Easy Potluck Appetizers, Cold Dip Recipes for a Crowd and Fast & Easy Cold Finger Food Buffet Ideas –
These 13 cheap and quick 3 ingredient cold appetizers are my favorite fast and easy recipes with few ingredients for any potluck, work party, cold food buffet table or any party or family gathering.
These cold buffet party food ideas for adults AND kids and are such cheap and quick ideas if you’re looking for No Cook appetizers on a budget.
These recipes below are also my favorite 3 ingredient appetizers for tailgating because they travel well, too (just like these potluck ideas here).
You can even dress up these cold appetizers to look elegant and fancy – only YOU will know how super simple they were to make!
3 Ingredient Cold Appetizer Recipes
I’ll also share some tips and tricks that I do in order to make these cold appetizers more crowd pleasing for my group AND make them even easier to make.
I have a bunch of picky eaters in my family so I adjust these cold apps to fit my hungry and PICKY crowd.
Also, since these cold appetizers travel well, I consider them the best appetizers to bring to a party, potluck etc too.
Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
There are only 3 simple ingredients in this cold appetizer: cherry tomatoes, cream cheese and mayo.
Yep that’s it!
3 Ingredient Guac Dip
This guacamole dip doesn’t get any easier! Just mash up some avacados with some lime juice and salt. Throw in a dash or 2 of hot sauce if your crowd likes things a bit on the spicy side.
5 Minute Crab Dip
Yep, you guessed it, only 3 ingredients and ready in only 5 minutes (or you can make it ahead of time!
It is SO good!
Salami and Cheese Bites
I love this super simple recipe – it’s salami bites filled with whipped cream cheese and pepperoncini peppers – SO good!
One of my all-time favorite fast and easy 3 ingredient cold finger foods for any appetizer table (we even take them tailgating!)
3 Ingredient Beer Dip
This beer dip recipe can be made with real beer, near beer, non-alcoholic beer – or no beer at all.
You can serve this dip hot, if you want, but we REALLY love it cold – it’s present at EVERY SuperBowl party in this house!
Turkey Roll Ups
I make these super simple turkey rolls up for all our family gatherings and parties.
Just toss the 3 ingredients together, roll them up in flour tortillas, then cut into “pin wheel” bite-sized appetizers.
You can even put some extra honey dijon dressing in a cute bowl to use as dipping sauce.
(note: the recipe actually calls for more than 3 ingredients, but I don’t put lettuce on mine)
Simple Fruit and Cheese Appetizer
Cold appetizers don’t get any easier than these fruit and cheese kabobs. Plus, they look fancy dancy lol!
Loaded Baked Potato Dip
Just 3 ingredients: sour cream, shredded cheese and bacon – it can’t get much easier than that!
(note: the recipe calls for hot sauce – which is totally optional and depends on your crowd’s tolerance of hot food lol!)
There are a LOT of easy ranch dip recipes for veggies or chips here if you want more easy cold dip recipe ideas.
Salad On a Stick
These are another big hit at our family potlucks.
In fact, I make them for all the wedding and baby showers I throw and as a simple super appetizer for ANY occasion.
And they look so pretty, don’t they?
Ranch Vegetable Cups
Now, these are pretty to look at, but my crowd doesn’t care for ALL those types of cold vegetables to dip. I make these vegetable cups with pre-cut carrots and celery and toss on some cherry tomatoes. Naturally you can use any fresh vegetables that YOUR crowd likes.
TIP: on really lazy or busy days, I’ll just squirt some Hidden Valley ranch dressing in the bottom of the cups.
If you want the Dill Vegetable Dip recipe:
Pickles In A Blanket
Now this easy cold appetizer can be made as fancy as you want, but let me tell you MY secret for making it SUPER easy.
You know those flavored Philadelphia cream cheese flavors?
Use one of those instead of trying to work that fancy cheese the recipe calls for.
SO much easier and, in my opinion, they taste better too.
3 Ingredient Chicken Salad Dip
I feel like I’m giving a secret here, but this chicken salad dip is THE easiest 3 ingredient cold party dip I’ve ever made.
It is SO good – and people think I actually COOKED the chicken and BOILED the eggs… haha!
What makes this such a fast and easy appetizer is that I use canned chicken breast (drained of course) and pre-boiled hard boiled eggs (yes, your local grocery store probably sells them right next to the carton of eggs).
I also toss in some sweet dill pickle relish – it gives it an extra good taste.
Set out some crackers and serve this appetizer dip COLD.
Roast Beef Bites
Want a cold MEAT appetizer idea? These roast beef bits are really good and they’re filling.
Plus they’re a nice addition to all the chips and dips and vegetables on the appetizer table.
Sometimes, we just need some MEAT, right?
Now, the recipe calls for some fancy bread you toast first, but I don’t do that.
I get those cute little bread squares in different flavors in the bakery area of my grocery store and put these together on that bread without toasting it.
That makes this cold fingerfood even easier to make – plus, my crowd likes them better that way.
Easy Appetizers For a Crowd
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Found On This Page:
- 3 Ingredient Cold Appetizer Recipes
- Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes
- 3 Ingredient Guac Dip
- 5 Minute Crab Dip
- Salami and Cheese Bites
- 3 Ingredient Beer Dip
- Turkey Roll Ups
- Simple Fruit and Cheese Appetizer
- Loaded Baked Potato Dip
- Salad On a Stick
- Ranch Vegetable Cups
- Pickles In A Blanket
- 3 Ingredient Chicken Salad Dip
- Roast Beef Bites
- Easy Appetizers For a Crowd
- More Easy Recipe Ideas