The Best Dips To Make For Any Party

Whether you're gearing up for a birthday party, cocktail hour, or game day, having the right chips and dips at the ready can instantly upgrade your gathering. Serving your guests some yummy dips for a starter is a great way to get the party started. Soon enough, everyone will be raving about your appetizer spread.

From tortilla chips to pretzels, and from flatbread to celery sticks, dips can be paired with a variety of tasty foods. As long as there are at least a few options — and as long as everyone knows double dipping is not welcome — no one will have an excuse to skip the dip. Even the pickiest of eaters will succumb to the temptation.

While there are many types of dips that are easy to make, we've selected the best Mashed recipes that will help you create an unforgettable spread. Once you master one of these dip recipes, you try to find every excuse to throw another party.

Buffalo chicken dip should score an invite to your next party

This buffalo chicken dip recipe only requires five ingredients, and the finished product is so scrumptious that your guests will be convinced that you spent a good portion of the day preparing it. If you haven't had this type of dip before, think of it as buffalo wings, but in dip form. This stuff has enough heat to keep you on your toes, but the addition of blue cheese and cream cheese keeps it from getting too spicy.

You can't go wrong with copycat Chipotle guacamole

Soon after Chipotle Mexican Grill opened up in 1993, it was obvious that this fast-casual chain was going to be a major hit. Today, there are over 2,500 locations of Chipotle (via QSR). A big part of the chain's success is its yummy guacamole. If you want to bring that flavor to your home, follow our copycat Chipotle guacamole recipe. You'll be stunned that your creation tastes even better than the guacamole at Chipotle. Like the real thing, this stuff is bursting with flavor, even though it doesn't have tomatoes in it.

Baba ganoush will be a party crowd pleaser

If you're looking for a flavorful yet healthy dip, you don't have to settle for yet another bowl of hummus. Our baba ganoush recipe is similar to hummus, but it's undeniably better. While hummus is made with chickpeas, baba ganoush is made with eggplant. The result is a dip that's lighter, with a taste that's richer and smokier. This baba ganoush tastes great on everything from vegetables to bread. Its memorable flavor will surely be the talk of the party.

Pico de gallo will crush your party appetizer spread

When you take a look at the finished product, pico de gallo doesn't seem like it would be very difficult to make. However, if you make it without a guide, it likely won't live up to its full potential. That being said, you should definitely check out this pico de gallo recipe, because it's incredibly tasty and authentic. You can easily control the level of spiciness by adjusting the amount of jalapeños you add to the mix.

Salsa is a classic party staple

While you can find some pretty delicious store-bought salsa, nothing really compares to the goodness of salsa that you make in your own kitchen. The freshness you taste after you follow our easy salsa recipe might make you think twice before ever purchasing store-bought salsa again. Powered by ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, dried chili powder, cilantro, and oregano, this bright red salsa smells great and tastes even better. Your guests won't be able to stop themselves from going back for more scoops.