These Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers Make Entertaining Low Stress (and Delicious)
Slow Cooker Philly Cheesesteak Dip
No need to act like a short-order cook to assemble a sandwich for every guest. Share this slow cooker meat appetizer instead; it delivers everything you love about a Philly cheesesteak (roast beef, peppers, mushrooms, cheese) in a cozy, creamy dip. Scoop it up with toasted hoagie roll pieces and everyone will feel like they’ve been transported to a sandwich shop walk-up window in the City of Brotherly Love.
This saucy meatball recipe is an adorable—and surprisingly easy—way to get any party started. Gather a jar of marinara, frozen meatballs, and just a handful other pantry staples, and you’re all set for snack success. The entire recipe requires just 10 minutes of prep. Set, forget, then nestle the slow cooker meatball appetizers inside cocktail buns alongside roma tomatoes and smoky provolone cheese.
Crunchy Ranch Party Mix
Hot Wing Dip
Chicken wings are pretty irresistible, true. But with all the frying and dunking, they’re also pretty time-intensive and messy. This slow cooker appetizer offers all of the flavors you crave, including chicken, Buffalo sauce, and blue cheese, in a scoopable, low-fuss package.
Although we suggest a mix of cashews, pecans, hazelnuts, and almonds, there’s no need to go nuts tracking down all of those varieties if you don’t have them on hand. Combine any of your favorite nuts with a sweet-and-spicy blend of ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and cayenne for an easy slow cooker appetizer or healthy snack. One recipe makes 22 servings; perfect for a crowd!
Gluten-Free Supreme Pizza Fondue
This snack tastes like your favorite slice, just with the “crust” on the side. That way, this semi-homemade slow cooker appetizer recipe can fit a low-carb and gluten-free diet if needed. Whether you scoop it up with vegetable slices, mini mozzarella balls, or bread pieces, the garlic-infused, turkey sausage-spiked tomato sauce will steal the show. Start with jarred marinara sauce to make it ultra easy.
Zesty Fajita Bites
Five ingredients—including juicy chicken thighs and zesty fajita seasoning—get this slow cooker meat appetizer ready to party. We call for regular flour tortillas, but feel free to try this with corn tortillas (for a gluten-free fix) or any flavored wrap you like. Just don’t skip the pepper strips, which add a welcome fresh element and satisfying crunch.
Brie-lieve it: After just 10 minutes of prep time, this simple slow cooker appetizer recipe is ready to set and forget. Cherry and brandy flavors pair perfectly with warm Brie cheese in this 5-ingredient recipe. Top with pistachios and enjoy the slightly gooey, fruity Brie on crackers or fruit slices for a fancy yet easy treat.
Dress up your next charcuterie board with a warm element or two, such as this slow cooker appetizer recipe. Simmer shiitake mushrooms and artichokes in red wine, beef broth, dill, and garlic. Voilà: a hands-off, healthy snack that might just distract everyone from the store-bought meats and cheeses.
Caramelized Onion and Swiss Dip
You pretty much can’t go wrong with any recipe that starts with caramelized onions, white wine, and cheese. Need even more convincing to add this ooey-gooey slow cooker appetizer recipe to your party menu? Think of it like a European riff on queso. (Yes, please!) And the fussiest part, caramelizing the onions, is done for you in the slow cooker. Offer it with a variety of veggies for a refreshing, crunchy, light counterpart to the luscious and rich cheese.
Shh ... it will be our little secret that these slow cooker meatball appetizers sneak in some extra nutrition. Made with lean ground beef and turkey sausage held together by a bit of fiber-rich oats, these meatballs will satisfy carnivores and calorie counters all at once. A sweet yet tangy molasses-lime sauce adds bold flavor to the bite-size snacks.
One of the best-loved slow cooker appetizers out there has to be a little smokies recipe (aka little weenies). Part of their appeal is how incredibly easy they are to make. Here, you have to measure only one ingredient, then simply dump all three ingredients into the slow cooker for a couple hours and you're done. There's no excuse not to try them!
Mango-Habanero Pulled-Chicken Bites
When you hear “BBQ chicken,” you probably envision an overflowing entrée sandwich at a potluck or your favorite BBQ restaurant. This slow cooker appetizer for parties takes the concept of shredded chicken and shrinks it into snack size on little crostini. With sweet mangoes, spicy habaneros, and aromatic garlic, each ounce makes a big impact.
Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli
These petite potatoes are ready to party! Their two-bite size makes them easy to dunk and devour. What really makes this one of our best slow cooker appetizers for parties, though, is that they’re just as delicious at room temp as they are warm. Smoked paprika spices up the garlic-and-onion spuds then a dilled aioli for dipping tames the heat just enough.