Fact: Dip is one of the few universally beloved things in the whole of the human experience. A good dip transcends culture and ties humanity together. Therefore, it’s your civic duty to try out one of these ridiculously simple spreads at your next gathering. Trust us: The world will thank you.

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WhiteQueso
La crème de la crumb

Slow-Cooker Queso Blanco

File this one under: Criminally Easy. With just three ingredients, the primary of which is white Velveeta cheese, the prep time is virtually non-existent.

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spinach artichoke
Mark Weinberg/Food52

Spinach, Artichoke and Feta Dip

You’ll love the way you can actually taste the artichokes in this lightened-up take on one of our all-time favorites.

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7layer
PureWow/Liz Andrew and Erin McDowell

7-Layer Dip

Everything you love about Mexican food, stratified into one simple dip. Scoop up all seven layers with a tortilla chip and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

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oniondippurple
Kailley?s Kitchen

Caramelized French Onion Dip

The flavors in this easy-to-prepare dip put store-bought onion dip to shame. Zesty, salty and creamy, it’s got all the qualities of a keeper.

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spicy chipotle
Damn Delicious

Spicy Chipotle White Bean Dip

Not everything at the tailgate has to include a metric ton of cheese... just some things. Balance it out with this healthy, spicy dip and you can session on without regret.

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smoked salmon
So Clutch Blog

Smoked Salmon Spread

We’d be remiss not to include an item from Ina Garten, queen of entertaining. (We love you if you’re reading this, Ina). This smoked salmon dip instantly classes up any gathering.

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PHOTO: LIZ ANDREW/STYLING: ERIN MCDOWELL

Spicy Avocado Hummus

Two beautiful spreads come together to form this perfect union. Don’t limit yourself to a tailgate for this one.

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buffalo chicken
Natasha’s Kitchen

Buffalo Chicken Dip

All our favorite flavors melded into one glorious dip. This is a surefire crowd-pleaser, whether you take it to book club or those backyard parties that people in winter denial like to throw well into November.

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pimento cheese
PureWow

Pimento Cheese Dip

This recipe comes from chef Mark Steuer, formerly of Carriage House. It’s everything Chicagoans love about “cheat day” food, as it’s slightly processed with a bit of a kick.

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cowboy caviar
Culinary Hill

Cowboy Caviar

This unique take on salsa is addicting. Luckily, it’s super easy to throw together; all you need to do is break out the cutting board and show off those knife skills. You’ll want those extra scoopable tortilla chips for this one.

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choco cookie dip
Brown Eyed Baker

Cookie Dough Dip (Yep)

You didn’t think we’d leave you hanging without a dessert dip, did you? This is everything you love about raw cookie dough without the stomach trouble. Break up a sheet of graham crackers and voilà: You’ve got yourself a winner.

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