Top 25+ Mexican Appetizers

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    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.

    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.

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    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!

    Chips and salsa

    Chips and salsa are a weekly, if not daily event at our house. 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.

    homemade tortilla chips
    Tortilla Chips Recipe
    Light, airy and super crispy. So simple and absolutely'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 a bowl
    Black Bean Salsa Recipe
    Delicious black bean and corn salsa filled with tomatoes, peppers, avocados, lime juice and fresh cilantro. An appetizer 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 Recipe
    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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    Other Mexican dips

    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.

    close up of 7 layer dip in a baking dish
    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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    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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    bowl of queso blanco
    Queso Blanco Recipe
    Slow cooker 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: 1 hour
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    homemade guacamole
    Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe
    The best homemade guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Perfect for a summer BBQ or even a mid day snack. This easy guacamole will become a fast favorite!
    Total Time: 10 minutes
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    hot corn dip in cast iron skillet
    Hot Corn Dip Recipe
    Hot Corn Dip - Perfectly creamy and cheesy with the best Mexican flavors. Everyone goes crazy over this easy corn dip recipe! 
    Total Time: 40 minutes
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    dipping a chip into chicken enchilada dip
    Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe
    Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip - The most amazing cheese 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 chip in velveeta queso
    Velveeta Queso
    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 in dish with chips
    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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    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.

    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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    jalepeno poppers
    Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
    These bacon wrapped jalapeno 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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    Skillet Nachos
    Delicious layers of chips, gooey cheese and toppings that are baked to perfection in the oven. These easy skillet 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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    I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of easy Mexican appetizers! Which one of these are you most excited about?

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