25 Dips and Spreads For Essential Snacking

The Ultimate Crab Dip

Known as chupe de centolla, this Chilean crab gratin borders on a cheesy crab dip. While similar South American chupe are always prepared with milk-soaked bread and any combination of shrimp, scallops, shellfish, meats, and cheeses, Patagonia’s version relies solely on the massive local king crabs, the hallmark of fishermen’s kitchens along Chile’s southernmost coast. Get the recipe for The Ultimate Crab Dip »

Tahini-Beet Dip

Tahini’s nutty, luxurious properties don’t stop at hummus. Keep the sesame paste flowing with this bright red purée of boiled beets, lemon, and garlic. Get the recipe for Tahini-Beet Dip »

Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip

This recipe is a far cry from the gloopy, mayonnaise-like onion dip you’ll find in a jar at your local grocery store. It’s light, tangy, and inspired by Persian mast-o-musir, a mix of diced shallots and yogurt or labneh. Here, the alliums are lightly cooked to soften their bite; it’s the perfect thing to make for a beach picnic or summer cookout. Get the recipe for Sautéed Onion and Yogurt Dip »

Chile con Queso

With both serrano chiles and jalapeños, the dip has a bright spiciness that cuts through the richness of two cheeses. The tangy sour cream added at the end brings it over the top. Get the recipe for Chile con Queso »

Summer Tomato and Herb Dip

Your glut of garden tomatoes just found their new home: stirred into caramelized honey and a host of herbs and spices. Get the recipe for Summer Tomato and Herb Dip »

Green Hummus

This recipe comes from test kitchen assistant Jake Cohen, inspired by a similar hummus he tried while working at Restaurant Daniel in New York City. Fresh chickpeas provide a vibrant green color and brightness that pair well with the Asian flavors in this dip.

Bluefish Paté

This bluefish paté has all the makings of a traditional fish dip—cream cheese, lemon, herbs—with a few updates to give it some zing. Get the recipe for Bluefish Paté »

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Grilled Corn and Ricotta Dip

Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Caramelized Onion and Sunchoke Dip

Lao Tomato Dip

Penn Hongthong, the author of Simple Laotian Cooking (Hippocrene, 2003), taught us that charring the vegetables for this dip is the secret to its smoky flavor.

Classic Guacamole

Mexico-born chef Roberto Santibañez makes his chunky, creamy guacamole in the traditional manner: by first grinding the flavoring agents to a paste using a mortar and pestle, then gently mixing in chopped avocados. With light heat from serrano chile and acidity from a hit of lime juice, this classic dip is a surefire crowd-pleaser. Get the recipe for Classic Guacamole

Fromage Fort

Fromage Fort

Green Goddess Dressing (Adapted from Helen Brown’s West Coast Cook Book)

By Brown’s publication date in the early 1950s, countless variations of green goddess dressing already existed. But Brown provides—then riffs on—the original from San Francisco’s Palace Hotel, where the dressing was created. Her version is well-balanced, cutting the mayonnaise and some optional heavy cream with plenty of vinegar, fresh herbs, and salty anchovies. Get the recipe for Green Goddess Dressing »

Carrot-Tahini Dip

Tahini’s nutty, luxurious properties don’t stop at hummus. Keep the sesame paste flowing with this vibrant, creamy carrot purée. Get the recipe for Carrot-Tahini Dip»

Cream Cheese Dip With Chutney

Tangy mango chutney cuts the richness of this cheesy, bacon-topped, cheddar-flecked dip. Get the recipe for Cream Cheese Dip With Chutney »

Chilean Tomato and Pepper Sauce (Pebre)

Chilean Tomato and Pepper Sauce (Pebre)

Salsa Roja

A little bit of smoke and not too much spice will make this your new go-to salsa recipe. Get the recipe for Salsa Roja »

Blue Cheese Dip

Serve this tart, cooling dip with fiery chicken wings. Get the recipe for Blue Cheese Dip
Baked salmon brightened with lemon zest and parsley and combined with crème fraîche makes a creamy, savory dip that’s great served on crackers or toast points. Get the recipe for Salmon Dip

Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip

Crab dip is made even better when mixed with artichokes and spinach and topped with crispy pepperoni and cracker crumbs. Get the recipe for Crab, Spinach, and Artichoke Dip »

Herbed Mustard Dipping Sauce

Serve this simple but gussied-up dipping sauce with all kinds of party snacks, especially our ultimate pigs in a blanket. Get the recipe for Herbed Mustard Dipping Sauce

Artichokes with Lemon Za’atar Dipping Sauce

Za’atar is a mixture of sesame seeds, dried thyme, and spices ubiquitous in the Arab world. Here it’s used to make a lemony dip for simmered artichokes. Get the recipe for Artichokes with Lemon Za’atar Dipping Sauce »

Sunchoke Hummus

Sunchoke Hummus

Cilantro Yogurt Chutney

This creamy yogurt-based chutney is made with cilantro, lime, and fresh green chiles. Get the recipe for Cilantro Yogurt Chutney »