Popular Dips and Spreads Recipes

A bag of chips and plenty of dips, spreads, and chutneys keep any party going. Easy recipes for hot and cold dips as well as spreads with beans, cheese, and artichokes offer timeless topper options.

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

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Hot and Chunky Guacamole

Roasted Beet Tapenade

Serve this crimson variation of the classic Provencal condiment as a topping for vegetables or garlic toast.

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Roasted Beet Tapenade

How to Make a Slam Dunk Chili Cheese Dip

When you are having friends over and looking for a dip, make this slam dunk chili cheese dip. The end product resembles a basketball which is perfect for tailgating!

How to Make a Slam Dunk Chili Cheese Dip

Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Humble limas are transformed into a sensational Mediterranean spread that is vibrant with a mix of fresh herbs and spices. You can substitute frozen edamame beans for the limas in Step 1; cook according to package directions.

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Lima Bean Spread with Cumin & Herbs

Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise as a sandwich spread or as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables.

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Scallion-Lemon Mayonnaise

Apple-Jalapeno Chutney

Sweetened with orange juice and brown sugar, this apple chutney gets its heat from hot jalapeno jelly. Try it alongside grilled chicken or pork.

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Apple-Jalapeno Chutney

Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Adding canned beans to a spicy salsa is an easy way to boost fiber and improve nutritional value. This salsa is also a good accompaniment for burgers or Scrambled Egg Burritos.

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Black Bean & Tomato Salsa

Sesame Mayonnaise

Use this tangy mayonnaise to enliven a burger (such as Asian Turkey Burgers or Turkey-Mushroom Burgers) or a chicken sandwich, as a dip for a platter of grilled summer vegetables, or to dress a simple coleslaw of napa cabbage and scallions.

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Sesame Mayonnaise

Rhubarb Chutney

This quick, zesty chutney complements almost any meat or poultry. Use fresh or frozen rhubarb.

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Rhubarb Chutney

Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Tomatillos are delicious raw, but they take on a sweet, smoky flavor when cooked on the grill. This quick salsa makes a great topping for grilled meats and fish and it's excellent with eggs and corn tortillas. If you like, add some diced avocado just before serving.

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Grilled Tomatillo Salsa

Mango Salsa

The tropical flavors of this quick mango salsa complement chicken, pork or mild white fish.

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Mango Salsa

Quick Guacamole

Use a cup of the Fresh Tomato Salsa to make this easy guacamole. Mash a few avocados, stir in lemon juice and you're done! Guacamole will turn brown if allowed to sit and is best made shortly before serving.

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Quick Guacamole

Watermelon Salsa

Sweet, savory and crunchy salsa accompanies grilled pork or chicken rather nicely. Try it with tortilla chips as a refreshing alternative to a tomato salsa.

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Watermelon Salsa

Garlic & White Bean Dip

For this simple-as-can-be dip, rich-tasting poached garlic is pureed with convenient canned beans, a little bit of onion and a dash of lemon juice. Use it as a dip for crudit's, a topping for bruschetta or even as a spread for a sandwich.

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Garlic & White Bean Dip

Fresh Tomato Salsa

Fresh and easy, this recipe yields about 5 cups of salsa. Reserve 1 cup for Quick Guacamole and still have enough to serve 8. If you like spicy salsa, use the full amount of jalapenos and add more cayenne pepper.

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Fresh Tomato Salsa

Tomato & Avocado Salsa

You'll love this quick and delicious salsa so much, you'll want to make it for every Taco Night.

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Tomato & Avocado Salsa

Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Adults and kids alike love the tanginess of this ranch-style dip. By using nonfat buttermilk and low-fat mayonnaise for the creamy base we've cut the fat substantially and eliminated the saturated fat. It only takes 15 minutes to make and keeps for 3 days so it's perfect for a healthy snack in a pinch.

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Ranch Dip & Crunchy Vegetables

Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Lots of freshly chopped herbs add zing to our white bean dip. Serve with assorted vegetables, such as baby carrots, bell pepper strips, radishes, snow peas, broccoli and caulifower florets.

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Feta & Herb Dip with Crudites

Spinach-&-Brie-Topped Artichoke Hearts

In this deconstructed version of hot spinach-artichoke dip, we stuff artichoke hearts with lightly seasoned cooked spinach and melt brie on top.

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Spinach-&-Brie-Topped Artichoke Hearts

Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Plenty of black beans, salsa and chopped fresh vegetables mean a healthy amount of dietary fiber in this Tex-Mex layered dip. We use reduced-fat sour cream along with full-fat (and full-flavored) cheese to make the dip lighter without compromising great taste. Be sure to have lots of baked tortilla chips on hand when you serve it.

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Southwestern Layered Bean Dip

Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

Make this your dip for Boneless Buffalo Wings and crunchy vegetables instead of a higher-fat blue cheese dressing. We've added a generous amount of cayenne pepper for fans of hot wings--omit the cayenne if you're serving this to a less "spicy" crowd.

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Spicy Blue Cheese Dip

Green Olive & Almond Spread

Serve this simple but unique spread with zucchini or cucumber rounds or fire-toasted thin baguette slices.

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Green Olive & Almond Spread

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rose.

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Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Plum Chutney

Try this summertime spread on crackers with cream cheese or as a dipping sauce for grilled chicken.

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Plum Chutney

Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Stirring salsa into versatile canned refried beans makes a quick and healthy bean dip. It also works well as a sandwich spread with your favorite vegetables and a sprinkle of cheese.

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Zesty Bean Dip & Chips

Mango-Chile Chutney

This sweet, tart, hot chutney showcases the beauty of mangoes, but also works wonderfully with pineapple. Serve with Griddle-Cooked Corn Flatbread or atop a piece of grilled wild salmon.

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Mango-Chile Chutney

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