If you’re following the keto diet, you might be wondering what to serve your guests at your next party. How do you include keto-friendly food without all of your guests balking at the low carb food? Luckily, it isn’t that hard to turn your favorite foods into keto-friendly versions, and that couldn’t be more true than when it comes to appetizers. There are so many appetizers that are already keto-friendly without many adjustments. Meatballs, bacon-wrapped hors d’oeuvres, creamy dips, and chicken wings are all keto-friendly. You may just need to use a keto-friendly sauce or change up the way you cook them.
How to Make Keto Appetizers
Keto is a low carb diet that requires you to stay under 30 to 50 grams of carbs per day. This forces your body to burn fat instead of glucose, a process known as ketosis. Even one meal off-plan can be enough to kick your body out of ketosis, so it’s important to always pay attention to the carbs in your meals and snacks.
First off, you may be wondering what kinds of appetizers are allowed on the keto plan. Feel free to include all types of cheeses, cream cheese, sour cream, nuts, avocados, and so much more. These creamy concoctions make great dips or as a stuffing in low carb veggies. Protein, especially fatty cuts of meat, is another ingredient you can use in your keto-friendly appetizers. Think chicken, sausage, ground beef, or bacon — and who doesn’t love bacon? You can also include low carb vegetables, such as cucumbers, celery, or broccoli, in your appetizers. These tasty veggies can substitute crackers or tortilla chips when served alongside your favorite keto-friendly sauces and dips.
Top 10 Keto Appetizers
If you’re looking for keto appetizers that will delight your guests while still adhering to the low carb guidelines, you’re in luck. We’ve gathered up ten keto appetizers that are sure to be a hit at your next gathering:
Yes, fruit can be keto. Strawberries, melon, and citrus fruits are all examples of low carb fruit that you can enjoy on a keto diet. This box packs all your favorite fruits into one convenient box that arrives on your doorstep, perfect for a quick appetizer for a get-together.
This box comes with your favorite fresh fruits as well as a small amount of fruit dipped in semisweet chocolate. Enjoy the chocolate covered fruit in moderation — a few bites or so a day — and you’ll stay well within keto guidelines. Or, save the chocolate dipped fruit for your guests and stick to the fresh fruits.
This dip is loaded with creamy sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and plenty of bacon. Serve it cold or warmed up with veggies or keto crackers for a decadent appetizer even non-keto guests will enjoy.
This creamy guacamole appetizer is sure to be the top pick for your gathering. Made with layers of cucumber, bacon, guacamole, and shrimp, guests won’t be able to resist, and they won’t even guess it’s keto.
Jalapenos are stuffed with cream cheese and smoked cheddar and wrapped up in strips of bacon to create the perfect appetizers. Even better, one popper contains just one-and-a-half net carbs.
Quick and easy to make, these little bites are packed with spicy, savory chili flavor. Made with cream cheese, colby jack cheese, paprika, chili powder, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and crispy cooked bacon, they’re sure to be a hit at your party.
These chicken bites are topped with sundried tomatoes, sharp cheddar cheese, and fresh basil, all wrapped up in pepperoni. Dip them in keto-friendly marinara sauce for the ultimate pizza flavor.
Mini portabella mushrooms are loaded with cooked sausage, cream cheese, and mozzarella to create a creamy and appetizer that’s truly delicious. Your guests will devour them without even realizing they’re keto-friendly.
This chicken dip is a creamy and mouth-watering appetizer infused with your favorite barbeque sauce. It’s also easy to make with just rotisserie chicken, Neufchatel cheese softened, 2% Greek yogurt, and keto-approved BBQ sauce.
10. Keto BLT Dip
This fabulous BLT dip has all of the flavors of a BLT sandwich, just made keto in a dip form. It’s made with crispy bacon crumbles, cream cheese, mayo, sour cream, shredded cheddar, lettuce, and tomato. Serve it with cucumber slices for a delicious keto-friendly appetizer.
With this list in hand, you won’t have to worry about what to serve as an appetizer at your next gathering. These keto-friendly appetizers will please both your keto and non-keto friends and family and will quickly become a new favorite.