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Crockpot Appetizers – 27 dump ‘n go make ahead crockpot appetizers, slow cooker party dips and must make finger food dishes for a crowd – my favorite must make appetizer recipes for all parties and potluck events.

No matter what the event or special occasion is, your slow cooker can do ALL the work. These super simple easy recipes are perfect for Football Sunday, Holiday parties and game day get-togethers – we even eat them as meals – especially the crockpot sandwiches (so good!)

27 must make crockpot appetizers

Updated on July 18, 2024

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27 Super Simple Crockpot Dips and Appetizers

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I used to always stress the heck out when I needed to make party food when hosting or to take to a potluck style party… but not anymore! My slow cooker Crock Pot makes it all SO easy to dump and GO! Just LOOK at the easy recipes you’ll find down below!


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From bite sized meatballs to serve yourself hot dips, these crockpot appetizers are the perfect make ahead party food to feed a crowd.

27 Must Make Crockpot Appetizers and Dips

Whether it’s a bring-a-dish potluck at work or an appetizer buffet set up for a Holiday party, game day, church supper or family dinner, these crockpot appetizers are so easy to make and serious crowd-pleasers.

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Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

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When it comes to making simple party food, your slow cooker Crockpot is your best friend!

Just dump your ingredients in the crock and turn it on – nothing is easier than that, right?

For example, this “Liquid Gold” party dip – SO easy and it’s SO addicting (you literally can NOT stop eating it!)

Liquid Gold Crockpot Party Dip Recipe

Be sure to pin that Liquid Gold Dip recipe above to Pinterest so you always have it…

You WILL be using it often!

PLUS – there’s a TON more easy crockpot party food recipes below!

Let’s look at a LOT more recipes!

Below are some of my personal favorite slow cooker party foods that I make for ALL occasions, parties and family events. Plus, since they all travel well, they are also the perfect “make ahead and take” food for any event.

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If you’re like me, you want your party food ideas to be budget-friendly, EASY to make ahead of time and plenty enough to serve a large group of guests.

If that’s what you’re looking for right now, these slow cooker party food recipes below will be YOUR new favorites as well.

Like these AH-MAZING Crockpot French Dip lunch appetizer sandwiches… they are drool-worthy!

Crockpot French Dip lunch appetizer sandwiches

1 Chuck Roast
Salt, pepper, and garlic powder
2 TBSP butter
1 onion sliced
2 TBSP minced garlic
2 TBSP of Worcestershire sauce
12 oz of beer
1 package of brown gravy mix
Sub rolls
Provolone cheese

Season chuck roast on all sides with salt, pepper, and garlic.
Melt butter in a skillet and sear chuck roast on all sides.
Put chuck roast in a crock pot.
Add sliced onions, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, beer, and brown gravy mix to the hot skillet stirring and letting it simmer.
Pour onion and gravy mixture over chuck roast in the crock pot and let cook on LOW for 6-8 hours.
Build sandwiches and pop in the oven for just a few minutes to melt the cheese.

Recipe from Luke Brown on Instagram.

Crockpot Party Food Ideas

Below are TONS of easy appetizers and party food ideas you can make in your crockpot.

Be sure to pin your favorites to Pinterest so you’ll have them any time you need.

Crockpot party food ideas

Make Ahead Lil’ Smokies

No party, shower, family gathering or potluck is complete without a Crock Pot full of Lil’ Smokies cocktail wieners – and there’s never a single Smokie left!

Thankfully, they are SO easy to make!

Make Ahead Lil Smokies Crockpot Appetizer

Just dump those 3 ingredients into your slow cooker ahead of time and let them heat and simmer – that’s all there is to it.

TIP: If you, or your crowd, prefer a little spicy “kick” to your Lil Smokies, use the SPICY Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce flavor instead.

That BBQ sauce adds just enough spice that really enhances the flavor without them being too hot.

Crockpot Appetizer Meatballs

Along the same lines as the dump and go cocktail weenies recipe above is the traditional crockpot appetizer meatballs recipe – and they are so GOOD!

Crockpot appetizer meatballs

These party meatballs are super simple to make. Best of all, you use pre-cooked FROZEN meatballs to make it even easier.

Grab a bag of frozen meatballs (at least a pound worth), a bottle of grape jelly and a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce – dump it all in your crockpot, mix together a bit and cook on LOW for 4 hours.


3-Ingredient CrockPot Party Dip

Speaking of EASY, this 3-ingredient crock pot dip is my GO TO for ANY event where I’m serving ANY type of snack food. It is truly, the easiest and tastiest hot cheese dip you’ll ever eat.

3-ingredient make ahead crockpot party dip

Just grab a block of Velveeta, a can of Rotel (NOT drained) and a pound of browned ground beef – dump it all in your crock pot, turn it on high… and walk away (yes, you’ll want to stir it once in a while, but seriously, that’s all there is to it!).

For an extra kick, season the ground beef with a pack of taco seasoning when you’re cooking it – makes it even better!

TIP: I have a TON of EASY ground beef recipes here.

AND, if you love easy – EASY – dinner ideas, check out my favorite Foil Pack dinner recipes.

Chicken Wing Dip

Dips and appetizers for parties crockpot chicken wing dip

This crockpot party dip is a SERIOUS crowd-pleaser (the guys at our Game Day parties gobble it up!)

Thankfully, it’s really easy to make, and for a crockpot slow cooker recipe, it’s actually pretty fast to make too.

Just shred up a rotisserie chicken and put it in your crock.

Then, dump in sour cream, hot sauce to taste, shredded cheese and cream cheese.

Cook on LOW for about an hour-ish then keep warm while serving.

SHORTCUT: Use canned chicken breast if you don’t have rotisserie chicken on hand.

Healthy Chili Cheese Dip

Healthy crockpot chili cheese party dip recipes easy snacks, small bites, finger foods and hot appetizers for a crowd

If you need a healthier version of a crockpot cheese dip, this Healthy Chili Cheese Dip is loaded with protein and fiber for a guilt-free, lower calorie make ahead appetizer.

Ideal for your healthy-eating guests at potlucks, game days, or parties! Plus, it’s gluten-free and low in calories.

See the recipe at Skinny Fitalicious.

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Dip

Crockpot Cheesy Chicken Dip

Most people would call this hot dip “Buffalo Chicken Dip”, but it’s so much better than the classic style Buffalo chicken dip – it’s cheesier!

I make it in my slow cooker, but this recipe can also be baked in the oven as well.

Personally, it works best for party type events when cooked and served from a Crockpot because it stays warm and cheesy-gooey for the duration of your event.

No one likes COLD cheesy dip!

Get the recipe at

Crockpot Firecracker Meatballs

crockpot firecracker meatballs

These meatball appetizers are not just like the traditional ones everyone and their Aunt Sue has made for parties.

These meatballs DO have a “kick” (hence the “firecracker” in the name)

The recipe is for chicken meatballs made from scratch with ground chicken – and they’re very good made that way, but pretty time-intensive.

When I’m in a rush, I make them with any style of frozen meatballs and they turn out fantastic every time.

Get the recipe at

Crock Pot 7-Layer Party Dip

Crockpot 7 Layer Taco Bean Dip

This hot cheesy dip is a bit different than the traditional 7-layer bean dip that is usually served cold.

This is a hot dip with all the bean and cheese layers PLUS it has seasoned ground beef in it which makes it more of a taco dip than just a bean dip.

VERY good and super easy to throw together.

Get the recipe at

Slow Cooker Pizza Dip

Hot and cheesy Crockpot Pizza Party Dip Recipe

The irresistible Crock Pot Pizza Dip is a saucy, cheesy delight and the ultimate crowd-pleaser. Whether it’s a potluck or a casual get-together, this scrumptious dip will have everyone coming back for more!

See the recipe at Real Housemoms.

Crockpot Kielbasa Party Bites

Crockpot Kielbasa Party Bites

If you and your crowd love “cocktail weenies” you will LOVE these Kielbasa Bites – they’re like cocktail weenies, but with a flavor upgrade with barbecue sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, and onion powder also in the recipe.

Just cut up 2 pounds of Kielbasa, toss in your crock then add in the other ingredients – and it’s ready to cook!

Extra bonus for this recipe – you can also serve these over some instant rice for a quick easy dinner.

Get the recipe at

Crockpot Sandwiches For A Crowd

If you’re looking for more of a “main dish” type of party food to cook in your slow cooker, these crockpot sandwiches are perfect to feed a large group.

Crockpot Sandwiches For A Crowd

recipes in the image above:

(1) – Slow Cooker Cheesy Barbecue Brisket Sandwiches – Slow cooked BBQ brisket topped with cheddar cheese sauce and served on rolls – see the recipe

(2) – Hot Ham and Cheese Crockpot Sandwiches – Hot ham and cheese slider sandwiches served dinner rolls or croissants – see the recipe

(3) – Crock Pot Pizza Sliders – These Crock Pot Pizza Sliders are a crowd favorite! Better yet, they are super easy to throw together and cook quickly – see the recipe

(4) – Slow Cooker Texas BBQ Chicken- Simple 3-ingredient sliders with chicken, chili seasoning, and BBQ sauce. Just dump in the crockpot and you are done – see the recipe

Italian Beef Crockpot Sandwiches

ALL of those make ahead crockpot sandwich recipes above are really good and your crowd will love them, but this Italian Beef slow cooker sandwich recipe is by far the favorite of my football season buddies.

crockpot sandwiches for a crowd italian beef

You’ll slow cook a 3-5 pound beef chuck roast with various Italian seasonings, sauces, beef bouillon and 1 cup of Coca-Cola (!) for about 8 hours on low or until fall-apart tender then let your guests pile it on a toasted bun topped with cheese, pepperoncini and their favorite toppings.

Makes about 12 BIG hoagie sandwiches, but if you use small rolls, you can stretch this recipe to feed more people (which is what we do).

See the recipe here.

Crockpot Hot Dogs

Buffet Style Crockpot Hot Dogs For a Game Night Potluck Party Crowd

Yep, you read that right – hot dogs cooked in a Crock Pot slow cooker.

Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it – they are GOOD (taste like those yummy steamed hot dogs from a vendor cart)!

Not only are they a yummy crowd favorite, but they are the easiest way to cook a BIG batch of hot dogs for a large group when hosting game night or for a graduation party or to take cooked hot dogs to an office party – or even an easy summer block party food that doesn’t require the grill.

There are 2 ways to cook hot dogs in your Crockpot slow cooker – one is with a liquid, the other is without a liquid.

WITHOUT liquid – just put your hot dogs in the crock, put the lid on, and cook on high for about 3 hours. The hot dogs have enough moisture in them to steam them. Be sure to turn the crockpot to “warm” when they’re done cooking tho (and they can stay on warm for about 3 hours).

Just a note: Cooking the hot dogs WITHOUT liquid is the preferred way. If that makes you nervous, add liquid.

WITH liquid – You can add about 1 cup of water or any liquid you want (broth, beer, apple juice, etc) to the crockpot when cooking your hot dogs.

How MANY hot dogs can you cook at once?

How many hot dogs you can cook at one time in your crockpot depends on how big your crockpot is… and how many will fit. A little 2.5 quart crock pot can fit about 20…. bigger slow cookers can fit 60 hot dogs.

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Crock Pot Party Food Recipes

There are so many delicious and EASY party foods you can make in your Crock Pot slow cooker.

Below are some excellent resources for easy recipes to make.

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recipes in the image above:

(1) – 44 Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes to Make Parties a Breeze – Get ready to load up on delicious Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes. Make your next party or game day celebration very yummy for them and EASY for YOU – see the recipes

(2) – 20+ Crockpot Appetizers for the Holidays – Save time and space in your oven this holiday season and pull out the slow cooker to make these crowd-pleasing crockpot appetizers – see the recipes

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(4) – 25 Crockpot Appetizers – This collection of easy Crockpot Appetizers will give you plenty of entertaining ideas to cook in your slow cooker – see the recipes

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Make Ahead Party Food

Whether it’s a potluck-style party or a family get-together, below are some delicious recipes and make ahead party food ideas to make and take or set out at your house.

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1 – 50+ Small Bite Party Appetizers ~ Get ready for holiday parties and New Year’s Eve! This round up has more than 50 recipes from the best bloggers – see these ideas.

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3 – Appetizers For A Crowd – Be the hit of the party with these easy appetizers. From dips to finger foods to trays – see these ideas.

4 – ✅ Last Minute Potluck Food Ideas To Make Or Buy – Quick, Cheap and Easy Potluck Food Ideas: Appetizers, Side Dishes, Finger Foods, Cold Salads, Store Bought Food Ideas To Take – see these ideas.

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27 must make crockpot appetizers

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