40 + Slow Cooker Snacks, Dips and Appetizer Recipes

crock pot party meatballs
Diana Rattray

There are all kinds of foods that can be served hot from the crockpot, including meatballs, hot dips, chicken wings, and hot dog snacks. It's a great choice for tailgating, potluck dinners, and home or office parties.

When transporting food in a slow cooker, start with hot food. Keep the slow cooker in a larger container well-wrapped in towels so the food will stay hot. Plug it in when you get to the party.

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    Appetizer meatballs

     The Spruce

    Frozen meatballs make these sweet, sticky meatballs a snap to fix. Garnish the meatballs with some chopped green onion or cilantro. Serve them from the slow cooker with small plates, toothpicks, and napkins.

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    Cheese Dip
    Diana Rattray

    This cheese dip is flavored with salsa, green chile, and some onion. Add extra heat with some jalapeno peppers if you'd like.

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    chicken meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    Ground chicken thighs make these chicken meatballs moist and juicy, but feel free to use part chicken breasts in the meatballs. The meatballs are well seasoned and served with purchased barbecue sauce.

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    Diana Rattray

    These meatballs are baked and then they're cooked in the slow cooker with a tasty homemade barbecue sauce.

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    Meatball Appetizers
    Lauri Patterson / Getty Images

    Use your own homemade meatballs or a good quality frozen meatball. These popular meatballs are made with a tasty grape jelly sauce.

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    pecan halves
    Diana Rattray

    These pecans are cooked in the slow cooker with a combination of melted butter and several spices and herbs.

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    Cheese Dip with Chips
    Diana Rattray

    This easy dip is always a hit. It's made with cheese, salsa, and optional cilantro. Add some onions, bacon, or ground beef if you'd like.

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    Chicken Meatballs With an Asian Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    These homemade meatballs are glazed with a hoisin sauce mixture. Garlic, rice vinegar, ginger, and sesame oil are among the ingredients.

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    Teriyaki Wings, Slow Cooker
    Diana Rattray

    A combination of soy sauce, sambal, ginger, garlic, brown sugar, and soy sauce flavors these delicious teriyaki chicken wings.

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    Tortilla chips with dip
    Philip Wilkins / Getty Images

    This cheese and ground beef dip mixture is flavored with a can of no-bean chili.

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    Juanmonino/ E+/Getty

    Serve these kielbasa bites warm from the slow cooker. Use a spicy mustard in the recipe or use your favorite Dijon or brown mustard. 

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    Flavio Massari Getty

    Apricot preserves and barbecue sauce are combined to make the sauce for these appetizer meatballs. The meatballs are made with half ground beef and half pork sausage.

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    Appetizer Meatballs and Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    These meatballs are always a hit. Add some pineapple chunks to the sauce if you'd like.

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    crock pot party meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    These party meatballs are flavored with a sweet and tangy homemade barbecue sauce. We add a small amount of ground cayenne pepper to the sauce but feel free to leave it out if you prefer a milder flavor

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    Crock Pot Mini Smoked Sausages With Grape Jelly

     The Spruce

    Miniature hot dogs or smoked sausages are delicious in this surprisingly tasty grape jelly sauce.

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    Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
    Diana Rattray

    This is another easy 3-ingredient dip. cheese, chili, and spicy sausage are combined in this dip.

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    Cheese Fondue
    Parichart Sawangkaew / EyeEm EyeEm/Getty Images

    This fondue is especially fun with a small group of friends. It's a classic Swiss cheese fondue with a bit of Kirsch, garlic, and white wine. Serve with chunks of crusty bread.

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    Grape jelly meatballs

    The Spruce


    Grape jelly is the secret ingredient in these delicious meatballs. Chili sauce and Dijon mustard are added to the jelly to make the tangy sauce.

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    Hamburger Dip With Cream Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Cheese, browned ground beef, and seasonings make this a thick and hearty dip. Serve the dip with sturdy tortilla chips or crackers.

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    meatball appetizer
    Photography by Paula Thomas / Getty Images

    These meatballs are cooked in a tangy homemade barbecue sauce.

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    Close-Up Of Chicken Wing On Cutting Board Over Table
    Pinghung Chen / EyeEm / Getty Images

    Ranch dressing mix, butter, and hot sauce flavor these simple crockpot chicken wings. The wings may be cooked in the slow cooker or in the oven.

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    Honey Garlic Pork Meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    These tasty pork meatballs are flavored with a sauce of honey, ketchup, garlic, and soy sauce.

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    3-ingredient Mexican cheese dip
    Diana Rattray

    Taco seasonings, Ro-tel tomatoes, and Velveeta cheese get together in this tasty dip.

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    Glazed Bacon Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs
    Diana Rattray

    This is an excellent snack to serve hot from a slow cooker.

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    Little Smokies with Spicy Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Use cocktail wieners or mini smoked sausages in this recipe.

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    Pizza Toppings
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    This easy dip can be cooked in the slow cooker or oven. The dip is made with classic pepperoni pizza ingredients, but feel free to use your family's favorite toppings and cheese.

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    Barbecue Meatballs
    Diana Rattray

    Barbecued meatballs are always a hit, and they're even better in a homemade barbecue sauce that includes beer. 

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    Cocktail Franks
    Diana Rattray

    Bourbon adds flavor and spirit to these tasty cocktail franks.

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    Rotel Dip with Ground Beef
    Diana Rattray

    This dip is always a party favorite, and it's super easy to make.

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    crockpot reuben dip
    Reuben Dip, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

    The flavors of the famous Reuben flavor are combined in this tasty cheese dip.

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    Photo: Diana Rattray

    With all of the cheesy goodness, a little hot pepper kick and a hint of smokiness, no one will believe that you just assembled the ingredients and let your slow cooker do the rest. 

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    Baked Creamy Crab Dip with three Cheeses
    LauriPatterson / Getty Images

    Use lobster, crab, and shrimp or use a combination of shrimp and crab in this tasty cheese dip.

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    Crock of Broccoli and Cheddar dip
    Getty Images/Paul Poplis

    This broccoli cheese dip is sure to be a hit at your game day party or any other gathering. 

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    Slow Cooker Barbecue Wings
    Brian Macdonald/Photodisc/Getty Images

    These chicken wings are cooked to perfection in the crock pot with honey and barbecue sauce.

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    Spicy Chile Meatballs With Barbecue Sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Use homemade or purchased meatballs for this tasty appetizer meatballs.

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    Spicy Refried Bean Dip
    Diana Rattray

    This refried bean dip is a snap to make and cook in the slow cooker.

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    spiced pecans
    Diana Rattray

    This nut snack is easy to fix in the slow cooker.

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    Diana Rattray

    These meatballs are cooked in a sweet and sour brown sugar sauce with pineapple and green bell pepper.

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    snack mix
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    This slow cooker party mix is a combination of peanuts, cereal, and pretzels with a variety of spices and seasonings. 

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    spinach dip
    Alexandra Grablewski/: Digital Vision/Getty Images

     This is a very easy spinach dip to prepare and cook in the slow cooker. Cream cheese and Parmesan dip add flavor to this yummy dip.

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    tex mex taco sliders with beef and cheese
    Diana Rattray

     These delicious sliders start in the slow cooker. The beef is cooked, shredded, and then baked in Hawaiian rolls with cheese, taco sauce, and jalapeno peppers.

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    Kielbasa with Beef Mustard Sauce
    Diana Rattray

     This is an easy snack to fix for a game day party or gathering. Beer and mustard give the sausage excellent flavor.

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    Slow Cooker Garlic Shrimp
    Diana Rattray

     This shrimp with garlic is super easy. The sauce mixture is slow cooker and then the shrimp is added about 1/2 hour before you plan to serve.