Mexican Appetizers

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

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Grilled Corn Salsa

Lime juice lends a tartness to this colorful salsa - a zippy mixture of corn, sweet red pepper, red onion and jalapeno peppers. With its great grilled flavor, this chunky dip is perfect for summer gatherings and patio parties. Lori Fiock of Warren, Indiana shared the recipe.
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Cucumber Fruit Salsa

Cucumber Fruit Salsa

Cucumber Fruit Salsa

We always have way more cucumbers and tomatoes coming out of our garden than we can handle. This is one of the many recipes I found to use them up in a delightful way. If you want to make this ahead, stir in the banana and peach right before serving. —Anna Davis, Half Way, Missouri

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Pork with Pineapple Salsa

Not only odes this easy entree taste awesome, but it's good for you, too. A little brown sugar, ground ginger and Dijon mustard help give the moist tenderloin its incredible flavor, and the tangy salsa can be made in no time. —Nicole Pickett Oro Valley, Arizona

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

Mini Phyllo Tacos

For a winning appetizer, serve crispy phyllo cups filled with taco-seasoned ground beef and zesty shredded cheese. The handheld munchies are sure to be named MVP of the menu.—Roseann Weston, Philipsburg, Pennsylvania

Pinto Bean Dip

Pinto Bean Dip

Pinto Bean Dip

Whenever there's a gathering, friends tell me, "Be sure to bring your bean dip!" With several delightful layers, this is more than a snack—some guests practically make a meal out of it. You'll need big chips to pick up all the scrumptious ingredients. —Claire Rademacher, Whittier, California

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

Chili Ham Cups

I like to entertain a lot and have used this recipe on several occasions as an appetizer. I also like how it is easy to switch around the ingredients to give it a different flavor.—Laura Metzger, York, Pennsylvania

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Smoky Onion Biscuit Squares

Whip up a batch of my savory, biscuit-like squares to complement dinner or whenever you need a yummy bit of comfort. —Donna-Marie Ryan, Topsfield, Massachusetts

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

Asparagus Guacamole

To trim down traditional guacamole, I experimented with asparagus instead. My husband and our three hungry sons say this chunky low-fat version is as tasty as the original. I love the guilt-free dipping. —Judi Hammer of Litilz, Pennsylvania

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

Sweet Potato Cheese Ball

My husband and I farm 300 acres of sweet potatoes. I promote our product at fairs, ag expos and school functions. I pass out recipes and this is one of the favorites.

Pork Taquitos

Pork Taquitos

Pork Taquitos

Taquitos are a popular appetizer and these homemade ones are so much better than the frozen ones in the supermarket. If you want a little more punch to the filling, adjust the seasonings to suit your taste.—Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Shrimp Tarts

Shrimp Tarts

Shrimp Tarts

"Here in the Southwest, anything with green chilies is sure to please," notes Terry Thompson of Albuquerque, New Mexico. "And these shrimp-and-cheese appetizers are not exception. You can alter the amount of chilies according to your taste."

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

Taco Dip Platter

To make this zesty appetizer, you simply layer beans, salsa, cheese and other taco-like ingredients onto a platter, reveals Marieann Johansen of Desert Hot Springs, California "I like to call it a 'walking dip', because you can scoop some on a plate with a few tortilla chips, then take it with you as you stroll around and talk with guests," she shares.—Marieann Johansen, Desert Hot Springs, California
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