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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.

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.

collage of mexican appetizers

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 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 filled with corn, tomatoes, peppers, red onions, lime juice and fresh cilantro. A delicious Mexican 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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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
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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hot corn dip in cast iron skillet
Hot Corn Dip
This hot corn dip is perfectly creamy and cheesy with the best Mexican flavors. Everyone goes crazy over this easy appetizer recipe!
Total Time: 40 minutes
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dipping a chip into chicken enchilada dip
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 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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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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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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nachos
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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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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I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of easy Mexican appetizers! Which one of these are you most excited about?

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