Are you looking for some easy hot appetizers for a crowd of people at your next party?

Then you will love these make ahead hot appetizers for parties that look fancy but are actually super simple to make in a short amount of time!

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35 Easy Hot Appetizers for a Crowd

These easy appetizer recipes ranging from hot crockpot dips and delicious finger foods recipes are sure to be a hit at your next gathering.

Pick 1-2 of your favorites from this list of 35 top-rated fancy hot appetizers, and get ready to receive so much praise from your friends and family!


1. Garlic Butter Chicken Wings 

Whenever you’re looking for easy appetizers, chicken wings never fail to impress. This garlic chicken wings is a welcome change from traditional spicy buffalo wings.

Melted butter and fresh garlic combine to make an easy yet flavorful game day appetizer that’s great for serving with a simple sour cream dip with green onions.


Recipe: Peel with Zeal


2. Pizza Rolls

This tasty appetizer recipe is great for making ahead of time and reheating just before serving. Pizza rolls are a great way to kick off any dinner party or game night and these small bites are super tasty & satisfying.


Recipe: Begin with Balance

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3. Easy Pizza Dip

You’re going to love this easy and low-carb cheesy dip recipe that only requires 5 minutes of preparation and is made with super simple ingredients.


Recipe: Low Carb Spark


4. Mac and Cheese Balls

Air-fried mac and cheese bites are crunchy on the outside and soft and cheesy on the inside. They’re the perfect way to enjoy cheesy goodness.


Recipe: Love From The Oven


5. Baked Brie with Fig Jam

Wrap brie cheese in puff pastry, fig jam, rosemary, and pecans for a delicious snack or appetizer.
This is a rich and decadent appetizer that’s perfect for the holiday season and tastes great when served with baguette slices or some crackers.


Recipe: Home Cooking Collective

Related: 60 Easy Thanksgiving-Themed Appetizers


6. Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip

This creamy spinach dip is so simple to make. Just dump all of the ingredients into your slow cooker and set it to cook for 3 hours. Serve with Ritz crackers or tortilla chips, and watch how your friends will all devour this creamy dip!

easy crockpot spinach artichoke dip

Recipe: OhClary

Related: 13 Easy Crockpot Dips for Parties


7. Vietnamese Shrimp Toast

Shrimp toast is a popular appetizer consisting of lightly baked French baguette slices topped with minced shrimp, garlic, and spices. It’s sure to please guests at any gathering!


Recipe: Savory Sweet Spoon


8. Buffalo Chicken Dip

The Buffalo chicken dip recipe is everyone’s favorite crowd-pleasing recipe with rich flavor. This easy and delicious buffalo chicken dip is made with juicy shredded chicken, creamy ranch dressing, cream cheese, hot sauce, and tons of cheddar cheese, and then baked to a golden, bubbly finish.


Recipe: The Forked Spoon

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9. Crab Rangoon

Crab Rangoon in the air fryer is crunchy on the outside, and soft & creamy on the inside from the cream cheese filling. You only need a few simple ingredients to make this perfect appetizer recipe.


Recipe: The Perfect Tide

Related: 17 Fancy Appetizers for Christmas


10. Baked Brie Bread with Strawberry Jam

When it comes to crowd-favorite party appetizers you can’t look past this creamy brie cheese baked inside of a bread loaf.

It’s baked to melty cheesy perfection and then topped with spicy strawberry jam that’s a little bit sweet and offers a great contrast of flavors.


Recipe: Baye’s Kitchen


11. Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

Whether you’re entertaining on holidays like Christmas, New Year’s Eve appetizers, fancy dinners, or use it as a main course, Air Fryer Shrimp wrapped in crispy bacon is the perfect appetizer for any occasion.


Recipe: Recipes from a Pantry


12. Caprese Sandwich Sliders

Sliders are a great way to feed a large crowd that’s hungry!

These Caprese sliders are delicious mini appetizers loaded with tomato, mozzarella, and basil and they are so easy to make too!


Recipe: Salty Side Dish

Related: 21 Fall Appetizers to Bring to a Party


13. Chicken Ranch Dip

I guarantee that once you try this chicken ranch dip, you won’t be able to stop eating it. It’s one of the best hot dips out there and is going to become your new favorite appetizer or football tailgating recipe.


Recipe: Saving Dollars and Sense


14. Baked Southwest Chicken Egg Rolls

This baked egg roll recipe makes an outstanding appetizer to feed a crowd. It’s filled with seasoned chicken and veggies, then baked until crispy and golden brown.


Recipe: Easy Chicken Recipes


15. Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese

You’re in for a treat with these bacon-wrapped dates! This version is stuffed with goat cheese, but in its most basic form, all you need is bacon and dates!


Recipe: A Dash of Megnut


16. Baked Goat Cheese

You can make this baked goat cheese dip ahead of time, and then just pop it in the oven for 15 minutes before serving – it’s irresistibly smooth, deliciously creamy and probably one of the easiest things you can whip up for a small crowd.


Recipe: Whisked Away Kitchen


17. Warm Egg and Cheese Crostini

This easy hot appetizer recipe is ready in just 20 minutes and requires minimal ingredients.

egg cheese crostini

Recipe: Emkay’s Kitchen


18. Eggplant Pizza

A perfect way to use up the abundance of eggplant you may find at this time of the year. The best part about this appetizer is that you can customize it with whatever toppings you like.


Recipe: Peel with Zeal


19. Pigs in a Blanket

Pings in blanket are a classic crowd favorite appetizer that is always a huge hit with kids and adults alike.


Recipe: Little Sunny Kitchen


20. Stromboli

This Italian appetizer is super easy to make from scratch and served a crowd. 


Recipe: Little Sunny Kitchen


21. Jalapeno Poppers

A bit spicy, creamy, and very cheesy, these easy finger food bites are great to serve as a game-day snack.


Recipe: Olivia’s Kitchen


22. Potato Skins


Recipe: Olivia’s Kitchen


23. Smoked Queso Dip


Recipe: Quiche My Grits


24. Spinach Phyllo Cups


Recipe: I Heart Vegetables


25. Mini Chicken Waffles with Hot Honey


Recipe: Grits and Gouda


26. Meatball Parmesan Bites


Recipe: Suburban Simplicity


27. Pepperoni Pizza Sliders


Recipe: Modern Honey


28. Mini Quesadillas


Recipe: A Paige of Positivity


29. Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs


Recipe: Suburban Simplicity


30. Hot Corn Dip


Recipe: A Grill For All Seasons


31. Gooey Baked Camembert

gooey camembert

Recipe: Dished By Kate


32. Easy Cocktail Meatballs


Recipe: Primavera Kitchen


33. Buffalo Chicken Totchos


Recipe: A Paige of Positivity


34. Crab Rangoon Dip With Wonton Chips


Recipe: Cake n Knife


35. Garlic Butter Steak Bites

steak bites appetizer

Recipe: OhClary


Yield: 8-16

35 Easy Hot Appetizers for a Crowd

hot appetizers for a crowd

Need some easy hot appetizers for a party? Then you will love these easy hot appetizers for a crowd! These make ahead hot appetizers include the best finger foods and hot appetizer dips can be served straight out of crock pots and are perfect for Fall and Christmas.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • Garlic Butter Chicken Wings
  • Homemade Air Fryer Pizza Rolls
  • Pizza Dip
  • Mac and Cheese Bites
  • Baked Brie with Fig Jam, Rosemary, and Pecans
  • Crockpot Spinach Artichoke Dip
  • Vietnamese Shrimp Toast
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip
  • Crab Rangoon
  • Baked Brie Bread with Strawberry Jam
  • Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp (Air Fryer)
  • Caprese Sandwich Sliders
  • Chicken Ranch Dip
  • Baked Southwest Chicken Egg Rolls
  • Bacon-Wrapped Dates with Goat Cheese
  • Baked Goat Cheese
  • Warm Egg and Cheese Crostini
  • Eggplant Pizza
  • Pigs in a Blanket
  • Stromboli
  • Gluten-Free Jalapeno Poppers
  • Potato Skins
  • Smoked Queso Dip
  • Spinach Phyllo Cups
  • Shortcut Mini Chicken Waffles with Hot Honey
  • Meatball Parmesan Bites
  • Pepperoni Pizza Sliders
  • Mini Quesadillas


  1. Pick your favorite easy hot appetizers for parties from the extensive list above.
  2. Click through to find the recipe, gather the ingredients, and make the fancy hot appetizers!

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