10 Delicious Dips That Go Beyond Chips and Salsa

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Dips are a party staple, but why serve the same default chips and salsa when there are so many options! The classic combo will always hold a special place in our hearts, but let’s enter the world of delicious dips with this collection of 10 creative and crowd-pleasing recipes. From creamy garlic dip and spicy guacamole, to tangy Nashville hot chicken dip and whipped ricotta, you can treat yourself and your guests to new flavors and textures. Perfect for a pool party or BBQ and all year round.

Caramelized Onion Dip

Dip in a bowl garnished with sliced green onions.
Image Credit: Jacqueline Piper for PiperCooks

This irresistible Caramelized Onion Dip combines the rich flavors of Greek yogurt, sweet caramelized onions, and sharp cheddar cheese. It’s the perfect party dip for game day, a BBQ, or any gathering, guaranteed to have everyone coming back for seconds.

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GET THE RECIPE: CARAMELIZED ONION DIP

Plant-Based Tzatziki Dip

Creamy white dip with flecks of dill in a bowl, garnished with two cucumber slices.
Image Credit: Erika Piper for The Veggie Yaya

Tzatziki is a refreshing Greek dip that’s always a hit. This plant-based Tzatziki dip uses dairy-free yogurt in place of dairy based yogurt to make it vegan. It’s perfect for drizzling over grilled gyros, serving with lemon potatoes, or simply enjoying as a dip with pita bread and fresh veggies.

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Honey Sriracha Sauce

Red dip in a bowl beside french fries and chicken strips.
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This homemade Honey Sriracha Sauce is packed with flavor and made with just a few simple ingredients. The perfect blend of sweet and spicy, it adds a delicious kick to any dish. Try it drizzled over grilled chicken, as a glaze for grilled shrimp, or as a dip for crispy fries.

GET THE RECIPE: HONEY SRIRACHA SAUCE

Jalapeño Guacamole

Guacamole with a chunky topping of diced tomatoes, onions, and cilantro.
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Whip up some homemade Jalapeño Guacamole using fresh ingredients—ideal for game day or summer get-togethers. Just combine fresh ingredients and adjust the texture to your liking, whether you prefer it smooth or chunky!

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Beer Cheese Sauce

Cheese dip in a small cast iron skillet.
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Elevate your cheese sauce by incorporating beer and a hint of brine from pickled jalapeños! With only a few basic ingredients, you’ll create a Beer Cheese Sauce that’s impossible to resist. Perfect for summer snacks paired with chips for dipping, or drizzled over French fries or grilled potatoes.

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Sriracha Peanut Sauce

A dark brown dip in a bowl with a wooden spoon in it.
Image Credit: Jacqueline Piper for My Plant Based Bowl

This Sriracha Peanut Sauce sauce packs a punch with its creamy, spicy, tangy, sweet, and salty flavors. It’s great for drizzling over grain bowls, tossing with salads or noodles, or using as a dip for grilled chicken.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Dip

A pinkish dip topped with sliced green onions.
Image Credit: Jenny DeRemer for Not Entirely Average

Creamy and spicy this Nashville Hot Chicken Dip features cream cheese and buttermilk as a tangy base. Spice it up to your preference with hot sauce and cayenne powder and add a touch of sweetness with honey. The perfect pair for BBQ chicken wings.

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Gochujang Aioli

Orange dip in a bowl, jar, and on a wooden spoon.
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Gochujang Aioli brings a touch of spice and garlicky creaminess to any dish. This easy homemade condiment is perfect as a spread for sandwiches or burgers. Use it as a dip for baked fries or breaded appetizers for an extra flavor boost.

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Garlic Dip

White dip in a bowl beside a spoon of dip and chickpea patties.
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Inspired by Lebanese Toum, this thick and fluffy Garlic Dip is perfect as a spread. This creamy dip pairs wonderfully with roast chicken or served as a tasty dip for baked pita chips.

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Whipped Ricotta Dip

A white dip in a bowl garnished with an orange drizzle of sauce, and green oregano leaves, beside pita chips.
Image Credit: Jacqueline Piper for PiperCooks

Whipped Ricotta Dip is a breeze to make with just five ingredients and a bit of salt and pepper. In just a few minutes, your food processor transforms ricotta into a luscious dip. It’s the perfect easy dip to make ahead for summer cookouts. For a creamy, sweet, and mildly spicy treat, garnish with fresh oregano and a drizzle of hot honey.

GET THE RECIPE: WHIPPED RICOTTA DIP

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