Game Day is almost here, along with all the parties that come with it.
Super Bowl Sunday is Feb. 12, featuring the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs at State Farm Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. While these teams are fighting it out on the field, you’ll want to bring your A game when it comes to food offerings, whether you’re hosting a party or traveling to one.
Sure, you could go all out with a fancy charcuterie plate or a trendy butter board, or you could do the bare minimum with something store bought. But if you’re looking for something in between, one of the easiest, cheapest and tastiest food party snacks you can choose is a good old-fashioned dip.
Dips travel well, require little work, and the only extras you need are some potato chips, tortilla chips, veggies or another dipping vessel of your choosing.
Sounds good, right? Let’s dive into 10 of the tastiest dips for your Super Bowl party.
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10 Easy Super Bowl Dips
These 10 easy-to-make dips will be enough to get the party started — and keep it going. We’ve also got your wallet in mind and are using the most economical ingredients we can find.
1. Fast and Simple Guacamole
This is a quick version of creamy guacamole that you can make to your liking. Smash four or five ripe avocados in a medium bowl, add a couple teaspoons of fresh lime juice, a quarter cup of prepared salsa, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cumin and some coarse salt. Taste it. Add hot sauce if you want it hotter. Serve with tortilla chips.
2. Cowboy Caviar
Too bad the Dallas Cowboys aren’t in the big game since this easy-to-make and inexpensive chunky dip is a Texas original. Cowboy Caviar is a good way to use up pantry staples because it calls for one can each of corn, black-eyed peas and black beans. Italian dressing provides much of the punch and this version from All Recipes gives the step-by-step details. You’ll need a sturdy scooper like tortilla chips, but don’t be surprised if your game day guests eat it with a spoon.
3. White Bean Dip
Another Super Bowl snack that makes use of pantry staples is White Bean Dip. Drain two cans of cannellini or northern beans and rinse them to get rid of excess salt. Process in a food processor or blender with 3 cloves of peeled garlic, 1/2 cup olive oil, the juice of 1 lemon and a 1/2 cup of flat-leaf parsley. This dip should be smooth. (If you happen to have a jar of tahini in the fridge, you can add a tablespoon or two for a more hummus-like dip.) Serve with pita chips.
4. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Put out the celery, carrot and other veggie sticks for this healthy version of Buffalo Chicken Dip from Cooking for Keeps. The creaminess comes from Greek yogurt and the Buffalo wings flavor is all there, thanks to Frank’s RedHot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you prefer.) This is another opportunity to check the pantry and use what you have on hand, though you will likely need to buy blue cheese. You can swap the Greek yogurt for sour cream or the light mayo for full-fat.
5. Whipped Ricotta Dip
Inside the Rustic Kitchen has a recipe for trendy Whipped Ricotta Dip that will seem like something served in a cool restaurant. Ricotta cheese is whipped with lemon, thyme and grated Parmesan cheese (use up that wedge in the fridge) and then top with roasted cherry tomatoes. Serve with store-bought crostini. The recipe calls for fresh thyme but unless you have another use for it, the thyme might languish in the fridge and you’ve wasted $2 or more. You can substitute dried thyme but reduce the amount by a third. The recipe calls for 1 tablespoon fresh so use 1 teaspoon dried.
6. Herb Dip
Here’s a pantry recipe that can be made according to whatever dried herbs you have on hand. The basic formula is 1 cup sour cream mixed with 1 cup mayonnaise combined with 2 tablespoons of a dried herb or herb blend. Let the mixture sit in the fridge for at least an hour, and easily all day, so that the herbs can rehydrate. If you are a fan of the Lipton Onion Soup Dip, make your own version with the sour cream-mayo mixture and 2 tablespoons of minced dried onion. Jazz it up with a splash of Worcestershire sauce and season with kosher salt. Have some dried drill in the spice cabinet? Make a dill dip the same way with a squeeze of lemon. Serve both with traditional potato chips.
7. Loaded Baked Potato Dip
This Loaded Baked Potato Dip gets rave reviews on the Taste of Home site. It’s a clever twist on the baked potato piled high with sour cream, shredded cheese and bacon. So where’s the potato come in? The creamy mixture is scooped up with baked waffle fries. The recipe also uses healthful low-fat ingredients but you can use fully-loaded versions.
8. Crockpot Beer Cheese Dip
This cheese dip from the Spruce Eats is made in the slow cooker and will comfort the Green Bay Packers cheeseheads still smarting from not making it to Super Bowl Sunday. It calls for a block of “processed cheese loaf,” which is a generic way to say Velveeta, that fast-melting cheese perfectly convenient for dips and often on sale in advance of the big game. If you have a small slow cooker, you can use it for serving and keep the dip warm. You’ll need a sturdy scooper, like thick pretzel rods, and maybe even apple wedges.
9. Moroccan Spice Carrot Dip
Put that jar of harissa — the Moroccan spice blend of ground chilies, paprika, cumin and more — to use in Moroccan Spice Carrot Dip from Coffee and Quinoa. Carrots are cheap and this dips calls for a couple pounds of them roasted. This dip is a departure from the usual game day fare but why not think out of the box? Seeded flatbread crackers make great scoopers.
10. Easy Creamy Bean Dip
Here’s another recipe that makes use of pantry staples, including a can of refried beans and prepared salsa. You could also substitute delicious homemade salsa.
Easy Creamy Bean Dip from Mitten Girl is a lazy take on seven-layer dip, which is popular at parties but takes a bit more work. Make sure you save some grated cheese for garnish and consider adding chopped scallions for eye-appeal. Serve with tortilla chips and slices of crispy jicama for scooping.
How to Make Your Super Bowl Menu Easy and Tasty
Follow these tips to make game day low-stress.
- Use what you have. When you are looking to make economical party food, survey what you already have in your pantry and fridge. A jar of salsa? Use that for our fast and simple guacamole. (Remember, avocados are often plentiful and on sale just before the big game.) A couple of cans of white beans? Perfect for a garlic-heavy white bean dip. How about those cherry tomatoes that you just bought at the farmers market? Roast them to top your whipped ricotta to make a trendy and cheap appetizer.
- Go big with cream cheese. After a dry spell this time last year, cream cheese is back in full force on store shelves. Grab a block or two, and consider making Ranch Cheese Beer Dip with Hidden Valley ranch dressing seasoning or Jalapeno Popper Dip. These are both great take-along Super Bowl snacks.
- Go low and slow. If you haven’t used the slow cooker for a while, Super Bowl Sunday is the day to dust it off for Crockpot Beer Cheese Dip that can be scooped up with crackers or veggies. Can’t go wrong with that.
Janet Keeler is a contributing editor at The Penny Hoarder and a former newspaper food editor. Senior writer Robert Bruce contributed.