These Cinco de Mayo Party Appetizers Always Disappear Quickly
Seven Layer Dip II
Can you believe it takes only 20 minutes to make this multi-layered dip? And not only is it quick and easy to make, you can sub out any ingredients to suit your taste. Don't want to chop tomatoes? Use your favorite salsa for that layer. Don't want to use store-bought taco seasoning? Make your own taco seasoning so it's a mild or spicy as you like.
Flour tortillas are cut into rounds small enough to fill muffin tins and baked to form little cups. After they cool, you can fill them with beans, cheese, and salsa, or add shredded chicken for a heartier bite.
Guacamole is a must-have your Cinco de Mayo party menu, and this recipe comes together in just 10 minutes. "Yum! This was my first attempt at making gauc and I was not let down by the high rating on this recipe," says CLINK1833. "I adapted it a little to my taste by adding more cilantro and garlic and adding some ground cumin."
Recipe creator LADYJANE1 says she likes to lightly poach the seafood in this gorgeous appetizer to ensure that it's cooked. Aja says, "I tried this ceviche because there was an addition of red and yellow peppers which I had on hand. I really liked the addition of the peppers- it gives an extra crunch and color. Overall, great appetizer to share with friends or inhale on my own with a side of tortilla chips!"
Bacon Jalapeno Popper Puffs
"If you enjoy the gut-bombs that are classic, bacon-wrapped, jalapeño poppers, I think you'll love these shockingly light puffs," says Chef John. "All the same flavors are there, especially when served with the easy cream cheese dip, and the prep is much easier." We like easy. Watch the video to see how to make them.
Chef John's Queso Dip
Watch out -- everyone's going to be standing around this cheesy dip until it's gone. "This is better than our local Mexican Restaurant offers," says poshlynne. "I made exactly as written, using half white Cheddar and half Monterey Jack. It is so super easy and quick to make."
Big Ray's Mexican Monkey Bread
Cheesy, gooey, spicy, savory pull-apart bread is a great excuse to literally break bread with your fellow party people. Keeli says, "So this is just a plateful of sinful goodness. It hits all my pleasure points for decadent snacking."
Texas Egg Rolls
Here's fun take on chile rellenos done as finger food. Canned green chiles are stuffed with cheese, encased in egg roll wrappers, and fried until they're golden brown on the outside and melty on the inside.
Easy Chicken Flautas
To make these into appetizers, use the smallest flour tortillas you can find. If you'd like to bake them instead of fry them, here's what Lisa Milhoan did: "I put the chicken mixture in the tortilla and added about a tablespoon of grated Cheddar cheese, then rolled them up. I baked them uncovered at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes until the tortillas were crisp."
Sheet Pan Nachos
To make these for a party, cook the meat and shred the cheese ahead of time (it takes only a few minutes). Then come party time, assemble the nachos and put them under the broiler for a quick three to five minutes. To make clean-up easier, follow bd.weld's lead and line your baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
Nayza's Mushroom Fiesta Cups
Here's a clever alternative to tortilla cups or chips. Use mushroom caps to hold the fillings of your choice. Here, they're filled with beans, cheese, and homemade corn salsa. To save time, make the fillings and stuff the caps ahead of time. When you're ready to serve, just broil them for a quick minute and top with salsa, chopped avocado, and tomatoes.
Roma tomatoes, bell peppers, sweet onion, cilantro, and lime join forces in this light, crunchy salsa. "This recipe was easy to make. It didn't have a lot of ingredients or require cooking. I used a food processor to dice, so it was a snap! The flavors are tasty and it's neither too spicy or bland," Heather K. says.
Cheesy Sour Cream and Salsa Dip
This creamy, tangy dip stands out in a sea of salsas. "This creamy chip dip is different from any I've ever had," recipe submitter Shawn Hoffman Zimmerman says. "Mix sour cream with tomatoes and green chilies, black olives and Cheddar cheese. Always a hit at parties."
Wrapped with salami and stuffed with cheese, these peppers have what it takes to be a popular appetizer. Grilling them adds a nice charred flavor. You can use jalapeños or habaneros. Just be sure to remove the seeds!