Gooey, sometimes cheesy, comforting, hearty and delicious, hot appetizers are just a delightful way to greet guests or offer a starter before dinner.
Come on—you know you love them! Hot appetizers are one of the joys of eating.
It can be a challenge to mix things up when it comes to appetizers.
Maybe you’ve always been the one who brings the hot cheese dip.
Or the guy who gets the nachos.
Of course, there is room to get more creative!
And getting more creative doesn’t have to mean getting more complicated!
There are plenty of great recipes out there that are delicious—and not difficult.
How about trying something new? We’ve come up with 27 new ideas for warm appetizers.
Let’s take a look! Nibbled on before a meal or eaten instead of a meal.
1. Hot BLT Dip
Bacon, lettuce, and tomato lovers look no further!
This warm appetizer recipe gives you the taste of all three in a party-friendly crock.
Sour cream, mayonnaise, bacon, and green onion—as a substitute for lettuce—pack a delicious punch you’re not soon to forget.
Serve with baguettes or corn chips for a hearty snack!
These aren’t your grandma’s Swedish meatballs!
Using both beef and pork for flavor and tenderness, this update on the classic includes a delicious hot gravy with a splash of soy sauce and cider vinegar for an updated taste.
Don’t take our word for it, though!
Try them with a side of simple potatoes or just serve on toothpicks for warm appetizers that everyone will love.
When it comes to warm appetizers, jalapeno popper dip is a crowd-pleaser.
Don’t let the name fool you…this ooey, gooey dip isn’t TOO spicy—it has just the right amount of kick. If you want more, just add more jalapeno.
It’s the warm, delicious cream cheese that’s sure to win hearts—and stomachs!
Wonderful with tortilla chips or crackers, your friends and family will beg for more next time—trust me!
Who doesn’t love a good ‘ole ham and cheese sandwich?
This ham and cheese feuillete—a dish made with thin layers of pastry—puts a sophisticated spin on a classic.
Layered in delicate swaths of pastry, ham, and swiss melted together to form a heavenly warm appetizer. It can be cut into large or small pieces depending on your gathering.
5. Hanky Panky
Yum! Does the sound of juicy hamburger and sausage fried up with melted Velveeta and served on mini rye or pumpernickel conjure up memories of grandma’s kitchen or parties of yesteryear?
This warm appetizer recipe may be an oldie, but it’s a goodie.
Everyone in my family loves it, and I’m sure everyone in your family will, too! Fry up some goodness, serve it on bread, and bam—you’re good to go!
Oh, the smell of hot buttered pretzels! Just the thought of them makes my mouth water! How about you?
Here’s a recipe for an easy hot appetizer that allows you to add more salt if you like them salty—or douse in cinnamon sugar if you like them sweet.
Using simple ingredients like flour and yeast, this recipe is both fun to make and fun to eat.
And they’re often the hit of the party!
Dip them in cheese or mustard, or however you prefer to eat them, and enjoy!
Inexpensive and crowd-pleasing is the perfect combination when it comes to easy hot appetizers.
Russet potatoes—the best potatoes for making skins—certainly fit the bill!
This recipe for potato skins—oozing with delicious cheese, bacon, and sour cream—will have your gang coming back for more!
They’re crispy on the outside with warm pillow pockets of potato on the inside. I like to sprinkle them with green onions or chives on the top!
Picture a creamy, cheesy dip featuring the delicious flavors of grilled corn and tajin chili lime! Sounds heavenly, right?
This easy hot appetizer is perfect if you’re looking for something different and unexpected.
Cooked on the stovetop, it keeps up to three days in the refrigerator and pairs well with chips of all types.
Wonderful on its own or served with other appetizers like a seven-layer dip. Delicioso!
Ever heard of a Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwich?
Developed at the Brown Hotel in the 1930s to celebrate Derby Day, this delicious concoction features turkey, bacon, tomatoes, and Mornay sauce.
Capture this delicious taste in this easy hot appetizer recipe served on French baguettes! And, no, you don’t have to save it for Derby Day!
Can it get any easier than this? Just throw three ingredients into a crockpot for this easy hot appetizer recipe!
The toothpick-able pieces of heaven are always the hit of office parties, tailgates, and family gatherings.
The secret? Apricot preserves and dijon mustard. You’re gonna love it!
Spicy sausage, black beans, and a homemade cheese sauce make up this delicious hot appetizer recipe.
No Velveeta here—just an all-natural dip sure to please even the pickiest eaters in your crew!
Serve with corn chips or on mini slices of rye bread for the perfect game-day treat. A little bit different and a lot of bits of yum!
Are you looking for something a little different? This easy crab rangoon with a sweet and sour sauce makes the perfect hot appetizer recipe.
I first tasted crab rangoon as a kid and have been ordering it off menus ever since—but I digress!
Simply fill your wonton wrapper with the delightful cream cheese and crab mix, fold up, and lightly pan-fry for a delicious hot appetizer you will not soon forget!
This party classic never goes out of style!
Hot and creamy with shredded chicken and a little bit of kick (or a lot, depending on your taste).
This hot appetizer is delicious with celery sticks, other sliced veggies, or crackers.
Gameday or any day, you can’t go wrong with buffalo chicken dip!
Perfect for those who love pizza and those who love sandwiches!
Picture a homemade pizza crust stuffed with ham, salami, peppers, and cheese, baked and sliced, and served with hot dipping sauce.
A cross between a sandwich and a pizza, this hot appetizer recipe is one you’ll go back to time and again. It’s a fan fave, especially with the guys and kids.
This appetizer spin on a classic gets its creamy texture not from cheese but from blended cauliflower and Greek yogurt!
The artichoke gives just the right amount of briny flavor.
Combine them all together, and you get a crowd favorite or just a special treat for a quiet night at home!
For a delicious change of pace, try this hot appetizer idea that blends Latin spices with mouthwatering caramelized onions—all stuffed inside a homemade empanada.
The lemon juice makes the dough extra tender.
A pinch of sugar gives the onion its sweet, rich taste. Fantastic!
If you’re looking for a hot appetizer idea that’s a little bit on the decadent side, look no further.
These pecan and goat cheese-stuffed mushrooms can be made ahead of time so you can spend more time with friends than at the oven!
And because the recipe calls for plump, juicy mushrooms instead of meat, they’ll also please your vegetarian guests!
Whether you’re a vegetarian or just looking for a healthy hot appetizer idea, these spicy buffalo cauliflower bites have you covered.
Tossed with just the right amount of hot sauce to give it some zing, these bites taste amazing with chopped veggies or dipped in ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Cauliflower! You’ve sure come a long way, baby!
Do you think of potatoes as a side dish? Well, these crispy little poppers will have you singing a new tune.
Easy to make by dredging through parmesan cheese, these babies come out of the oven crisp on the outside and tender on the inside.
The ideal hot finger food for nibbling, I dare you to try to stop at just one!
One of my all-time favorites, beer-battered onion rings don’t have to be overly complicated! This recipe takes less than 25 minutes to prepare!
And, oh, yum—this hot finger food idea is served with a roasted red pepper aioli dipping sauce, although you can dip them in anything you prefer (let’s not forget good old-fashioned ketchup)!
Beer-battered onion rings go great at parties with beer, soda, or even wine, plus they’re an ideal tailgating food. Try ‘em, and you won’t regret it!
Are you looking for hot finger food ideas? These mini mac-and-cheese bites are your answer.
Oh my—who doesn’t love mac-and-cheese? These little bites of paradise made with both white and cheddar cheeses are crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside.
Make these, and you’ll be the hit of the party because, trust us, no one can resist mac-and-cheese!
When it comes to your appetizer table, don’t overlook fish! And we’re not talking sushi here. These scrumptious, easy-to-make homemade fish sticks are the perfect hot appetizer idea.
A little bit of seasoning along with parmesan cheese gives these cod or halibut fish sticks a nice crispy finish, perfect for dipping.
Delicious with sauces, including the traditional tartar, as well as tahini or sriracha sauce. If kids are around, be sure to put out the ketchup!
Yum! If you’re a chicken wing fan, you’ll want to try this healthier baked version that crisps up nicely enough to be appealing hot finger food.
Salt, pepper, sugar, and special ingredient garam masala give these wings their unique, appealing flavor. Delicious alone or with dipping sauce.
For an extra lovely presentation, garnish wings with lime and green onion. Spectacular!
For perfect warm appetizers for a crowd, we’ve got you covered with this unique recipe somewhat reminiscent of baked cheese balls—but with a spin.
This recipe combines pre-made mushroom risotto with sharp white cheese cubes, breadcrumbs, and eggs.
The finished recipe is luscious, mouth-poppable treats that are sure to please your gang. Eat them plain or dip in marinara sauce. They’re terrific!
It can be tough to prepare warm appetizers for a crowd, but this finger-food recipe makes it easy, especially because you can make them in advance.
To prepare, simply dredge your ravioli in a mixture of egg, breadcrumbs, and parmesan cheese. Bake until crispy.
If you make these in advance, just warm them gently before serving. We always serve with a side of warm marinara sauce. Mangia!
Oh, yum, yay, crab again! This hot crab cream cheese and pimento dip is the perfect accompaniment to crostini!
It really doesn’t get much easier than this: Simply blend the ingredients together, spread over the bread, and bake.
These warm appetizers for a crowd are sure to please, and the dip can be made in advance. In fact, letting the dip sit overnight helps blend the flavors!
27. Crock Pot Queso
One of the best things about queso is that it goes so well with so many different dippers: tortilla chips, pita bread, veggie sticks, crackers, or whatever you prefer.
This rich, creamy version uses Velveeta, jalapenos, and cayenne pepper for kick—you can make it mild or as spicy as you’d like!
One of my favorite things about this recipe is that it’s designed for the crockpot, making it the ideal warm appetizer for a crowd of dippers!
The bottom line
Hopefully, this list of 27 hot appetizers gave you some inspiration for your next party, get-together, or even just a quiet night at home!
There’s no need to stick to the same old basics when there are so many easy, creative options out there!
Experiment, and you might just find your next favorite.
Some people love appetizers so much they’ll make a meal out of them.
So plan ahead and make sure you have plenty!
- Hot BLT Dip
- Swedish Meatballs With Rich, Hot Gravy
- Jalapeño Popper Dip
- Ham and Cheese Bites
- Hanky Panky
- Hot Buttered Pretzels
- Quick Potato Skins
- Mexican Street Corn Dip
- Kentucky Hot Brown
- Crock Pot Kielbasa Bites
- Homemade Cheesy Chili Dip
- Easy Crab Rangoon
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Antipasti Stromboli
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Caramelized Onion Empanadas
- Pecan-Stuffed Mushrooms
- Sriracha-Buffalo Cauliflower Bites
- Crispy Roasted Parmesan Potatoes
- Beer-Battered Onion Rings
- Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites
- Crispy Homemade Fish Sticks
- Crispy Baked Salt and Pepper Chicken Wings
- Fried Risotto Balls
- Oven Toasted Ravioli
- Hot Crab Crostini
- Crock Pot Queso
- Choose one or more options from our list of Hot Appetizers here!
- Create your new favorite dish.
- Pat yourself on the back for making food at home.
- Share and comment! Did you make any tweaks so it’s all your own?