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Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

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Summer Melon Salsa

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Sue Gronholz (Field Editor)
From Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Sue Gronholz notes, "I've been experimenting with lots of different fruit salsa recipes, and this one is so good." The refreshing blend of melons is complemented by a slight jalapeno kick. TIP: "We like it with lime-flavored tortilla chips, but it's also delicious over grilled chicken," adds Sue.
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Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

Southwestern Pulled Pork Crostini

For a unique take on crostini, these hearty appetizers are great for tailgating and other casual parties. Everyone enjoys these spicy, sweet and salty bites, which makes the recipe even more special to me.—Randy Cartwright, Linden, Wisconsin

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."

Cantina Beer-Cheese Dip

Cantina Beer-Cheese Dip

Cantina Beer-Cheese Dip

Ever since I found a recipe for beer cheese dip, which my husband loves, I've made it many times. Being adventurous, I wanted to make a Mexican-style version for variety. It's perfect for tailgating, even in your living room. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania
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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.

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

Chili-Cheese Egg Rolls

More than an inventive way to use leftover or store-bought chili, this is the No. 1 request in the Bender household (and our judges know why). —Jennifer Bender, Baldwin, Georgia

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

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

Bread Bowl Fondue

Bread Bowl Fondue

Bread Bowl Fondue

Veggies and toasted bread cubes make the perfect dippers for this thick, rich ham and cheese dip from June Mullins of Livonia, Missouri.

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

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

Nacho Cheese Dip

"With jobs, school and sport activities, evening is our time for family fun," says Dawn Taylor of Milton, Kentucky. "We munch on this zippy dip while visiting or watching a movie."

Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

Little Mexican Pizzas

"These little pizzas are perfect for lunch, snacks or parties," says Linda Eggers of Albany, California.
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