10 All-Time Best Dip Recipes for Parties and Potlucks

Hosting your gang’s football party this weekend? Holiday cocktail party coming up? Got invited to Aunt Gertrude’s bookclub this Saturday and don’t want to show up empty handed?

No matter what kind of party or potluck you’ve got on the calendar, we have a dip for you.

STOCK YOUR PANTRY FOR EASY DIPS

The real beauty of dips is how truly fast and easy they are to make — that is, as long as you have all the ingredients. Luckily, most of the ingredients most commonly used for dips are either common pantry staples or can be stocked well in advance for any of your last-minute party needs.

Here’s a checklist of some ingredients to have on-hand:

  • Cream cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Mayonnaise
  • Shredded cheese
  • Canned artichokes
  • Canned crab or frozen lump crab meat
  • Canned pimentos
  • Frozen spinach
  • Frozen shrimp
  • Beer brats (keep a few in the freezer!)

You’ll also need snacks for serving with the dip, of course! Don’t forget to grab some crackers, pretzels, or chips for the pantry. If you’re at the store, pick up some fresh baguette or a veggie tray.

BAKE UNTIL BUBBLY…

Most hot dips just need to be baked until bubbly, so feel free to toss them in the oven alongside anything else you might have cooking. As long as the oven is within 50 degrees or so of the temperature recommended in the recipe, you’ll be fine.

Keep an eye on the edges of the dip and pull it out when you see bubbles.

…OR CHILL UNTIL NEEDED

Other dips can be served room temperature or chilled, and often do well if made a little bit in advance. This gives them a chance to firm up a little and for flavors to meld.

Pull them out of the fridge 15 minutes or so before guests arrive to take the chill off.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE PARTY DIP?

Have a favorite dip that you don’t see here? Let us know in the comments!

buffalo chicken dip warm out of the oven

This is THE ultimate Game Day dip, guaranteed to please all sports fans. I love that it's ready in 30 minutes!

Quick and Easy Artichoke Dip

Artichoke hearts, mayo, Parmesan, salt, and pepper. Simple and oh-so-very satisfying.

Shrimp Dip

This dip can go from shmancy dinner party to birthday party snack table without missing a beat. Keep some frozen shrimp in your freezer so you can make this whenever you need a super-fast snack for hungry guests.

Caramelized Onion Dip

Skip the packet of dried onion soup mix and make this dip yourself! Caramelizing onions is easy and worth the time -- just put the onions on the back burner to caramelize slowly while you finish your other party prep.

Slow Cooker Brats and Beer Cheese Dip

This one is terrific for the buffet table. It can stay on the "Warm" setting of your slow cooker for up to four hours.

Hot Reuben Dip

Serve this Reuben Dip with triangles of toasted rye bread and you could practically make it into a meal! All the flavors of your favorite sandwich are right here, but in the perfect party package.

Piping hot, quick, and easy — hot crab dip is a staple for holiday gatherings. Plan on making two batches because one bowl definitely won't be enough.

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon

I love making this one for game nights with friends — the "nerdy board game" kind of game night; not the football kind. (Though of course it would be good for that, too!)

Baba Ganoush Eggplant Dip

Want something not quite so...cheesy and calorie-filled? Baba ganoush is what you want. If it's not too cold out, try grilling the eggplant for extra smoky flavor!

Pimento Cheese

Is there anything Pimento Cheese can't do? Serve it with Ritz crackers, stuff it inside celery sticks, or smear it on top of sliders. You can't go wrong!

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  1. Doris Huskins

    I’m going to make all of them they look wonderful!

  2. Sam

    The 65% of the world population who are lactose intolerant are entering a challenging time of year. Throughout football season and the winter holidays we either do not eat anything at gatherings except the veggies on the veggie tray, or we begin an inordinate number of sentences with the words, “Is there dairy in this?” All of these dips except the Baba Ganoush are loaded with dairy. :(

    • Emma Christensen

      Hi, Sam! Thanks for the comment. We’ll definitely keep this in mind for future round-ups!

    • Diane

      Sam, you might be able to eat some of the dips if you substitute vegan sour cream (made from cashews and lemon juice, etc) and vegan cheese (cashews, nutritional yeast (tastes cheesy according to many), etc.). I’ve worked with the vegan sour cream, but I can’t eat nutritional yeast so I haven’t tasted any “cheese”. Good luck.

      • Sam

        Hi, Diane! Yes, if I make the food myself I can make substitutions, but other people often fail to consider dietary restrictions when planning party foods. It makes me sad because everything looks and smells so good and so much of it is off limits for me! Sorry you cannot eat nutritional yeast. I have, and while I don’t call it “cheesy”, it is pleasingly savory to my taste.

  3. Christina

    I love that Reuben dip, we make a version of it too.

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