Do you love nothing more than paying a trip to your local Mexican restaurant?
As one of the most popular and flavorful cuisines in the word, Mexican cuisine is also one of the most commonly prepared cuisines in homes all over the world – and we’re here to provide you with some appetizer inspiration that’s sure to wow even the most picky or palettes.
So, if you’re stuck for ideas and you’d like some inspiration – rest assured you’re in the right place! In this blog post, we are going to be sharing with you the 27 most delicious (and easiest to make) Mexican Appetizers that you will be able to make at home or bring along with you to a party that you have been invited to.
Along the way, we are also going to be sharing with you some additional tips and tricks to ensure that you are able to prepare the most delicious and authentic Mexican recipes from the comfort of your very own kitchen! Whenever you’re ready, just read on.
To help give you some recipe inspiration on what to cook – below, you will find a rundown of the most popular Mexican appetizer recipes (see also ‘Simple Mexican Recipes: The Top 27‘) that are both easy to make and taste totally delicious. Whenever you’re ready, just keep reading:
If you love spicy food, you’re going to love this Jalapeno Popper Dip recipe! Sure to taste just as good as it sounds, this dip is super versatile and can be used to complement a variety of other appetizer foods.
It consists of breadcrumbs, cheese and plenty of chopped Jalapeno – you’ll love it.
Speaking of accompaniments to that Jalapeno Popper Dip we just mentioned – these baked tortilla chips are a perfect complement to it, as well as being another versatile appetizer that can be eaten alone or enhanced with something else.
We love this recipe because it shows you how to make them from scratch at home, as opposed to buying them at the grocery store.
What’s better than nachos, you ask? Loaded nachos, of course! These nachos come complete with cheese, beans, veggies, beef as well as a few other ingredients. They’re the perfect appetizer and ideal for those wanting to share.
4. Salsa Verde
While we’re sure that you’ll be very familiar with salsa verde, have you ever tried making it yourself? If you haven’t, you simply must try out this tasty recipe. This homemade salsa is full of flavor and easy as can be to make. Give it a go!
We know that you might be feeling a little put off by the title of this next appetizer! However, even though guacamole is a dish that is often served fresh – did you know that it can also be fried?
Stick with us! This recipe will create a rich and creamy appetizer that can be paired with just about anything you’d like, including tortilla chips, fajitas and much more. Trust us, you won’t be disappointed!
What would our Mexican appetizer recipe roundup be with the inclusion of at least one taquito recipe?
A truly authentic appetizer dish, chicken taquitos are easy to make and can be baked or fried – depending on what it is that you’re in the mood for.
Pair with that salsa verde recipe we shared with you above if you really want to treat your tastebuds!
7. Qdoba Queso
Next up we have this qdoba queso recipe! It’s homemade, which means that you won’t need to worry about purchasing an overpriced version at the store.
It’s cheesy, creamy and totally rich. Oh, and did we mention that this dip can be paired with just about anything? It’s a must for any Mexican dinner party.
Even though fries might not necessarily be from traditional Mexican cuisine – this recipe certainly gives them a Mexican-infused twist!
These jicama fries are slightly sweeter than regular fries and have a crunchy taste that resembles the texture of an apple.
Sticking with the theme of dip, another great appetizer to prepare is this refried bean dip.
It’s a true classic and very easy to make. Plus, it will only take you a few minutes to prepare which makes it great for anyone looking to prepare an appetizer in a pinch.
You even have the option of pairing this dip with a variety of other appetizers, so it’s super versatile.
10. Jalapeno Poppers
A true classic and staple in Mexican cuisine (see also ‘23 Tastiest Mexican Soup Recipes‘), Jalapeno poppers are one of the most popular and crowd pleasing appetizers there is – and it’s not surprising why!
These poppers are golden brown on the outside with an oozing middle full of jalapeno and cheese…they’re the perfect appetizer to prepare if you want to have your guests’ mouths watering!
Next up we have these mini chicken and cheese quesadillas that are, quite literally, the perfect portion size for an appetizer! They’re especially great for preparing if you also happen to be a grilled cheese lover.
Even though these might sound complicated to prepare, rest assured that they are very easy to make.
Mini Mexican tarts are a great appetizer dish and require very little know-how in the kitchen. They also taste delicious and look super eye-catching when part of a spread.
Full to the brim with plenty of flavor and a generous amount of Cotija cheese, this corn salad is a popular side dish in Mexico and is very simple to make. What more could you ask for?
Are you a seafood lover? If you are and you’re looking to prepare an appetizer that’s a little more fancy, we think that this Mexican shrimp cocktail recipe (see also our favorite shrimp recipes) is sure to be a hit.
The cocktail glasses make a great centerpiece if you’re preparing a spread of appetizers, while the combination of flavors (including shrimp) is nothing short of delicious.
A healthier appetizer alternative to some of the other recipes that we have already shared on this list, the mango black bean salad is simple, refreshing and the perfect appetizer for those wanting something a little on the healthier side.
16. Avocado Salsa
Regardless of whether you’re preparing Mexican food for the family after the end of a busy day or you’re planning on hosting a Mexican dinner party – avocado salsa is a great addition to your lineup of appetizers, and is a super versatile dip that can be paired with a variety of foods.
17. Pineapple Salsa
Sticking with the theme of salsa, another option that we have to share with you is this fun recipe! Putting a fruity twist on traditional salda, pineapple salsa is refreshing and sweet but still offers the fiery kick that you’d expect from a salsa dip.
Another healthy appetizer that we have to share with you is watermelon Pico De Gallo!
This juicy recipe swaps out traditional tomato for watermelon, which results in a lightweight and refreshing salsa dip that can be paired with a variety of different appetizers.
A very convenient and easy recipe, this recipe will show you how to prepare spicy devilled eggs that can be paired with a delicious filling of either guacamole or avocado (see also our favorite avocado recipes). A crowd pleaser!
What would our list be without the inclusion of nachos? A true favorite and classic in Mexican cuisine, this chicken nacho recipe is hearty, delicious and full to the brim with flavor.
This recipe can also be easily customized to suit a variety of different dietary requirements, including those who do not wish to eat meat.
Sure, while we’re sure that you might have heard of corn on the cob – have you ever tried Elote? Combining mayo, chili and cheese together, elote is mouth wateringly delicious and packed with bursting flavor with each bite.
It also just so happens to be one of the most popular Mexican appetizers out there, too! Your guests will love tucking into one of these.
Perfect as a snack or prepared specifically to be an appetizer, this jalapeno corn cake recipe will ensure that you are able to offer you and your guests one of the most classic (and delicious) appetizers out there.
These jalapeno corn cakes have a delicious blend of sweet corn and fiery jalapenos that will offer a delicious flavor that will pack a punch with each bite.
If you’re in a pinch for time and you need to prepare some authentic Mexican appetizers without a lot of time to spare – these chicken quesadillas are just what you are looking for.
Requiring only around 15 minutes to prepare, these chicken quesadillas are not only one of the most popular Mexican appetizer dishes out there (see also ‘The 33 Best Simple And Easy Mexican Chicken Recipes‘), but they are also one of the most delicious
Regardless of whether you’re cooking for yourself or your family, this recipe is sure to be a hit.
If you’re looking for a recipe that will allow you to prepare a truly authentic Mexican dish, we think that you should definitely give this recipe a try!
Combining tortilla wraps with cheese and your meat of choice, these flautas are simple, delicious and simply perfect for pairing with a variety of different dips. In particular, salsa pairs very well with these yummy flautas.
Who doesn’t love chimichangas? If you’d like to prepare some of your very own as an appetizer before your main course, these mini-sized chimichangas are just perfect for serving to yourself and your guests.
Not only that, but these smaller sized chimichangas contain more filling than regular-sized ones – which means that besides being ideal to be served as an appetizer, they’ll also go big on flavor.
26. Rajas Con Crema
What would our list be with Rajas con Crema? A truly authentic Mexican dish, Rajas con Crema is one of the most delicious appetizers out there, and combines Mexican cream, onions and melted cheese to create a richly creamy flavor that will leave you wanting more after each and every bite!
One of the best parts about this recipe is just how easy it is to make – you’ll only need a few ingredients and about 30 minutes to spare.
27. Mini Burritos
Last but certainly not least, the final Mexican appetizer recipe that we have to share with you is this simple and easy mini burrito recipe!
Perfect for any Mexican dinner party or evening, these mini burritos are smaller in size than a standard burrito which makes them perfect for serving as an appetizer before the main courses that you plan to prepare.
In order to make these burritos, all you will have to do is take some fresh tortillas and then stuff them with beef, beans, salsa and cheese.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Are Good Mexican Appetizers?
As we’re sure that you’ll have already been able to see from our guide above, there are plenty of delicious recipes that you can try out when preparing Mexican appetizers that are going to be both deliciously authentic and super easy to prepare.
However, if you’re not too sure what to make and you’d like some inspiration, some of the most delicious appetizers that you can prepare for any occasion are fajitas, elote, quesadillas and empanadas (see also ‘20 Best Empanada Recipes‘).
All of these types of recipes are perfect for appetizers and can even be enjoyed as part of a main course.
However, despite the fact that they aren’t necessarily the most daring of dishes (especially given how extensive Mexican cuisine is) these are fantastic options to consider if you’re planning on hosting a dinner party and want to appease a variety of different taste buds.
These particular appetizers are also great for those that want to bring an appetizer option along to a party that they have been invited to – they’re all crowd pleasers!
Of course, if you’d like to prepare some more obscure appetizers, then you should definitely make sure that you are taking inspiration from the recipes that we have shared with you in our recipe roundup above.
There are a variety of lesser known appetizer recipes there that we’re sure that you (and whoever you are cooking food for) will absolutely love.
What Appetizers Should You Bring To A Party?
Are you planning on attending a Mexican food party and want to make sure that you bring along an appetizer that everyone there is sure to love?
If you answered yes to that question, then you should be sure to take a look at our recipe roundup that we have provided above.
However, if you’re on the search for some extra guidance and you’d like to prepare an appetizer fit for a party (or at the very least, entertaining a large group of people) then a great appetizer that you can consider preparing are “finger food” style Mexican appetizers that everyone will be able to enjoy.
With all of that being said, foods such as tortillas, tarts, stuffed peppers (see also ‘Can You Freeze Stuffed Peppers?‘) and even fajitas can be a great option to consider preparing and bringing along to a party, as everyone will be able to enjoy something thanks to the variety of small finger foods that you have prepared for them.
What Is The Most Popular Appetizer In Mexico?
This is a great question to ask! Of course, even though everyone has their own individual taste preferences, there are a variety of different appetizer dishes that are commonly served in Mexico and subsequently deemed to be the most popular.
These include appetizers such as Antojitos, Ceviche de Sierra, Charales, Jailiso and much more.
If you are in need of some inspiration and want to prepare some of your very own Mexican appetizers that will provide you with an authentic eating experience, we highly recommend that you take some inspiration from the recipes that we have provided you with in the list above.
Over To You: Which Recipe Will You Try?
There we have it! You’ve made it to the end of the article. Now that you have taken the time to read through our post above, we hope that we have been able to provide you with some recipe inspiration when it comes to Mexican appetizers.
As we’re sure that you will have learned by now, there are many different recipes that you can try when wanting to prepare Mexican appetizers, and all of them are unique and delicious in their own way.
From authentic dishes such as Chalupa all the way to crowd pleasing favorites such as tortillas, Mexican cuisine truly offers something for everyone – regardless of whether you’re preparing an appetizer or a main course.
It should also be noted that all of these recipes can be customized to suit your own personal taste preferences or even to meet the dietary requirements of whoever it is that you are cooking for – it’s a highly versatile cuisine that can be easily customized!
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