Simple BBQ cookout dips for cookout-friendly summer party dip recipes, spreads, dessert dips, and easy appetizers for barbecues — perfect for summer parties snacks or easy potluck ideas.
Simple BBQ Cookout Dips And Appetizer Ideas
These are our favorite dip recipes and easy appetizers that we make for summer parties – a mix of cold dips and warm summer appetizers ideas!
Easy BBQ Cookout Dips For A Crowd (Even Last Minute Appetizers for Summer Parties!)
- Tater Tot Nachos (Buffalo Chicken Totchos)
- Mexican Street Corn Salad (Fresh Corn Dip)
- Easy Cookout Charcuterie Board
- Creamy Artichoke Dip Without Spinach
- Homemade Guacamole
- Carrot Top Pesto Dip
- Slow Cooker Sausage Cheese Dip (Meat Queso)
- Black Bean and Corn Salsa (like a Cowboy Caviar Dip)
- Easy Cucumber Dip
- Homemade Salsa Verde
- Refried Bean Dip (one of the best dips for chips and it’s such a simple dip recipe!)
- Homemade Pico de Gallo
- Refreshing Fruit Sweet Dip
- Fruit Salad In Waffle Cone
Get the recipes for summer dips below – delicious dip recipes, many quick + easy with a handful of ingredients!
14 Best Dips For Outdoor Parties And Summer Cookout Appetizers
Buffalo Tater Tot Nachos Delicious Appetizer
I love these loaded tater tots for a summer cookout party because you can make a big pan of them and then everyone can help themselves. It’s an easy, no-fuss appetizer for BBQ parties.
This loaded totchos recipe can be made with buffalo chicken or without for vegetarian totchos as a main dish. Serve it up with sour cream, shredded cheddar cheese, and green onions.
Also, this recipe is great if you have leftover chicken you need to use.
I like this as an alternative to the hot chicken dip that everyone seems to serve at parties now or an alternative to buffalo chicken wings. (It gets my vote for one of those perfect bbq appetizers!)
Mexican Corn Dip (Hot Corn Dip)
This Mexican street corn off the cob is sometimes called elote salad, but it can be used as a tortilla chip dip, too!
It’s one of our favorite dip recipes or even cookout sides to go with anything that you’re grilling at the BBQ party.
It is a definite crowd pleaser savory dip!
SERVING TIP: Serve this Mexican elotes with lime slices so party guests can squeeze fresh lime juice over it before eating!
Simple Summer BBQ Charcuterie Board
Planning a charcuterie grazing board for a party can be difficult, especially if you are having a large party. However, this is the easiest meat and cheese board for a cookout party that still looks great!
Meats, crackers, different kinds of cheese, fresh veggies and fruits, and dipping sauces make great graze boards and simple appetizers to pair with a variety of summer party dips.
Easy Artichoke Dip
This artichoke parmesan dip is another warm dip and is our go-to for holiday recipes, party recipes, or cookout side dishes because it’s such an easy last minute recipe to whip up!
This is a family favorite recipe that we make for easy party recipes or holiday dips all the time.
I happen to think it’s one of the best summer dip recipes because not a lot of other parties have it (most people make it as spinach artichoke dip). It’s definitely a crowd-pleasing dip!
If you like traditional spinach artichoke dip, you’ll love this dip too.
RECIPE TIP: You can also turn this into a yummy hot crab dip by adding shredded crab meat.
Easy Guacamole Recipe
We call this guacamole dip, but some people also call it guacamole salad. We eat it with tortilla chips and it’s a perfect summer recipe for parties.
Hear me out: the greens from carrot tops make the best pesto dip!
It can be used for crackers or chips, but is really great on sandwiches and on a warm bread, too.
My daughter BEGS me to make this summer dip with fresh carrot tops from the garden every year now.
Sausage Queso (Sausage Cream Cheese Dip)
This sausage and cheese dip is another party favorite at our house and is full of cheesy goodness.
It’s a slow cooker cheesy dip with cream cheese and real cheddar, which makes this hot dips great for a set and forget recipe for summer parties, especially if you don’t want to be cooking over a hot stove on hot summer days.
I also love this dip because you can make it a spicy cheese dip hot salsa or hot sauce (or a more mild cheese dip).
If you’re looking for easy slow cooker dips for your gathering, pull out your trusty slow cooker because this is it!
Hands-down one of the most popular dips for parties all year!
Summer Corn and Black Bean Salsa
This is one of my daughter’s favorite dip recipes, so definitely don’t count it out for kids at your summer party (especially if you can get fresh sweet corn and cut it off the cob!).
It’s a simple recipe and a last minute dip ready in minutes.
Eat these black beans and corn with corn chips or tortilla chips like a chunky salsa.
Simple Dip With Cucumbers (Cold BBQ Cookout Dips)
You can make this easy dip in minutes with a couple of simple ingredients, which makes it the perfect last minute recipe.
This cucumber dip is a refreshing addition to a summer party food table, especially if you can get fresh summer cucumbers.
I love this an alternative to a heavy creamy dip and is one of our new favorite appetizers.
It takes like two minutes to make this easy dip!
SERVING TIP: The best way to serve this quick dip is with pita chips or fresh crunch vegetables for finger foods. Also, if you’re having an outdoor summer party, put the dip in a bowl and then sit the bowl in some crushed ice to keep the dip chilled.
Green Salsa Verde
If you want to add a different salsa than red salsa to your summer charcuterie board or party snack table, add salsa verde. (It’s one of my favorite!)
Simple Bean Dip Recipe (Refried Beans Dip)
Whenever we make this recipe for parties, everyone always says how they never liked bean dip until now!
This is an easy refried bean dip ready in no time for your summer recipes!
Pico De Gallo Dip (Easy Chunky Salsa Recipe)
This homemade pico de gallo recipe or salsa fresco (and sometimes called Mexican salad), is a another of our favorite easy dip for parties. Definitely add it to your list of easy and quick dips and appetizers. It’s really refreshing on a hot summer day for cookouts, especially if you can use fresh vegetables from your garden or summer produce from the farmers market.
Party Fruit Dips (DESSERT DIPS)
This dip recipe for fruit will quickly become your quick and easy recipe for parties or snacks for kids!
This sweet, creamy, fluffy fruit dip recipe has just a few ingredients, making it quick and simple summer day treat.
Great for easy sweet treat to balance out the savory dips. This is one of my favorite sweet dips!
Walking Fruit Salad
This easy fruit salad is perfect for easy tailgating recipes for kids and adults. Refreshing and simple dessert for outdoor cookout parties.
(I know this is a dessert, but it’s good to use with the sweet fruit dip recipe I gave you!)
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What are your favorite BBQ cookout dips and appetizers for your backyard barbecue party?