These recipes make perfect appetizers for Christmas or Thanksgiving buffets, game day noshing, or just an easygoing light dinner. Make a batch of homemade hummus to serve with a charcuterie plate or try your hand at making homemade BBQ chips or crackers.

With these homemade options, we can snack to our heart’s (and belly’s) content without succumbing to plastic-packaged, ready-to-eat snacks.

If you’re trying to reduce your dependence on grocery stores, these simple appetizers are a great start — make them for a small party or make them for a crowd. You’ll save money (have you seen the price of ready-made hummus??) and eliminate wasteful packaging by making your own snacks and hors de’oeuvres at home.

Turn Pantry Ingredients into this Easy Black Bean Salsa (or Salad!)

black bean dip with whole beans, corn, and veggies in a blue bowl, with some on a tortilla chip

This flavorful corn and black bean salsa looks beautiful on a buffet table, plus it’s super easy to make. It’s inexpensive, too! PLUS, by adapting the recipe a bit, you can transform this black bean dip into an easy and filling black bean salad. Homemade, good food for less and without excess packaging.

Quick & Easy Spicy Salsa Recipe

spicy salsa in a bowl with jalapeno slices

This spicy salsa recipe is perfect for adding a little bit of kick to your favorite meals. This cooked salsa recipe comes together in just 20 minutes.

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