27 Easy Potluck Ideas to Please a Crowd

Bacon Wrapped Sausages

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Potlucks can happen at any time of year, so it's good to be prepared! We've got you covered for even last-minute potluck party invitations with this collection of crowd-pleasing potluck recipes that are quick and easy to prepare. From appetizers to desserts, these scrumptious recipes that will have you being crowned as the potluck king or queen. 

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    Spicy Cheese Dip (Chili Con Queso)

    Spicy Cheese Dip (Chili Con Queso)

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Here's a fast and simple spicy cheese dip (chili con queso) that will make a great contribution to your next potluck party. This popular, spicy, Mexican-inspired cheese dip is a flavorful, seasoned combination of two kinds of cheese, and salsa or picante sauce. Best part is, you can vary the spice level to suit the tastes of party guests.

    Serve with tortilla chips or crackers and enjoy. Olé!

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    BLT Dip

    BLT Dip

    The Spruce / Molly Watson  

    Bacon lovers will flock to your side when you show up at your next potluck with this insanely delicious BLT dip recipe that makes a great party dip.

    Rich, savory, and intensely flavorful, this bacon, lettuce, and tomato dip comes with its own fresh and crispy lettuce scoops—but it's also great served with crunchy crackers or toast points.

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    Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Buffalo Chicken Dip

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    If you love Buffalo wings, this easy, irresistible Buffalo chicken dip recipe will knock your socks off. Besides it being super flavorful, it's also super easy to throw together!

    All the flavors from one of America's favorite appetizer recipes come together in a warm party dip that takes any potluck event up a notch. Whether you make it for game day gatherings or office potlucks, your friends are sure to ask you to make this recipe again and again.

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    Quick and Easy Potato Skins

    Quick and Easy Potato Skins

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Admit it, when you go to a potluck, you always hope somebody made potato skins. This super simple microwave recipe for quick and easy potato skins is lighter than most, but you can always add extra cheese or crumbled bacon if you like, for a more indulgent appetizer. Either way you serve it, it's sure to be a hit!

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    Easy Dijon Deviled Eggs

    Easy Dijon Deviled Eggs

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Deviled eggs are always a hit at potlucks and appetizer parties. Just cook the eggs, mix the yolks with the simple ingredients, then stuff the yolk mixture back into the egg halves for instant appetizer happiness.

    These easy dijon deviled eggs make a great snack for the kids, too.

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    Bacon-Wrapped Sausages

    Bacon Wrapped Sausages

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    Here's a quick and easy party appetizer recipe that's made for meat lovers. Bacon-wrapped sausages are easy to make and perfect for serving at potluck parties. The mouth watering combination of bacon with smoked sausages and brown sugar is sure to win you applause. With just four ingredients, it's a great recipe to have on-hand when you get a last-minute potluck party invitation.

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    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    Instant Pot Sloppy Joes

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    A favorite potluck dish, your Instant Pot makes sloppy joes a breeze to cook. You'll brown the beef, then add it to the pot. Toss in some bell pepper, garlic, and onion, along with the sauce ingredients, and let the pot work its magic. It takes just under an hour and cooks everything perfectly. Use small buns so it feeds more people, and your contribution is done.

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    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    Stuffed Mini Peppers

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Bring a tray of colorful stuffed mini peppers to the potluck and it will be empty before you know it. This easy recipe creates bite-sized versions of stuffed bell peppers, and it sacrifices nothing. The filling is made with ranch dressing mix, cream cheese, and mayonnaise, while chopped broccoli, carrot, and more pepper give it an extra crunch. Baked with a cheddar cheese topping, they're simply delicious.

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    Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

    Blue Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

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    Looking for vegetarian potluck recipe ideas? Here's a scrumptious appetizer recipe that fits the bill and can be easily scaled up for big parties.

    Blue cheese stuffed mushrooms make a satisfying snack and are always a hit at potlucks and game day events. Plus, with no bread crumbs or filler in the recipe, these savory, cheesy mushroom bites make an excellent low-carb option.

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    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

    The Spruce / Jennifer Perillo

    Easier to eat than wings, these Buffalo chicken meatballs are sure to be a hit at your next potluck. The Buffalo sauce is incorporated directly into the meatballs to keep them moist and flavorful. Stick each one with a toothpick and serve the ranch dipping sauce on the side for easy access.

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    Instant Pot Pork Shoulder

    instant pot pork shoulder shredded
    Diana Rattray

    Tender, succulent shredded pork shoulder is quicker and easier in the Instant Pot. Cooking under pressure keeps the meat moist and renders it perfectly tender. It's delicious on its own as a main or in buns as sandwiches or sliders. You can use the Instant Pot as a hot pot to keep the shredded meat warm while serving.

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    Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer

    Easy Pizza Crostini Appetizer

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Crostinis are always welcome at appetizer parties. That's why we're crazy about this genius recipe for easy pizza crostini appetizer. These adorable apps, which taste like pizzas but look a bit fancier, are sure to fly off the serving tray at your next potluck. They're also super easy to prepare, with the ingredients being as simple as a loaf of French bread and pizza toppings.

    Don't forget to check out the mouthwatering variations that are included in this recipe.

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    Easy Broccoli Slaw With Raisins

    Easy broccoli slaw

    The Spruce

    This light and crunchy easy broccoli slaw with raisins is full of flavor, thanks to a few inspired ingredients. Easy to make in about 20 minutes, with a homemade creamy dressing that's so delicious and easy to whip up, it makes a wonderful potluck party salad any time of the year.

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    Quick Tuna Macaroni Salad

    Quick Tuna Macaroni Salad

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    We love this wonderful quick tuna macaroni salad recipe that includes plenty of vegetables for crunch and a simple mayonnaise dressing for all the classic, nostalgic flavor you expect in a tuna salad.

    Packed with healthy protein and vitamins, this simple and quick salad recipe is great for serving a big crowd at potlucks, cookouts, and holiday gatherings.

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    Potato Salad With Peas

    Potato Salad With Peas

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    What would summer potlucks and cookouts be without the ever-popular potato salad? Enjoy the kudos you're sure to earn when you bring this well-seasoned potato salad with peas to your next potluck party.

    Bright green peas add flavor and color to this creamy potato salad dish that goes great with burgers, roast chicken, and grilled vegetables. Easy to make and serve in about 20 minutes.

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    Mac and Cheese Muffins

    Mac and Cheese Muffins

    Mia Mueller Schoell / Katie Workman

    Delight kids and adults alike with these cute and fun little mac and cheese muffins. Just portion out your macaroni and cheese into muffin cups with paper liners and bake them for some awesome and delicious potluck results. Best part is, these are made in about 30 minutes. 

    Makes a great birthday party recipe for kids, too.

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    Air Fryer Chicken Wings

    air fryer wings

     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Chicken wings are always a hit at any gathering, especially when they are nice and crispy. Air fryer chicken wings are perfectly crisp without the hassle and calories of deep-frying. Tossed in a Buffalo or barbecue sauce, they'll disappear fast at your next pot luck.

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    Party Sangria

    Party Sangria
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    Sangria is always a popular choice of beverage for potluck parties. Not only is this wine-based cocktail delicious to drink, it's also incredibly easy to make in large quantities. 

    This sweet party Sangria variation with citrus, red berries, and pineapple is perfect for potluck events year-round, from big summer parties to fall gatherings, and holiday festivities.

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    Southern Iced Tea

    Southern Iced Tea
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    Iced tea is a year-round tradition in the South, so why should you only serve it in the summer? Refreshing Southern iced tea makes a great potluck party drink, because its mild flavor goes so well with just about every type of food. Try this easy recipe for your next potluck gathering.

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    Chicken Bog

    Chicken bog ready to serve from the kettle.
    Diana Rattray

    Chicken bog is a dish from South Carolina that's traditionally made to feed a crowd. This recipe can easily be scaled up for bigger gatherings, and the mixture of tender chicken, smoked sausage, white rice, and flavorful broth is sure to be a hit. The dish is just as good reheated or at room temperature as it is piping hot, making it great for a buffet.

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    Instant Pot Buffalo Wings

    instant pot buffalo wings
    Diana Rattray

    Chicken wings are a crowd favorite, but they can be a hassle to make. This Instant Pot recipe simplifies the method while still creating that familiar spicy bar snack food. The wings are pressure cooked, tossed with some of the homemade sauce, and then broiled to create that signature crispy coating. A final drizzle of hot sauce finishes them off.

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    Gluten-Free Cheesy Mushroom Baked Ziti

    Gluten-Free Cheesy Mushroom Baked Ziti

    The Spruce / Rita Maas  

    Want to bring a gluten-free cheesy mushroom baked ziti to your next potluck? Here's a fabulous baked pasta recipe that's filling, flavorful, and super comforting, while also being suitable for gluten-free diets. Soft pasta, gooey melted cheese, and savory mushrooms make this crowd-pleasing pasta dish so delicious and hearty, you'll be proud to bring it to any potluck parties. Plus, it's easy to assemble and bakes in less than 30 minutes.

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    Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole

    Creamy Chicken and Spinach Casserole
    Diana Rattray  

    Creamy chicken and spinach casserole makes a fabulous potluck dish. Busy home cooks will appreciate this quick and simple recipe. Delectable, warming, and homey, this recipe is also easy to scale up for serving a big crowd.

    Make it up to 24 hours ahead, for an even easier preparation. Recipe includes helpful tips for serving suggestions, shortcuts, and substitutions.

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    Ham Casserole With Noodles

    Ham Casserole With Noodles

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    Making dinner for a crowd just got easier! You'll love this popular, one-pot recipe for ham casserole with noodles that's perfect for bringing to big events. With soft cooked noodles, melted cheddar cheese, tender broccoli, tasty seasonings, and a fancy slivered almond topping, this potluck casserole dish is sure to be a group favorite at your next gathering.

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    30-Minute Chili

    30-Minute Chili

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    This crowd-pleasing ground beef 30-minute chili is hearty, delicious, and is easy to make from start to finish! It's also easy on the budget and easy to double for a big guest list, making it a perfect dish for taking to potluck parties and game day gatherings.

    Serve with tortilla chips, or extra topping on the side (ideas are included in the recipe).

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    Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

    Quick and Easy Chocolate Cake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray  

    Who wants chocolate cake? Be the hit of your next potluck party when you serve this moist, rich, delicious quick and easy chocolate cake that makes a great finish to any meal. Best of all, you can assembled the ingredients in just a few minutes and bake it in half an hour, so it's a great last-minute party dessert. Use store-bought frosting to speed things up even more if you're short on time.

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    One-Bowl Brownies

    One-Bowl Cocoa Brownies

     Jessie Sheehan

    The potluck party will be pleasantly surprised by these simple but sophisticated brownies. Don't let the name fool you—they may be easy to make but they are full of flavor. Espresso powder offers a hint of coffee while intensifying the chocolate taste, and a sprinkling of sea salt at the end cuts the sweetness and finishes these brownies with a special touch.