Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

Dips. Meatballs. More dips. Your slow cooker is a perfect place to make party appetizers that cook and clean up easy.

Staff Picks

Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Wings

Rating: 3.5 stars 139
Chicken wings slow cooked with a spicy tangy sauce mixture which includes chili sauce, chili powder lemon juice and molasses!
By sal

Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 829
This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, tailgating or for taking along to pot lucks in a slow cooker! This is a serious crowd-pleaser that is served hot as a dip, spooned over crisp tortilla chips nacho-style, or rolled up in a warm flour tortilla! The heat can be turned up or down with the addition of jalapenos to taste.

Slow Cooker Reuben Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 497
A wonderful, easy, creamy hot dip that even sauerkraut haters love. I often take this to work potlucks because I can assemble it at work. Just throw everything in and stir a few times. Also, it's delicious when it's overcooked and kind of dry!

Party Kielbasa

Rating: 4.5 stars 117
This awesome slow cooker or sauce pot kielbasa is made with grape jelly and ketchup. It may sound gross but it tastes good! You can substitute any cooked sausage or cocktail franks for kielbasa.
By marli

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Rating: 5 stars 1872
Time consuming but it is well worth it! The brown sugar and bacon grease combine beautifully and give such a great taste.

Easy Beer and Ketchup Meatballs

Rating: 3.5 stars 58
This is an easy and delicious appetizer. I have made these for potlucks, baby showers, and super bowl parties. They go fast!
By KIMMYPOO

Queso (Cheese) Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
This is the best queso dip! Being from Texas, I know my queso, and I think this is the one that beats them all! It's full of flavor and all fresh ingredients. You can substitute half-and-half for the heavy whipping cream, if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

Marinated Mushrooms

Rating: 4.5 stars 70
My aunt (in law) always makes these for Thanksgiving dinner, and they are gone in a matter of minutes. They are so delicious!

Rachael's Superheated Cajun Boiled Peanuts

Rating: 4.5 stars 185
This is the real deal that is found in the heart of Florida. I made this recipe to resemble the taste of my favorite boiled peanuts found in the Ocala National Forest. My family agreed this recipe was one of the best!

Healthier Buffalo Chicken Dip

Rating: 5 stars 79
Lighter dairy ingredients are the key to this recipe's healthier makeover. Serve it up hot with multi-grain crackers and crisp celery sticks.

Bavarian Style Meatballs

Rating: 4.5 stars 149
These are very good, and very easy; the meatballs are made in cooked in a slow cooker. I sometimes like to add a can of chunk pineapple when I make them, and then I substitute pineapple juice for the water.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Brown Sugar Smokies
Rating: Unrated 2574
Your slow cooker will keep these bites warm all evening—if they last that long!
Outrageous Warm Chicken Nacho Dip
Rating: Unrated 829
"This is my jazzed up version of classic queso dip taken to a heartier level, perfect for football games, or for taking along to potlucks in a slow cooker!" – brightlightz
Cocktail Meatballs
Rating: 4.5 stars 1940

These tasty meatballs will disappear quickly from anyone's holiday party. My mom makes them every year for New Years Eve, and now so do I. These do very well in a slow cooker, as you can simmer them before serving, as well as keep them hot for the duration of your party.