New Year’s Eve Snack Ideas

I’ve gathered up lots of delicious ways to ring in the New Year with some easy New Year’s Eve snacks. Whether it’s dips, sliders, finger food, French fries, easy slow cooker recipes, or fancy cheeseboards, I’m sure you’ll find some inspiration in this list.

snack recipes photo collage.

Cold Dips

These dip recipes are quick and easy – perfect for a last-minute appetizer or make them ahead to have on hand.

pimento cheese dip.

Pimento Cheese Dip

A quick 10-minute pimento cheese dip is a must-make for the holidays! It’s a simple mix-and-serve appetizer made with sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, peppers, and mayonnaise otherwise know as a combination of flavors that’s hard to resist.

jalapeno popper dip in a bowl with crackers.

Jalapeno Popper Spread

This jalapeno popper dip is an easy appetizer recipe. You can make it a day in advance and serve it with crackers or chips. It has all of the flavors of bacon-wrapped jalapeno wrappers but is served up cold and creamy as a dip instead. 

photo of a vegetable platter with bowl of tzatziki

Tzatziki Dip

Tzatziki is a quick and easy spread or dip that takes just minutes to make. It’s a good idea to plan ahead so the sauce has time to chill in the fridge, so all of the flavors develop. It’s garlicky and flavored with fresh dill and just a hint of mint. Serve it as a dip with pita and veggies for an easy appetizer.

a bowl of salsa with chips

Easy Homemade Salsa

Homemade salsa that’s not watery, not too thick, and full of fresh flavors from tomatoes, cilantro, and jalapeno. This is a cooked salsa recipe that is ready to go in less than 30 minutes. It’s full of fresh flavors and so easy to make.

a buffalo chicken wing being dipped in the dip.

Blue Cheese Dip

Cool and creamy Blue Cheese Dip is the best dip for buffalo chicken wings, veggie sticks, or crackers. It’s easy to make in about ten minutes and can be made ahead.

a bowl of dip with carrots, celery, and crackers on the side.

Green Onion Dip

Green Onion Dip is a cold dip recipe that you can make ahead! It’s creamy, full of fresh flavor

everything seasoning dip.

Everything Bagel Dip

You only need four ingredients to make this everything bagel dip and it takes all of ten minutes to start to finish. Everything bagel seasoning and fresh green onions flavor the creamy dip made with cream cheese and sour cream. Add your favorite crackers and veggies for an easy appetizer.

the dip with a cracker in it.


This creamy BLT dip is so easy to make and loaded with flavors from a classic BLT sandwich but in dip form.

a bowl of beer dip with pretzels.

Cheddar Ranch Beer Dip

This is an easy make-ahead cold dip that’s creamy and loaded with flavor! Serve it with your favorite crunchy pretzels, fresh veggie sticks, chips, or crackers.

cowboy caviar guacamole in a bowl with tortilla chips around it.

Cowboy Caviar Guacamole

Cowboy caviar combined with creamy guacamole is a quick and easy dip recipe loaded with fresh flavors. It has avocado, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, and fresh lime juice all mixed up and ready for a big bowl of tortilla chips to go with it. 

Hot Dips

I love a hot dip, and these recipes are some of my favorites! There are a few cheesy, melty, delicious dips that are perfect for scooping up with chips, veggie sticks, and crackers.

chips and queso.

Queso Blanco (Easy Slow Cooker Recipe)

This easy Queso Blanco is a creamy white cheese dip made with two kinds of cheese, spices, and garnished with tomatoes and cilantro. Make it in your slow cooker for an easy dip – everyone will love it!

a chip being dipped in artichoke spinach dip.

Easy Spinach Artichoke Dip

Creamy, hot spinach artichoke dip is a super easy hot appetizer – just mix, bake, and serve. It’s cheesy, creamy, and perfect with tortilla chips, crackers, and veggie sticks.

hot green chile cheese dip in a serving bowl.

Green Chile Cheese Dip

This green chile cheese dip is super easy – just mix, bake, and serve! It’s rich and creamy with a delicious green chile flavor.

a bowl of cheese dip with a tortilla chip

Easy Cheese Dip (in the Microwave!)

This smooth and creamy cheese dip has real cheese (no wobbly blocks of cheese product required!), cooks up in the microwave in just a few minutes, and goes great with some chips and guacamole on the side. 

Cocktail Meatballs

Meatballs are always a favorite, and I’ve got a few to choose from! Chicken meatballs, easy slow cooker cocktail meatballs, sweet and spicy ones… you’ll want to try them all.

meatball bites

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

These sweet and spicy meatball bites are so easy to make (the sauce has just two ingredients!) and are a great holiday treat. You can make them up to a day in advance and warm them up when you’re ready to serve them.

honey garlic meatballs in a slow cooker.

Honey Garlic Meatballs (5 Ingredients)

All you need is a slow cooker and five ingredients to make these honey garlic cocktail meatballs.

close-up shot of the final dish.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Buffalo chicken meatballs are a great appetizer with the same flavor as the classic wings but easier to make and less messy. The meatballs are tossed in the spicy wing sauce – serve them with blue cheese dip and veggie sticks for a fun party snack.

cocktail meatballs.

Raspberry Chipotle Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

Raspberry chipotle meatballs are an easy slow cooker appetizer that is great for parties.

Bar-Style Snacks

Just because you stay in for New Year’s doesn’t mean you need to miss out on some favorite bar snacks! Nachos, quesadillas, fried cheese sticks, and super easy fries are just a few to choose from.

a stack of steak quesadillas.

Steak Quesadillas

Steak Quesadillas, with gooey melted cheese and tender steak in every bite! This oven method is an easy way to make four at a time plus the prep work is quick, too.

photo of jalapeno poppers

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Oven-baked jalapeno poppers wrapped up in crispy bacon and stuffed with a zingy cilantro-lime cream cheese filling. These are the quintessential party food and always a hit.

loaded cheese fries in foil on sheet pan.

Loaded Cheese Fries

These loaded cheese fries are easy to make with frozen fries, a simple cheese sauce, bacon, and green onions!

chili nachos.

Chili Nachos

Chili Nachos topped with a creamy cheddar cheese sauce, cilantro sour cream, and green onions is a great way to use up leftover chili.

a basket of cajun onion rings.

Cajun Baked Onion Rings

Baked Onion Rings are crispy and flavored with Cajun seasonings for a great appetizer or side dish. 

a shrimp being dipped in the sauce.

Crispy Panko Shrimp

Panko shrimp is an easy appetizer or snack with some sauce on the side for dipping. They’re so easy to make (no deep-frying!) and great for parties.

quesadillas on a plate with ranch dressing.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla

This Chicken Bacon Ranch Quesadilla recipe is a fun twist on traditional quesadillas. It’s easy to make, too!

a plate of fries on a white plate.

Garlic Parmesan Fries

These garlic parmesan fries are so easy, thanks to store-bought frozen French fries. A few ingredients like garlic-infused olive oil, freshly grated Parmesan cheese, and chopped parsley turn plain fries into restaurant-style fancy fries in no time.

a pan of nachos.

Chorizo Nachos

Chorizo Nachos are great for parties, game days, or whenever you want to make a big batch of nachos to share. The combination of crispy tortilla chips. creamy cheese sauce, spicy Mexican chorizo, and pico de gallo is so delicious.

overhead photo of mozzarella sticks

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks

Hot and crispy homemade mozzarella sticks! This recipe makes a big batch of cheese sticks that can be frozen and fried in small batches whenever you get a craving. The mozzarella sticks are crispy on the outside with melted oozing cheese on the inside.

photo of fries on a plate

Super Easy Cajun Fries

If you need a super easy appetizer or snack these Cajun fries are the answer. Three ingredients, ten minutes of prep time, and 20 minutes of baking time. They come out of the oven hot and crispy with a delicious garlicky and smoky seasoning.

quesadillas on a board garnished with cilantro.

Green Chile Pork Quesadillas

These pork quesadillas with green chile are cooked in the oven on a sheet pan. This is an easy way to make four quesadillas at a time – the tortillas crisp up under the broiler so they’re hot, cheesy, and toasty when they come out of the oven.

the finished nachos.

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Layers of chicken, cheese, BBQ sauce, and tortilla chips – these BBQ chicken nachos have it all!

Fancy-ish Appetizers

Feeling fancy for New Year’s this year? Here are some ideas that look impressive but are easy to make.

close-up shot of the final dish.

Baked Brie in Puff Pastry

Brie wrapped in puff pastry is a flaky, buttery, warm cheese appetizer perfect for holidays and parties. It’s so easy to make with just four ingredients! Serve it with crackers and fruit for an elegant and delicious easy appetizer.

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Goat Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms

Low maintenance and totally delicious, these pop-in-your-mouth goat cheese stuffed mushrooms are always a favorite appetizer. 

baked sausage rolls on a baking sheet.

Sausage Rolls with Apple and Sage

Sausage rolls are always a party favorite! Savory sausage, apple, and sage wrapped up in warm, flaky puff pastry – they’re so delicious. Plus, they’re easy to make!

deviled eggs on a platter

Bacon and Chive Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are always a favorite appetizer and these ones are topped with crispy bacon and sliced chives for a pop of color and freshness.

the bundles with a dipping sauce.

Ham and Cheese Puff Pastry Bundles

These puff pastry bundles are easy to make and switch up with different fillings. Make them with ham and Swiss cheese, or swap them out to change the flavor. They are a great snack for parties.

a large cheeseboard.

How to Make a Cheeseboard

Learn how to make a Cheeseboard loaded with cheese, cured meat, and other delicious bites. I’m sharing my tips for the best cheeseboard, including the best base to use and how to pick the ingredients. Make it, and it will be the star of the holidays!

a spoonful of nuts.

Holiday Spiced Candied Pecans

Holiday spiced candied pecans are a fun holiday recipe! They have a wonderfully crispy coating and sweet and spicy flavor – they’re perfect for sharing or to have on hand as a festive crunchy snack.

Sandwiches, Sliders and Pinwheels

These sandwiches and sliders are perfect for sharing!

close-up photo of a stack of two italian sliders

Italian Sandwich Sliders

These Italian slider sandwiches are a great combination of salty/sweet with a tangy kick from banana peppers. They’re easy to prep and great for parties.

pizza sandwich.

Loaded Pizza Sandwiches

Loaded pizza sandwiches with salami, pepperoni, provolone and mozzarella cheese, olives, green peppers, and fresh herbs. Slice and share this big sandwich for a fun holiday snack.

a stack of tortilla pinwheels.

Bacon Jalapeno Cream Cheese Pinwheels

If you love jalapeno poppers, you will love these easy tortilla pinwheels. They have all the same great flavor but wrapped up in tortillas instead. It’s an easy no-cook appetizer!

photo of chicken sliders

Crispy Baked Chicken Sliders

These crispy baked chicken sliders are a delicious bite for a holiday party!.

A stack of three hot roast beef sandwiches with cheddar cheese sauce

Hot Roast Beef Sandwiches with Cheddar Cheese Sauce

These hot roast beef sandwiches are quick and easy thanks to a simple cheddar cheese sauce. They’re a fun snack for a holiday night in!

Roasted red pepper & basil pinwheels on a plate

Roasted Red Pepper Pinwheels

More pinwheels! For this version, I combine roasted red peppers with fresh basil and cream cheese for a simple and delicious roll-up. I’m also sharing ideas for other versions you’ll want to try, too!

chicken parm slider

Chicken Parmesan Sliders

These chicken parm sliders are easy to make thanks to shredded rotisserie chicken and so delicious thanks to the easy Parmesan cheese sauce! This recipe makes 12 sliders that are perfect for parties.

I hope you’ve found some New Year’s Eve party food ideas to try!

Happy New Year and happy snacking!


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This New Year’s Snacks Post has been updated from the archives. It was first published in December 2018.


  1. Just discovered your site. I am so hungry now! All of snack ideas sound wonderful. Looking forward to discovering more of your recipes.

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