Preparing for a party can be stressful, but using a slow cooker to make your appetizers will take away some of the pressure. Your starters can simmer away while you put the final touch on your decor. There are plenty of slow-cooker recipes to choose from, whether your guests are vegetarian or can’t get enough red meat. No matter what your party theme, there’s a slow-cooker appetizer here for you. Just try to choose between these recipes.

1. Vegetarian Slow-Cooker Stuffed Mushrooms: Mushrooms get meltingly tender in the slow cooker. Fill them with a cheesy spinach-artichoke mixture for an appetizer that will impress. (via Brit + Co)

2. Slow-Cooker Mini Lamb Tacos: Load up your slow cooker with lamb and spices; and a few hours later, you’re in taco heaven. (via Fiestas: Tidbits, Margaritas & More; photo via Isabella Martinez-Funcke)

3. Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Meatballs: 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; photo via Jennifer Blume)

4. Slow-Cooker Queso Blanco: Serve up an unforgettable platter of nachos topped with silky slow-cooker queso blanco to whet everyone’s appetite at your next party. (via Host the Toast)

5. Slow-Cooker BBQ Lit’l Smokies: There’s something about retro recipes that turns guests into ravenous monsters. (via The Life Jolie)

6. Slow-Cooker Asian Beef Lettuce Wraps: Juicy Asian-inspired beef is cooked until fork tender and then loaded into crunchy yet tender lettuce leaves. (via Meg’s Everyday Indulgence)

7. Slow-Cooker Chipotle Orange Street Tacos: Slowly simmered in orange juice and chipotle, tender chicken is the star of these tacos. Assemble on street taco-size tortillas when guests arrive, so they don’t get soggy. (via Half Baked Harvest)

8. Slow-Cooker Italian Meatballs: Proof meatballs don’t need spaghetti? This appetizer, in which the only accoutrement needed is a dusting of grated parm. (via Pizzazzerie)

9. Slow-Cooker Dairy-Free Salsa Queso: You wouldn’t guess it from tasting this luscious dairy-free cheese sauce, but it’s made from carrots and potatoes. Stir in some salsa at the end for a lively contrast in flavor. (via Real Food Whole Life)

10. Slow-Cooker Honey Chipotle Chicken Meatballs: Made with chicken, slow-cooker honey chipotle meatballs are an addictive blend of sweet, smokey, and spicy flavors. (via Little Spice Jar)

11. Slow-Cooker Chicken Bacon Ranch Dip: Cheesy chicken is always a hit, even more so when joined by bacon and ranch. Stew it in your slow cooker, and it will become the dip of your dreams. (via The Cozy Cook)

12. Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Nachos: Give your classic nachos a little extra oomph by topping the chips with marinated pulled pork. Drizzle with cheese sauce before serving. (via Bite Sized Kitchen)

13. Slow-Cooker Ranch Mixed Nuts: Bet you didn’t know you could cook nuts in a slow cooker. Well, you can! Though these nuts are already cooked, tossing them in a slow cooker with butter and ranch mix kicks up the flavor a great deal. (via A Zesty Bite)

14. Slow-Cooker Queso Fundido With Chorizo: Queso lovers, rejoice! This is the real deal. With only four ingredients, this recipe is the definition of easy and delicious. (via The Cookie Rookie)

15. Slow-Cooker Mesquite Smokehouse Snack Mix: 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. (via The Seasoned Mom)

16. Spicy Spinach and Artichoke Dip: 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)

17. Crock-Pot Sweet and Spicy Sticky Wings: 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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Additional reporting by Samantha Simon