5 Awesome Dips That Are Cheaper Than Guac

You don't have to go broke for the perfect dip this year!

Food Network Kitchen's S'Mores Dessert Dip, as seen on Food Network.

Food Network Kitchen's S'Mores Dessert Dip, as seen on Food Network.

Photo by: Stephen Johnson ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Stephen Johnson, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

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Most of us would agree that when it comes to making dip for a large gathering or party, guacamole reigns supreme. But with the hefty price tag that comes with purchasing avocados, it’s totally acceptable to try your hand, or food processor, at some other creamy options. Here's a list of some of our affordable and creative faves.

It'll be hard not to double-dip into this chocolatey dessert. Inspired by everyone's campfire favorite, this s'mores creation is topped with pillowy marshmallows and placed under a broiler until it turns toasty and golden brown. Serve it while still warm with an array of pretzel sticks, graham crackers and potato chips for a playful nod to childhood fun.

If you don't have much experience working with cannellini beans, this super-creamy dip is an easy, and tasty, place to start. Simply put all your ingredients into a food processor and half the work is done! Giada De Laurentiis uses Italian parsley and lemon juice to add tart tanginess to this rustic spread. Serve with toasted white or whole wheat pita chips for the perfect scoopable treat.

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You may have a hard time going back to store-bought hummus after trying a spoonful (or more) of this buttery version from the Barefoot Contessa. Ina Garten's secret is 8 dashes of Tabasco sauce to give her hummus a spicy kick. With no cooking time required, it’s a great go-to dish when you're pressed for time or want to whip up a snack on the fly.

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Guests are sure to do a double-take when they dip their chip into this big batch of fiery salsa from Ree Drummond. To get your salsa to the right consistency, Ree recommends pulsing your ingredients 10 to 15 times. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and frothy glasses of beer for a fun toast-worthy time.

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David Malosh

Not only is this velvety queso done in 20 minutes, it's also spicy and creamy! To give it additional texture, top it with a savory blend of finely diced shallots, cilantro, chile and jalapeno peppers, and tomatoes.

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