Best Potluck Recipes

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Potlucks are always a great time for families and friends to get together for special occasions, summer BBQs and Sunday dinners. And I’m sure we’ve all worked somewhere where they loved having a potluck to celebrate just about anything, ha! Well if you’re looking for something easy, budget-friendly and delicious to bring to your next potluck, you’re in luck! We’ve put together 30 of the Best Potluck Recipes to impress your friends at your next social gathering!

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Easy Potluck Recipes

1. Cowboy Caviar

Cowboy Caviar

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Cowboy Caviar is a deliciously fresh bean salad with a colorful mix of beans and vegetables, plus a zesty lime dressing.
4.87 from 53 votes
$5.30 recipe / $0.53 serving Get the Recipe

You’ll definitely steal the show at your next party or BBQ when you make this Cowboy Caviar! It’s an easy salsa-type salad that can be served with chips, on top of tacos or salads or as a side dish with your next dinner meal.

2. Turkey Pinwheels

Turkey Pinwheels

A close up of three rows of turkey pinwheels on a wooden cutting board.
Turkey Pinwheels are a fun and easy spin on simple sandwiches, and the perfect recipe to make ahead for lunch meal prep or take to a party or potluck.
5 from 3 votes
$9.91 RECIPE / $2.48 SERVING Get the Recipe

Pinwheels are a classic party item that everyone seems to love. These Turkey Pinwheels are easy to make and extremely versatile. So grab this basic formula then feel free to switch up the ingredient combinations!

3. Macaroni Salad

Macaroni Salad

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Macaroni Salad is an easy and inexpensive classic for potlucks, summer BBQs, or an easy side dish for dinner.
5 from 5 votes
$4.89 recipe / $0.61 serving Get the Recipe

You can’t have a summer BBQ or potluck without this classic Macaroni Salad recipe. It’s cold, creamy, budget-friendly and delicious!

4. Homemade Cornbread

Easy Homemade Cornbread Recipe

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Toss that boxed mix and make this fast and Easy Homemade Cornbread, which makes a great side dish for breakfast, lunch, or dinner! 
4.72 from 102 votes
$1.51 recipe / $0.19 serving Get the Recipe

If there is one thing I absolutely love it’s definitely homemade cornbread. You can ditch the box stuff and serve this easy cornbread recipe with your soup, chili or as a side with your collard greens and pinto beans.

5. Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad

Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad

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This chunky chopped Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad is a great fresh salad that can be eaten on its own or turned into several different easy lunch ideas!
4.88 from 25 votes
$4.84 recipe / $1.61 serving Get the Recipe

Everyone loves a good chicken salad and this Broccoli Cheddar Chicken Salad puts a fun spin on a classic recipe.

Potluck Dinner Recipes

6. Homemade Lasagna

Homemade Lasagna

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This easy homemade lasagna recipe has layers of homemade meat sauce, tender lasagna noodles, and a rich combination of melty cheeses!
4.75 from 8 votes
$14.96 recipe / $1.66 serving Get the Recipe

When it comes to comfort food, it doesn’t get much better than a deep dish serving of cheesy Homemade Lasagna. This easy lasagna recipe is the ultimate crowd-pleasing food and is perfect for potlucks and Sunday dinners.

7. Homemade Chili

The Best Homemade Chili Recipe

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This is the BEST homemade chili recipe. It's super easy and delicious, plus there are plenty of ways to customize it and make it your own.
4.89 from 136 votes
$9.28 recipe / $1.55 serving Get the Recipe

This warm and comforting Homemade Chili recipe is great to enjoy all year long. You can serve it at a potluck or dinner party and allow guests to customize it with their own toppings for a super flavorful and hearty meal.

8. Baked Spaghetti

Baked Spaghetti with Sausage

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Baked spaghetti is a warm and comforting pasta casserole. As the pasta bakes, flavor infuses into the spaghetti, making it even more flavorful.
4.96 from 22 votes
$8.95 recipe / $1.49 serving Get the Recipe

Yes – Baked Spaghetti, because why not? It turns the traditional spaghetti recipe into this delicious casserole topped with a gooey layer of melted cheese. Trust me, it’s worth the extra effort.

9. Sloppy Joes

Sloppy Joes

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Ground beef in a tangy sauce piled onto a soft bun, homemade Sloppy Joes are an easy, classic American weeknight dinner.
4.54 from 13 votes
$10.20 recipe / $2.04 serving Get the Recipe

These Sloppy Joes are great to make for a big party or get-together. Our version is made with a rich, homemade sauce which makes them extra flavorful. You can easily serve these with mini slider buns to feed a crowd.

10. Tuna Noodle Casserole

Tuna Noodle Casserole

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Tuna Noodle Casserole is a creamy and comforting classic American dinner full of noodles, a creamy mushroom sauce, tuna, and peas. 
4.43 from 28 votes
$6.85 recipe / $1.14 serving Get the Recipe

You can never go wrong with a creamy, pasta casserole dish at potlucks and Sunday dinners. This Tuna Noodle Casserole recipe is made with a creamy, homemade mushroom sauce. It takes a little more time that using canned cream of mushroom soup – but it’s totally worth it!

Potluck Salad Recipes

11. Classic Southern Style Potato Salad

Classic Southern Style Potato Salad

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This classic Southern Style Potato Salad uses both mustard and mayonnaise for a super flavorful dressing that is rich, tangy, and creamy.
4.89 from 9 votes
$5.56 recipe / $0.70 serving Get the Recipe

You definitely can’t have a summer BBQ or potluck without a big bowl of Southern Style Potato Salad. This classic comfort food is creamy, tangy and has just the right amount of crunch.

12. Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad

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This light and fresh Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad is perfect for summer BBQs and potlucks, or your weekly meal prep.
4.84 from 31 votes
$8.76 recipe / $1.10 serving Get the Recipe

I love a good pasta salad during the warm summer months. This refreshing Summer Vegetable Pasta Salad has lots of colorful veggies, an easy homemade vinaigrette and pasta – that’s it! It also stretches well so it’s great for large gatherings.

13. Three Bean Salad

Classic Three Bean Salad

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Simple ingredients come together in this Classic Three Bean Salad to make a simple summer side dish, perfect for BBQs and potlucks!
4.64 from 11 votes
$2.79 recipe / $0.56 serving Get the Recipe

This simple Three Bean Salad has minimal ingredients, an easy and basic homemade dressing and is perfect for your next BBQ or potluck dinner.

14. Tortellini Salad

Tortellini Salad

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This fresh, vibrant, and utterly delicious Tortellini Salad feeds a crowd on a dime. The best part: you can put it together in minutes!
5 from 1 vote
$15.57 recipe / $1.30 serving Get the Recipe

Your family and friends will love this Tortellini Salad recipe at your next potluck event! It’s a fresh, vibrant and delicious salad made with tortellini pasta, fresh summer vegetables and Italian dressing. Super easy and perfect for big parties!

15. Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad

Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad

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Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad is a light, fresh, and vibrant pasta salad perfect for any summer meal. 
4.84 from 53 votes
$6.46 recipe / $1.08 serving Get the Recipe

This fun and delicious Lemony Cucumber Couscous Salad is super easy to make and stays fresh in the fridge for days. It’s the perfect side dish for anything you might cook on the grill and it works great for meal prep!

Vegetarian Potluck Recipes

16. Cheese Enchiladas

Cheese Enchiladas

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Cheese enchiladas are a simple and delicious comfort food that never disappoints. These enchiladas are extra creamy and full of flavor! 
4.91 from 10 votes
$5.97 recipe / $1.49 serving Get the Recipe

These Cheese Enchiladas are a simple recipe that combines tortillas, cheese, an extra kick of green chiles and of course our homemade enchilada sauce. They’re warm, cheesy and seriously delicious!

17. Cucumber Sandwiches

Cucumber Sandwiches

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Cucumber sandwiches with a dilly cream cheese spread are a light and refreshing lunch or snack to serve with tea or brunch.
4.80 from 5 votes
$5.06 recipe / $0.42 serving Get the Recipe

These simple, light and refreshing cucumber sandwiches are perfect to make for brunch parties, bridal and baby showers, potlucks and even work gatherings. They’re also really flexible so feel free to play around with the ingredients and make them your own.

18. Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs

Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs

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Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs are seasoned with a fiery spice blend and pepper sauce for a smoking hot appetizer that's a total breeze to prepare!
5 from 1 vote
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Everyone loves a good deviled egg, but have you ever had hot deviled eggs?? These Nashville Hot Deviled Eggs are a fun twist to a classic potluck favorite recipe…and yes they’re seriously hot!

19. Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole

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A creamy broccoli cheddar casserole from scratch, using no "cream of" soups. Rich, cheesy comfort food at its best!
4.73 from 74 votes
$6.56 recipe / $1.09 serving Get the Recipe

Broccoli Cheddar Casserole is a comforting, classic recipe that is always welcomed at social dinner parties. This homemade version comes together quickly and is a great way to use up some leftover rice!

20. Succotash


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Succotash is a simple and colorful side dish made with corn and lima beans that is savory, subtly sweet, and full of delicious flavor.
5 from 1 vote
$5.46 recipe / $0.55 serving Get the Recipe

We love a good side dish that you can pair with almost any meal. This colorful Succotash is simple to make, budget-friendly and a great dish to use up other vegetables in your fridge.

Slow Cooker Potluck Recipes

Slow cooker recipes are perfect for potlucks because if you’re someone like me there are probably a million other things you need to do to get ready for a party – especially if you’re the host. Not only are these slow cooker potluck recipes delicious, but it will also free up some of your time and keep you from having to stand over a hot stove all day!

21. Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

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Seasoned chicken breast and tangy BBQ sauce are slow cooked until tender and delicious. Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, pizza, and more.
4.86 from 7 votes
$8.34 recipe / $2.09 serving Get the Recipe

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is one of my favorite ways to cook tender, flavorful chicken. Chicken breasts are seasoned well and topped with BBQ sauce, then cooked slow which helps make them extra tender and allows them to soak up that yummy sauce.

22. Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

Easy Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili

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The slow cooker does all the work with this easy, flavorful, and healthy white chicken chili. This "dump and go" dinner will become a family favorite!
4.82 from 125 votes
$10.23 recipe / $1.71 serving Get the Recipe

This Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili is the perfect dump and go recipe. Add all of your ingredients to the bottom of the slow cooker, set your timer and when you come back you’ll have a big batch of hearty, delicious white chicken chili!

23. Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

Slow Cooker Pulled Pork

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Slow Cooker Pulled Pork is an easy way to cook the most tender and juicy pork ever. It's great on tacos, sandwiches, burritos and more.
4.50 from 6 votes
$9.48 recipe / $1.19 serving Get the Recipe

You’ll be surprised just how tender and juicy this Slow Cooker Pulled Pork recipe is after it’s cooked low and slow. It’s perfect for BBQ sandwiches, nachos or any potluck or party meal.

24. Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew

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This super easy Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew is simple, comforting food at its best. And the leftovers are even better the next day!
4.50 from 32 votes
$9.88 recipe / $1.65 serving Get the Recipe

Slow Cooker Hamburger Stew is a simple, budget-friendly take on the classic beef stew recipe. It’s made with ground beef, lots of veggies and is perfect to feed a crowd.

25. Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is tender, juicy, tangy, and rich all at the same time! Perfect for sandwiches, nachos, salads, pizza, and more.
4.90 from 19 votes
$12.65 recipe / $1.58 serving Get the Recipe

This Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken is always a favorite at potlucks and dinner parties. Our version goes a step further and uses ranch seasoning which adds a huge burst of flavor to the sauce and makes it even more delicious!

Potluck Dessert Recipes

26. Texas Sheet Cake

Texas Sheet Cake

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Texas Sheet Cake might be the ultimate chocolate cake. It's incredibly easy to make and has a luscious buttery richness with a pure chocolate punch!
5 from 3 votes
$11.27 recipe / $0.75 serving Get the Recipe

Say hello to one of the best chocolate cake recipes you’ll probably every taste. This Texas Sheet Cake can easily feed a crowd and is great for potlucks and large family gatherings.

27. Banana Pudding

Banana Pudding

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This easy-to-make banana pudding has all the things you want in a dessert: honey-like fruit, velvety vanilla pudding, and the crunch of buttery wafers.
5 from 2 votes
$4.91 recipe / $1.23 serving Get the Recipe

Is it just me or does it seem like Banana Pudding is always the first dessert to be devoured at potlucks? I suggest making a double batch of this easy Banana Pudding recipe because it’s always a crowd favorite!

28. Super Fudgy HOmemade Brownies

Super Fudgy Homemade Brownies

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These super fudgy homemade brownies are thick, rich, extra-chocolatey, and super moist. They're the ultimate homemade fudge brownie!
4.74 from 19 votes
$3.93 recipe / $0.44 serving Get the Recipe

If you’re team fudgy brownies with dense, chewy, rich chocolate then these super fudgy homemade brownies are just for you! They’re easy to serve making them great for parties.

29. Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

Raspberry Oatmeal Bars

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These easy Raspberry Oatmeal bars are a fast fix for your sweet tooth and they only require a few pantry staples plus your favorite jam!
4.72 from 35 votes
$2.86 recipe / $0.32 serving Get the Recipe

You can whip up a batch of these super easy Raspberry Oatmeal Bars when you need a sweet dessert to go with dinner. They’re fun and simple to make with just a few pantry staple ingredients.

30. Easy Lemon Cream Pie

Easy Lemon Cream Pie

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This sweet and creamy cloud-like lemon cream pie is an easy summer dessert that can be made completely no-bake, if needed.
4.95 from 17 votes
$4.26 recipe / $0.53 per slice Get the Recipe

This fluffy Lemon Cream Pie is a simple dessert thats perfect for summer gatherings. Make it with a buttery graham cracker crust or vanilla wafers and just a few simple ingredients for a sweet and creamy dessert!

Enjoy all of these delicious potluck recipes at your next party and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments below!

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