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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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Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

Fast Fruit Salsa

We like this refreshing and colorful salsa served with tortilla chips or spooned over grilled chicken. For a fun twist, try stirring in some diced cantaloupe or peaches when they're in season.

Football Fest Empanadas

Football Fest Empanadas

Football Fest Empanadas

Classic empanadas from South America are stuffed pastries of beef or chicken, usually fried. That doesn't mean "classic" never changes. Chicken goes well with black beans, corn and jalapenos in this baked version with a Southwestern spin. —Jane McMillan, Dania Beach, Florida

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Fresh Tomato Mexican Salsa

Mexican fare only gets better when topped with Anna Yeatts' colorful Fresh Salsa. The Pinehurst, North Carolina cook uses ripe tomatoes, crisp onion and a touch of minced serrano pepper, making it just as good as a side dish or appetizer with crunchy baked tortilla chips!
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Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

Mexican Pizza

"My husband and I created the recipe for this hearty snack," relates Braham, Minnesota field editor Sandra McKenzie. "Our whole family enjoys it."

Southwestern Star Dip

Southwestern Star Dip

Southwestern Star Dip

"I enjoyed this sensational dip at a Holiday party and begged for the recipe," recalls Joan Hallford from North Richland Hills, Texas.

Taco Cheesecake

Taco Cheesecake

Taco Cheesecake

One taste of Judy Eckert's eye-catching appetizer proves cheesecake isn't just for dessert. "This savory variation is a crowd favorite at parties," she notes from Fulton, New York.

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

Three-Pepper Bean Dip

My husband’s great-grandmother and I spent time together creating this recipe after trying a similar version from his aunt. So it not only tastes delicious, it also has a lot of sentimental value. —Amber Massey, Coppell, Texas

Tomato Guacamole Dip

Tomato Guacamole Dip

Tomato Guacamole Dip

With just six ingredients, this refreshing dip is a snap to whip up. From Racine, Wisconsin, Jill Perez says, “It's so light and fresh, it's the perfect way to start our dinner.”

Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

Warm Chicken Fiesta Dip

This crowd-pleasing dip is always a success, whether I follow the recipe as is or if I substitute shredded pork and stir in chopped fresh mushrooms.—Shannon Arthur, Lucasville, Ohio

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

Black Bean Dip

With black beans, avocados, corn, peppers and cilantro, this family bean dip has lots of flavor and texture. This dip came about when I was experimenting with a similar recipe one day.

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Black-Eyed Pea Salsa

Colorful tomatoes, green pepper and red onion contrast nicely with black-eyed peas. —Lynn McAllister, Mt. Ulla, North Carolina
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