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.

See Popular Mexican Appetizers Recipes

Sausage Tostada Grande

Pace Salsa & Picante

Spicy Italian sausage in a sassy Mexican-flavored sauce tops tortillas with cheese for piping-hot open-faced tacos.

Total: 50 mins

Cheesy Chile Bread

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Everyone's fired up about this Mexican-flavored bread, bubbling with cheese, zesty green chiles and a dash of hot pepper sauce to turn up the heat.

Total: 25 mins

Creamy Salsa Dip

Pace Salsa & Picante

It couldn't be easier to make this delicious dip...it combines cool sour cream and spicy salsa to ensure you've got a tasty appetizer ready in a snap.

Total: 35 mins

Marinated Queso Fresco

Atkins - Phase 1

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Total: 2 hrs 15 mins

Tex-Mex Toasts

Pace Salsa & Picante

Pepperidge Farm® Texas Toast is topped with refried beans and baked , then topped with sour cream, chopped green onions and Pace® Chunky Salsa.

Total: 25 mins
Total: 5 hrs 40 mins

Mini Tacos

Pace Salsa & Picante

These little taco-flavored treats in wonton crusts make mouthwatering, family-favorite appetizers.

Total: 25 mins

Creamy Green Chile and Avocado Sauce

Food & Wine

When grilling a meal, chef Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie and Bar Annie in Houston threads ingredients for sauces onto skewers to cook alongside the meat. While the meat rests, he purees the sauce ingredients in a blender.

Total: 30 mins

Bisquick® Churros

Betty Crocker

Bisquick® mix, three other ingredients and about 30 minutes are all it takes to make a cinnamon- and sugar-sprinkled classic Mexican pastry.

Total: 35 mins

Quesadillas con Salsa

RO*TEL

Tasty bean and cheese quesadillas grilled to a golden brown and served with quick-to-fix chunky tomato salsa.

Total: 20 mins
Total: 3 hrs 10 mins

Gorditas

Food & Wine

Hot Bread Kitchen's first employee, Elidia Ramos, taught her fellow bakers how to make gorditas, a favorite Mexico City street food. Crisp on the outside and soft within, these savory corn cakes are a great base for all types of toppings, from pulled pork to shredded chicken. For a more luscious gordita, fry the dough in lard or butter instead of oil.

Total: 45 mins

Plantain and Goat Cheese Gorditas

Food & Wine

These crispy, cheese-stuffed bites are the kind of Mexican comfort food chef Sue Torres cooks. "You can stuff the mashed plantains with lots of fun things, like chorizo, beans, or shrimp," she says. The key to their success is finding ultraripe plantains, "so black and soft and sweet that you think you should throw them out." As with bananas, underripe plantains ripen more quickly when placed in a paper bag.

Total: 1 hr

Monterey Jack Chicken Quesadillas

Pace Salsa & Picante

Each bite of these flavorful quesadillas is packed with a blend of Swanson® Premium Chunk Chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, chopped green chilies and chili powder, topped with a dollop of sour cream and Pace® Chunky Salsa.

Total: 20 mins

Monterey Jack Chicken Quesadillas

Pace Salsa & Picante

Each bite of these flavorful quesadillas is packed with a blend of Swanson® Premium Chunk Chicken, Monterey jack cheese, chopped green chilies and chili powder, topped with a dollop of sour cream and Pace® Chunky Salsa.

Total: 20 mins

Ro*Tel Hearty Bean Dip

RO*TEL

A one-pot bean and cheese dip spiced up with the zesty taste of Ro*Tel.

Total: 10 mins
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