20 Easy Food-Processor-Friendly Dips and Spreads

Dips are my favorite food. They are the reason I attend sports-watching get-togethers. I love their variety, from hot and cheesy to cool and minty, and there are few foods I have not used as a vehicle for said dips. Often just my fingers.

Each one here is easy to make with a food processor. Get on Amazon, pick out a machine, and two days later you'll be knee-deep in these delicious dips. A few minutes, a few ingredients, and this one key piece of equipment will make you want to host the Super Bowl at your place. It’s the most adult purchase you’ll make before buying a house, so come on, stop waiting to get a wedding registry (and a fiancé)—be a grown-up and get a food processor.

Any leftover dip makes a perfect sandwich condiment or quick pasta sauce for midweek meals!

1. WATERCRESS WALNUT DIP

Walnuts bring a nutty depth to the bitterness of the watercress.

2. KALE & WALNUT PESTO


Photo and recipe from Love and Lemons

3. HUMMUS

Just think about how much you spend on hummus at the grocery store.

4. PERFECT CAESAR DRESSING

Another salad dressing that is perfect to use as chip or pretzel fodder.
Photo and recipe from Natasha's Kitchen

5. WHITE BEAN & EDAMAME HUMMUS

6. GREEN GODDESS DIP

Loaded with herbs, this will get anyone eating more vegetables.
Photo and recipe from PopSugar

7. WHIPPED FETA WITH SWEET & HOT PEPPERS

Tangy, salty, and spicy—this one is perfect for turkey sandwiches.

8. ROASTED BEET HUMMUS

It’s packed with vitamins and vibrant pink—couldn’t ask for more.
Photo and recipe from Minimalist Baker

9. SPICY CARROT HUMMUS

10. SPRING PEA & RICOTTA SPREAD


Photo and recipe from The Divine Addiction

11. HARISSA

This is great with chicken wings at night and eggs the next morning, but beware: It packs some serious heat.
Harissa image by Jane Lear

12. SPICY FETA DIP


Photo and recipe from A Spicy Perspective

13. CREAMY ARTICHOKE DIP

Always a classic, always a hit.
Photo from Gimme Some Oven and recipe from Sunset Magazine

14. CHIMICHURRI

A food processor makes quick work of all the herbs in this Argentinian steak sauce.

15. TZATZIKI

Lamb's best friend.
Photo and recipe from Simple Food 4 You

16. SALSA

A few quick pulses and you’ve got fresh salsa in under a minute.
Photo and recipe from The Pioneer Woman

17. TOMATILLO SALSA

18. MISO-TOFU RANCH DIP

Recipe and photo from Epicurious

19. SPICY PEANUT DIP

Perfect for skewers, spring rolls, or even cold noodles.
Photo from RecipeGreat.com and recipe from How to Cook Everything

20. CHICKEN LIVER PÂTÉ

This is a fall favorite and surprisingly simple.
Photo and recipe from The Guardian

Go ahead, even if it’s just a small food processor ... you’ll be glad you did. Until you realize how much you’re spending on crackers.

Photos by Chris Rochelle for CHOW.com unless otherwise noted.

Vanessa W. Simmons is a former cook living in San Francisco, helping to run a food business. She's probably hungry, but if not she could eat.

See more articles
Share this article: