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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.


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.

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!

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
Light, airy and super crispy. So simple and absolutely delicious…you'll love this tortilla chips recipe! 
Total Time: 20 minutes
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homemade salsa
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
Homemade pico de gallo is fresh, delicious and so easy to make! Packed with flavor and takes less than 10 minutes. It makes the perfect addition to 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
 Made with loads of freshness, this chunky avocado salsa is made with creamy avocado, plum tomatoes, red onions, bell peppers, and cilantro. Tossed in zesty lime juice, this easy and nutritious condiment can be enjoyed with tortilla chips or used in place of any salsa or pico de gallo recipe!
Total Time: 15 minutes
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7 layer dip in a glass pan.
7 Layer Dip Recipe
7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The perfect appetizer for game day or a friends get-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Bean dip and tortilla chips.
Bean Dip Recipe
Let the slow cooker do the work with this easy bean dip with cream cheese recipe. Made with refried beans, salsa, green chiles, sour cream, taco seasoning, and 3 kinds of cheese, this party dip is sure to impress!
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
The best homemade guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Made with ripe avocados, lime juice, red onion, garlic, cilantro and a spoonful of salsa, this delicious Mexican appetizer is loaded with flavor in every bite. 
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Corn dip in a cast iron skillet.
Hot Corn Dip
Creamy and cheesy hot corn dip made with corn, cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, green chilies and jalapeno is loaded with the best Mexican flavors. Everyone goes crazy over this easy appetizer recipe!
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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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 in glass bowl
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.
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
These easy taco pockets are made with a flaky pie crust, seasoned taco meat, colby-jack cheese and fresh salsa. A super flavorful and delicious recipe that makes a great appetizer, afternoon snack or easy dinner idea. 
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
Enjoy the flavors of Mexico with these easy chicken flautas. Rolled tortillas are filled with a cheesy and creamy chicken filling and then fried to golden perfection! They make a delicious snack or a quick dinner for your hungry family.
Total Time: 25 minutes
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jalepeno poppers
Jalapeño Poppers Recipe
These bacon wrapped jalapeño poppers pack so much flavor in just one bite! They're quick, easy and make the ultimate game day appetizer. Plus they're made with only 5 simple ingredients!
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
Crispy baked tortilla chips topped with melted cheese, chicken and all your favorite toppings. These sheet pan nachos make an easy dinner, appetizer or snack that's ready in just 20 minutes! 
Total Time: 20 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
Easy to make beef taquitos with a crispy corn tortilla shell filled with seasoned shredded beef and melty cheese. Top with pico de gallo and guacamole, and a side of sour cream for dipping!
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


  • 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


    • 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.



    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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