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Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

Looking for tasty tidbits for your celebration? We've got apps for that! Take a peek at recipes including nachos, dips, salsa and jalapeno dishes and more!

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For something cool on a hot day, we mix shrimp and crabmeat with crunchy veggies straight from the garden. Look for adobo seasoning in your grocery’s international section. —Teri Rasey, Cadillac, Michigan
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Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

Santa Fe Cheesecake

"All of my favorite Southwestern ingredients are combined in this savory cheesecake. It looks and tastes fantastic!" relates field editor Jean Ecos of Hartland, Wisconsin

Party Salsa

Party Salsa

Party Salsa

My husband's mom, Connie Swanson, prepared a big batch of this pretty and zippy salsa to serve at our wedding reception. It's very special and fresh-tasting. There's no need to peel the tomatoes since they're so finely chopped.

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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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!"

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

Spicy Watermelon Salsa

I threw this together after an overzealous trip to the farmer's 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

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."

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Here’s a sweet and spicy twist on salsa. Served with chips, it’s an excellent party starter. It also adds a refreshing touch on top of grilled fish or meat.—Angela Longtin, Cavalier, North Dakota

Asparagus Salsa

Asparagus Salsa

Asparagus Salsa

Jalapeno pepper and cilantro spice up this refreshing salsa that's made with tomatoes, onion and fresh asparagus. Served chilled with tortilla chips, this chunky sauce won't last long. -Emma Thomas Rome, Georgia

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Jalapeno Ranch Dip

Ranch dressing got its start on a real dude ranch in California. Punch up the Western original with green salsa, green chilies, jalapenos and cilantro for more color, spice and high volume that feeds a crowd. —Lindsay Duke, Goodrich, Texas

Ham N Cheese Tortillas

Ham N Cheese Tortillas

Ham N Cheese Tortillas

My family eats these tasty tortillas as fast as I can make them. Good thing they can be made in a hurry! They're a new and flavorful way to serve traditional ham and cheese.—Jamie Whitaker, Aurora, Missouri

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Chorizo-Queso Egg Rolls

Little bites deliver big flavor in this combination of tangy sausage and creamy cheese in crisp wontons. The recipe is an appetizing takeoff on my favorite Mexican entree. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois
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