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5 Best (and Easiest!) Crock-Pot Appetizers

We’ve all had the party panic moment—our perfect menu is planned (the one where you have to spend all day slaving over a hot stove!), but your oven doesn’t have one more inch of space to make delicious appetizers that will be ready when your guests arrive. I say, bring on the Crock-Pot! These appetizers are crowd pleasers and you can just set everything up early and forget about it until party time. YUM!

Crock-Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crock-Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Crock-Pot Spinach and Artichoke Dip

Serve this delicious creamy dip with everything from crusty French bread to crisp, yummy veggie sticks.

Ingredients

10 oz. frozen cut leaf spinach

  • 1 can artichoke hearts in water, drained and chopped
  • 1/2 cup Alfredo sauce
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. granulated garlic
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Swiss cheese

Instructions

  1. Thaw spinach and drain well, making sure you squeeze it to release excess water.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a 2-quart slow cooker.
  3. Cover and cook on low setting for 2-3 hours.
Crock-Pot Meatballs

Crock-Pot Meatballs

Crock-Pot Meatballs

These are a staple at all of my family get-togethers. Once the toothpicks come out, everyone is crowding around to snap up all of these sweet, tangy treats. Whenever I tell new guests what the simple ingredients are, they can’t believe it!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • About 30 frozen, prepared meatballs

Instructions

  1. Combine chili sauce and grape jelly in the Crock-Pot. Cover and set to high temperature.
  2. While the sauce is heating up, brown the meatballs according to package directions.
  3. Add meatballs to crockpot and put temperature down to low, cooking until meatballs are heated through, but as long as 8-10 hours.

Crock-Pot Chili-Cheese Dip

This dip is easy, but it's not the healthiest thing you could eat—so check this out in moderation. A perfect complement to a hearty tortilla chip, this dip is perfect for a Super Bowl party during the winter!

Ingredients

  • 1 can of prepared chili (I’m a Texas girl so I do no beans, but feel free to use the kind with beans)
  • 1 cup of cubed Velveeta
  • 1/2 cup of cubed cream cheese

Instructions

  1. Put cubed cheeses at the bottom of your Crock-Pot and cover with chili.
  2. Cover and cook on low for about 30-45 minutes, or until the cheeses are completely melted.
Crock-Pot Chicken Wings

Crock-Pot Chicken Wings

Crock-Pot Chicken Wings

There are probably a million variations to this delicious Crock-Pot appetizer—sweet and tangy to hot and spicy to Asian inspired. Experiment with different flavors and you’ll be sure to find a party hit!

Ingredients

  • 20-30 chicken wings
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup hot sauce
  • 2 tsp prepared mustard or spicy mustard
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Broil chicken wings until they are browned.
  2. Combine chicken wings with all other ingredients into the Crock-Pot and cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Crock-Pot Pizza Fondue

Feel free to substitute the meat in this recipe for your favorite pizza topping: Canadian bacon, pepperoni, Italian sausage, etc. I typically use cheese cubes and bread as dippers, but feel free to put your favorite cheese right in the sauce.

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces lean ground beef
  • I small onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 2 cups prepared pizza sauce
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Optional add-ins: mushrooms, green peppers, black or green olives

Instructions

  1. Brown ground beef well; drain off fat.
  2. Combine ground beef with all other ingredients in the Crock-Pot.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  4. Stir in any additional, optional ingredients and cook on low for another 15-20 minutes.

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Comments

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on August 31, 2011:

Thanks so much for these recipes. I have never thought of using the crock pot for appetizers yet. I love the pizza dip and with our next get together I am going to try it.

Helen Murphy Howell from Fife, Scotland on March 29, 2011:

Great hub - they've given me some great ideas for our next famly get-together. Loved all the recipes, but the meatballs and chilli-cheese dip sound delicious! Many thanks for sharing.

Money Glitch from Texas on June 18, 2010:

The meatballs looks yummie, and the pizza fondue I will have to give a try. Thanks for sharing. :)

woolman60 on June 17, 2010:

Nice job on the hub, I like the chicken wing, and meatball, and the pictures, make it even better, awesome.