I’ve mentioned before that I’m part Mexican. My family loves to have Mexican themed meals on occasion when we get together! Sometimes it’s for holidays like Cinco de Mayo or Christmas, but other times it’s just for a regular old Sunday dinner. Either way, we love a good fiesta. 😉
Whenever we have a Mexican meal, we go ALL out with appetizers, entrees, desserts, and even drinks! I wanted to share with you some of our favorite Mexican Appetizer Recipes that we frequently use for these fiestas! This list includes quick and easy recipes that take less than 30 minutes, dips, and salsas.
Before I get into the recipes, here are some general tips for preparing Mexican Appetizers.
How many to serve: Having the right amount of appetizers can be tricky to calculate. The main factors I use are if dinner will be served, the length of the party, and number of guests.
If dinner will also be served, then plan for about 3-5 pieces per person.
Only appetizers: plan to serve about 10-12 pieces per person for a two hour party. Add about 5 more pieces per person for every hour after.
If you have fewer than 10 guests offer 2-3 different types of appetizers. If you are having more than 10 guests add another dish for every 5-8 more people.
Try to offer a mix of warm and cold, heavy and light, proteins and produce. If you can, try to incorporate different colors and textures as well.
Have one central appetizer table or divide the appetizers onto several plates or tiers and have them placed in various areas around the room. Include plates, napkins and utensils at each station.
A lot of Mexican appetizers include warm dips. The best way I have found to keep dips warm is to use a crockpot. You can also use smaller chafing dishes.
Many appetizers can be prepared ahead of time. See the individual posts for more info. Dips are especially delicious when made ahead of time because all the flavors have a chance to blend together.
Quick and Easy
Easy Mexican appetizers
These recipes are super simple and take less than 30 minutes to prep!
Chicken Quesadilla Recipe
These easy, cheesy Chicken Quesadillas are not only filled with cheese and chicken, but a delicious homemade sauce that makes these hand-held goodies irresistible!
7 Layer Bean Dip - our family's favorite recipe with loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese and more! It's a must-have appetizer at most family functions.
It only takes a small handful of ingredients and a few minutes to whip up some creamy and delicious Avocado Lime Ranch Dip! Filled with cilantro, lime juice, and avocado, this ranch dip is perfect for dipping chips or topping Mexican dishes!
The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.
Copycat Chili's Queso recipe is so good and takes just minutes to make!! If you've had the bottomless chips, salsa and queso at Chili's restaurant, then you'll know just how good this recipe is. It's not only simple but it's delicious and addicting.
Again, all of these fresh salsas are tasty on the side of any Mexican entree, but they’re also perfect with some tortilla chips. For the chunkier salsa (like the ones with fruit), I recommend using the scoop shaped tortilla chips!
Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can't go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw diced tomatoes, rotel, cilantro, lime juice, onion powder, jalapeños, and cumin into your blender, and blend! It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, or any other Mexican food!
This sweet and savory Mango Salsa is perfect with chips or any Mexican meal. It's filled with sweet pineapple, cilantro, mangoes, onion, cilantro and jalapenos making it full of flavor and simple to make.
My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!