Mexican Appetizers

This collection of Mexican Appetizer Recipes contains all the best dips, salsas, and quick and easy appetizers that will perfectly compliment your entrees at your next fiesta!

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Collage of Mexican Appetizer Recipes

Perfect for Fiestas!

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.

Beef Flautas used for Mexican Appetizers

appetizer tips

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.

Appetizer Tips:

  • 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!

Appetizer, Main Course 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!
Total Time: 12 minutes
4.9 from 38 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeno Poppers Recipe
Spicy fried jalapeño poppers are a classic appetizer that everyone wants! Bite into these cheesy poppers for a flavor explosion!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Main Course Beef Flautas Recipe
Tortillas filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection! Crispy, flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Appetizer Sausage Stuffed Jalapeño Recipe
These sausage stuffed jalapeños are also filled with cream cheese and baked to perfection. Trust us when we say they're a must-have appetizer at your next party.
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Chicken Taquitos Recipe
You will love these Cream Cheese and Chicken Taquitos filled with cream cheese, salsa, cheese, sour cream and spinach.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.78 from 90 votes
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Appetizer Buffalo Chicken Taquitos
Easy and delicious Buffalo Chicken Taquitos - a great dinner idea or served as an appetizer at your next get together. 
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course Avocado Taquitos Recipe
Avocado Taquitos aka "Flautas" - these corn tortillas are filled with avocados and cheese and fried to perfection!
Total Time: 11 minutes
4.58 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Spinach and Artichoke Taquitos Recipe
Cheesy Spinach and Artichoke Taquitos - these fried, rolled-up tacos are sure to be a hit whether served as appetizers or even for dinner!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Main Course Black Bean, Quinoa and Corn Quesadillas
Black Bean, Quinoa and Corn Quesadillas - YUM!! Lots of ingredients & flavors!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Dips

mexican Dip recipes

All of these dips can compliment the entrees (I love eating bean dip with my enchiladas!), but you can also serve them with tortilla chips.

Appetizer Chili Cheese Dip Recipe
Just four ingredients make for the BEST and yummiest chili cheese dip! Melty cheese and hearty chili are so tasty together! It's the perfect appetizer for any party.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
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.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.89 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Crock Pot Bean Dip Recipe
This cheesy and delicious crock pot bean dip is made with hardly any effort! SO easy, convenient, and perfect for holiday parties! Grab those chips and get dippin'.
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Avocado Lime Ranch Dip Recipe
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!
Total Time: 5 minutes
4.86 from 7 votes
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Appetizer Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe
Jalapeño Popper Dip is packed with 4 kinds of cheese, just enough spicy Jalapeños to give it a kick, and a golden crispy topping. This dip is sure to be a hit at your next party!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Appetizer Taco Dip Recipe
Loaded with all of your favorite taco toppings, this creamy taco flavored dip is perfect for dipping with tortilla chips.
Total Time: 5 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Appetizer, Side Dish Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe
If you love all the flavors of green chili enchiladas, you'll love this cheesy dip! Ingredients include cream cheese, sour cream, chicken, green chilis, enchilada sauce, and seasonings!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Queso Blanco Recipe
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.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.94 from 16 votes
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Appetizer Guacamole Recipe
Spicy, Chunky Guacamole That You Won't Be Able To Stop Eating! Filled With Avocados, Spices, Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic, Cilantro And More - This Easy But Addicting Dip Is Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Chili's Queso Recipe
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.
Total Time: 12 minutes
4 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Tamale Dip Recipe
Tamale Pie Dip - this cheesy dip is going to be a new favorite at any gathering! Filled with shredded chicken, creamed corn, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, and sour cream!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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hamburger dip in white bowl with tortilla chips
Appetizer Hamburger Queso Recipe
A cheesy, hearty, party dip made in the crockpot with only 4 ingredients! Served with tortilla chips, this hamburger queso dip is always a hit at parties.
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Salsas

favorite salsas

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!

Appetizer 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!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Homemade Salsa Recipe
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!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.94 from 30 votes
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Appetizer Corn Salsa Recipe
Savory corn salsa with a little kick of spice! Serve it with your favorite tortilla chips or over fish, chicken, or pork!
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You'll love the flavor combinations in this recipe!
5 from 14 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa - one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Appetizer Chili's Salsa Recipe
Chili's Copycat Salsa - takes just minutes to make! So easy and so yummy!!
Total Time: 3 minutes
5 from 3 votes
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Appetizer Cucumber Salsa Recipe
Crisp and light, this cucumber salsa is delicious with tortilla chips or on top of tacos. Cucumber salsa is best when freshly made and chilled.
5 from 5 votes
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Appetizer Tomatillo Salsa Recipe
Simple, spicy, and delicious—this tomatillo salsa is great with tortilla chips or as a sauce on top of your favorite Mexican dishes!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 8 votes
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Appetizer Pineapple Salsa Recipe
Sweet and spicy pineapple salsa that you won't be able to stop snacking on. Eat it with your favorite tortilla chips and share with friends and family!
5 from 6 votes
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Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde - a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.95 from 17 votes
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Appetizer Mango Salsa Recipe
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.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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