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Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipes

Planning a party and need some make ahead ideas for the appetizers? Try slow cooker appetizer recipes for great appetizers you can prepare ahead. Hosting a party takes time and planning and you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen while the guests are enjoying the party.

The slow cooker is a godsend in the kitchen because there are so many things you can make in there, and not just the soups and stews you might have read in the cookbook which came with your crockpot. The following recipe combines salsa, bean-free chili con carne, garlic, onion, and cream cheese, for a tasty, Mexican inspired dip, which makes a lovely appetizer served with chips.

A smaller crockpot is great for not only preparing dips but also to keep them warm, and if you are feeding a larger crowd you can use a medium or large crockpot instead. If you are making a smaller quantity, it is better to use a smaller one, so the dip does not start to dry out, stick to the bottom of the slow cooker or burn. A crockpot usually does best if it is about two-thirds full.

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Quick and Easy Slow Cooker Cheese Dip
Summary: Garlic and onion are sautéed until fragrant, then blended with bean-free chili, salsa and cream cheese, and slow cooked, to make a lovely warm dip for corn or tortilla chips.
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Cuisine: Mexican
Recipe type: Dip
Serves: 8
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups salsa (chunky)
  • 2 cans chili without beans
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 6 oz cream cheese
Instructions
  1. Saute the garlic and onion in the oil over a medium heat until tender.
  2. Transfer this mixture to the slow cooker.
  3. Add the chili, salsa and cream cheese.
  4. Stir well then cover and cook on low for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  5. Serve with corn chips or tortilla chips for a great appetizer.

Photo Credit: Rotel by ilovememphis, on Flickr

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Dips are always great because not only can you take your pick from chilled, warm or hot ones, but you can also consider whether you want a mild or spicy, simple or creamy, or meaty or vegetable-based dip, and you can make them and serve them in a slow cooker. The ingredients in this recipe are all items you might have in your cupboard already, and all you need to do, after sautéing the garlic and onion, is combine them in a slow cooker and cook. Feel free to swap the cream cheese for Velveeta, or add some sliced jalapeños to the recipe.
 

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