Save time and space in your oven this holiday season by pulling out your slow cooker to make all your holiday appetizers! Any of these crockpot appetizers will be the perfect addition to your holiday meal.

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Crockpot Appetizers To Celebrate The Holidays

This holiday season, don’t bother crowding the oven to fit all of your warm and toasty holiday appetizers. Make your crockpot the star of the show! The crockpot is great for creating slow-cooked meats, dips, and so much more.

Any of these crockpot appetizers are sure to be a hit with your guests and best of all, they’re super easy. Less time cooking means more time to spend with your friends and family—and that’s what the holidays are all about!

1. Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe

If your holiday spread doesn’t include buffalo chicken dip, you might want to think twice about your menu. This dip is a true favorite every time it hits the plate. (It’s also a reader favorite here on All Things Mamma!)

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Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe
This Buffalo Chicken Dip Recipe is the perfect easy appetizer to enjoy in the crockpot or oven! Filled with chicken, buffalo sauce, ranch, and cheese for the ultimate Buffalo Chicken Dip to enjoy anytime!
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2. Chili Cheese Dip

Bring the bold flavors to your holiday appetizers with this chili cheese dip. The crockpot lets the flavors in the chili develop slowly to create an out-of-this-world bite.

With only 2-ingredients, this Chili Cheese Dip is always a hit! Make this quick & easy appetizer in the slow cooker or microwave for a crowd-pleasing dip!
Chili Cheese Dip
With only 2-ingredients, this Chili Cheese Dip is always a hit! Make this quick & easy appetizer in the slow cooker or microwave for a crowd-pleasing dip!
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3. Rotel Dip

When you need a last-minute addition to your holiday appetizer menu, go with this Rotel cheese dip. You’ll only need 3 ingredients. Plus, since it’s made in the crockpot, it’s practically effortless.

rotel dip
Rotel Dip
Rotel Dip is a 3-ingredient queso dip recipe with spicy sausage, Rotel, and Velveeta cheese! This creamy Rotel Cheese Dip recipe tastes great on crackers, pretzels, and tortilla chips… it’s perfect for holiday gatherings, game day, or just because!
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4. Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip

You better hurry to get some of this crockpot spinach artichoke dip on your plate when it hits the table. The creamy, rich dip will be a favorite among your guests and will be guaranteed to go fast!

Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip
Crock Pot Spinach Artichoke Dip is so creamy and rich and making it in the crock pot is totally hassle free. Serve with pita chips for an easy appetizer.
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5. Crockpot Chicken Wings

Forget making a mess in the kitchen during the holiday season, and see how you can use your crockpot to make wings instead. The crockpot appetizer still gives the wings that perfectly cooked texture. They are crispy out on the outside and fall off-the-wing tender on the inside.

Crock Pot Chicken Wings
Crock Pot chicken wings eliminate the mess and oil of deep fried chicken wings! Buffalo wings come out perfectly tender, fall off the bone and are loaded with flavor!
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6. Crockpot Boiled Peanuts

Boiled peanuts may not be what comes to mind when thinking of holiday appetizers, but they will surely be a hit with your guests. The slow cooker does all the work and the peanuts turn out irresistible!

Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts
Easy and delicious Crock Pot Boiled Peanuts – Let your slow cooker do the work!
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7. Pizza Dip

Pizza may not be on the menu for the main course this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean you can’t serve it up as an appetizer in the form of this cheesy pizza dip. The slow cooker keeps the dip nice and warm, so the cheese stays super melty, just like your favorite slice.

Pizza Dip
My Pizza Dip is loaded with cheese, pepperoni and sausage and is made for the slow cooker, so the cheese stays hot and melty.
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8. Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs

When you want to add a bit of sweetness to your holiday menu, go with these barbecue pineapple meatballs. The mini meatballs slow cook in a sweet pineapple barbecue sauce to create amazing flavor over time. Your tastebuds will be impressed with the first bite of this crockpot appetizer.

Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs
Easy Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs are perfect as an appetizer for parties and get togethers or a delicious side dish for dinner.
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9. Slow Cooker Cheese Chicken Ranch Sandwich

Transform this easy weeknight meal into your favorite holiday appetizer in one simple step. Instead of using traditional sandwich bread, switch it out for slider buns. The cheesy chicken will taste just as good when it is bite-sized!

Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Ranch Sandwich
This Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken Ranch Sandwich is a quick and easy slow cooker recipe that will quickly become a family favorite weeknight OR weekend meal!
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10. Spicy Sausage and Cheese Crockpot Dip

Give your tastebuds a true explosion of flavor with this spicy sausage and cheese crockpot dip. The dip is made with two types of cheese, black beans, corn, tomatoes, and green chilies. This irresistible combo of Tex-Mex ingredients slowly cooks in the crockpot to create one amazing appetizer.

Spicy Sausage and Cheese Crock Pot Dip
This Sausage Cheese Dip full of two kinds of cheese, black beans, corn, tomatoes and green chilis that is sure to please any crowd! 
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11. Cranberry Meatballs

Give the cranberries the spotlight they deserve this holiday season, and add these cranberry meatballs to your menu. Set the meatballs up in the slow cooker and let the cranberries go to work.

Cranberry Meatballs
This Cranberry Meatballs recipe makes perfect holiday party appetizers! Fast u0026 easy to make in the slow cooker, Instant Pot or Ninja Foodi
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Crockpot Appetizers For A Crowd

12. Slow Cooker Chex Mix

Forget about the Chex Mix you know and love. This slow cooker Chex Mix takes the classic snack to the next level by cooking it in the slow cooker. This will be one holiday recipe that you will want to make all season long.

Slow Cooker Chex Mix
Learn how to make awesome Chex Mix in the slow cooker with this easy recipe! It’s super easy, and always a crowd fave. Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon? Well if you’re like
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13. Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip

If you love buffalo chicken dip, but don’t love the heaviness it brings to your plate, switch it up and make this healthy version instead. This recipe keeps the same flavors of your favorite dip but lightens up the recipe, so you won’t feel guilty about going back for seconds and thirds of this crockpot appetizer.

Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game-day appetizer! All the flavor of Buffalo Chicken Dip but a skinny version! #buffalochicken #buffalochickendip #dip #appetizer #gamedayappetizer #crockpot #slowcooker
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip is a delicious, lighter, no-guilt version of your favorite game day appetizer!
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14. Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese

Mac and cheese as an appetizer?! Why not! Serve it up in mini cups and the kids at your holiday party will be delighted.

Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese
Perfect for pot-lucks and for making ahead – this Crock Pot Macaroni and Cheese is sure to please even the pickiest palette!
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15. Slow Cooker Kielbasa Bites

These mini kielbasa bites are simple to make in your slow cooker. Do yourself a favor and double the recipe, as everyone will be going back for more!

Slow Cooker Kielbasa Bites
The best appetizer ever! These Slow Cooker Kielbasa Bites are so easy to make and are guaranteed to be a hit at your next party! Great over rice for dinner!
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16. Queso Blanco

If you’ve never made Queso Blanco in the slow cooker, get ready to fall in love. The slow cooker makes the process so simple and keeps everything at the perfect temperature when you’re ready to serve.

Queso Blanco in the Slow Cooker
Queso Blanco in the Slow Cooker is easy – easy crockpot queso! Velveeta-free, and you will not be able to stop dipping chips in it!
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Tasty Crockpot Appetizers

17. Crockpot BBQ Chicken

Get the party started right with a bite of buffalo chicken from the slow cooker. Swap out regular-sized burger buns for sliders to transform the dish into the ultimate holiday crockpot appetizer that couldn’t be easier to make.

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken
Easy Crock Pot BBQ Chicken needs just four ingredients and is super easy! Let the slow cooker do all the work to turn ordinary chicken into flavorful, tender meat that can be used in so many dishes.
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18. Reuben Dip

If you love eating Reubens, you are going to adore this dip. It has all of the elements of the classic sandwich wrapped up into one bite.

Reuben Dip
Reuben Dip – all the flavors of a Reuben Sandwich in a hot dip – layered with corned beef, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese. A crowd-favorite!
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20. Cocktail Meatballs

Would it really be a holiday party if there weren’t mini cocktail meatballs being served? Check off the holiday requirements with these mini meatballs. The secret ingredient of grape jelly gives an that irresistible sweet-and-savory flavor.

Cocktail Meatballs
Whether you call them cocktail meatballs or grape jelly meatballs, there’s one word for this recipe: delicious!
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21. Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs

With firecracker in the ingredient title, you know these meatballs are going to be good. These meatballs combine sweet and spicy flavors to be a true firecracker on your tongue. After one bite, they’ll land a permanent spot on your holiday menu.

Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs
Super Easy Slow Cooker Firecracker Chicken Meatballs. The perfect blend of spicy and sweet! They make a great appetizer or main dish!
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22. Jalapeño Popper Dip

This jalapeño popper dip will spice up your holiday menu in the best way possible. The dip is creamy, cheesy, and spicy, which means it’s impossible to stop eating it. Good look trying to eat just one bite!

Jalapeño Popper Dip
This jalapeño popper dip is easy, cheesy, and baked until bubbly, warm, and toasty on top. Serve it at your next party and watch it disappear!
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23. Crockpot Pizza Casserole

Finding an appetizer that the kids will love is sometimes a bit difficult, but with this crockpot pizza casserole dish on the table, you won’t have that problem!

A wooden spoon lifting a scoop of pizza casserole from a crockpot.
Crockpot Pizza Casserole
Crockpot pizza casserole is a weeknight dinner your whole family will devour! Tender pasta is combined with ground beef, pepperoni, a zesty tomato sauce, and plenty of cheese for a total crowd-pleaser.
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24. Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes

A simple potato dish is always a crowd-pleaser. This cheesy potato recipe will be just what you want to start off your holiday celebration.

A wooden spoon lifting a scoop of cheesy potatoes from a crockpot.
Crockpot Cheesy Potatoes
This recipe for crockpot cheesy potatoes is going to quickly become your new favorite potato side dish. They are fast, loaded with flavor and perfectly cooked every single time.
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Crockpot Appetizers Everyone Will Love

25. Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs

Don’t worry about making a big fuss in the kitchen when these slow cooker honey garlic meatballs are on the menu. The recipe uses frozen meatballs, cutting out half of the work to make this tasty dish.

Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs
Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Meatballs are an easy and delicious appetizer or main dish. Just add the frozen meatballs to the Slow Cooker and pour on the simple and incredibly tasty Honey Garlic Sauce.
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26. Slow Cooker French Dip Sliders

Add your favorite sandwich to the appetizer menu this holiday season with these slow-cooker French dip sliders. The little sliders are so flavorful and juicy that it will be hard not to fill up on them before the big meal.

Slow Cooker French Dip Sliders
I have a very ghetto way of making French dip sandwiches so I thought I’d kick it up a notch and go all fancy with these slow cooker French dip sliders.
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27. Crock Pot Chicken Nacho Dip

The best part about this crockpot chicken nacho dip is that it can be served in multiple ways. Leave it in a bowl next to some tortilla chips, or pour it over the crispy chips for a clever take on homemade nachos.

Crock Pot Chicken Nacho Dip
Serve this melty Crock Pot Chicken Nacho Dip as an easy appetizer for dipping, or pour it over chips for cheesy and flavorful chicken nachos!
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28. Slow Cooker Crack Chicken

Transform this popular weeknight dinner meal into your favorite holiday appetizer. Use slider buns to serve the chicken. Or, use it as a dip for chips and veggie sticks!

Three slow cooker crack chicken sandwiches.
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken
Slow Cooker Crack Chicken combines tender chicken in a rich, creamy sauce with a savory Ranch seasoning packet, warm spices, bacon, and cheese for an irresistible dinner!
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Simple Crockpot Appetizers For A Crowd

29. Velveeta Queso Blanco Recipe

Creamy, luscious, and mouthwatering are just a few ways to describe this Velveeta queso blanco dip. The homemade cheese sauce will get your tastebuds rolling in the right direction for your holiday meal.

A bowl of Velveeta queso blanco recipe surrounded by tortilla chips.
Velveeta Queso Blanco Recipe
This Velveeta Queso Blanco Recipe is the perfect cheesy dip! Creamy, delicious, and simple – what better way to start a meal? Grab the tortilla chips, and enjoy dipping into this incredible homemade cheese sauce recipe!
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30. Mississippi Roast Sandwiches

Cut these classic Mississippi roast sandwiches into bite-sized pieces for the perfect holiday appetizer. The slow cooker does all the work to turn the shredded meat into a melt-in-your-mouth bite.

easy shredded beef sandwiches
Mississippi Roast Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Mississippi roast is the perfect Crockpot recipe for a special family meal or quick weeknight dinner. Add your favorite toasted bread to turn this classic comfort food into your new favorite sandwich recipe.
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31. Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken Wings

If spicy wings aren’t your cup of tea, add these slow-cooker honey soy chicken wings to your holiday appetizer menu. The slow cooker does all of the work, ensuring every bite is tender, juicy, and full of that delectable honey soy sauce.

Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken Wings
These spicy and sweet Slow Cooker Honey Soy Chicken Wings are the most delicious and easy appetizer ever!
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What cannot be cooked in a crockpot?

Seafood dishes, delicate vegetables, dairy items, or starches should be avoided when using a crockpot. If a recipe does include dairy or starches, they’re typically added right at the end of cooking. So, be sure to read the recipe carefully!

Can you put raw chicken or meat in a slow cooker?

Yes! Don’t worry about precooking your chicken or meat before it enters the crockpot. As long as you follow the recipes for your favorite crockpot appetizers and cook the meat completely, it’s completely safe to eat.

Do you need to put water in a slow cooker?

Most crockpot recipes require some kind of liquid to create steam in the cooking process. Follow the recipe at hand, and see what is recommended for what you are trying to cook.

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