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Mexican Appetizers

Looking for Mexican appetizers? Find favorite recipes, including quesadillas, guacamole, salsa, jalapeno poppers and more!

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A friend gave me this recipe, and whenever I serve these pretty and delicious appetizers, people ask me for the recipe, too! Besides being attractive and tasty, the pinwheels can be made ahead of time and sliced just before serving, leaving you time for other last-minute party preparations. —Pat Waymire, Yellow Springs, Ohio
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Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

Fresh Fruit Salsa

This salad has all the bright colors and fresh flavors of summer.— Mary E. Relyea, Canastota, New York.

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmers market! My family loved it from the first bite. You can serve it right away but the best flavor is achieved after letting the salsa rest in the refrigerator for a few hours. —Andrea Heyart, Aubrey, Texas

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

Mexican Sausage Crostini

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Lisa Huff, Wilton, Connecticut
Lisa loves to combine flavors in her cooking while keeping it quick and easy.
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Mini Chicken Empanadas

Mini Chicken Empanadas

Mini Chicken Empanadas

Refrigerated pie pastry makes quick work of assembling these bite-sized appetizers loaded with chicken and cheese. I've made them several times since receiving the recipe from a friend.—Betty Fulks, Onia, Arkansas

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

Veggie Tortilla Pinwheels

"These bite-size snacks are delicious anytime of the day," writes Doris Ann Yoder from her kitchen in Arthur, Illinois. Simple combine cream cheese, dried beef, chopped vegetables and salad dressing mix, then roll into tortillas, refrigerate, slice and serve.

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

Starry Night Taco Cups

These Mexican-style snacks will surely add sparkle to a slumber party spread! To make them, our home economists lined muffin cups with tortilla shells, then filled each with a not-too-spicy beef mixture kids can garnish with cheese, lettuce and other toppings. For tasty dippers besides, you could serve the cutout stars with salsa.

Crunchy Garden Salsa

Crunchy Garden Salsa

Crunchy Garden Salsa

"A co-worker brought this fun crunchy salsa to a potluck and everyone loved it," shares Tammy Mahlke of La Crescent, Minnesota. "The ingredients are available at the grocery store all year, but it tastes like you picked the produce from your very own backyard!"

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Spring Green Guacamole

Love guacamole, but hate the calories and fat? Try this vibrant version with yummy peas. “We eat a lot of this and we never feel one bit guilty,” shares Carey Waterworth from Silvana, Washington.

Fish Taco Bites

Fish Taco Bites

Fish Taco Bites

I think these appetizers are better than full-size fish tacos I’ve had as an entree. Enjoy the creamy salsa drizzle not only on these bites, but also on other Mexican dishes. —Carmell Childs, Ferron, Utah

Peppy Peach Salsa

Peppy Peach Salsa

Peppy Peach Salsa

"Garden-fresh salsas are one of my favorite condiments," relates Jennifer Abbot from Moraga, California. "So when I saw a recipe for peach salsa in the newspaper, I couldn't think of anything that sounded better."

Chunky Cucumber Salsa

Chunky Cucumber Salsa

Chunky Cucumber Salsa

Although this may sound like an "interesting" grouping of flavors, it has never let me down. Recipe requests are guaranteed as people try to guess the secret ingredient...it's mango.
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