These 5 Super Bowl Dips Are Actually the Main Event

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Photo: Caitlin Bensel

The Super Bowl, for some people, is about sports. But for the rest of us, it's about the excellent snacking opportunities, and a core category is Super Bowl dips. There's nothing wrong with opening a jar, but once you realize the vast array of dips you can make yourself, including an upgrade to your onion dip and many intriguing kinds of hummus. Even if all you have the strength for is mixing together a few things and plunking down a bowl next to a bag of tortilla chips, we have many dip options for you.

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Bacon Guacamole

Bacon Guacamole
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Guacamole does just fine without bacon, but, well, if you're going to add some meat to it, bacon is definitely the way to go. This recipe adds just that little extra smokiness and saltiness, care of just three strips of bacon.

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Creamy Spinach-and-Shrimp Dip

Creamy Spinach and Shrimp Dip
© Fredrika Stjärne

Vegetables just taste better when you get to dip chips in them, and particularly when they're enhanced with shrimp, like in this spinach dip. It's also one that you can make without touching the stove, a bonus if you're already juggling too many appetizers.

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Blue Cheese and Walnut Dip

Blue-Cheese-and-Walnut Dip with Waldorf Crudités
David Malosh

Waldorf salad has many things to recommend it, but unfortunately, it's difficult to eat with chips. Luckily, that problem is solved with this dip, which you can accompany with the traditional trappings of a Waldorf, like apple slices and grapes.

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Fancy Clam Dip

Fancy Clam Dip Recipe
Justin Walker

If you have access to clams — I'm looking at you Northeasterners — you should turn them into a fancy dip, best served along thick, crispy, barely salted kettle chips. Just saying.

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Instant Pot Baba Ganoush

baba ganoush
Caitlin Bensel

If the Instant Pot you got for Christmas has been sitting sadly in the corner, now is your chance to put it into action. The pressure cooking function allows you to get the texture of a great Baba Ganoush without fussing over a grill, plus you can make it a couple days ahead of time, if you'd rather relax on Super Bowl Sunday than spend time in the kitchen.

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