23 Fancy Slow-Cooker Appetizer Recipes For Impressing Your Guests
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Preparing for a party can be stressful, but using a slow-cooker to make your appetizers will definitely take away some of the pressure. This way, your starters can simmer silently in the background while you put the final touch on your party decor. There are plenty of slow-cooker recipes to choose from, whether your guests are vegetarian or just can’t get enough red meat. No matter what your party's theme is, there’s a slow-cooker appetizer here for you. Choose one from the recipes below, or bookmark them all to make later. Cheers!
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Load up your slow-cooker with lamb cuts and pungent spices and a few hours later, you’ll arrive in taco heaven. (via Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More for Brit + Co.)
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Avoiding red meat? Serve up a batch of juicy, mozzarella-stuffed chicken meatballs and you won’t miss it. (via 3-Step Slow Cooker Cookbook for Brit + Co.)
Hear us out – baked beans would make a great party appetizer when served alongside crusty slices of bread. The contrasting textures are a real crowd-pleaser! (via Brit + Co.)
This simple slow-cooker recipe leverages whole carrots that get doused in an addictive garlicky glaze. (via Live Eat Learn)
These tots take on some seriously yummy taco flavors from a slow-cooked medley of beans and veggies. (via A Spicy Perspective)
Wings are the king of all Super Bowl party appetizers, but can be equally fit for feeding more formal gatherings. As long as they're smothered in sauce, we love 'em. (via Bowl of Delicious)
Did someone say artichokes? Now that's fancy! To make this slow-cooker appetizer, just rub down some whole 'chokes in seasonings and stuff them full of cheese. Your slow-cooker will take it from there. (via The Real Food Dietitians)
Serve up an unforgettable platter of nachos topped with this silky slow-cooker queso to curb everyone’s appetite at your next party. (via Host The Toast)
There’s just something about a retro recipe that turns dinner party guests into ravenous monsters. These slow-cooked little smokies will fill the snack table with joy! (via The Life Jolie)
Slow-Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps
Juicy Asian-inspired beef is cooked until it's reached fall-off-the-fork levels of tender, then it gets loaded into fresh, crunchy lettuce leaves. (via Meg’s Everyday Indulgence)
Slowly simmered in orange juice and chipotle peppers, the shredded chicken is the real star of this slow-cooker appetizer. Assemble the snack on some street taco-sized tortillas when your guests arrive, so they don’t get soggy beforehand. (via Half Baked Harvest)
Meatballs don’t always need spaghetti to taste ahh-mazing. This slow-cooker appetizer – in which the only accoutrement needed is a dusting of grated Parmesan – proves that point flawlessly. (via Pizzazzerie)
You wouldn’t guess it from tasting this luscious dairy-free cheese sauce, but it’s actually made from carrots and potatoes. Stir in some salsa at the end for a lively contrast in flavor! (via Real Food Whole Life)
Made with chicken, these slow-cooker honey chipotle meatballs are an addictive blend of sweet, smokey, and spicy flavors. (via Little Spice Jar)
Give your classic nachos a little extra oomph by topping the crispy chips with marinated pulled pork. Except this version requires a slow-cooker! Make sure to drizzle the nachos with some hot cheese sauce before serving. (via Aleka's Get Together)
Bet you didn’t know you could cook nuts in a slow cooker! Tossing some mixed nuts in a slow cooker with butter and ranch dip mix kicks up the flavor a great deal, and will leave everyone snackin' all day long. (via A Zesty Bite)
Queso lovers, rejoice! This slow-cooker recipe is the real deal. With only four ingredients, this food is the definition of easy and delicious. (via The Cookie Rookie)
Buffalo flavoring is always a big hit at our functions, and the fact that these meatballs only take 15 minutes of prep time makes them so worth slow-cooking. (via Averie Cooks)
This slow-cooker snack mix beats your average Chex Mix due to a dose of dry mesquite marinade. Prep plenty of napkins for those salty fingers, because no one will be able to resist digging in. (via The Seasoned Mom)
This dip requires almost no prep – just a bit of chopping! Dump all your ingredients into the slow cooker and in 2 hours, appetizer served! (via Little Spice Jar)
The accordion cut on these potatoes made in the slow-cooker immediately makes them ten times fancier. You can top 'em off with your preferred garnishes (sour cream, cheese, veggies) once they finish cooking. (via Live Eat Learn)
These sweet and spicy chicken wings become ultra crispy in the broiler, but a few hours in the Crock-Pot make the meat fall-off-the-bone tender. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)
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This post has been updated with additional reporting by Meredith Holser.
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