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The 25 Best Appetizers From Costco

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For most people, Super Bowl Sunday is all about football. I, on the other hand, am willing to admit that I care very little about the San Francisco 49ers or the Kansas City Chiefs, and am way more interested in what’s on the menu for this Super Bowl LIV. Typically, Super Bowl spreads are all about comfort food and finger food options, and the Super Bowl appetizers at Costco are a must. Whether you’re hosting a party and looking at approximately four hours of non-stop snacking and eating from your guests, or having a virtual get-together with your own plate of food, you'll want to have a spread full of variety and flavor.

If and when the zombie apocalypse happens, I'm going to do my best to get my family to Costco. I'm pretty sure we could live there for a few decades, because each store contains an absurd amount of food and everything comes in one size: enormous. Thankfully, the quality usually matches up with the quantity, and you get a lot of bang for your buck.

Add a few of these items to your shopping list on your next Costco run, and I'm very confident your Super Bowl party will be a smash. Prices may vary depending on location, and if you use a delivery service like Instacart.

1

Meatballs

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Frozen meatballs are one of the most versatile party foods around, because there are approximately seven million different ways to prepare them. Grape jelly and BBQ sauce meatballs, Swedish meatballs, meatball subs.... the possibilities are pretty much endless. You'll have no trouble going through the whole six-pound bag.

2

Shrimp

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If you don't quite love a shrimp cocktail platter, but still have a craving for some seafood, hit up the frozen food section. These Panko-coated bites should hit the spot, and you get 40 to 50 pieces for around $20 a box.

3

Chicken Potstickers

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Potstickers are a good option to add a little variety to the typical football spread of pizza, wings, chips, and dip. These are stuffed with chicken and veggies, and a 4-pound bag is just $12.

4

Mozzarella Sticks

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I'm always a little tempted to buy this enormous, $14 package of mozzarella sticks whenever I go to Costco. (There's 82 to 92 in a box!) And then I remember that I'm the only person in my house who eats mozzarella sticks, and just because I could eat five pounds worth doesn't mean I should.

5

Beef Franks Wrapped In Puff Pastry

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Beef franks wrapped in puff pastry sounds way classier than pigs in a blanket, right? But they're one and the same, and they're one of my all-time favorite appetizers. You'll get 100 for $19 with this big box.

6

Mesquite Wings

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Costco chicken wings will run you about $6 a pound, and most packages had a little over three pounds worth of wings. The ones I perused were all mesquite flavor, but I've found that you can coat them in a bottle of your preferred wing sauce and the flavors will blend together nicely.

7

Mini Crab Cakes

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My family had some of these crab cakes as part of our Christmas dinner spread, so I can tell you firsthand that they are absolutely addictive. A box of 36 costs $20, but I'd suggest getting two. They'll go that fast.

8

St. Louis Ribs

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Costco's racks of ribs go for $8 a pound, and the packages I saw were two to three pounds each. If you're picking up some, you might want to hit up the paper towel aisle, too, because there's just no way to eat ribs without making a huge mess.

9

Spring Rolls

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Spring rolls are the first thing I add to my order when I get takeout, but I'm wondering if these Costco vegetable spring rolls could cut my monthly Seamless bill way down. I very much appreciate that the $9 package comes with packets of plum sauce, because spring rolls just aren't complete without it.

10

Pinwheels

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Costco's roasted chicken and Swiss cheese pinwheel sandwiches are amazing for feeding a crowd. You get 48 slices for $33, or can grab smaller packs of 12 for just a little over $11.

11

Meat & Cheese Rollups

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These yummy rolls up are my go-to party food and look super fancy spread out on a cheeseboard. For $15 you get about three dozen rolls, which are about two-thirds prosciutto and cheese and one-third sopressata and cheese. I am very confident that if you put some out, they'll be gone before you know it.

12

Pierogis

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Pierogis are a great option if you've got kids to feed on Super Bowl Sunday. They're yummy, cheesy, easy to eat with your hands, and not super messy. And in my experience, even picky eaters will chow down on 'em. This pack will give you about three dozen for $10. You can serve bowls of caramelized onion, apple sauce, and sour cream on the site.

13

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

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I'd like to meet the inventor of spinach artichoke dip and shake their hand. This delicious stuff belongs on every appetizer table everywhere as far as I'm concerned. The tub is just under two pounds and goes for $9.

14

Hummus

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You'd be surprised how fast two pounds of hummus will go, and two pounds of anything for just $6 is kind of ridiculous. If you're trying to keep your party budget under control, this should definitely be at the top of your list.

15

Naan Dippers

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I love the idea of laying out these little Naan Dippers along side your salsa, hummus, and/or dips as an alternative to chips (which just fall apart anyway). This tub costs just $5.

16

Kirkland Super Extra Large Peanuts

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Peanuts can be a perfect pre-game app. You can come up with creative ways to serve these supersized Virginia variety peanuts — or simply put them in a bowl and let your guests munch away. For $7, you can purchase a 40 oz. container of these extra crunchy, roasted and salted little legumes.

17

Kirkland Organic Tortilla Chips

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Can you really call it a Super Bowl party if there aren’t chips and dips? Probably not. These restaurant style tortilla chips are organic and contain a blend of real ground white and yellow corn. Plus, they come in a big ‘ol 40-ounce bag for less than $6, so you won’t have to worry about running out.

18

Organic Chicken Nuggets

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These fully cooked, organic chicken nuggets are a must-have. Use them for dips, nachos, or just to snack on as you watch the game. The 16-ounce pack is just $12.35, and there's currently a $3 off deal when you buy just one pack.

19

Tyson Boneless Chicken Wyngz

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There’s probably no food more synonymous with the Super Bowl than wings. But if you want to spend more time watching the game (and less time cooking), just heat up these frozen wings, which are essentially chicken nuggets that are breaded and coated in a tangy buffalo-style sauce. They come in a giant 3.25-pound bag for less than $13.

20

Kirkland Super Premium Vanilla Ice Cream

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Get your scooping arm ready, because there’s a lot of ice cream in this Kirkland container — four quarts to be precise. The dreamy dessert includes two 64-ounce containers for just $14, and can be used to top warm brownies, or become the base to a beautiful Super Bowl Sundae. Is ice cream technically an appetizer? If you're an "eat dessert first" kind of person, yes it is.

21

Mini Chicken & Cheese Tacos

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Every Costco shopper recognizes this box. Less than $12, this Don Miguel box contains 72 chicken and cheese mini tacos, and they're a snap to get together. Put a bunch of dips, queso, and guac out and have a feast.

22

Mini Wontons

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Mini food just tastes better, right? These fully cooked mini wontons are chicken and cilantro, and come in a 48-ounce bag for less than $12.

23

Bagel Bites

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If your kids (or your partner, or you, honestly) are less a fan of fancy wontons and more into tiny pizzas, behold. You need this enormous box of Bagel Bites. Just under $11 for 72 perfect Bagel Bites.

24

Mini Cookies

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For the sweet tooth, Kirkland's has a great deal on a 60-count box of mini chocolate chip cookies for less than $11. This is another fun one to add with the ice cream, so you could make a whole dessert bar, or put out dips and things like hot fudge, ice cream, marshmallow topping, or even frosting and sprinkles to deck out these little cookies.

25

Cubano Bites

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If you love a Cuban sandwich, these Cubano Bites are must-haves. A 36-count box for less than $11 means these little bites full of ham, pork, swiss, mozarella, and pickle are an ainsanely good deal.

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