Mexican Appetizer Recipes

Quesadillas, taquitos, nachos, Mexi pizzas, and dips galore. We've got the very best recipes for Mexican appetizers.

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Great Chicken Taquitos

Rating: 4.5 stars 27
Great taquitos. A family favorite.

Corn Tortilla Chips

Rating: 4.5 stars 137
Here's a simple recipe for making corn tortilla chips spiced only with salt. The chips may alternately be prepared by baking the tortilla wedges in a 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) oven for 5 minutes, or until crisp.

Papas Rellenas (Fried Stuffed Potatoes)

Rating: 4.5 stars 48
My mom used to make these when we were kids. Always loved them and each time you make them you can season to taste so its different every time!

Fresco Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 85
No cooking, no cans. All fresh ingredients and flavor no one will be able to walk away from! Sweet onion and fresh lime juice make all the difference in this recipe. My husband and I will eat this at one sitting!

Chicken Enchilada Nachos

Rating: 4.5 stars 16
I wanted to make chicken enchiladas but couldn't find a recipe that I had the ingredients for. So, I made this up using what I had on hand. It is mildly spicy. Add more peppers/cayenne or hot sauce to liven it up a bit.

Hermano Roberto's Simple Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 34
This is a simple salsa recipe I learned from my brother-in-law who worked at an authentic Mexican restaurant. Boiling the jalapeno peppers is the magic to the recipe. This is great with tortilla chips, tacos, or other Mexican recipes.

Crocodile Guac

Rating: 5 stars 2
I'm constantly asked to make this. I think the ingredient that makes it popular is the Anaheim chile pepper. Use tortilla chips or other chips to dip or add to other food.

Fresh Homemade Salsa

Rating: 4.5 stars 41
Another salsa recipe called for a fresh jalapeno (I think), but I had green chiles in a can on hand. This salsa tastes great, so I'm sticking with it!

Mexican White Cheese Dip/Sauce

Rating: 4 stars 222
Easy homemade cheese queso that's creamy and spicy and great for dipping.

Air Fryer Chicken Taquitos

Rating: 5 stars 47
These taquitos are air fried, which makes them healthier than deep fried ones. Using shredded rotisserie chicken provides a quick prep but you can always use home-cooked chicken. Serve with sides of sour cream, Mexican tomato sauce, and guacamole, or your choice of sides.

Corn in a Cup (Elote en Vaso)

Rating: 4.5 stars 24
This is Mexican street food at its finest. Anytime I visit El Paso or Mexico the craving of elote en vaso steps into high gear. Now anytime I crave this I whip it up at home, except I make it fancy by serving it in a pretty glass instead of the traditional Styrofoam® cup. No matter how you serve it the taste is sweet, crunchy, fiery, and juicy. This is a very loose recipe. Feel free to adjust the proportions of lime juice, crema, cheese, and spices to taste!

Inspiration and Ideas

City Ceviche
Rating: Unrated 16
When the weather gets hot, nothing's more refreshing than this tangy seafood appetizer (except the cerveza)!
Yummy Guacamole
Rating: Unrated 56
"Loved it! It had just the right amount of heat." – Molly
Rating: 5 stars 7436

Cilantro and cayenne give this classic guacamole a tasty kick. Serve it smooth or chunky.