Mexican Beef Appetizer Recipes

Beef taquitos and tacos, loaded nachos, Mexican dips, Mexican meatballs, and more! Find favorite Mexican and Tex-Mex appetizers for your next party, with ratings, reviews, and tips on how to make them.

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Super Nachos

Rating: 4.73 stars
This makes a huge meal-sized tray of nachos with lots of good stuff! You can adjust ingredient quantities to suit your preference. Serve with extra chips if required. Great for game day.
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Bab's South of the Border Taco Dip

Rating: 4.5 stars
Say 'ole!' with this bold and spicy taco dip that includes all of the flavors I remember from my many vacations in Mexico. One thing I will tell you is that this goes perfectly with an icy cold Mexican cerveza (beer) or Margarita! Enjoy with your favorite taco chips. We especially love the blue corn, and the flavor is perfect with this tasty dip.

Queso con Carne

Rating: 4 stars
This queso dip will not last at any party or gathering, and all of your guests will be coming back for more.

Taco in a Bag

Rating: 4.63 stars
I love Taco in a Bag! I had this recipe at the Covered Bridge Festival in Indiana. My family loves them too! The chip bag serves as a shell for the tacos.

Mexican Style Meatballs

Rating: 4.53 stars
Yummy miniature meatballs in a chipotle tomato sauce. I have been serving these for years at various events and never take leftovers home. They are easy to prepare and freeze well for pre-planning.

Papas Rellenas (Fried Stuffed Potatoes)

Rating: 4.62 stars
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!

Over the Top Nachos

Rating: 4.35 stars
These nachos can be served as a meal, but all the good stuff makes for a great appetizer or snack while watching a game or a quick lunch for your family and friends. Better plan on making two plates of these, they're really good! Serve with sour cream, salsa, and guacamole.

Mexican Dip

Rating: 4.72 stars
This easy hot cheese dip is a delicious, chunky accompaniment to tortilla chips. Try a mixture of ground beef and ground sausage for a yummy variation.

Best Football Dip Ever

Rating: 4.41 stars
This dip is made for 3 to 6 men, sitting together on a Sunday, enjoying football and eating every manly thing possible. Of course, my girlfriend and her friends love it too -- but this stuff doesn't last long. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips and enjoy!

Seven Layer Dip I

Rating: 4.67 stars
This is a great party dip because it's best served at room temperature. You can set it out on the table early and finish cooking the rest of your meal.

Baked Taco Dip

Rating: 4.73 stars
This hot taco dip is sure to please everyone, kids included. Serve with tortilla chips.

Fantastic Mexican Dip

Rating: 4.7 stars
This recipe was given to me by my sister-in-law and always goes fast! Cream cheese at the base of the dip makes it extra thick and scoopable. Seasoned beef and vegetables make it extra filling and tasty! You may want to prepare two batches. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy.

Inspiration and Ideas

Hot Baked Taco Dip
Rating: Unrated
This hot taco dip is perfect with tortilla chips and is always a crowd pleaser.
Mexican Pizza I
Rating: Unrated
Mexican Pizzas are delicious corn tortillas topped with beans, beef and all the delicious taco toppings you can imagine! They can be cut into wedges and served as an appetizer or left whole and served as a main dish.

Lettuce Leaf Tacos

Rating: 4.72 stars

For those on a low-carb kick that love Mexican but dread all the beans and bread, try this alternative for taco night. It uses lettuce leaves instead of taco shells to make a dish that's halfway between a lettuce wrap and a taco. Low on carbs and still delicious!