17 Easy Appetizers for a Crowd | Julie Blanner

These are the best, tried and true easy appetizers for a crowd. You’ll find 17 incredible recipes – everything from make ahead dips to hot appetizers that serve a group!

Entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated – simplify your life with these delicious and easy appetizer recipes!

I’ve written a lot about appetizers over the years! In fact, I’ve always said that I would generally just be happy to stick with side dishes and appetizers… I can often skip the main dish entirely!

Check out these guides: 35 Of The BEST Easy Dip Recipes For Parties, Bacon Appetizers, The Best Super Bowl Recipes, Easy Summer Appetizers and even Make Ahead Appetizers for Christmas.

I love creating these guides because it makes it so easy to find all the best recipes for any occasion! Unlike my guide for Easy Hors D’oeuvres, each one of these recipes gives you a lot of servings.

They are guaranteed party success stories because they serve a large crowd!

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Easy Appetizers for a Crowd

Sometimes, you just need something simple, delicious, and a LOT of it, am I right? If you’re heading out to a big summer bash, and the host asks you to bring an appetizer, we’ve got it covered!

Each of these unique recipes features quite a few servings. Bonus: they are all as delicious as they are easy! You’ll have your guests begging for the recipe.

First, here’s a few of my best tips and questions and answers for you!


  • If you’re hosting a larger group, include a variety of appetizers to accommodate any allergies or restrictions.
  • Calculating your servings? 1/4 of a cup is generally considered to be a serving size for dip recipes.
  • Most of these recipes feature at least 12 servings, but don’t hesitate to double or triple a recipe that appeals to you!

Scaling up to feed a crowd? You’ll love this printable Measurement Conversion Chart! You can also use the 1x2x3x tab in the printable recipe card in each recipe to easily multiply ingredients.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you keep dips hot at a party?

Use a small slow cooker! They make it easy to transport and keep your dips warm.

Artichoke Dip

An easy, creamy Artichoke Dip that is full of flavor and makes enough for 12! It’s the ultimate appetizer that pairs well with beer bread, sourdough, veggies and more!

dipping into artichoke dip in bread bowl

Bacon Popcorn

This flavorful popcorn is great to feed a crowd – it’s inexpensive and makes a lot! Bacon popcorn is the ultimate savory snack.

It feels like such a treat but it’s so easy to make with just two ingredients! It’s so easy to add a little extra flavor to your homemade stovetop popcorn. Perfect for movie night and entertaining!

A white bowl filled with bacon popcorn

Spinach Dip with Cream Cheese

I absolutely crave a creamy spinach dip! There’s nothing better on game day, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve or any other excuse to dip into spinach dip.

I make spinach dip with cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese to achieve the creamiest, cheesiest spinach dip! This recipe makes 12 servings and it’s so easy to double, too.

A white bowl full of spinach dip with cream cheese, gold spoon in the bowl and tortilla chips to the side.

Veggie Dip

This is the best veggie dip recipe that will have everyone begging for the recipe! It’s an incredibly easy vegetable dip that makes a large batch, so it’s perfect for get-togethers.

Get the secret that makes it stand above the rest! It’s always a hit, and it’s one of our favorite family recipes. It’s my top recommendation for one of the BEST easy appetizers for a crowd – it serves 24 guests as written, so sometimes we’ll halve the recipe for a smaller group!

A white bowl full of veggie dip, surrounded by cut vegetables.

Creamy Jalapeño Dip

This Creamy jalapeño dip is an easy dip recipe to throw together and serve a crowd – in fact, it serves 20! It’s a stand out dip that’s perfect for parties, tailgates and will have everyone talking!

Creamy jalapeño dip in a white dish, chips surrounding it.

Dill Dip

Classic and flavorful, this easy dill dip recipe is always a crowd-pleaser for holidays, game days and summer gatherings. The flavors really pop in this dill veggie dip with the help of dried herbs and spices (hello, Beau Monde dip!).

This creamy dip recipe is an easy make-ahead appetizer you can serve with vegetables, chips, crackers, and bread!

A white bowl full of a dill dip recipe surrounded by vegetables.

Mini Tacos

Mini tacos are such a fun and festive party food! They are easy to customize and easy to eat in multiples – mini beef tacos (or chicken!) will put some serious fun back into your next gathering!

This recipe makes 30 tiny tacos – perfect easy appetizer for a crowd!

A white platter of mini tacos and toppings.

Homemade French Onion Dip

Rich and flavorful French Onion dip is a crowd pleasing appetizer for game day, get togethers and more! It is easy to make with simple ingredients to serve with chips and crudités. You’ll love this make ahead dip that serves 12!

chip dipped into bowl of french onion dip surrounded by crinkle chips

Blue Cheese Dip

This Blue Cheese Dip Recipe is made with just 5 ingredients in less than 5 minutes. It’s the perfect addition to holiday get-togethers, tailgates, game day and more! It pairs well with chips, veggies and chicken wings and serves 12 guests.

dip in bowl on platter with chips

Velveeta Cheese Dip

Velveeta Cheese Dip is the perfect appetizer for any event! This velveeta dip is made with Velveeta of course, plus fresh cream and fresh vegetables like diced tomatoes, poblano and jalapeño peppers, onion, cilantro, and lime.

These simple upgrades take it to a whole new level – and this dip serves 16.

A white bowl full of cheese dip surrounded by tortilla chips.

Hot Ham and Cheese Sliders

This is the ultimate hot ham and cheese sandwich, and it’s perfect for any party! You’ll love these mini hot ham and cheese sliders, for game day, the Super Bowl, and an easy dinner even your kids will love!

They are a great potluck dish because they work as a hearty crowd-pleasing appetizer or an easy to serve main dish.

spatula removing ham and cheese slider from casserole dish

Funfetti Cheeseball

This one is shaped into a charming flag for summertime festivities, but you can make it into any shape you want – there’s even a bunny funfetti cheeseball version for spring! A huge hit with the kids, this dessert cheeseball is excellent as a party appetizer as well.

A dessert cheeseball in the shape of a flag

Bacon Cheese Dip

Incredibly easy Bacon Cheese Dip that’s always a favorite for game day or get togethers! This creamy mix of bacon, cheddar, cream cheese and sour cream topped with green onion is irresistible!

This warm dip comes together quickly with simple ingredients and is low carb and keto friendly. It’s one of the very best easy appetizers for a crowd because the ingredients are just universally loved.

bacon cheddar dip surrounded by ruffle chips

Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

This Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe is a fresh and easy dip or topping for tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more! It is perfect for parties because it’s unique, flavorful and serves 12 guests.

Chipotle Corn Salsa, Chipotle Corn Salsa Recipe

Crazy Good Corn Dip

This heavenly crack corn dip recipe is perfect for picnics and parties. With just a few ingredients and easy steps, you can whip up this corn dip in no time.

Easy crack corn dip recipe

Cheese Balls

Click through for our complete cheese ball guide – you’ll get 11 different recipes here! Cheese balls are one of the best easy appetizers for a crowd, because they are so filling and protein-packed.

Plus, they serve beautifully with a wide variety of dippers and can be made ahead.

A spice covered cheeseball on a platter, crackers surrounding.

Mexican Layer Dip

This is a classic Mexican Layer Dip that is seasoned to perfection! An updated and flavorful 7 Layer Taco Dip, your friends and family will be clamoring for more.

Perfect for Cinco de Mayo, game days and beyond, this Layered Taco Dip is the ultimate party food! 

A classic Mexican 7 layer dip on a white serving platter

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Easy Appetizers for a Crowd

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 20 mins

Total Time 30 mins

These are the best, tried and true easy appetizers for a crowd. You’ll find everything from make ahead dips to hot appetizers that serve a group!

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  • Select your favorite printable summer appetizer recipe and click through.

  • Organize, shop and prep all the ingredients.

  • Combine, bake or create in under 30 minutes. Many of these summer appetizers can even be made ahead!


  • If you’re hosting a larger group, include a variety of appetizers to accommodate any allergies or restrictions.
  • Calculating your servings according to your expected guest count? 1/4 of a cup is generally considered to be a serving size for dip recipes.
  • Most of these recipes feature at least 12 servings, but don’t hesitate to double or triple a recipe that appeals to you!

Nutrition Information

Calories: 62kcal (3%), Carbohydrates: 14g (5%), Protein: 2g (4%), Fat: 1g (2%), Saturated Fat: 0.2g (1%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g, Trans Fat: 0.01g, Sodium: 11mg, Potassium: 196mg (6%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 5g (6%), Vitamin A: 136IU (3%), Vitamin C: 5mg (6%), Calcium: 1mg, Iron: 0.4mg (2%)

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