Welcome to some spectacular Crockpot Appetizers! This epic list is just what you need for party time inspiration!
When it comes to entertaining or going to a potluck, making something in your crockpot is often the easiest and best way to transport the dish.
Whether you’re hosting a football watch party, a birthday party, or going to a holiday potluck, finding a great appetizer to bring is crucial to impressing your guests.
Check out 21 of our favorite crockpot appetizers from lush Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms to craveable Crab and Green Onion Dip and the famous cheesy, bacony #12!
If you’ve ever been to a potluck before, there’s a good chance you’ve had grape jelly meatballs before.
While the grape jelly part seems like it wouldn’t go with meatballs, it’s one of the tastiest and easiest crockpot party food to make.
The simplicity of this appetizer is why it’s always a hit.
You only need five ingredients: frozen meatballs, grape jelly, a lemon, red pepper and Heinz chili sauce.
You’ll dump the appropriate amount of grape jelly and chili sauce into your crockpot to cover the meatballs and cook on high for two and a half hours to three hours.
Who doesn’t love buffalo chicken dip?
The best part about this fantastic appetizer is that you can make it in the crockpot with minimal effort.
You’ll need chicken, buffalo wing sauce, cream cheese, ranch dressing, cheddar, and blue cheese dressing.
You’ll put the chicken and all the other ingredients into the crockpot and cook on low.
Once the dip is done, you can serve it with tortilla chips or other dipping foods.
You can top it with blue cheese crumbles if you like, but you don’t have to.
Even those who aren’t fans of mushrooms are going to love this pre-dinner snack.
Sausage and cheese stuffed mushrooms are a popular choice and the perfect bite-sized appetizer.
A little more work is required for this recipe since you have to stuff the mushrooms, but it’s well worth it.
You’ll use sausage and cheese to fill the mushrooms before cooking them in your slow cooker.
You can use any sausage and cheese, but this recipe is for Italian sausage, parmesan, and mozzarella cheese.
Dips are popular appetizers and are perfect for making in your slow cooker.
Instead of buying a jar of spinach and artichoke dip for your next party, why not make it?
It’s delicious and one of the easiest recipes to follow.
Other than chopping the spinach and artichoke hearts, all you have to do is dump all the ingredients into the crockpot.
One of the best reasons this dip is remarkable is that you can cook it in an hour on high.
So, if you’re running late but need to prepare something tasty, this is the appetizer for you.
If you’re looking for an appetizer that’s filling and is not another chips and dip recipe, barbeque chicken wings are the way to go.
Barbeque wings are very popular, and you can serve them with several dipping sauces.
You can use fresh or frozen chicken wings, but if you plan on using frozen ones, you’ll need to have them thoroughly defrosted before adding them to your crockpot.
We love this recipe because it doesn’t specify which barbeque sauce to use.
This means you can experiment with different kinds or pick your favorite.
6. Peach Salsa
Instead of buying a jar or container of salsa for your next party, consider making this perfect, slow cooker peach salsa.
It may seem strange to make salsa in a slow cooker, but it’s delicious and worth a try.
This crockpot appetizer recipe makes a lot, so you’ll need at least a five-quart slow cooker.
You’ll need tomatoes, peaches, jalapenos, onions, and plenty of other seasonings to make this salsa.
If you plan on making this for your next party, you’ll want to make it with enough time to cool it before serving it to your guests.
If you love crab dip, you’ll love this slow cooker recipe.
Crab and green onion dip is a unique appetizer that not everyone serves, making this an excellent option for you if you want to be memorable.
Plus, since you’re using canned crab meat, it’s more affordable than traditional crab meat.
The ingredients are fairly simple.
You need canned crab meat, cream cheese, green onions, horseradish, and Worcestershire sauce.
Don’t forget the salt and pepper to taste! You can serve it with tortilla chips, pita chips, veggies, or whatever you want.
It can be challenging to make crispy chicken wings in the crockpot, but it’s not impossible!
This recipe is for you if you want to make crisp, garlic parmesan chicken wings in your crockpot.
The prep time is minimal, and the recipe only requires four ingredients.
Besides the chicken wings, you’ll need butter, garlic, and parmesan cheese.
You’ll season your wings with salt and pepper before pouring the garlic parmesan sauce over them as they cook.
Seven-layer dips are almost always a hit at any pollock or party.
If you’re looking for one of the best seven-layer dip recipes, give this one a try.
Most people go for a five-layer dip but adding two more layers doesn’t make this any more difficult.
The seven layers are everything you love about Mexican cuisine.
The bottom is refried beans, followed by taco seasoned ground beef, sour cream, salsa, shredded cheese of your choice, pickled jalapenos, and green onions as a garnish on top.
10. Little Smokies
Another excellent appetizer you can’t go wrong with is this little smokies.
This recipe is easy, and it’s sure to be delicious.
Little smokies are a popular protein choice for appetizers because they’re delicious and easy to make.
You’ll take cocktail sausages and dump them into the crockpot.
Then you’ll create the sauce, which is barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder, and garlic powder.
After pouring that into your slow cooker, you’ll stir and cook for a few hours before serving.
An excellent appetizer for your party or any occasion is chicken and cheese taquitos.
These take a little bit more effort than dumping ingredients into the crockpot, but they’re always a hit at the potluck or party.
You can cook the chicken with taco seasoning in your crockpot before assembling the taquitos.
You can easily put them back into the crockpot with salsa before transporting to your event or setting them out for our guests.
The recipe calls for flour tortillas, but you can substitute for corn tortillas easily.
Bread is one of most people’s favorite appetizers.
That’s why a lot of restaurants serve bread before your meal.
You have to try this cheesy bacon pull-apart bread.
You can use any kind of bacon you want for this recipe.
Whether it’s hickory-smoked or turkey bacon, it’ll be delicious.
You’ll want to cook the bacon before adding it to the crockpot with the other ingredients.
These French onion meatballs are perfect for those who love a delicious French onion soup but aren’t in the mood for soup.
These are great when you want appetizer meatballs but aren’t in the mood for the grape jelly ones.
This recipe is so easy.
You’ll dump your bag of frozen meatballs into your slow cooker before adding a packet of French onion soup mix and a jar of beef gravy.
Once everything’s added, you’ll stir the mixture and then cook it on low or high for the specified time.
14. Rotel Dip
If you’ve never had a Rotel dip, you’re missing out.
It’s one of the easiest queso dips you can make, and it’s even easier in a slow cooker.
All you’ll need for this dip is a block of Velveeta cheese and a can or two of Rotel.
You can use mild, medium, or hot Rotel, depending on what you and your guests will enjoy.
Keep in mind you’ll want to cook the ground beef before adding it to your crockpot.
Sliders scream appetizers, especially during a party.
Something great about this sweet and sour pork recipe is that while most people serve the pork with slider buns, you and your guests can eat it on their own if you want.
The prep time for this recipe is only 15 minutes, and the dish is ready in four hours.
You can prepare it in the morning and get ready while the appetizer is cooking.
Hawaiian rolls are the best bread option that the recipe author recommends.
While there’s nothing wrong with serving a shrimp cocktail as an appetizer, these Creole garlic shrimp are wonderful if you’re looking for something different.
Your guests will be impressed with the flavor of the shrimp and even more impressed that you made the appetizer in the crockpot.
The seasoning list is extensive, but you’ll most likely have everything you need in your cabinet.
What’s better than bacon and potatoes?
Not much. These bacon-wrapped baby potatoes need to be on your list for crockpot appetizers.
All you need are a bag of baby potatoes, bacon of your choice, and seasonings.
You’ll slather your potatoes in oil and seasonings before wrapping the bacon around the potatoes.
You’ll need to cook the potatoes until the bacon is brown.
18. Ranch Mushrooms
This is probably one of the easiest slow cooker recipes you can try.
These ranch mushrooms only require three ingredients.
Even if mushrooms aren’t your favorite, you can’t go wrong with this recipe.
All you’ll need for this is mushrooms, ranch seasoning, and butter.
You’ll melt the butter in the crockpot and mix all three ingredients together.
The cook time is anywhere from two to five hours.
19. Boiled Peanuts
Do you want to serve boiled peanuts at your gathering but can’t find a place to buy them?
You can make them in the crockpot!
This recipe makes two pounds of boiled peanuts, so there should be more than enough for everyone.
This boil peanut recipe needs two pounds of peanuts, water, and salt.
You’ll soak the peanuts in your crockpot for about six hours on low.
20. Cheeseburger Dip
For a unique appetizer, cheeseburger dip is something you need to give a try.
It’s a great alternative to serving cheeseburger sliders at your event.
Before you add everything to the crockpot, you’ll have to brown your ground beef.
Then you’ll add that with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and tomatoes for about two hours.
You can make meatballs with several different flavors, and these Asian meatballs are the perfect appetizer when you want something new.
You’ll need frozen meatballs, and then you’ll make your sauce.
It’s honey, sesame seeds, rice vinegar, and other Asian seasonings.
Green onions make a great garnish for the meatballs.
Crockpot appetizers are some of the easiest things to prepare.
The best part is that just because they’re easy doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice flavor.
Next time you need to prepare an appetizer, you can’t go wrong with any of these delicious slow cooker appetizers.
Can’t get enough crockpot recipes? Try these Crockpot Soups, Keto and Low-Carb Crockpot Recipes, and these don’t-miss Gluten-Free Slow Cooker Recipes too!
- Grape Jelly Meatballs
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Sausage and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms
- Spinach and Artichoke Dip
- Barbeque Chicken Wings
- Peach Salsa
- Crab and Green Onion Dip
- Garlic Parmesan Chicken Wings
- Seven-Layer Dip
- Little Smokies
- Chicken and Cheese Taquitos
- Cheesy Bacon Pull-Apart Bread
- French Onion Meatballs
- Rotel Dip
- Sweet and Sour Pork Sliders
- Creole Garlic Shrimp
- Bacon-Wrapped Baby Potatoes
- Ranch Mushrooms
- Boiled Peanuts
- Cheeseburger Dip
- Asian Crockpot Meatballs
- Choose one or more options from our list of crockpot appetizers here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
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