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27 Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers

Did you know that slow cookers don’t only need to be used to make main meals? They can do so much more. There are plenty of crockpot appetizers around, and we’re here to provide you with a list of our 27 favorite ones, so you can enjoy what’s on offer

Slow Cooker Appetizers

There are so many different types of slow cooker appetizers out there, from crockpot meatballs to crockpot dips, including cheese, spinach, and so much more.

To find out what type of delicious crockpot finger foods you can be made for your next family event or even just for dinner, keep reading.

1. Crockpot Meatballs

You know it, and we know it, that party appetizers are always out of this world, making you wish people had parties more frequently.

While these might sound strange when compared to the standard meatballs, they are surprisingly good, with the grape jelly and Heinz chilli sauce being the secret ingredient, creating a beautiful tangy and smoky flavor.

If you want to make this perfect crackpot party food, the ingredients you need include frozen meatballs, chilli sauce (our favorite is Heinz) and grape jelly. You could make the meatballs from scratch if preferred.

2. Crackpot Cheese Dip

This might be the least expected recipe that you can make in a slow cooker, but surprise, it’s possible, and it’s divine.

For this oozing creamy cheese dip, you will need cream cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, bacon, either ranch dip or a seasoning mix and crackers, chips or chopped vegetables like carrots, celery and cucumber to serve with.

A little tip to take into consideration, don’t buy shredded cheese if you can use a grater to shred the cheese yourself.

It often provides a fresher taste, making your dip even creamier and better.

3. Slow Cooker Cocktail Smokies

Cocktail sausages are a common finger food to have at a party or family BBQ, so it’s no surprise these are on our list.

However, there is a twist to them as they are in a barbeque sauce, adding a little zing to the flavor.

These are super simple to make but do require a few hours to cook in the slow cooker, more specifically two hours, to be exact.

To make these yummy cocktail smokies, the ingredients needed are barbeque sauce, grape jelly and miniature smoked sausage links.

4. Slow Cooker Taco Dip

Are you looking for an easy crockpot appetizer? Then this dip is the perfect appetizer to have with bread, crackers, chips and veggie sticks.

There is never enough dip to have, especially when you have these delicious things to dip with.

The elements of this dip are ground beef, yellow onion, poblano pepper, jalapeno, beef broth, corn starch, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, green chilis and lastly, but most importantly, Mexican blend cheese.

A great tip to make this dip healthy is by using turkey instead of beef.

5. Crockpot Crack Chicken

Looking for some crockpot snacks to make? Why not try this crockpot crack chicken? It’s great as a light lunch or appetizer at only 325 calories each.

To make this recipe, you need chicken breast, cream cheese, Colby jack cheese, ranch dressing seasoning, garlic powder and bacon.

The ranch dressing seasoning is the key element to this recipe, adding a strong but delicious flavor to the chicken.

Keep in mind while this is a great recipe, you will need to be prepared to wait 8 hours for it to cook.

6. Crock Pot Bean Dip

We couldn’t help but add another beautiful dip to this list, so here we have the crock pot bean dip.

To make this recipe, you need sour cream, or you can use Greek yoghurt as a substitute, refried beans, cream cheese, taco seasoning, Mexican cheese and salsa.

If you wanted to add some spice, you could add jalapeño peppers to the dip.

7. Easy Slow Cooker Swedish Meatballs

We couldn’t resist adding another meatball dish to this list, and it’s perfect for family dinners.

To make this meatball cooker dish, you need beef broth, condensed cream of mushroom soup, steak sauce, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder, paprika, salt and ground black pepper, frozen cooked meatballs, onion and sour cream.

8. Crack Pot Pizza Dip

If you love pizza, how about trying a pizza dip made in your slow cooker?

To make this recipe, you need cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, pizza sauce, Italian seasoning, mini pepperoni and fresh basil.

This is the perfect dip to bring to a family BBQ or picnic and is perfect for dipping bread, crackers and anything else you like.

9. Crackpot Chew Mix

Crackpot snacks can be anything, and for this recipe, we have a chew mix ideal for a family gathering or a simple snack to serve at a birthday party.

In this yummy mix, you will find chex, pretzels, snack crackers and mixed nuts, and to make the recipe, elements such as butter, Worcestershire sauce, seasoning salt, garlic powder and onion powder are needed.

While it does take three hours in total to cook in the crackpot, you only need to prep for five minutes.

10. Crock Pot Chicken Wing

Chicken is always a winner with the whole family and is a great dish to bring to a family and friend potluck or even just to scoff in your own home.

If you’re interested in making this recipe, you will need chicken wings, buffalo sauce, brown sugar, onion and garlic.

If you want the taste to be a little different, you could switch it up by choosing a different sauce than buffalo.

11. Slow Cooker Firecracker Meatballs

Want something that’s both spicy and sweet? You’re in the right place with this slow cooker firecracker meatballs.

This recipe needs ground chicken, panko breadcrumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, buffalo sauce, light brown sugar and soy sauce.

You could have this for your family dinner or if you want to share the recipe with others, bring it to a family party.

12. Crock-Pot Loaded Potatoes

We think all meals should be made with an abundance of flavors, and this is the perfect recipe to show that.

To make this, you need baby potatoes, smoked paprika, kosher salt, ground black pepper, garlic, cheddar cheese, bacon, green onions and sour cream.

You can bring this recipe to a family and friend gathering, and be sure to come home with an empty pot.

13. Crock-Pot Ranch Mushrooms

This recipe is so simple, with only four elements involved and a few minutes of prep before simply popping it into the crock pot.

You will need whole mushrooms, butter, Italian salad dressing mix and ranch dressing mix.

You can choose any mushroom you want for this recipe, but we recommend using cremini or white mushrooms.

14. Crock-Pot Bacon Taters 

Enjoy having a tater? And love bacon? Your mind is about to be blown with this incredible crock pot bacon tater.

You’ll need yellow or fingerling potatoes, olive oil, thyme, black pepper, paprika, bacon and chicken broth.

Don’t expect these to stick around long, so make sure you quickly get your fair share.

15. Crockpot Chili Cheese Dip

Haven’t got much time to plan a dish to bring to a gathering or party? This four-ingredient dip is so simple to make with no need to overcomplicate things.

To make this delicious chilli cheese dip, you’ll need cans of chilli, cream cheese, Velveeta cheese and salsa.

There’s so much you can dip into this, so go grab what your heart desires and enjoy yourself.

16. Slow Cooker Boiled Peanuts

Slow-cooked boiled peanuts, you say? Yes, these are delicious snacks that are enjoyed by many across Southern America.

For you to make these slow-cooked, boiled peanuts, you need dried raw peanuts in their shell, salt and water.

If you have an upcoming sports game, you know you need this peanut snack ready to nibble on.

17. Crock Pot Caramel Dip

This might be our favorite dip yet, the one for those with a sweet tooth. You can serve this with apples, marshmallows, pretzels, and so much more.

To make this, you will need caramel bits, heavy whipping cream, and mini marshmallows, and if you aren’t sharing with the kids, you could add a cheeky bit of rum.

So if you’re planning to pick apples with your family soon, why not think of some creative ways to use them, such as to dip in this delicious caramel dip.

18. Slow Cooker Corn Dip

Got an upcoming Mexican meal and want to make something fitting? Make this slow cooker corn dip to eat with your tortilla chips.

This recipe requires corn, cream cheese, mayonnaise, Pepper Jack cheese, jalapenos, green onions, chilli powder and bacon.

The flavors you can expect to experience from this dip include salty, sweet and spicy, a perfect combination.

19. Crockpot Little Smokies

Mini sausages mixed with sweet and savory barbeque flavors, what more could you want as a human?

We know the answer to this, nothing because they’re so delicious.

If this dish sounds up your street, you will need little smokies, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, onion powder and garlic powder.

Your family and friends will be sniffing these out for years to come.

20. Crockpot Grape Jelly & BBQ Meatballs

Meatballs are so easy to make in a crockpot, that they require no thought at all. Just quickly do the prep and chuck them in.

What we love about this recipe is you only need three ingredients to make such a tasty recipe, frozen meatballs, or you can opt to make your own, grape jelly and BBQ sauce.

You can choose for these to be an appetizer or if you prefer could make them into a main dish.

21. Crockpot Spinach Dip

If you love dip but don’t want to have something that is unhealthy, then this slow cooker spinach dip is right up your street, ready to dip with crackers, garlic bread or something else.

This recipe needs ingredients including spinach, light sour cream, Greek yoghurt, Parmesan cheese, water chestnuts, garlic, low-fat mozzarella cheese and black pepper, which is always important when it comes to seasoning.

22. Crackpot Candied Pecans

While cinnamon is often a flavor referred to at Christmas, there is nothing against having a cinnamon dish all year round, especially when it’s as tasty as this one.

If you want to make this divine snack, you need sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, egg white, vanilla and pecans, or you could substitute for another type of nut and water.

23. Crock Pot Queso Dip

We know we’ve spoken about plenty of cheese dips in this recipe list, but again this is another one that couldn’t be unincluded from the list when it’s so good.

Like most of our dips, this one doesn’t need many elements, and all you need to do is chuck it together in the slow cooker. But keep in mind you will need to check on it.

If the mixture is too creamy, make sure to add some more milk.

This recipe needs Monterey Jack cheese, cream cheese, can fire-roasted green chiles, 1% milk and kosher salt.

24. Crock-Pot Kielbasa Sausage Bites

Want something sweet and spicy? These kielbasa sausage bites are so simple and perfect for any type of event you’ve got

This recipe requires kielbasa, BBQ sauce, red pepper jelly, honey, dark brown sugar and red pepper flakes. 

Got a sports event upcoming? You know these are exactly what you need for a fun time.

25. Crock Pot Velveeta Salsa Dip

Dips can sometimes be unhealthy to have, but this one is quite the opposite, only being 41 calories per serving.

This is another dip, so simple to make with only Velveeta cheese, a jar of Picante sauce or salsa and cilantro necessary.

There are lots of ways you can switch this recipe up.

You could add some jalapeno peppers for some additional spice if you desire or switch out the salsa for some fresh tomatoes.

26. Broccoli Cheese Dip

A broccoli cheese dip might sound quite strange, but it’s two things that go great together. It’s also a super straightforward dip to make.

This recipe needs broccoli, Velveeta cheese, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream and garlic powder.

Don’t worry about the cheese-making it sounds like there are loads of calories to consume, as it’s only 133 calories per serving.

27. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

If you love meatballs, especially ones that are a little different from the standard ones, then this recipe is the perfect one for you and the whole family.

To make this delicious dish, you need frozen meatballs, grape jelly and Heinz chilli sauce.

You can never just eat one, so pile your plate up and make sure to dig in before they’re all gone.

Slow Cooker Appetizers

27 Easy Slow Cooker Appetizers

Yield: about 3 dozen
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 2 packages (22 oz each) frozen fully cooked angus beef meatballs
  • 1 bottle (12 oz) chili sauce
  • 1 jar (10 oz) grape jelly


  1. Either prepare the frozen meatballs as per the package instructions or in a bowl mix the ground beef, Italian-style bread crumbs, milk, Worcestershire sauce, black pepper, small onion and egg, shape the mixture into one-inch meatballs and cook for 20 to 22 minutes until fully cooked.
  2. In a saucepan, mix together the chili sauce and jelly and cook over medium heat until the jelly has fully melted.
  3. Once the meatballs are cooked, add them to the chili and jelly mixture.

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