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Top 25+ Mexican Appetizers

This collection of delicious recipes are full of the best ways to start out a meal or enjoy a snack with festive flare. These Mexican appetizers are the easiest way to turn any occasion into a fiesta.

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Easy Mexican Appetizers

I could eat Mexican food literally every day. My absolute favorite type of Mexican food are all of the delicious appetizers (especially dips!). Give me a big bowl of chips and salsa or a cheesy queso dip and I’m a happy girl.

If I had to name my favorite type of food, Mexican food would be at the top of the list. I love the flavors, spices and colorful presentation every Mexican appetizer has – they are like art, only edible (which is the best kind of art in my opinion). Hang on to this post and the next time you need a great appetizer recipe, choose from these delicious salsas, dips and finger foods. They are all proven winners!

Mexican Appetizer Serving Tips

Whether you are serving these Mexican appetizers for Cinco de Mayo or just a weekend BBQ, there are a few questions that can help you calculate the amount of appetizers you will need and even the type of appetizers.

  • Appetizers with dinner. If you are planning on serving dinner to your guests, plan on each guest having 3-5 appetizer pieces.
  • Appetizers only: If you will only be serving appetizers, plan on each guest having 10-12 appetizers at a two hour party and then plan for 5 additional pieces for every hour after the initial two hours.
  • Number of guests: Depending on your party size, it can vary how many Mexican appetizers you will need to make. Rule of thumb is that for a party with up to 10 people, serve around 2-3 appetizers. Over 10 people, plan on making another appetizer for every 5 additional people.
  • Variety: Plan on a variety of hot and cold dishes as well take into consideration any dietary preferences. Heavier dishes are great for an appetizer only party while lighter dishes make sense if you plan on serving dinner.
  • Reducing the heat in dishes: If you have guests that are sensitive to spice, adding lime juice, lemon juice, a touch of honey or even butter can help reduce the heat. You can also top the dish with sour cream or avocados to help as well.

FAQs

What is served at Mexican parties?

There are so many great options for Mexican party food! From taquitos, to tostadas to enchiladas and chimichangas! I love to serve taco soup with a few of the Mexican finger foods listed below and everyone always loves when I make a nacho bar.

What are common examples of appetizers?

While baked chicken wings, deviled eggs and pigs in a blanket go well for any type of party, when it comes to Mexican appetizer recipes, I rely on this list of tried and true favorites.

What can I bring to a taco party?

Salsa, guacamole and chips are always favorites that you can add to any Mexican appetizer spread. Any of these Mexican sides is also a great choice.

Chips and Salsa

Chips and salsa are a weekly, if not daily event at our house. It’s the best cold Mexican appetizer in my opinion! Thankfully our friends feel the same way, so when we have get-togethers, I often end up preparing one of the salsa recipes below to snack on before the main course.

Salsa verde in a bowl with a chip dipped into it.
  • Easy Salsa Verde Recipe. Also called green salsa or tomatillo salsa verde, it’s perfect to pair with tortilla chips with a hint of sweet and spicy taste.
  • Homemade Tortilla Chips. Once you make your own tortilla chips it will be hard to buy store bought again! Also try these cinnamon tortilla chips.
  • Restaurant Style Salsa. The perfect classic appetizer for any Mexican party!
  • Black Bean Salsa. Loaded with black beans, tomatoes, corn, peppers and red onion then tossed with lime juice and cilantro. Perfect for scooping!
  • Mango Salsa Recipe. Perfect for any summertime gathering, everyone will love the hint of sweet mango paired with peppers, onions and jalapeno for a kick of heat.
  • 5-Ingredient Grilled Pineapple Salsa. Another warm weather favorite, this fruity salsa is a nice change from traditional salsas.
  • Pico de Gallo. Chunky perfection and full of fresh tastes. This dip will disappear quickly!
  • Roasted Salsa Recipe. Roasting your tomatoes along with the onion and jalapeno adds such great flavor that guests can’t resist.
  • Avocado Salsa. A terrific combination of chunky guac and salsa that is irresistible.

Other Mexican Dip Recipes

When it comes to Mexican dip appetizers, I consider myself somewhat of an expert taste tester. As you can see from the list below, I’ve created (and consumed) quite the variety of recipes that are made to dip a yummy tortilla chip right into.

7 layer dip in a glass pan.
  • Best 7 Layer Dip Recipe. It’s a classic dip at any Mexican party for good reason. It’s simple to put together and always crowd pleasing.
  • Queso Dip with Chorizo. Chorizo adds fantastic texture and spice to this cheesy dip that is easy to make ahead!
  • Homemade Queso Blanco Dip. This dip is simple with only 5 ingredients and hands off while it simmers in the crockpot.
  • Best Guacamole Recipe. A classic that is a must for any Mexican spread.
  • Cheesy Hot Corn Dip. Creamy with Mexican flavors, this cheesy dip will disappear fast!
  • Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip. A hearty dip that is way easier than making enchiladas!
  • Cream Cheese and Chili Queso Dip. With three ways to make this in a skillet, slow cooker or microwave, it’s a party must!
  • Cowboy Caviar. Perfect for serving a large crowd it’s full of loads of colorful veggies and a tasty dressing!
  • Velveeta Queso Recipe. All you need is Velveeta and Rotel for this party dip!
  • Salsa Ranch Dressing. Perfect for guests who love salsa and creamy dips.
  • Nacho Cheese Dip. No party is complete without a dip for their nachos and this is way better than any you can buy at the store.
  • Mexican 5 Layer Dip. Not as many layers as your 7 layer, but still just as crowd pleasing and delicious.
  • Ceviche. Not just for ordering out at a restaurant, make this fresh dip to add a touch of class to your spread.
  • Bean Dip with Cream Cheese. Refried beans get an upgrade when combined with 3 kinds of cheese! Yum!
  • Easy Taco Dip. Made with a cream cheese base and then topped how you like, this dip is ready in 15 minutes.

Mexican Finger Foods

I have an affinity for appetizers you can hold, especially these yummy Mexican finger foods. Anything that makes mealtime easier for my four kids is a winner in my book. I love that these appetizers are easy to grab and enjoy—no utensils (or fuss) necessary.

Baked nachos in a skillet.
  • Baked Nachos. The perfect snack for game day and customizable to your tastes.
  • Taco Pockets. A handheld favorite with both kids and adults alike!
  • BBQ Nachos. The perfect mix of crunchy, cheesy, salty and sweet.
  • Jalapeno Poppers. No appetizer spread is complete without these bite sized poppers that are wrapped in bacon.
  • Sheet Pan Nachos. Cheesy with shredded chicken, these nachos are great to serve a crowd.
  • Taco Cups. Perfect for when your party guests will be walking around and mingling!
  • 7 Layer Dip Cups. A portable way to serve this classic dip, guests will love their individual portions.
  • Beef Taquitos: Cheesy and beefy these are winners when it comes to Mexican finger foods.
  • Easy Chicken Flautas Recipe. Party guests will love these handheld fried flautas!
  • Easy Beef Empanadas Recipe. Handheld pastries filled with savory ground beef filling and baked until crispy! These always disappear at parties.

The Full List of Mexican Appetizers

Choose one, two or three of these easy Mexican appetizers for your next Taco tuesday or anytime you want to create a fiesta party atmosphere! They are crowd pleasing are sure to be a hit with friends, family and guests.

homemade tortilla chips
Tortilla Chips Recipe
These homemade tortilla chips are so light, airy and crispy whether you make traditional tortilla chips or baked tortilla chips.
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Salsa in a white bowl.
Restaurant Style Salsa
The absolute BEST restaurant style salsa that's made in the blender in less than 10 minutes! Easy, authentic and full of Mexican flavor. 
Total Time: 5 minutes
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salsa verde
Salsa Verde
Easy salsa verde recipe with a touch of sweet and spicy! Enjoy this homemade tomatillo salsa with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican dish.
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
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black bean salsa in white bowl
Black Bean Salsa
Delicious black bean salsa an easy recipe with corn, tomatoes, peppers, red onions, lime juice and fresh cilantro. A delicious Mexican party appetizer that everyone loves!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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mango salsa in a white bowl
Mango Salsa Recipe
The BEST mango salsa that's fresh, full of flavor and combines a little heat with a little sweet. This easy recipe makes the perfect snack, appetizer or topping!
Total Time: 35 minutes
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This grilled pineapple salsa is super easy to make and jam packed with flavor – and only takes 5 ingredients to make. It's perfect for summer BBQs as either an appetizer or also tastes amazing on top of hot dogs.
Pineapple Salsa
This grilled pineapple salsa is super easy to make and jam packed with flavor. Takes only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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pico de gallo recipe
Pico de Gallo
This pico de gallo is easy to make with fresh simple ingredients like tomatoes, onion, lime, jalapeno and cilantro! Serve with tortilla chips or any Mexican dish.
Total Time: 5 minutes
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roasted salsa in a bowl
Roasted Salsa Recipe
Easy roasted salsa made with fresh charred tomatoes, onion, garlic, shallot, jalapeño, cilantro, lime and spices. This delicious Mexican appetizer has TONS of flavor and is the perfect way to showcase those fresh summer vegetables!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Scooping avocado salsa with a tortilla chip.
Avocado Salsa
This avocado salsa is fresh and flavorful with chunks of avocado, tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, and cilantro then tossed with vibrant lime. Perfect for scooping with tortilla chips!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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7 layer dip with layer of beans, sour cream, guacamole, cheese and tomatoes.
7 Layer Dip Recipe
This 7 layer dip has layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The best party appetizer for game day or a holiday party.
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Bean dip and tortilla chips.
Bean Dip Recipe
This is the best bean dip with cream cheese recipe! Made with refried beans and 3 kinds of cheese, it's the perfect party dip served warm with tortilla chips.
Total Time: 23 minutes
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queso dip recipe
Chorizo Queso Dip Recipe
Cheesy and delicious chorizo queso dip that's loaded with flavor! The perfect appetizer for any party that can easily be made ahead of time. 
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Dipping a tortilla chip in a bowl of queso blanco.
Queso Blanco Recipe
This queso blanco dip takes just 5 minutes to prep and only 5 ingredients to make. This creamy white cheese dip is seriously the best ever!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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homemade guacamole
Best Homemade Guacamole
This is the best guacamole recipe that is easy to make with ripe avocados, fresh lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro and salsa. Add to tacos or scoop it up with tortilla chips!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Corn dip in a cast iron skillet.
Hot Corn Dip
Creamy and cheesy hot corn dip is packed with flavor from cream cheese and Monterey Jack cheese then green chilies and jalapeno add the perfect kick. A crowd-pleasing appetizer!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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Chicken enchilada dip in white baking dish.
Chicken Enchilada Dip
The most amazing cheesy chicken enchilada dip you will ever make! Loaded with shredded chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce and flavorful Mexican spices.
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Taco dip in a white dish.
Taco Dip Recipe
This taco dip is ready to serve in a total of 15 minutes and has all the flavors of traditional tacos including the toppings! It's made with a seasoned cream cheese base topped with tomatoes, olives, and cheese, as well as there are so many ways to customize it!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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cream cheese and chili queso dip in a cast iron skillet
Cream Cheese and Chili Queso Dip
Super easy and delicious chili queso dip with amazing flavor. Can be made in the skillet, slow cooker and even the microwave!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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Cowboy Caviar Recipe
Flavorful and delicious cowboy caviar dip that will become the star of the show at your next get together. Full of fresh veggies and topped with an easy homemade dressing. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
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Dipping a chip into velveeta queso.
Velveeta Queso Recipe
This EASY 2-ingredient Velveeta queso is the perfect last minute dip that's easily made in the microwave or crockpot. It's great for a crowd and tastes super creamy and delicious. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
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5 layer dip with tortilla chips on counter.
5 Layer Dip
Mexican 5 layer dip filled with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese and diced tomatoes. Super easy, tasty and ready in just 15 minutes. This crowd favorite appetizer is loaded with flavor! 
Total Time: 15 minutes
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salsa ranch with vegetables
Salsa Ranch Dressing
Salsa ranch dressing is a combination of two of your favorite Tex Mex flavors in one! A 5-minute cool, creamy, and zesty dressing that comes together with just salsa, ranch, and a couple of extra layers of zing!
Total Time: 5 minutes
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nacho cheese dip in bowl and chips
Nacho Cheese Dip
Skip the store-bought dip and make this homemade velvety spicy nacho cheese dip in just 10 minutes! It's always a hit for dipping chips, veggies, soft pretzels, crackers, and more!
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Ceviche in white bowl.
Ceviche
This fresh and flavorful ceviche recipe is full of shrimp, crunchy veggies, and bright citrus juices. It’s an incredibly quick and easy dish to make at home for a light summer meal or serve as a party appetizer with tortilla chips!
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
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taco pocket on white plate
Taco Pockets
Upgrade your dinner routine and make these easy taco pockets! Made with flaky pie crust, taco meat, cheese and salsa, it's a crowd-pleasing taco inspired recipe.
Total Time: 40 minutes
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bbq pork nachos on pan
BBQ Nachos
Delicious BBQ nachos loaded with crispy tortilla chips, melted cheese, BBQ pork and all the toppings. This is the perfect weekend meal or appetizer and is ready in just 20 minutes! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Chicken flautas on a white plate.
Chicken Flautas
These chicken flautas are filled with shredded chicken, cheese and salsa then fried to crispy perfection! An easy family favorite recipe that's ready in less than 30 minutes!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Jalepeno poppers on a plate.
Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
These jalapeño poppers are the perfect game day appetizer. Fresh halved jalapenos are stuffed with a rich cream cheese filling, wrapped in bacon and then baked for a craveable snack!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Baked nachos in a cast iron skillet.
Baked Nachos
Delicious layers of chips, gooey cheese and toppings that are baked to perfection in the oven. These easy baked nachos take less than 20 minutes and are the perfect appetizer, lunch or dinner!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Sheet Pan Nachos
These sheet pan nachos are the perfect game day snack with layers of tortilla chips, cheese, chicken and all your favorite toppings! Easy to make and a crowd-pleaser.  
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Empanadas on a plate.
Beef Empanadas Recipe
This easy beef empanadas recipe is made with a flavorful ground beef filling wrapped in a flaky crust. Baked until crispy, this crowd-pleasing dinner idea is freezer friendly, too!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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taco cups on white plate
Taco Cups
Layers of crispy wonton wrappers, seasoned taco meat with chili beans, melted cheese and a flavorful salsa ranch dressing. These mini taco cups are the perfect Mexican appetizer for your next party!
Total Time: 50 minutes
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7 layer dip in cups
7 Layer Dip Cups
7 layer dip cups are cute little single portions of a classic party dip but with all of the flavor explosion of the original! Layers of refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, and more, means there is a bit of everything in every scoop! 
Total Time: 15 minutes
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beef taquitos with guacamole and pico on top
Beef Taquitos
These beef taquitos are easy to make with seasoned shredded beef, cheese and corn tortillas. They can be baked or fried for a delicious Mexican dinner any night!
Total Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
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I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of easy Mexican appetizers! Which one of these are you most excited about?

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Easy Mexican Appetizers

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This collection of delicious recipes are full of the best ways to start out a meal or enjoy a snack with festive flare. This restaurant style salsa is one of our favorite Mexican appetizers ready in only 10 minutes and the easiest way to turn any occasion into a fiesta.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16

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Ingredients 

  • 28 ounce can whole tomatoes , drained
  • 20 ounces Rotel diced tomatoes and green chiles , 2 cans
  • ¼ cup chopped onion
  • ½ cup cilantro , finely chopped (more or less to taste)
  • 1 ½ Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
  • Pinch of sugar , optional

If you like your salsa spicy, throw in a jalapeno

    Instructions

    • In a blender or food processor combine all of the ingredients
    • Pulse a few times then taste and adjust spices more or less until desired taste.
    • Refrigerate for at least an hour before serving to help flavors combine then serve as an appetizer with tortilla chips or top any favorite Mexican dish.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 16kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Sodium: 111mg | Potassium: 166mg | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 135IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 0.9mg

    Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: Mexican

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