Mexican Appetizers

Mexican appetizers kick off any dinner like a fiesta, so enjoy whipping up tasty openers that are sure to please. From guacamole to quesadillas to Mexican-style layered dips, there's a Mexican appetizer for everyone.

Mexican Pizza

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Barbecue Chicken and Cheddar Quesadillas

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Barbecue sauce and green chili peppers add zing to this Mexican skillet sandwich recipe. Serve with sour cream and salsa for dipping.

Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

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This perennial party favorite recipe boasts luscious guacamole, a layer of hearty beans, and cheese.

Crab Quesadillas with Pineapple Salsa

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These spicy seafood appetizers are topped with a fresh and fruity salsa.

Empanaditas

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These Mexican turnovers are beloved treats. Traditionally, they were made at Christmas and filled with dried fruits preserved from the fall harvest.

Pico de Gallo Salsa

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Total: 20 mins

Chili-Cheese Taco Chips

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Bacon-Apple Mini Empanadas

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Bacon lovers, check out your next must-try dish! These mini empanadas are a sweet and savory appetizer ideal for any occasion.

Quesadillas

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These cheese and pepper quesadilla appetizers are quick and easy, especially if you use bottled salsa. Great for pot lucks or parties.

Pizza Quesadillas

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For lunch or light dinner, serve these cheese, pepperoni, and olive quesadillas with soup or salad.

Total: 30 mins

Papusas with Curtido

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El Salvador shares Mexico's love of masa, a corn flour dough used for the base of these stuffed patties. Vegetarians can use extra cheese in place of the pork.

Mexican Meatballs

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Make these saucy beef and pork meatballs ahead and store in the refrigerator up to 3 days.

Peppered Tortilla Chips

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Fresh from the oven, these flavored chips make terrific munching. Try mixing homemade or purchased chips of different textures and flavors.

Cheese-Filled Empanadas

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Mexican Seven-Layer Dip

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Pre-made refried beans, guacamole and salsa make it possible to toss together this showstopping Mexican dip in a matter of minutes.

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