You're gonna need a bigger bag of chips.

A good party dip has a gravitational pull no one can resist. Test this theory yourself by setting out one (or all) of these classic homemade dips and watch what happens. Just be sure you've got plenty of dippers on hand because these dips are so good, people might start eating them by the spoonful. Nicole McLaughlin, aka NicoleMcmom, shares five of her favorite quick and easy dips made from scratch and guaranteed to get any party off the ground. Check out the video up top and scroll down to get the recipes.

1. Queso Dip

Bowl of homemade Restaurant-Style White Queso Dip recipe served with tortilla chips
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Get the recipe for Nicole's Restaurant-Style White Queso Dip.

This recipe takes a speedy 15 minutes to make, from start to finish, thanks to your microwave. Be sure to stir between microwave blasts to get that creamy texture you want.

2. Buffalo Chicken Dip

baking dish filled with The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe garnished with blue cheese and minced scallions and served with celery sticks, carrot sticks, and tortilla chips
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Get Nicole's recipe for The Best Buffalo Chicken Dip.

No canned chicken here! Nicole oven-bakes chicken breasts and chops them up to make this classic creamy, spicy dip. There's ranch dressing in the mix, but Nicole crumbles blue cheese on top for the purists. Her favorite dipper? Celery sticks, of course!

3. Spinach Artichoke Dip

Baking dish filled with homemade Luscious Spinach Artichoke Dip recipe served with pita chips
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Get the recipe for Luscious Spinach Artichoke Dip.

A quick 10-minute prep gets this crowd-favorite ready for the oven. Nicole says she doesn't smooth out the top before baking because she likes to let the little peaks get all brown and crispy. Sturdy pita chips make excellent dippers to scoop up every bit of this top-rated appetizer.

4. Onion Dip

Bowl of homemade Creamy Onion Dip recipes garnished with minced chives and served with potato chips
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Get Nicole's Creamy Onion Dip recipe.

No need to tear open a packet of onion soup mix when you can make this from scratch with what you already have in your pantry. The key is to let it chill for at least 30 minutes to let the flavors fully develop before serving. The relatively short wait will be well worth it.

5. Salsa

Bowl of Fresh Restaurant-Style Salsa recipe served with tortilla chips
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Get Nicole's recipe for Fresh Restaurant-Style Salsa.

A mixture of canned and fresh tomatoes go for a spin in your food processor, along with onion, garlic, cumin, two kinds of peppers, lime juice, and fresh cilantro. Season to taste with a little salt, and you have a quick and easy salsa that rivals anything you can get at a restaurant.


You can connect with Nicole as NicoleMcmom on Allrecipes and on Instagram @nicolemcmom.

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