Potluck Recipes That Will Impress Everyone

There's nothing like a potluck to bring people together. Everyone gets to eat together and enjoy each other's company without having to do too much work. And the best part? You get to taste each other's favorite foods! But if you have a competitive streak to your personality, you may find yourself wanting to ensure that you have one of the absolute best dishes at your next potluck. We can't blame you. There's something so satisfying about people telling you they love a dish that you cooked.

So, what should you do? Build up an arsenal of incredible recipes, of course! You probably don't always want to bring the same thing to your potluck, so we threw together some of our favorite potluck recipes. That way, you always have something to bring to a party. Guests are guaranteed to love these simple and easy but super tasty favorites, so give them a try at your next get-together ... and get ready for everyone to talk about what an amazing cook you are.

Bean dip

If you're trying to appeal to a wide range of tastes, you know it can be difficult to choose a good recipe. After all, everyone has different tastes. But there's one dish you can bring to any potluck and know it's going to be a hit: bean dip. Got vegetarian friends? They'll love this. But so will everyone else who loves chips and are looking for something to dip theirs in. And the best part of the recipe is the fact that it's super simple. It'll be ready in just 40 minutes, so you can make it right before you head to your get-together.

Slow cooker mac and cheese

Just because you don't want to put a ton of effort into making the perfect dish for the potluck you're attending doesn't mean anyone else has to know that you threw it together without any hassle. That's just where this slow cooker mac and cheese comes in. It's as creamy as can be, and it features a ton of spices that seriously take the flavor to a whole new level. Plus, it's one of those recipes that you can just throw in the slow cooker and let it do its thing. You'll see why it's such a hit when your friends and family members start going back for seconds.

Potato salad

Another classic, potato salad belongs at potlucks just as much as it belongs at barbecues. There are a ton of potato salad recipes out there, but this one is especially perfect for sharing with friends. The combination of flavors appeals to a lot of people, kids and adults alike. The secret ingredient here? Dill. Dill adds an incredible flavor that you can't get from any other ingredient, and it also brightens the salad so it's as good to look at as it is to eat. It's also possible to make this recipe a bit spicier by adding crushed red chili flakes or even some zesty hot sauce.

Macaroni salad

Not everyone is a huge fan of potato salad. Perhaps you prefer to get your carbs in a different way. If you prefer pasta to potatoes, you're probably going to go wild over this popular macaroni salad. Is it simple? Absolutely. Does that mean it's not amazing? Of course not. Onion, celery, and bell pepper come together to give this dish an incredible crunch and fresh flavor that mixes with the macaroni perfectly. A mayo-based sauce finishes it off and makes it a potluck dish that everyone's going to reach for. Plus, it's inexpensive to make, which is perfect for those who are on a tight budget but still trying to feed a whole crowd of people.

Broccoli salad

Sure, we love our carb-y salads, but sometimes, you need a salad that's actually on the fresh side. Well, step aside, boring old iceberg lettuce salad, because we've got a new recipe for you to try: this broccoli salad. We love this recipe because the broccoli holds up to the sauce really well -– it's going to be quite a while before your broccoli florets start getting soggy. This salad has the perfect crunch, too, making it irresistible even for those who don't usually love broccoli. And don't leave out the salted peanuts (unless you're allergic) –- they add a texture you won't be able to get enough of.

Easy buffalo chicken dip

If you've been to a potluck in the last 15 years, there's an excellent chance that you've tried something like this easy buffalo chicken dip recipe. It may only take about 35 minutes to make, but you're going to want to spend all day snacking on it. Cream cheese, hot sauce, and mayonnaise come together to mix and mingle into a sauce that will bless every shred of chicken you add to the dish. Serve it with some crackers (or even on toasted pieces of bread), and everyone's going to wonder where you got the recipe from.