It can be hard deciding what foods to make for a party when you know you’re going to have a lot of different people with different tastes present. You want to try to have a couple dishes to suit everybody, but you also want a variety just in case some things aren’t well received. Not to mention the party is coming up sooner than you realized, so you might want something relatively quick and cheap to present to your guests. For any occasion such as this, here are 15 cheap party food recipes you can easily make!
You’ll be hard-pressed to find someone who doesn’t like salsa. It’s an international favorite, after all! Salsa is pretty simple for the most part: a lot of seasonings, tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and lime juice make up the bulk of most recipes! Throw some store-bought chips in a bowl on the side and you’re good to go!
This is definitely a party favorite. With less than ten ingredients, it’s pretty easy to make, too! Just a lot of spinach, artichoke hearts, and cream cheese.
3. Cheese and Crackers Platter
There’s not too much to this one. It’s very popular because of its simplicity. Just get a variety of cheeses and some buttered crackers, put them on a decorative plate, and you’re set!
4. Pigs in a Blanket
A southern favorite that shows up at a lot of Super Bowl parties, pigs in a blanket is one of the most simple and simultaneously delicious party foods that exist! You just get cocktail wieners (or little smokies, as my dad calls them) and roll them up in a crescent roll! After 15 minutes in the oven, you’ll have the perfect party snack!
This one is not quite traditional cheap party food, but it’s delicious nonetheless. You just thread peppers and meatballs on some skewers, grill them, and add some sauce if you like!
Another international favorite that’s been on the rise recently is guacamole. With only 7 ingredients, this one is really cheap, easy, and even paleo-friendly!
This is a pretty standard and beloved party food. You can make either a dry or wet rub, or both depending on your likes and the likes of your guests! Throw some blue cheese sauce on the side for a perfect dip.
Okay, maybe you don’t think of grilled cheese as a party food, but hear me out. It’s incredibly simple and cheap to make (literally just bread and cheese), and almost everyone likes it! You can even dress it up if you want to get more fancy (say, throw in a slice of pineapple for a Hawaiian grilled cheese treat)!
9. Bean Dip
Also known as 7-layer dip, this one is easily a home run. This has so many different elements that pair well together yet are still super easy to combine- it’s pretty incredible.
Like cheeseburgers but miniature! Who doesn’t love the tiny finger foods?
11. Stuffed Peppers
You can put almost anything you like in these, and it’ll turn out great. Just add a lot of spices and bake it for a long time. Delicious!
12. Caramel Corn
This one would be really easy just to buy pre-made at the store since it’s so popular, but in case you want to try your hand at making it yourself, here’s a recipe for you!
13. Queso Dip
We’re taking a dive (or shall I say, a dip) into the Mexican cuisine again! Because let’s be honest, when it comes to cheap party food Mexico knows how to get it done. And who can say no to queso? It’s hot, liquidy cheese, what is there not to love?
14. Deviled Eggs
They may stink, but man are they good! They’re pretty easy to prepare and store, too!
15. Chocolate Fondue
This is a perfect party dessert. Melted chocolate drizzled over some strawberries and marshmallows (or just eaten by itself if you’re like me).
What’s your favorite cheap party food? Share it with everyone in the comments!
My name is Kassidy Barber, I'm 20 years old, and I'm currently working on my B.A. in English with a minor in web communications at the University of Alabama in Huntsville! I love video games, lots of T.V. shows, dogs, and especially food (both cooking and eating)!