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5 Dipping Sauces in 5 Minutes (perfect for almost anything dippable!)

Yummy bite-sized appetizers and an amazing Dipping Sauce are a go-to when it comes to Game Day Snacks. Today I have five easy Dipping Sauce Recipes that will complement almost every dippable appetizer you’re serving and put your snack tray over the top!

5 Easy Dipping Sauces for Game Day Snacks - Easy Dipping Sauce recipes

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5 Easy Dipping Sauce Recipes for Your Next Party:

Our family will always take advantage of any opportunity to get together with friends and gameday is a perfect reason.

Food, fun and watching the game with friends on a big-screen TV (no matter which team we’re rooting for) beats out actual tailgating in the extreme Texas weather any day.

Favorite Finger Foods for Dipping

When we host a Homegating party, we have a few staple foods that always appear on the menu.  Queso and chips, burgers and brats, and of course a selection of easy finger-food sized snacks.  And all those yummy finger foods need dipping sauces!

Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeno Poppers, Meatballs, Chicken Rollups, Potato Skins, Fries, Wings… You name, we love it!  All of these finger snacks are great on their own, but are so much better with an amazing dipping sauce!

 

5 Easy Dipping Sauce Recipes

Why You Need These Dipping Sauces in Your Life:

There’s not that’s much better than a hot and cheesy Mozzarella Stick. (ok, except for maybe jalapeno poppers.)  Sure, you can toss together some ranch dressing and yogurt and call it a day, but for the ultimate game day spread you need a little variety in your dipping sauces.

  • Honey Mustard
  • Chipotle Aioli
  • Yum Yum Sauce 
  • Avocado Ranch
  • Marinara

Any one of these quick sauces will elevate your appetizer tray!

Kitchen Tools Needed

The best part is these 5 dipping sauce recipes is that they are super simple to make and a few of them can be made with just a fork!  (Like the Avocado Ranch or Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce.

But if you’re going to be making any of these simple sauces in bulk, I recommend using a more powerful kitchen tool. (Plus you definitely need a power chopper to dice the chipotle peppers in the Chipotle Aioli.)

You can use a blender, nutri ninja, or my new favorite toy – my mini Cuisinart chopper and have all these dipping sauces ready to go in just about 5 minutes.  (See the chopper in action here on QVC, where you get 2 bowls, or here from Bed Bath and Beyond, where it is slightly less $$, but only get one bowl. Can you tell I love this thing, lol?)

Game Day Snacks

What is the best dipping sauce?

That is a difficult question to answer as it depends on your tastes and what you are dipping. 

My favorite from the list below is the Chipotle Aioli, but I think the best all-around dipping sauce is the Yum Yum sauce.

It has the most ingredients of all the dipping sauces in this list, but it tastes great with almost everything and it doubles as a topping for burgers, salad dressings, chicken, and even goes well with seafood like shrimp or sushi!

Game Day Dips

5 Easy Dipping Sauce Recipes and Ideas for your next Game Day Party:

Here are the five dipping sauce recipes and ideas that come together in five minutes flat. (Not including the time it takes to wash out your blender, lol.)  Multiple dipping sauce choices will put your appetizer tray over the top, I promise!

(Scroll to the bottom to print all these recipes at once.)

Easy Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Recipe

(Who doesn’t love honey mustard?)
Ingredients:
Instructions:
Whisk all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

 

Quick Chipotle Aioli

(Kinda’ spicy, but my personal fave.)
Ingredients
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (reserve 2 tsp of the Adobo Sauce)
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • squeeze or two of lemon juice
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients (including the 2 teaspoons of Adobo sauce) in a blender and blend.  Scrape the sides as needed and blend ’til the peppers are completely purred into the dip.

 

Avocado Ranch 

(my son’s fave)
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 tbsp Ranch seasoning (plus more if needed)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • water, if needed
Instructions: 
Combine all ingredients, except water, into blender and blend.  Taste and add more ranch seasoning if needed.  Add water a teaspoon at a time until sauce reaches desired thickness.

 

Yum Yum Sauce

(lil’ missy’s fave- I think she likes the touch of sweetness in this one.)
Ingredients:
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or ketchup)
  • 3 tsp rice wine vinegar (or water)
  • 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • Optional: hot sauce, cayenne, dried red pepper flakes or sriracha if you like a bit of kick
Instructions:
Whisk all ingredients until combined.  If you feel the sauce needs to be thinned out, you can add a few teaspoons of water (a teaspoon at a time.) Place in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

 

Marinara Sauce 

Perfect for Mozzarella sticks!
Ingredients:
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1/8th tsp of garlic powder)
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves, diced (or 1 tsp dried basil – make sure it is fresh)
  • optional for a bit of kick: a pinch of crushed red pepper
Instructions:
Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. If desired, warm in the microwave or over stovetop.

 

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5 Easy Dipping Sauces for game day snacks

5 Dipping Sauces in 5 Minutes

  • Author: Jamie Sanders
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes

Description

Five easy Dipping Sauce Recipes that will complement almost every dippable appetizer you’re serving! Including Easy Honey Mustard, Quick Chipotle Aioli, Avocado Ranch, Yum Yum Sauce, and Marinara Sauce.)


Ingredients

Scale
Easy Honey Mustard Recipe
Quick Chipotle Aioli
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in Adobo Sauce (reserve 2 tsp of the Adobo Sauce)
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 2 tsp Olive oil
  • squeeze or two of lemon juice
Avocado Ranch
  • 3/4 cup Sour Cream
  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 tbsp Ranch seasoning (plus more if needed)
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • water, if needed
Yum Yum Sauce
  • 1 cup Mayo
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste (or ketchup)
  • 3 tsp rice wine vinegar (or water)
  • 2 tsp white granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tbsp garlic powder
  • Optional: hot sauce, cayenne, dried red pepper flakes or sriracha if you like a bit of kick
Marinara Sauce 
  • 1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic (or 1/8th tsp of garlic powder)
  • 3 to 4 basil leaves, diced (or 1 tsp dried basil – make sure it is fresh)
  • optional for a bit of kick: a pinch of crushed red pepper

Instructions

Easy Honey Mustard Recipe

Whisk all the ingredients together and season with salt and pepper.

Quick Chipotle Aioli

Combine all ingredients (including the 2 teaspoons of Adobo sauce) in a blender and blend.  Scrape the sides as needed and blend ’til the peppers are completely purred into the dip.

Avocado Ranch

Combine all ingredients, except water, into blender and blend.  Taste and add more ranch seasoning if needed.  Add water a teaspoon at a time until sauce reaches desired thickness.

Yum Yum Sauce

Whisk all ingredients until combined.  If you feel the sauce needs to be thinned out, you can add a few teaspoons of water (a teaspoon at a time.) Plase in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.

Marinara Sauce 

Combine all ingredients in a blender and puree. If desired, warm in the microwave or over stovetop.


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Now it’s your turn!  What’s your favorite type of dipping sauces for your game day snacks?