Slideshow: Game Day Eats: 18 Dip Recipes We Love

Cheese Sauce for Cheese Fries and Nachos
Cheese Sauce for Cheese Fries and Nachos

This cheese sauce is gooey and tangy. For a spicier version, substitute half the cheddar cheese with pepper jack and add minced pickled jalapeños to taste.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Gooey Cheeseburger Dip
Gooey Cheeseburger Dip

This recipe skips the classic Ro*Tel and Velveeta in favor of real Cheddar and (admittedly less real) American cheese, along with canned tomatoes and a fresh poblano pepper.

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[Photograph: J. Kenji Lopez-Alt]

Tyrokafteri (Hot Pepper and Cheese Dip)
Tyrokafteri (Hot Pepper and Cheese Dip)

This simple Greek dip of roasted hot peppers, feta, yogurt, olive oil, and lemon juice provides amazing layers of flavors in each bite.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip
Boursin and Gruyère Spinach and Artichoke Gratin Dip

A ton of spinach and artichokes get stuffed into this dippable gratin full of nutty Gruyère and ever-flavorful garlic and herb Boursin. Served with baguette chips, it's a French-American crowd pleaser.

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[Photograph: Kerry Saretsky]

Spicy Crab Dip
Spicy Crab Dip

This rendition of a Maryland crab dip is inspired by the fiery Southeast Asian dish of Chili Crab, wherein fresh whole crabs are bathed and cooked in a spicy sauce of chiles and aromatics.

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[Photograph: Marvin Gapultos]

Rosemary and Lemon White Bean Dip
Rosemary and Lemon White Bean Dip

This smooth and creamy bean dip with lemon and rosemary has a crowd-pleasing herbal, zesty, and fresh flavor.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Salmorejo Dip
Salmorejo Dip

Salmorejo is cold tomato soup from Córdoba, Spain that can easily be thickened into a refreshing dip.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Roasted Zucchini-Chickpea Dip with Za'atar
Roasted Zucchini-Chickpea Dip with Za'atar

Chickpeas come together with sweet roasted zucchini to create a light, silky dip that's far more exciting than your average store-bought hummus—and a cinch to make.

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[Photograph: Lauren Rothman]

Green Chili Queso Dip
Green Chili Queso Dip

The fruitiness and slight heat of roasted poblanos shine against a smooth cheesy base in this addictive dip.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

The Whiz Wit
The Whiz Wit

This recipe is really just steak, onions, and Cheez Whiz—if you like a cheesesteak with too much Whiz, this is for you.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Chorizo, Mushroom, and Onion Queso
Chorizo, Mushroom, and Onion Queso

Chorizo and shiitake or cremini mushrooms make for a queso that's salty, spicy, earthy, and meaty, with a satisfying stringiness thanks to Oaxacan cheese

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Taco Queso Dip
Taco Queso Dip

This queso has a robustness from earthy cumin and chili powder, spicy jalapeños and salsa, sautéed onions, garlic, and, of course, beef chuck. It really gives the sensation of eating a taco in dip form, and how can you go wrong with that?

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

Fresh Italian Herb and Cheese Dip
Fresh Italian Herb and Cheese Dip

Not all game-day dips have to hit to in the face—this mixture of mozzarella, fontina, and Parmesan with basil, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, and lemon zest will bring a little subtly to your party.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]

French Onion Cheese Dip
French Onion Cheese Dip

Well-caramelized onions, a combination of Gruyère and Swiss cheeses, a dash of Worcestershire sauce, and a hefty dose of thyme make for a surprisingly accurate evocation of a classic French onion soup.

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[Photograph: Joshua Bousel]