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30 Dips For Delish Dunking

Sep 7 2014 - 6:30am

A winning appetizer should be easy, fun, and delicious. What better way to bring all those ideas together in a bowl than with a tasty dip? To encourage you to go for a dip, we've rounded up more than 30 salsas, cheesy dips, tapenades, and more in order to get your creative juices flowing. You'll find something for every palate, from chili con queso to Greek salsa!

— Additional reporting by Brinton Parker

Photos: Nicole Perry

Basic Pico de Gallo

You can't go wrong with the classics, which makes this pico de gallo [1] a yummy, fail-safe option.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Cucumber Raita

This yogurt-based Indian condiment [2] is perfect for cooling down after a spicy meal or simply on a warm day.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Mushroom Goat Cheese Queso

Creamy, gooey mushroom goat cheese queso [3] is an elegant and dreamy update to the classic queso dip.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Seven-Layer Dip

Pack all the essentials like beans, cheese, and guacamole into this easy seven-layer bean dip recipe [4]. We have a feeling it will be gone in a matter of minutes.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Creamy Homemade Hummus

If you're a hummus fan, this homemade version of the garbanzo dip [5] will hit the spot. Never settle for store-bought!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Nacho Cheese Dip

Consider this nacho cheese dip [6] a jazzed-up version of traditional queso — beans and cumin give it both texture and an element of smoke.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Mediterranean Layered Dip

Forget the fact that this layered Mediterranean dip [7] just looks pretty; it's also one phenomenal, tangy, garlic-heavy appetizer.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Pimento Cheese Fondue Dip

This pimento cheese dip [8] is heavenly when reheated, so you can enjoy this dish just as much the second time around.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Pineapple, Mango, and Jalapeño Salsa

The acidity of the fruit in this pineapple, mango, and jalapeño salsa [9] will keep the avocado from browning, which makes it the perfect dip for entertaining!

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Easy Baba Ghanoush

You'll love this traditional Mediterranean eggplant dip [10], which goes perfectly with pita chips!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Watermelon Mango Salsa

Give traditional salsa a sweet overhaul with Summer fruits! Just because you're making a sweet, fruity salsa [11] doesn't mean that you have to give up spice — this recipe includes jalapeño!

Photo: Nicole Perry

Four-Cheese Queso Dip

You won't be able to double-dip fast enough once you get a taste of this ooey gooey chorizo queso [12].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you're not interested in making a big batch of wings but can't get enough of their flavor, then this buffalo chicken dip [13] should be your pick.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Basic Guacamole

Sure, there are hundreds of guacamole recipes out there, but you can never go wrong with a basic recipe [14] that's simple but oh so delicious.

Photo: Nicole Perry

Restaurant-Style Tomato Salsa

Our personal recipe for quick and easy tomato salsa [15] is so addictive, you'll want to double up and make two batches — that's how fast it disappears.

White Bean Dip

Hummus fans will love chowing down on this tasty white bean and rosemary dip [16].

Photo: Susannah Chen

Chipotle-Tomatillo Salsa Recipe

A roasted salsa recipe [17] this good will ensure you never touch the jar again.

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Shrimp Cocktail Sauces

Upgrade the shrimp cocktail with a trio of easy dipping sauces [18] that are mighty addictive.

Photo: Sarah Lipoff


Muhammara [19] is a Syrian roasted pepper and walnut dip often served with crackers.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Bacon Guacamole

To add even more pizzazz to traditional guacamole, top it with crispy, porky bacon bits [20].

Photo: Anna Monette Roberts

Spicy Onion and Tomato Dip

Looking for a last-minute dip recipe that still packs a serious punch of spicy goodness? This onion and tomato dip [21] comes together quickly, but not at the price of flavor.

Photo: Susannah Chen

Green Olive Dip

The traditional tapenade gets a makeover with this tasty green olive dip [22].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Chipotle Guacamole

If you've ever had Chipotle's spicy guacamole [23], then you'll want to watch this video to get the dish straight from the legendary burrito chain.

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Smoked Mozzarella Spread

This mind-bogglingly easy smoked mozzarella spread [24] doesn't require cooking and only calls for four ingredients.

Photo: Susannah Chen

White Bean Dip With Roasted Red Peppers

For another twist on traditional white bean appetizers, this warm white bean dip with roasted red peppers [25] is an easy option.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Pomegranate and Mango Guacamole

This colorful recipe [26] gives guacamole a fruity makeover. It's spicy, crunchy, creamy — in a word, just plain scrumptious.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Homemade Salsa Verde

Bring a taste of the taqueria home with our recipe for salsa verde [27], a tangy tomatillo-based dip that's a perfect pairing for everything from chips to tacos and burritos.

Edamame Hummus

Fans of traditional hummus will love this edamame hummus [28], a welcome twist on the standard recipe.

Photo: Nancy Einhart

Leek and Bacon Dip

Leeks mixed with crunchy bacon and tangy goat cheese come together for this caramelized leek and bacon dip [29].

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

Mango, Black Bean, and Jicama Salsa

This recipe for mango, black bean, and jicama salsa [30] brings a whole new fiesta of flavors and textures to your standard salsa. If you're a fan of fruit-filled salsas, then dip into this pineapple, mango, and jalapeño salsa [31] next.

Photo: Lauren Hendrickson

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