Are you looking for some tasty and easy hors d’oeuvres for your next party or get-together? Easy appetizers take no time to make, delight, and excite your guests’ tastes buds while keeping hunger at bay before the main course.
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Hors d’oeuvres is honestly just a fancy name for appetizers and starters, but we love using the phrase. It just makes things feel a little more special, doesn’t it? You can make hors d’oeuvres that are hot, or you can create cold appetizers. Some hors d’oeuvres are hearty as a main dish.
Best of all, there’s a wide variety of easy hors d’oeuvres such as finger food, dips, and sandwiches. And many of these hor d’oeuvres ideas can be made the night before or, in some cases, weeks or months beforehand!
Entertaining guests at a party can be both exciting and daunting. One aspect that often leaves hosts feeling overwhelmed is the preparation of delicious and visually appealing hors d’oeuvres. Thankfully, creating a fantastic selection of easy appetizers can be accomplished without a culinary degree or countless hours in the kitchen.
A key factor in easing this burden is selecting recipes that require minimal ingredients and quick preparation. Easy hors d’oeuvres that are creative and diverse not only elevate the party atmosphere but also leave a lasting impression on your guests. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or a sophisticated soiree, there is an array of options to choose from that cater to various dietary preferences and tastes.
By focusing on fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and simplicity, even those with minimal kitchen experience can produce stunning and delectable easy hors d’oeuvres. Remember, the ultimate goal is to enjoy time spent with your guests and create lasting memories, and these approachable appetizer ideas are here to guide you in achieving just that.
Another quality to look for in appetizers ideas is how they look on a platter. Hors d’oeuvres recipes shouldn’t only taste good. Party food should also look good, enticing your guests to have a nibble or two.
Below we’ve put together a list of 36 of the best hors d oeuvres ideas you can make at home.
This hot spinach artichoke dip is one of those classic hors d’oeuvres recipes that’s always a big hit at parties.
The ingredients for this hors d’oeuvre recipe include chopped spinach, frozen creamed spinach, crumbled feta cheese, part-skim ricotta cheese, grated Italian-blend cheeses (or parmasean), fresh minced garlic cloves, chopped artichoke hearts, onion powder or dried minced onion, garlic powder, salt, cayenne pepper, and salt.
You can also add toppings like diced red onion, chopped tomato, crumbled feta, chopped green onion, or grated parmesan cheese.
Cake batter dip is one of those deliciously creamy hors d’oeuvre ideas certain to satisfy your guests’ sweet tooth. Best of all, this dessert is super simple to make and tastes amazing with some fun animal crackers. It’s the perfect birthday party appetizer.
This hors d’oeuvre recipe includes FunFetti cake mix, cool whip, vanilla yogurt, vanilla extract, sprinkles, and animal crackers.
Chicken enchilada dip is one of those hors d’oeuvres ideas that can also serve as a meal. It’s filled with hearty shredded chicken, spices, cheese, and savory enchilada sauce.
The ingredients for this hor d’oeuvres recipe includes red enchilada sauce, shredded cooked chicken breast, canned black beans, frozen yellow corn, taco seasoning, shredded Mexican blend cheese, cilantro, and tortilla chips.
Antipasto skewers are one of my favorite, flavorful, simple, and healthy hors d’oeuvre ideas. These tasty skewers are quick to throw together and combine zesty peppers, meat, cheese, and olives to create a unique snacking experience.
The ingredients for this hors d’oeuvre recipe include kalamata olives, small balls of fresh mozzarella, thick-cut salami, pimento-stuffed green olives, jarred cherry peppers, and pepperoncini peppers.
Cowboy Caviar is another one of our favorite fun, quirky, and easy hor d’oeuvres ideas that really delivers.
This hors d’oeuvres recipe includes black beans, whole kernel sweet corn, small red bell pepper, jalapeno pepper, fresh cilantro, diced red onion, and diced avocados.
For the dressing, you’ll need lime juice, red wine vinegar, salt, ground black pepper, honey, and chili powder.
These delicious Reuben sliders are hors d’oeuvres your guests will absolutely crave! They also make for a fantastic lunch or dinner with french fries or potato chips.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include Hawaiian sweet rolls, thinly sliced deli corned beef, sliced Swiss cheese, sauerkraut, Thousand Island dressing, butter, garlic powder, onion powder, and poppy seeds.
Pickles are optional.
7. Beer Dip
Beer dip is a hearty and salty dip made with real beer and pairs well with pretzels. It’s the perfect dip for game day!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include cream cheese, beer, ranch salad dressing mix, shredded cheddar cheese, and pretzels.
And if you want to mix in some spice, try adding some diced jalapeno peppers to the mix.
For a hearty, healthy, flavorful dish that’s full of protein, you can’t go wrong with bean dip. Don’t waste your money on those bland premade dips at the store when you can make the most delicious bean dip right at home!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include dried pinto beans, large sweet onion, garlic cloves, pico de Gallo, shredded Mexican blend cheese, and salt.
Ham and cheese apple wraps are a quick and easy appetizer you can make within minutes. This healthy appetizer combines the tastes of sweet and crunchy apples with cheddar cheese and ham to create a fabulous snacking experience.
The ingredients you’ll need for this finger food recipe include Pink Lady Apple, cheddar cheese slices, thinly sliced deli ham, plain yogurt, dijon mustard, and honey.
A great appetizer that captures the spirit of a BBQ without firing up a grill is bbq chicken stuffed bread. This recipe is super simple to make and delivers savory bites of incredible BBQ flavor!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include French bread loaf, BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, shredded mozzarella cheese, and dry Italian seasoning.
Salsa is by far one of the best party dips you can offer, and in only 5 minutes, you can whip up some outrageously delicious homemade salsa; that’s reason enough to throw a party!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include fire-roasted tomatoes, jalapeno, lime, white onion, fresh cilantro, diced green chilies, sugar, cumin powder, oregano, chili powder, and salt.
Another super-simple and savory appetizer that you can put together quickly is turkey and cheese roll-ups. Hearty meats and cheese baked in a fluffy pastry is always a guaranteed home run.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include store-bought crescent rolls, thinly sliced turkey lunch meat, sliced hard salami, and Colby jack cheese sticks.
If you’re looking for comfort food that packs a punch, look no further than this recipe for cheesy homemade chili.
The ingredients you’ll need for this delicious appetizer include olive oil, lean ground beef, a large onion, salt, ground cumin, chili powder, smoked paprika, pepper, bell pepper, minced garlic, flour, canned kidney beans, black beans, diced green chilies, mild salsa, mild enchilada sauce, chicken broth, corn starch, cream cheese, sharp grated cheddar cheese, and grated pepper jack cheese.
We recommend fresh cilantro, tortilla chips, sour cream, hot sauce, and avocado for garnish.
14. Tater Tot Dip
Tater tot dip delivers some serious cheese flavor along with bites of crispy, crunchy tater tots. This simple recipe doesn’t require a lot of ingredients or time. And before you know it, you and your guests will be in tater-tot nirvana.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include tater tots, cream cheese, sour cream, cooked sausage (crumbled), cheese, dry onion soup mix, and tortilla chips (for serving.)
Crab rangoon is a delicious appetizer that takes you and your guests on a grand seafood adventure with the sweet, meaty flavor of crab meat combined with savory seasonings, mozzarella cheese, sour cream, and cream cheese.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres won ton wrappers, lump crab meat, cream cheese, sour cream, shredded mozzarella cheese, Worchestershire sauce, soy sauce, lemon juice, Sriracha, minced garlic, black pepper, and sliced green onions (for garnish).
Snack mix is a fantastic party food that delivers the addictive flavor and crunch we crave. And now you can make your own fiesta ranch snack mix at home using this super-easy recipe.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include mini pretzels, Ritz Bits, Townhouse crackers, whole-wheat Chex, Fiesta Ranch Seasoning, Everything Bagel Seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, vegetable oil, unsalted butter, and Worcheshire sauce.
Corned beef quesadillas are a savory spin on Mexican cuisine filled with the Rueben sandwich flavor we all know and love. Every bite is a delightful combination of delicious corned beef, Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut, and cheese.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hor d’oeuvres include corned beef, flour tortillas, thousand island dressing, sauerkraut, and Swiss cheese.
There’s nothing like uncorking a cold bottle of champagne to celebrate a big occasion, but you can also enjoy champagne in a fun new way with these amazing champagne jello shots.
You’ll need a cocktail shaker, medium saucepan, loaf pan, paintbrush, and parchment paper for this recipe.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include cava or champagne, gin or vodka, freshly squeezed lemon juice, simple syrup, gelatin (unflavored), edible gold leaf (optional garnish).
19. Mini Pizzas
Mini-pizzas are fun and easy appetizers filled with flavor and customizable to satisfy any party guest.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include refrigerated pizza dough and pizza sauce. For your toppings, a few ideas include cheese such as Mozzarella, Romano, parmasean, or Mexican. Meat includes Italian sausage, beef, chicken, pepperoni, and bacon. Veggies include onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, mushrooms, and olives.
For a simple and savory dip filled with juicy chicken and spicy flavor, you’ve got to make some hot wing chicken dip for your next party!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include shredded chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheddar cheese, ranch salad dressing, and hot sauce.
Another fabulous dip that goes well with pretzels is this Pub-Style Beer Cheese Dip.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include sharp cheddar cheese (cubed or shredded), cream cheese, Worchestershire sauce, dijon mustard, minced garlic, paprika, kosher salt, and beer (pale for a lighter, sweeter flavor and dark for a bitter more robust flavor).
Few can match the hearty goodness and flavor of savory honey garlic meatballs when it comes to appetizers that really tackle hunger. And this slow cooker recipe shows you how to make these fantastic meaty morsels.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, minced garlic, and frozen meatballs (fully cooked).
23. Stuffed Baguette
This clever twist on a party sandwich combines a creamy, savory veggie spread with a soft fluffy baguette to create some amazing party food.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include skinny baguette, cream cheese, cucumber, red pepper, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn, and spring onions.
If you want to offer your guests a fully loaded taco dip, then this recipe for a seven-layer dip is just the ticket. It’s filled with all the taco flavor we love!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include refried beans, canned diced tomatoes with green chilies, ground cumin, chili powder, salt, garlic powder, pepper, avocados, lime, cilantro, green onions, black olives, Roma tomatoes, and sour cream.
This simple yet delicious sweet appetizer is by far one of the easiest you can make. The crisp, sweet apples taste amazing when scooped in smooth cream cheese, buttery caramel, and crunchy nuts.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include cream cheese, caramel topping, chopped cocktail peanuts, and apples.
26. Antpasti Bites
This unique twist on antipasto skewers combines all the flavors we love in spicy meaty cups with homemade croutons that are just out of this world!
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include a baguette, salt, oregano, garlic powder, parmasean cheese, olive oil, salami, marinated mushrooms, marinated bocconcini, sweet mini grilled peppers, grilled artichokes, heirloom tomatoes, and hemp basil pesto.
Buffalo tater tots are a spicy twist on traditional tater tots that bring together the flavor of buffalo chicken wings with crispy, crunchy, fluffy tater tots for a culinary collaboration sure to earn a standing ovation!
This appetizer is not only delicious, but it’s also vegan and gluten-free!
This sausage cream cheese dip recipe is a spicy, creamy, and addictive dip that only takes a few minutes to throw together.
This dip is perfect for any kind of game night and filled with savory bits of sausage, cream cheese, and tomatoes. Actually, those are the only ingredients!
29. Pizza Sliders
Pepperoni Pizza Sliders are fun to enjoy pizza flavor in bite-size toasted buns. They are the perfect party food for holiday parties, tailgating, and much more!
Plus, they are super easy to make, and you can customize them until your heart’s content.
You can’t have a list of party appetizers without little smokies. This recipe features hot, juicy little sausages marinated in a sweet and garlicky sauce that’ll leave everyone licking their lips and begging for more!
Another way to enjoy the flavor of your favorite pizza is by making a crockpot pepperoni pizza dip. This dip delivers zesty pepperoni, along with seasonings like basil and more. You can also customize it to include all your favorite ingredients like bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos, and more.
There’s nothing quite like the buttery taste of Ritz crackers. There’s just something special about those round, golden disks of buttery perfection. And when you combine ingredients like ricotta cheese and prosciutto, you’ve got yourself a serious party snack your guests won’t stop raving over.
There’s an old ancient saying. When in doubt, bust out the bacon and cheese! And this recipe follows this sage advice while overdelivering with a creamy spread that’s packed with cheese and crunchy, salty bits of bacon.
Another amazing dip features the flavors of caramelized onion, bacon, and scallions to form a savory union that’s guaranteed to blow your guests away!
This dip is perfect with potato chips, tortilla chips, pretzels, or even chicken nuggets! Try spreading this on your favorite sandwiches.
If there’s one appetizer guaranteed to be gone in a blink of an eye, it’s Italian stuffed mushrooms. The savory blend of Italian herbs and spices combined with the earthy flavors of mushrooms and creamy cheeses combine to create a true masterpiece!
In 35 minutes or so, you’ll have a pan full of golden brown, delicious, stuffed mushrooms that will leave your guests drooling in anticipation.
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include button mushrooms (washed, dried, with stems removed), minced garlic clove, Italian seasoned bread crumbs, shredded parmasean cheese, shredded mozzarella cheese, dried parsley, melted butter, table salt, and cooking spray.
To give your party more of a fancy feeling, try this recipe for cucumber sandwiches. They are light, flavorful, and super easy to make. Plus, you can customize them with ingredients such as bacon, diced jalapeno, and cheddar to give them that little extra “something something.”
The ingredients you’ll need for these hors d’oeuvres include bread, cucumber, cream cheese, mayonnaise, herbs such as chives and dill, lemon juice, and seasonings.
It’s advisable to use fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs instead of dried if possible.
Below, we also have a video that shows you how to make a few more delicious hors d’oeuvre recipes.
Our 30+ BEST Easy Hors d’oeuvres (+Simple Antipasto Skewers)
- 12 fresh marinated mozzarella balls
- 12 whole Kalamata olives
- 12 stuffed green olives
- 12 thick salami slices
- 12 pepperoncini peppers
- 6 pickled cherry peppers
- Drain all ingredients well, but don't rinse.
- Skewer the ingredients onto 7-inch skewers individually.
- Store in the fridge for as long as one day or serve immediately.
Use in or with your favorite recipe.