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The Top 6
Party Dips

(That Aren’t Guacamole)

The Top 6 Football Party Dips (That Aren’t Guacamole)
January 30, 2024

We will always be believers in the power of a good guac, but there are all kinds of delicious dips for football games worth, well, dipping into. There are hundreds of guacamole recipes (and we love them all equally), but guac is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to great football party dips!


These innovative spins on guacamole and game day dips will have football fans cheering around the country from kickoff to halftime and beyond.



Did you know fresh Avocados From Mexico contribute good fats and nearly 20 vitamins and minerals to your diet? They’re also certified by the American Heart Association as a heart-healthy fruit! Each serving of avocado provides naturally good fats, is low in saturated fat, and is free of cholesterol, sugar, and sodium. If that’s not worth dipping into, we don’t know what is.


6 Football Party Dips

The beauty of dips is that they’re so versatile. No matter what your crew prefers, there’s a dip out there for everyone. From vegetarian avo hummus to indulgent cheesy goodness, these six dips belong on your game day roster.


1. Game-Winning 7-Layer Dip

The name says it all, and this game day special is always a winner. With a bit of everything in every bite, this dip may need to make an appearance in every game day spread. Layer after layer of classic taco toppings such as beans, olives, salsa, and cheese support a layer of creamy guacamole made with spicy jalapeño, fresh cilantro, and tangy lime. Be sure to serve it with sturdy chips that can withstand a hefty dip!


2. Last-Minute Football Party Dip

Is it game day, and you have no time to bake a football party dip? Worry not: This no-bake, double-cheese dip has your back. Just combine the following:


  • 2 c. shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 c. mayonnaise
  • 3/4 c. Dijon mustard
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 1 green pepper, minced
  • 1 tbsp. horseradish (optional)


No need to bake, microwave, or even chill this creamy concoction — it’s ready to be served up with crackers, cocktail shrimp, or anything else you can dip with.


3. Avo Hummus Recipe

For those always on the lookout for excellent vegan options, this recipe earns its place in any plant-based diet as a natural crowd-pleaser. Brimming with the bold flavors of lime, garlic, and smoky adobo, this pureed spread of avocado, garbanzo beans, and tahini is filling and oh-so-smooth.



OK, we know this is a guide to non-guacamole football party dips, but this recipe is too good to pass up sharing. What’s more fun than dipping into a giant bowl of guacamole arranged to look like a football stadium?
Get the recipe and guide here.


4. Maryland Crab and Avocado Dip

Any East Coast fans out there? Whether this dip fits your team’s region or your cravings, your squad won’t be able to get enough. It’s the perfect topping for crostini, crackers, and fresh green salads. Plus, the avocado featured in this recipe is a heart-healthy fruit that provides naturally good fats, is low in saturated fat, and is cholesterol-free. Score!


5. Easy-Cheesy Artichoke Football Party Dip

Artichoke dip is at the heart (get it?) of any legendary spread of football party dips. It’s also super easy to make it super cheesy. Just mix the following ingredients:


  • 1 c. canned artichoke hearts
  • 1 c. cream cheese
  • 1 1/2 c. shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 c. sour cream
  • 1/2 c. mayonnaise


Add the mixture to an oven-safe pan. Sprinkle it with extra cheese and your favorite seasoning (we like Cajun or taco seasoning for an extra kick) and bake for 20-25 minutes at 350°F or until the dip starts bubbling. Mmm. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips, or slices of freshly baked bread.


6. Avocado and Tropical Fruit Salsa

Mango, pineapple, and lime dance a sweet and zesty tango through fresh avocado and cilantro, while jalapeño adds a flare of spice to this recipe. Complete the salsa by throwing in a few toasted pumpkin seeds for some crunch — it will be the spotlight of your game day table! Serve it as a topping to chicken or fish, or let it stand alone next to a bowl of salty, crispy tortilla chips.


Before you cut into your avocados, be sure you know how to tell if an avocado is ripe. This trick will also help you pick out dip-ready avocados on your next trip to the supermarket.



Tortilla chips are classic vehicles for football party dips and guacamole, but a whole world of dunkers is waiting to be explored. Have you tried dipping into artichoke dip with a jicama stick? Or using a salty soft pretzel to eat your crab dip? If not, you’re in for a treat. Get the full list of alternate dippers here.


Discover more game day dips, appetizers, and ideas here.



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