18 Great Gluten-Free Appetizers

Gluten-Free Macho Nachos, Crab Cakes, Corn Fritters, and More.

Gluten-Free Macho Nachos

The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss


Gluten-free cuisine has a reputation for being healthier but that doesn't mean you can't make indulgent snacks worthy of Super Bowl Sunday or a cocktail party. Some of the recipes, like hummus, are naturally gluten free, made without any wheat, barley, or rye. Others have been specifically modified to use gluten-free alternatives like rice flour, for example, to make them safe for people with Celiac disease. Whatever the occasion, these gluten-free recipes have been tested to be just as good as their counterparts — if not better.

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    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

    Thai Mini Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

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    If you're looking for a deliciously different shrimp dish that's also suitable for gluten-free diets, try making up a platter of these shrimp-filled mini lettuce wraps that are bursting with delicious Thai flavors. These fresh, bite-size wraps make a perfect finger food for parties. They pair equally well with beer, a sparkling wine, or dry cocktails.

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    Stuffed Mushrooms With Fontina Cheese, Spinach, and Bacon

    Fontina, Spinach, and Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray


    Stuffed mushrooms are a classic party appetizer that are easy to hold and eat at a cocktail party. They also pair wonderfully with a variety of wines and cocktails. These tasty, gluten-free appetizers have a scrumptious fresh spinach and bacon filling that's drenched through with melted fontina cheese, giving these mushrooms a satisfying bite. They are sure to fill you up.

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    Gluten-Free Macho Nachos

    Gluten-Free Macho Nachos

    The Spruce / Teri Lee Gruss


    Do you usually avoid nachos because you're eating gluten-free? Have we got good news for you—this awesome recipe for gluten-free macho nachos is loaded with beef, cheese, and lots of veggies, but none of the gluten which can be present in queso made with a roux. This recipe makes a fabulous appetizer for tailgating parties, Super Bowl parties, or just a fun Friday night.

    Serve with gluten-free corn tortilla chips (look on the bag for the "Certified Gluten-Free" label, if serving guests with Celiac disease or extreme sensitivities).

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    Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

    Gluten-Free Crab Cakes

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    Traditionally, crab cakes almost always contain gluten in the form of bread crumbs and/or wheat flour to "stretch" the crab. This recipe calls on crushed gluten-free crackers, which make a relatively affordable and easy-to-find substitute for breadcrumbs. You'll definitely be the hit of any party when you show up with a tray of these favored seafood appetizers. 

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  • 05 of 18

    Keto Tortilla Chips


     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    These keto tortilla chips are an easy replacement for corn tortilla chips, with only six keto-friendly ingredients. They are packed with finger-licking flavor, which is exactly what you want in a good chip. 

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    Bacon-Wrapped Figs

    Bacon-Wrapped Figs

    The Spruce / Molly Watson


    What could be easier, or more impressive, than fresh, honey-sweet figs wrapped in salty, caramelized strips of bacon? Fruity, meaty, and absolutely delicious, this naturally gluten-free appetizer recipe is sure to disappear in a flash. We recommend making more than you think you need.

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    Homemade Gluten-Free Hummus

    Homemade Gluten-Free Hummus

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    Hummus is a high-protein, fiber-rich, naturally gluten-free dip that's made from garbanzo beans (also called chickpeas). Silky smooth, flavorful, and healthy, this homemade hummus recipe is quick and easy to throw together in a food processor, and it's a budget-friendly alternative to store-bought hummus.

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    Cauliflower Cheese Bread


     The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Paired with a cup of warm marinara sauce, this cauliflower cheese bread is the perfect garlic bread alternative. The dough is made with cauliflower, garlic, eggs, and some spices. The recipe calls for mozzarella and Parmesan, but use whatever cheeses you like best.

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    Keto Jalapeno Poppers

    Keto Jalapeno Poppers

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Jalapeño poppers are always a hit at any party. This recipe is quick and easy and totally gluten-free, making is also keto-friendly. The peppers are stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese, cheddar cheese, scallions, and bacon. The cheesy filling keeps the peppers from being too spicy, and the bacon adds crisp saltiness.

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    Gluten-Free Corn Fritters

    Gluten-Free Corn Fritters

    The Spruce / Darlene Schmidt


    You won't need to fritter away your time to create these awesome, savory corn fritters that take just 20 minutes to make. That's right. In less than half an hour, you can whip up a batch of this scrumptious appetizer recipe that will please even the pickiest of eaters. Because it's vegetarian as well, it's the perfect party dish to cater to guests with dietary restrictions.

    Serve with your favorite store-bought dipping sauce, a homemade remoulade, or a handcrafted aioli.

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    Vegan Thai-Style Spring Rolls

    Vegan Thai Style Spring Rolls

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    Thai spring rolls are a quick no-cook appetizer that is surprisingly easy to make. Plus, they're vegan, making them a climate-friendly meal option even for those not on a plant-based diet. Easily make this recipe gluten-free when you use rice wrappers and gluten-free tamari.

    Crunchy, sliced fresh vegetables are combined with cooked noodles, fresh herbs, lime juice, and optional ginger in these fresh-tasting rolls.

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    Vegan Gluten-Free Lentil Meatballs

    Vegan Gluten-Free Lentil Meatballs

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    Vegan lentil meatballs are just as yummy as traditional meatballs, but with tons of extra nutrients. This vegan lentil meatball recipe is free of the eight common allergens, including peanuts, soy, tree nuts, and of course, dairy.

    Mushrooms add a meaty flavor while flaxseeds add heart-healthy omega-3 essential fatty acids. You can also make this dish as a main course and serve the meatballs on top of salad, quinoa, or pasta.

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  • 13 of 18

    Texas Caviar With Avocado

    Texas Caviar with Avocado

    The Spruce / Jolinda Hackett


    Texas caviar is a classic salad made from black-eyed peas in a simple dressing. This vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free version kicks it up a notch by including avocado and fresh grapefruit.

    With fresh cilantro, hot sauce, and just a little bit of oil in the dressing, this flavorful and colorful appetizer is also surprisingly low in fat while providing a nice fiber and protein boost.

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    Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Tenders

    Gluten-Free Fried Chicken Tenders

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    For those of us who are gluten free, breaded foods are some of the things we miss the most. If that's you, these gluten-free chicken tenders will hit the spot. The recipe calls for easy-to-find gluten-free Chex Mix in place of panko breadcrumbs for a crispy, crunchy coating. Make this recipe, and you might never go back to the original ever again.

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    Vegan Gluten-Free Baba Ganoush

    Vegan Gluten-Free Baba Ganoush Dip

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    Baba ganoush is a roasted eggplant dip that's popular in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisines. This wonderfully healthy baba ganoush recipe has a smoky depth of flavor with no oil and no tahini, making it a fat-free, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free appetizer or dip that you can enjoy anytime.

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    Gluten-Free Stuffed Green Peppers

    Gluten-Free Stuffed Green Peppers

    The Spruce / Teri Gruss


    Stuffed green peppers make a fabulous, gluten-free appetizer or lunch main course. You'll love these hearty stuffed bell peppers that are jam-packed with savory ground beef, onions, cheese, tomatoes, and rice.

    Make them up to two days ahead of serving for easier preparation.

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    White Bean Hummus Dip

    White Bean Hummus Dip

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    This white bean variation on the usual chickpea hummus dip is elegant enough to serve at parties. Like most homemade hummus recipes, it's also gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan friendly, making it suitable for a variety of different dietary needs.

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    Gluten-Free Nacho Cheese Dip

    Gluten-Free Nacho Cheese Dip

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    This cheesy, spicy, gluten-free appetizer recipe for nacho cheese dip is thickened with amaranth flour, unlike many store brands that are thickened with wheat flour or modified food starch derived from wheat. It's seasoned with homemade gluten-free taco seasoning, too, to give it that extra kick.

    Serve this dip warm with gluten-free tortilla chips for a great half-time or anytime snack.