Looking for some easy slow cooker appetizers that you can make ahead and forget about?
These recipes are sure to impress every guest. From meatballs to hot wings, this list has something for every style and flavor.
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Your meal peaks early when you make an appetizer from this list.
Take the stress out of cooking by making a slow cooker recipe.
Prep them ahead of time and practically forget about them until it is time to serve. They are easy to make, but hard to resist!
With all this flavor, your main course may fall flat! Read on to find the perfect starter for your next party!
1. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Sweet or savory? Why not both?! Opposites attract with this slow cooker recipe.
Sweet and sticky grape jelly smothers fragrant Swedish meatballs for a medley of flavors that are equal parts surprising and scrumptious.
The best part is all you have to do is dump in the ingredients! There isn’t any measuring or prep required.
Buy the three (that’s right, only THREE ingredients) at the store and then dump them into your crockpot. I won’t tell if you won’t!
2. Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip
This is a classic crowd-pleaser. Name one person who doesn’t love spinach artichoke dip. I’ll wait.
This party favorite has it all with a creamy base, tender artichoke hearts, and earthy spinach.
The only downside is how hard it can be to make! But not anymore. This crockpot recipe takes the stress out of spinach artichoke dip.
You can focus on what really matters- which chip you are going to dip in it!
3. Crockpot Bean Dip
Don’t splurge at the restaurant for a shared bowl of bean dip. Make a whole crockpot of it instead!
This salsa upgrade won’t last long. Share this appetizer at your next party and watch the dip disappear.
One of the best things about food is how it brings people together, and this dip will do just that.
Share this with your friends and family and start both the meal and the memories. This is just too good to keep for yourself!
4. Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts
If these don’t make you think of family road trips, you must be from the north. Boil up some nostalgia in your crockpot with this boiled peanut recipe.
Add these treats to your next movie night and they just might be better than popcorn.
Serve them before dinner for a steakhouse feel, but don’t throw the shells on the ground. That would be a mess!
These peanuts are the perfect salty snack for your next meal. Dress them up as a southern novelty, or use them as they are.
5. Bacon Ranch Crockpot Stuffed Mushrooms
Bacon AND ranch? Let’s go! This is a favorite flavor combination of mine, and I know I am not alone.
Creamy ranch and snappy bacon form a perfect partnership in any setting but especially stuffed inside these mushrooms.
If you have made stuffed mushrooms in the past, I’m sure you know how messy and time-consuming they can be.
This recipe completely simplifies the process, getting rid of unnecessary steps and preserving the big, bold flavor.
6. Slow Cooker Taco Dip
Think tacos are just for the main course? Think again! This taco dip means every day can be taco Tuesday.
It’s all your favorite flavors served on a chip! Trade out your tortilla shells for crispy tortilla chips and have the taco experience before the real meal ever starts.
With infinite topping combinations, this dip is fully customizable with endless possibilities. What will go in your taco dip?
7. Slow Cooker Little Smokies
These appetizer favorites get a makeover with this recipe. Trade tired smokies for this zesty surprise!
Send your smokies swimming in this next-level barbecue sauce, then sit back to become the talk of the town.
Beyond BBQ, this dish features flavors of grape jelly and sriracha for a sweet sauce that also brings the spice!
Somebody call the lifeguard. These weenies need rescuing!
8. Crockpot PF Changs Lettuce Wraps
If you missed PF Chang’s Wednesday wrap special, don’t worry!
You can have their delicious lettuce wraps any day of the week right from the comfort of your own home.
Ginger and soy are heated with a squirt of sriracha and a splash of turmeric to perfectly season ground turkey.
The crunchy texture or broad leaf lettuce is the only thing that could make this any better.
Call it an appetizer or serve it as the main course. I promise you won’t be disappointed.
9. Slow Cooker Party Mix
You’ve had Chex mix before. It’s store-bought cardboard with a whisper of seasoning in the bottom of the bag.
But don’t lose hope, this party mix is all the joy of Chex mix that lives up to the hype.
A myriad of textures is transformed with a slow cooker seasoning that delivers on its promises.
Soy sauce, garlic powder, and a packet of ranch dressing combine to form an irresistible taste. This mix will be gone before you know it.
10. Slow Cooker Queso Verde
What makes this queso green? Sweet and flavorful tomatillos!
These fruits are slowly softened then mashed into the queso Blanco for a smooth and creamy dip that screams of fresh flavors.
Chop up your veggies and drop in your block of cheese, then walk away. Return later to a flavorful crockpot that can warm up the coldest of days.
What are you waiting for? Mix it up now, and it will be ready for tonight.
11. Slow Cooker Chili Cheese Dip
Don’t tell Skyline you have found their secret recipe! Maybe not, but only a true Cincinnatian could tell the difference.
I’m going to guess that’s not you, so you’ll be in good shape. If it is you, this is close enough!
These traditional, all-American favorites swirl together for a spicy symphony of game day delight.
This dip can top everything from hotdogs to nachos to a single chip.
Spoon some onto your plate to feel the joy of halftime, even if it is just the first quarter.
12. Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a sports bar favorite. There’s just one problem. There are never enough!
This recipe doesn’t completely solve that problem, but it does make sure wings can be available from the comfort of your own home.
These wings trade in a crispy fried outer layer for a juicy, tender bite.
Change up the sauce to fit your favorite flavor, and you could have a different tasting wing each night of the week.
From buffalo to teriyaki, these wings are always a hit.
13. Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
They call these firecracker meatballs for a reason! They bring the spice.
If you are looking for a flavorful app that burns with every bite, look no further than these chicken meatballs.
No spice is spared in this recipe. Empty out your spice drawers (and bottles of hot sauce) in one fell swoop.
Buffalo sauce is simmered with ample amounts of brown sugar to create a sweet and spicy meatball that is out of this world.
14. Slow Cooker Fiesta Dip
Every day is a party with a fiesta dip around.
A can of Rotel and browned ground beef are mixed with a block of Velveeta for a creamy concoction that has a kick!
Melt them together in your crockpot and take them with you to your next social gathering.
You can’t go wrong with Velveeta cheese. The pasteurized product coats the meat and veggie for a dip that rocks your chip.
15. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Potato Skins
Buffalo chicken is one of those classic combos that can go with anything, potato skins included.
Zesty and tangy buffalo chicken is the perfect topping for starchy potato skins.
Top with sliced onion and diced tomato and you are ready to go.
16. Crockpot Italian Bacon Chicken Tenders
Bacon is the best. It’s the meat that makes all other meats look better.
In this recipe, bacon lends its magic to spice up some chicken fingers. You won’t think chicken fingers are boring after trying this recipe!
Zesty Italian spices really turn up the charm. The thyme and oregano are aromatic additions that both flavor the chicken and scent your home.
The hardest part of this recipe will be waiting! The smell of this dish filling your home will have you salivating in anticipation.
17. Slow Cooker Pizza Dip
Since the invention of pizza, we have twisted its core ingredients into every variation imaginable.
There’s pizza bagels, pizza chips, and now we have a pizza dip.
Pizza is so delicious, you have to find ways to eat it as much as possible.
This dip uses marinara sauce as its base, then melts in creamy mozzarella.
Stir in chopped pepperoni or spicy sausage, and you may think you are eating the real thing!
18. Slow Cooker Corn Dip
This recipe has southern cooking written all over it. Any time corn is a featured ingredient, you can bet it came from the south.
Here, corn is jazzed up with soft cream cheese and savory green onion to make a soothing winter dish.
Swoon over this medley as the cream cheese melts around sweet corn to form the ultimate comfort food.
Not too sweet or too spicy, this dip falls right in the middle to satisfy everyone’s palettes.
19. Crockpot Caramel Dip
It’s dessert first with this appetizer! What could be better?
Slice up apples or get a bag of pretzels to dunk in this dreamy dip.
Made from simple ingredients, I’ll bet you already have them all in the cupboard. Whip this up for a pre-dinner app or save it for after.
20. Slow Cooker Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs
Say aloha to this appetizer. If you are a fan of Hawaii’s kahlua pork, you will love these slow cooker Hawaiian bbq meatballs.
Sweet pineapple and barbecue smother juicy meatballs for finger food that is small in size but big in flavor.
Steal the show with this recipe! The sweet glaze perfectly contrasts with the savory meatball completing a winning appetizer.
21. Slow Cooker Candied Pecans
One of the most comforting scents in the world is that of candied nuts.
Kiosks scent malls around the holidays and vendors lure in customers with their sweet scent at venues and arenas.
Now, you can make those same treats at home with this candied pecans recipe.
Brown sugar, white sugar, and a sprinkle of salt cling to roasted pecans thanks to a generous butter layer.
Snap into one of these sugary treats to celebrate Christmas all year round.
22. Crockpot Honey Nut & Dark Chocolate Chex Mix
Honey, nuts, AND dark chocolate all in one slow cooker recipe? You read that right!
This Chex mix takes a turn towards the sweeter side by incorporating honey and dark chocolate into the drizzle.
This is a snack for dessert lovers. It is a dark chocolate decadence that is still light enough it won’t spoil your dinner.
That’s a good thing. With an entire crockpot full, you might end up having more than one or two.
23. Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings
Chicken wings are a universal crowd-pleaser. They are more subjectively good than objectively pleasing, and these slow cooker wings are no exception.
Honey, barbecue sauce, and spicy seasonings coat each wing for an appetizer that is equal parts savory and sweet.
Fill your crockpot with these meaty morsels for an appetizer the whole family will love.
You may have to draw straws to see who gets to lick the bowl clean.