Everyone loves a good happy hour appetizer or just something to munch on before dinner is ready. These appetizers, however, are so good you’ll probably end up spoiling your appetite for the main course and we can’t really blame you. Whether it’s a creamy dip or a crunchy savory bite, these appetizer recipes are the ones you can count on time and time again.

A person holding a parmesan crisp in their hand.
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Spinach Cheddar Cakes

Spinach cheddar quinoa cakes topped with buffalo yogurt sauce.
Spinach Cheddar Cakes. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Perfect for snack lovers, these spinach and cheddar cakes are a crowd-pleaser with their creamy buffalo dip sidekick. They’re easy to whip up, making them a go-to for busy hosts. The blend of spinach and sharp cheddar wrapped in a crispy exterior is a hit at any event, promising to keep your guests coming back for more. They’re the ideal mix of convenience and flavor.
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Blue Cheese Steak Crostini

Blue cheese steak crostini on a metal platter drizzled with balsamic reduction.
Blue Cheese Steak Crostini. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Steak and blue cheese on garlicky toast? Yes, please! These crostinis are the ultimate appetizer, combining rich flavors that are sure to impress. They’re quick to make, offering a fancy bite without the fuss. The salty blue cheese and tender steak with a drizzle of balsamic reduction make these bites unforgettable.
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Roasted BBQ Chickpeas

Roasted chickpeas on a plate with a napkin.
BBQ Roasted Chickpeas. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

With their crispy texture and universally loved BBQ flavor, these roasted chickpeas are always a hit. Don’t be surprised if people scoop them up by the handful if you put these out on the table!

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Sweet Potato Guacamole Bacon Bites

Sweet potato bites topped with guacamole and bacon.
Sweet Potato Guacamole Bacon Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These bites are where it’s at – crispy sweet potato edges with soft centers, all topped with guacamole and bacon. It’s a flavor explosion in a bite-sized snack. They’re easy to make and even easier to devour, perfect for a party or a chill night in. Plus, who can resist bacon?
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Roasted Red Pepper Dip

A bowl of roasted red pepper dip with crackers on a marble table.
Roasted Red Pepper Dip. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This roasted red pepper dip is smooth, smoky, and just the right amount of creamy. It’s packed with flavors from fresh basil, lemon, and garlic, making it a hit with chips or crackers. A great choice for when you want to whip up something quick and have everyone asking for the recipe.
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Parmesan Crisps

A person holding a parmesan crisp in their hand.
Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These parmesan crisps require just one single ingredient and are ready in 5 minutes. While they’re great for topping soups and salads, they’re also a crave-worthy appetizer that’s both low-carb and keto friendly. Everyone loves their salty, savory taste!

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Buffalo Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Bites

Buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites with avocado dipping sauce.
Buffalo Chicken Broccoli Cheddar Bites. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Imagine all your favorite flavors in one bite – that’s what these buffalo chicken broccoli cheddar bites offer. They’re the perfect mix of spicy and cheesy, ideal for game day or any day, really. Easy to pop in your mouth and hard to stop, these bites are a definite win.
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Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Spinach artichoke dip in a white baking dish.
Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

This creamy spinach artichoke dip is a classic for a reason. It’s warm, comforting, and goes perfectly with whatever you feel like dipping. Great for sharing (or not), it’s a fuss-free appetizer that always gets the thumbs up.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Cranberry Cheddar Sausage Balls

Cranberry sausage cheddar balls with cranberry dipping sauce.
Cranberry Cheddar Sausage Balls. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Sweet, savory, and a little tangy, these cranberry cheddar sausage balls are the appetizer you didn’t know you needed. They’re great for the holidays or as a game day snack. Serve them with cranberry sauce for dipping and watch them disappear!
Get the Recipe: Cranberry Cheddar Sausage Balls

Cheesy Chipotle Fundido Dip

Fundido dip with chips.
Cheesy Chipotle Fundido Dip. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Dive into this cheesy goodness with a spicy chipotle twist. It’s perfect with chips or roasted veggies, making it a versatile pick for any gathering. Baked to perfection, this fundido dip is all about bringing the heat and the flavor.
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Air Fryer Zucchini Chips

Zucchini chips without breading made in the air fryer in a bowl on a wooden plate.
Air Fryer Zucchini Chips. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Crispy, garlicky, and oh-so-addicting, these air fryer zucchini chips are the healthier snack you’ve been looking for. They come together in no time, making them an easy choice for a quick appetizer or side. Plus, no breading means less fuss and more flavor.
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Carne Asada Nachos

Carne asada nachos on a sheet pan.
Carne Asada Nachos. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

These aren’t just any nachos – they’re loaded with perfectly grilled carne asada, cheese, guac, and all the best toppings. They’re a meal on their own and sure to be a hit at any party. Every bite is a mix of flavors and textures that just works.
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Spicy Seasoned Pretzels

Spicy seasoned pretzels in a black bowl with small bowl of guacamole on the side.
Spicy Seasoned Pretzels. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Spice up your snack game with these homemade seasoned pretzels. They’re perfect for dipping or just as they are. Easy to make and even easier to enjoy, they’re the ideal grab-and-go snack.
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Air Fryer Gnocchi

Air fryer cauliflower gnocchi in a bowl.
Air Fryer Gnocchi. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Cauliflower gnocchi gets a crispy makeover in the air fryer, making it the perfect appetizer or side. It’s simple, quick, and you’ll love the golden result. Whether it’s game day or a casual dinner, these are a must-try.
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Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

Baked bang bang shrimp on a serving plate garnished with green onions and served with dipping sauce.
Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Get all the flavor of your favorite restaurant shrimp at home with this baked bang bang shrimp. Crispy, crunchy, and with a sauce that packs a punch, it’s a healthier take that doesn’t skimp on taste. Perfect for when you’re craving something special but want to keep things simple.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Bang Bang Shrimp

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