35 Easy Appetizer Recipes Ready in 15 Minutes

Need a platter of easy appetizers for an upcoming party? These crowd-pleasing appetizer ideas are quick to fix in 15 minutes or less!

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Whether you’re hosting a dinner party or just serving family dinner, starting with appetizers is extra fun. It’s a great way to sneak in a special in-season vegetable or whet appetites with an out-of-the-ordinary treat. Our best easy appetizers offer tons of variety: Think sweet and savory dips, fancy skewers, crunchy snacks, fresh veggies and cheese plates. You’ll find choices for vegetarians and carnivores, and ideas for every season of the year.

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Quick Tortilla Pinwheels

This easy appetizer recipe is a double-whammy: It takes just 15 minutes to make, and you can prepare it ahead of time. While the roll-ups look fancy, they’re made simply by layering cheesy ingredients onto a flat tortilla, rolling it up, and slicing. Serve with a good store-bought salsa.

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Beer Dip

One of our top-rated appetizers of all time, this cheesy, creamy beer dip is irresistible! Best of all, it’s adaptable. Make it with a classic beer, a non-alcoholic beer or a gluten-free beer. Serve with pretzels, sliced vegetables or crackers.
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Pastrami Roll-Ups

Dill pickle fans, these are for you. Like an Italian sandwich in a bite, these roll-ups are savory, tangy and creamy.
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Homemade Guacamole

Guacamole is a natural appetizer to serve before a Mexican-inspired feast, but it’s so delicious as a snack, it doesn’t really matter what you’re serving for dinner. Make your own tortilla chips a day in advance if you want a fully from-scratch app.
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Dreamy Fruit Dip

Who said that appetizers have to be savory? This sweet dipping sauce is delightful with fresh fruit. Depending on what’s in season, try strawberries, pineapple, grapes, apples or pears.
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Tomato-Goat Cheese Spread

Soft, creamy goat cheese makes an ideal base for spreads since it’s so easy to blend with flavorings. Here, both sun-dried tomatoes and their juices are used to flavor the cheese. Serve with mild-tasting crackers to let the full-flavored dip shine.
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Caprese Salad Kabobs

A platter of Caprese salad is hard to beat, but when serving in appetizer form, try these kabobs. They’re an easy handheld treat; no silverware or individual plates needed.
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Strawberry Salsa

Did you know that strawberries and tomatoes have similar flavor profiles? It’s strange but true! Adding sliced strawberries to classic tomato salsa ingredients brings extra sweetness and makes the salsa more versatile. It’s still great with corn chips, and especially tasty paired with cheese and crackers.
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Peanut Butter Granola Pinwheels

This homey peanut butter roll-up is a fun appetizer for a kid’s party or a family dinner. It’s also super simple. Spread peanut butter and honey (or jam or jelly) on a tortilla, sprinkle with granola, and roll.
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Peachy Jalapeno Guacamole

Tired of the same ol’ guacamole? We love peaches in savory recipes! Try this spicy-sweet variation of guacamole. Stirring juicy chunks of peach and minced jalapeno into the dipping bowl adds morsels of exciting flavor that perks up the palate.
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Artichoke Caprese Platter

This simple-to-assemble salad combines the flavors of two favorite restaurant appetizers: artichoke dip and Caprese salad. The result is a fresh, but hearty, appetizer perfect for eating al fresco.
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Ham & Potato Salad Sandwiches

This filling party appetizer is great for a game-day potluck. Ham, boiled eggs, tomatoes and pickles are all classic sandwich toppers, but the addition of potato salad to the bread is what takes this recipe to genius level.
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Brownie Batter Dip

Who hasn’t snuck a taste of brownie batter off the mixing spoon? This chocolately dip recreates that special treat, without the raw eggs. Serve with sliced apples, Animal Crackers or pretzels.
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Parmesan Ranch Popcorn

Chips and crackers dominate appetizer tables, but we’re here to nominate an alternative: popcorn. It’s a crowd-pleaser, quick to make, and easy to scale up as big a batch as you need. Actually, there are infinite popcorn toppings!
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German Beer Cheese Spread

If you’ve only ever had store-bought cheese spread, you’ve got to make this recipe. By blending cubed cheese, Worcestershire sauce, spices and your favorite beer, you can control the texture and flavor. Super creamy? Grab a softer cheese, or add a splash more beer. Super spicy? Add a pinch of cayenne or green chile.
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Layered Hummus Dip

This fresh, healthy appetizer recipe is the perfect spread for a sticky summer day. Cucumbers add a refreshing crunch, crumbled feta cheese is irresistably savory, and fresh tomatoes complete any summer recipe.

By the way, here’s how to make hummus from scratch.

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Spicy Shrimp Salsa

The shrimp plate is often the first to empty at a party. A great trick for serving shrimp on a budget is to mix shrimp into a fresh salsa. As a bonus, the acidic flavors of tomato and lime jazz up the slightly sweet shrimp.
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Hot Pizza Dip

Serve an array of crackers or breadsticks with this crowd-pleasing party appetizer. The pizza dip is as customizable as real pizza—add your favorite chopped veggies or pepperoni to the bowl if you like.
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Pina Colada Fruit Dip

Smooth whipped marshmallow creme, tangy cream cheese and shredded coconut make a sweet, surprising dip. Serve with a big plate of fruit and watch your guests swarm like moths to a light.
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Garlic Garbanzo Bean Spread

Similar to classic hummus, but with a brighter flavor thanks to green onions and parsley, this bean spread is a sure hit. Serve as a dip with crudités or as a spread over crackers.
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Super Quick Shrimp and Green Chile Quesadillas

Cheesy quesadillas get a sophisticated upgrade in this spicy recipe. Chopped shrimp are a real treat, but you can omit them or swap for shredded chicken if you prefer.
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Chunky Mango Guacamole

Some of our favorite guacamole recipes have a secret ingredient. Here, diced mango adds bursts of sweet juiciness to creamy avocados.
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Dill Vegetable Dip

This may be the most formal recipe in this roundup, but it requires only five minutes of prep time. Assembling sliced crudités vertically in individual cups makes for a striking presentation that’s also practical, packaging both dip and veggies in a single-serving dish.
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Spicy Crab Dip

Everyone loves crab dip, but not many people realize how easy it is to make! Using canned crab (or even imitation crab meat) means zero hammers are required to enjoy the rich crustacean flavor.
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Caramel Apple and Brie Skewers

Threading bite-sized fruits, veggies or cheese on a skewer is a simple trick for handheld appetizers. While savory combinations are easy to dream up, this sweet caramel-laced confection will surprise and delight your guests.
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Loaded Baked Potato Dip

If you serve this creamy dip with waffle fries, it’s like a deconstructed loaded baked potato! It’s the perfect casual appetizer before an easy cookout dinner.
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Cannellini Bean Hummus

Hummus is a go-to appetizer for a good reason: It pairs with just about anything you can dip in it, from pretzels to veggies and beyond. This classic recipe combines tahini, garlic and lemon with cannellini beans rather than the traditional chickpeas—they blend more smoothly since they don’t have skins—but you can use whichever you prefer.
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Mom’s Vegetable Dip

Dips don’t get much smoother than this creamy treat. The secret? Thinning the cream cheese base with a bit of milk, ensuring that even the most delicate potato chip can dunk without breaking.
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Cheesy Snack Mix

Snack mix might seem like a throwback to high school parties in the basement rec room, but give it another look! With their appealing mix of savory and sweet flavors and crunchy and crispy textures, snack mixes are customizable and fun.
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Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Serve this delectable ranch dip alongside a vegetable platter. Use up the leftovers as a dip for your favorite tacos.
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Bacon Cheese Spread

This is the dip bowl that will go quickest at any party, on any occasion, guaranteed. A blend of mayo, cheese and bacon is definitely rich, but chopped raw onion adds a sharp brightness that keeps it from tasting too heavy.
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Blue Cheese Potato Chips

Nachos are great, but have you ever given potato chips the same treatment? This savory pan of tomatoes, bacon and tangy blue cheese will get gobbled up fast.
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Cheesy Quesadillas

It’s easy to make a big batch of quesadillas. Get out your longest sheet pan, layer as many tortillas as will fit, and sprinkle on some cheese and salsa. Serve with sour cream and guac or just more salsa.
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Spinach Dip in a Bread Bowl

The special ingredient in this chunky spinach dip? A packet of ranch seasoning! Serving the dip in a bread bowl adds a wow factor, but it will taste just as good in a plain bowl.
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Chunky Blue Cheese Dip

Funky blue cheese has a strong flavor, so it’s ideal to enjoy as an appetizer. It tastes great with both savory and sweet dippers, like fresh apple slices or potato chips.

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Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes, cooks and travels from her home base of Chicago. After going gluten-free over a decade ago, Kelsey turned to home cooking and baking as a way to recreate her favorite foods. Her specialties include gluten-free sourdough bread, pizza and pastry. When not wrangling her toddler, she enjoys reading, watching old movies and writing. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, was published by William Morrow in 2019, and her second is forthcoming.