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

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Great taquitos. A family favorite.

Corn Tortilla Chips

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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.

Authentic Mexican Shrimp Cocktail (Coctel de Camarones estilo Mexicano)

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I prepare this refreshing shrimp cocktail for my family a lot during the hot summer days. Being a Mexican family, we always add Mexican hot sauce (such as Valentina® or Tapatio®) and serve with saltine crackers on the side. The trick is to start with well-chilled shrimp, ketchup, and tomato juice cocktail so it can be ready after only chilling 1 hour in the fridge. Top with additional hot sauce and avocado slices if desired. Enjoy!

Papas Rellenas (Fried Stuffed Potatoes)

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Guacamole

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You can make this avocado salad smooth or chunky depending on your tastes.

Easy Guacamole

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Simply a quick recipe for tasty guacamole! Great with tortilla chips or as a topping for Mexican foods!

Seven Layer Taco Dip

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I am continuously asked to bring this dip for parties and family get-togethers. People gather around the platter until it's gone.

Pico de Gallo

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Quick and easy pico de gallo that is a great app or addition to dinner. Huge hit in my house!

Inspiration and Ideas

City Ceviche

When the weather gets hot, nothing's more refreshing than this tangy seafood appetizer (except the cerveza)!

Yummy Guacamole

"Loved it! It had just the right amount of heat." – Molly

Heather's Cilantro, Black Bean, and Corn Salsa

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This is a fun summer recipe that can be served on its own, or with tortilla chips. It is also beautiful, so make sure you have a clear bowl to put it in.