetizer takes no time to prepare, but will surely impress your guests.

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Bacon-Wrapped, Goat Cheese-Stuffed Dates

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Satisfy every palette with this sweet, savory, and creamy bite-sized hors d'oeuvre.

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Spicy Corn and Chorizo Nachos

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Levi Brown

These smokey, spicy nachos take just 10 minutes to make, but will be enjoyed by your guests in even less time.

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5-Minute Hummus

Healthy Superbowl Recipes: 5-Minute Hummus
Ditte Isager

Craft a beautiful crudité platter with this smoothy and creamy hummus as the star.

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Easy Guacamole

Easy Guacamole and Pico de Gallo
Dana Gallagher

Put those ripe avocados to good use in this classic guacamole recipe.

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Caprese Skewers With Balsamic Glaze

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Tomato and mozzarella will always be a fan-favorite, so these elegant Caprese skewers are perfect for any party.

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Chimichurri-Yogurt Dip

Chimichurri Yogurt Dip
Victor Protasio

This garlicky, herbed dip is so full of flavor and it's beyond easy to whip up in a pinch.

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Double Tomato Crostini

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Christopher Baker

Savory sun-dried tomato spread and juicy cherry tomatoes make these crostini devour-worthy.

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Goat Cheese Spread

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

Never underestimate a simple cheese spread, especially one that calls for just three ingredients. Here, you'll combine rich goat cheese, fresh herbs, and cracked black pepper to create a savory app.

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Creamy Smoked Fish Dip

Smoked Fish Dip

The decadent combination of smoked trout, sour cream, and cornichons is perfect to pair with a crisp glass of white wine.

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