Make-Ahead Dips You Can't Resist Dunking Into
Easy Pimiento Cheese Dip
Get the saltine crackers ready! They’re the quintessential partner for this oh-so-Southern appetizer dip and spread. Featuring shredded cheddar, mayo, Worcestershire sauce, mustard, garlic, and pimientos (naturally), this dip just gets better as it sets. Let it hang in the fridge for 4 to 24 hours before spiking it with a little extra hot sauce and dishing up a generous spoonful.
Caramelized Onion Dip
Don’t be intimidated by making caramelized onions. We’ll walk you through how to make this versatile flavor booster in just 20 minutes to infuse so much sweet, jammy goodness into every ounce of this easy make-ahead dip. Much tastier than store-bought, this sour cream and onion dip is best served with fresh vegetable chips. Sauté and stir it together up to 24 hours in advance.
Tangy Sour Cream and Onion Dip
No one will ever guess you lightened up this sour cream and mayo cold dip recipe for a crowd with Greek yogurt. Garlic and onion amp up the flavor, while crispy bacon on top adds a salty, savory, and decadent element that will fake out any guests who don’t crave “healthy food.” Mix it up as early as 24 hours ahead, then chill until party time ... if you can wait that long!
Cheesy Skillet Artichoke Dip
We suggest building a big batch of this easy make-ahead dip. Based on our experience sharing this cast-iron skillet recipe, it’s sure to disappear fast! That’s because the dish combines everything you love about fresh-from-the-oven, buttery dinner rolls with cheesy spinach-artichoke dip. To make ahead, assemble it early and store in the fridge for up to 4 hours before baking.
Macadamia Nut Hummus
Not a fan of chickpeas (or craving a break from them)? Get a just-like-hummus fix that’s completely bean-free via this macadamia-based easy appetizer dip. Best of all, you can whip it up in advance and scoop some up over the course of 3 days.
Hot Greens Dip
Go green and follow our Hot Collard Dip variation. It calls for combining a trio of melty cheese with sautéed collard greens, spinach, and artichokes. That dynamic combo means this easy make-ahead dip is a sneaky way to inspire picky eaters to get an extra dose of antioxidants! To make ahead, assemble up to 4 hours early, then refrigerate until you’re ready to bake and scoop.
Mexican Seven-Layer Dip
Warning: This cold dip recipe for a crowd might just have everyone battling over the last bite! Refried beans (try making them from scratch in your Instant Pot!), salsa, and guacamole form the base of this dunkable dip, while cheese, olives, and green onions rest on top. Store in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before serving with tortilla chips.
Roasted Green Onion Dip
With a hat tip to French onion soup, and a fit-for-spring makeover, this easy appetizer dip is destined to become an instant classic in your repertoire. Not only can it be made up to 3 days early and put on ice until you’re ready to dig in (or polish off after snagging bites throughout the week), the entire recipe also calls for fewer than five ingredients. Four, in fact, if you count oil and salt as freebies.
Shrimp and Olive Dip
Guacamole, salsa, and queso aren’t the only south of the border dips you can DIY ahead of time! This Mexican-inspired creamy appetizer dip and spread is sure to liven up your party. It's perfect for dunking chips, cucumber, or baguette slices, and features briny olives and spicy peppers to balance out the silky sour cream and cream cheese base. Stir it together and allow the flavors to meld in the fridge for up to 24 hours before serving.
Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip
Please low-carb and keto dieters—and fans of tasty noshes—with this dunkable duo. Crisp up your own salami chips and pair them with the easy four-ingredient make-ahead dip. Both the chips and the mustard sauce can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Roasted Corn and Crab Dip
The perfect mix of elevated and common, this hot and creamy dip is full of luscious crab meat (cook your own or get a head start with canned) and uber-affordable mayo, sour cream, and Monterey Jack cheese. Red bell peppers, corn, and green onions perk things up, so even all of those rich-tasting elements taste well-balanced and not too heavy. Store the easy make-ahead dip in the fridge for up to 24 hours, then bake for 20 minutes before serving.
Spiff up your typical spinach dip with a handful of chopped fresh dill and green onions. This cold dip recipe for a crowd makes a cool counterpoint to warm and cheesy appetizers on the menu, especially if you pair this with crudités, such as broccoli, cauliflower, and carrot sticks. Make it the day before and chill overnight for a fast-fix snack.
Smoky Pineapple Guacamole
Take your taste buds on a trip to the tropics via grilled pineapple guacamole. So what makes this fit the “smoky” moniker? A spoonful of diced canned chipotle in adobo in the mix. Chill for up to 8 hours, then offer up the easy make-ahead dip with tortilla chips or sliced bell peppers.
White Bean Spread
For one of the easiest appetizers ever, combine the six ingredients for this dip in your slow cooker. After just 15 minutes of prep, set it and forget it, and the make-ahead dip and spread will be ready in just a few hours. To store it for later, chill in an airtight container up to 24 hours, bring to room temp come snack time, then devour with veggies, chips, or pita wedges.
Classic Salsa Verde
There's no time-consuming cooking involved in this easy dip. To make the zesty mix, simply chop the tomatillos and combine with fresh cilantro, red onion, and jalapeño peppers. Store the cold dip recipe for a crowd in the fridge for up to 3 days before serving with chips.
Bonanza Bean Dip
You can please everyone with this easy appetizer dip. That’s because half the bottom layer of the dish has refried beans, while the other half has lime guacamole (just in case there are any avocado-averse or bean-hating eaters). Chill for up to 24 hours, then add toppers and dive in.