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!
Walnuts bring a nutty depth to the bitterness of the watercress.
2. KALE & WALNUT PESTO
Photo and recipe from Love and Lemons
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
6. GREEN GODDESS DIP
Loaded with herbs, this will get anyone eating more vegetables.
Photo and recipe from PopSugar
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
10. SPRING PEA & RICOTTA SPREAD
Photo and recipe from The Divine Addiction
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
A food processor makes quick work of all the herbs in this Argentinian steak sauce.
Lamb's best friend.
Photo and recipe from Simple Food 4 You
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
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.