40 + Slow Cooker Snacks, Dips and Appetizer Recipes

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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    Easy Appetizer Meatballs

    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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    Spicy Cheese Dip: Chili Con Queso

    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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    Homemade Barbecue Chicken Meatballs

    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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    Crock Pot Barbecued Meatballs

    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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    Betty's Easy Meatballs

    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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    Chrisanne's Cajun Spiced Pecans

    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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    3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Velveeta Cheese Salsa Dip

    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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    Glazed Chicken Meatballs, Slow Cooker or Stovetop

    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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    Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Wings

    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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    Chili-Cheese Taco Dip Recipe With Beef

    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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    Kielbasa Appetizer With Apple Jelly and Mustard

    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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    Cocktail Meatballs With Apricot Preserves


    Flavio Massari/Getty Images

    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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    Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

    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 With Tangy Sauce

    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 Little Smokies With Grape Jelly Sauce

    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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    Slow Cooker Swiss Fondue

    Cheese fondue.

    Parichart Sawangkaew/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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    Southern Grape Jelly Meatballs

    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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    Crock Pot Hamburger Dip

    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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    Homemade Barbecue Meatballs, Slow Cooker

    Meatball appetizer.

    Paula Thomas / Getty Images

    These meatballs are cooked in a tangy homemade barbecue sauce.

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    Spicy Ranch Chicken Wings

    Spicy chicken wings. 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

    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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    Crock Pot Velveeta Mexican Cheese Dip

    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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    Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Mini Hot Dogs

    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

    Little smokies with spicy sauce. Diana Rattray

    Use cocktail wieners or mini smoked sausages in this recipe.

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    Lynn's Slow Cooker Pizza Dip

    Pizza dip prep. VWB photos/Getty Images

    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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    No-Fuss Beer BBQ Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

    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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    Nippy Franks Appetizer

    Boozy cocktail franks. Diana Rattray

    Bourbon adds flavor and spirit to these tasty cocktail franks.

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    Crock Pot Rotel Dip with Ground Beef and Cheese

    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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    Cheesy Crockpot Reuben Dip

    Classic corned beef Reuben sandwich.

    Michaela Den/Wikimedia Commons

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

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    Easy Crockpot Fondue


    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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    Hot Slow Cooker Seafood Dip

    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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    Slow Cooker Broccoli Cheese Dip

    Crock of warm broccoli and cheddar dip.

    Paul Poplis/Getty Images

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

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    Spicy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings in Barbecue Sauce

    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 Crock Pot Chile Meatballs

    Spicy chile meatballs with barbecue sauce. Diana Rattray

    Use homemade or purchased meatballs for this tasty appetizer meatballs.

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    Easy Spicy Refried Bean Dip

    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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    Crockpot Sugared Pecans or Walnuts

    Spiced pecans. Diana Rattray

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

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    Sweet and Sour Meatballs

    Sweet and sour meatballs. Diana Rattray

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

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    Will's Slow Cooker Scrabble - Party Mix

    Party mix. Steve Cohen/Photolibrary/Getty Images

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

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    Creamy Spinach Dip From Your Slow Cooker

    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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    Taco Beef Sliders

    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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    Slow Cooker Kielbasa Sausage in Beer and Mustard Sauce

    Kielbasa with beer 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

    Slow cooker garlic shrimp. Diana Rattray

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