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27 Easy Mexican Appetizers (and Snacks!) Anyone Can Make

Taco'bout delicious: These creative Mexican appetizer recipes come together quickly for a potluck, a party, or just a pantry meal with the family.

buffalo chicken nachosCourtesy Smells Like Home

Layered buffalo chicken nachos with creamy gorgonzola sauce

Shred up leftover chicken to make this easy Mexican appetizer from Smells Like Home, which combines crunchy chips with bubbly, melted cheese and velvety avocado. Before you start cooking, here are the Mexican restaurant words you need to know.

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Jalapeño chicken wraps

Bacon-wrapped anything makes every meal better, and when you wrap bacon around jalapeños and strips of chicken, you get an instant fiesta hit. Best served with blue cheese or ranch dressing. Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Queso fundido with chorizo

Whether you’re celebrating Cinco de Mayo or that your team just scored, this Mexican appetizer dip from Smells Like Home should satisfy. Loaded with chorizo, jalapeños, and an optional splash (or three) of tequila, it’s best served warm with sturdy chips for scooping.

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Mini phyllo tacos

Do you ever wish tacos were smaller just so you could eat more of them? Your wish has been granted. These tacos may be small, but they pack in as much flavor and joy as regular-sized ones. Get the recipe here from Taste of Home. Then, check out these fun new recipes for taco night.

pulled pork taquitosCourtesy Iowa Girl Eats

Pulled pork taquitos with chipotle ranch dipping sauce

Blogger Iowa Girl Eats rolls corn tortillas around slow-cooker pulled pork and shredded cheese, then serves this festive Mexican appetizer with a smoky sauce for dipping. These are the secrets your restaurant menu won’t tell you. Try these brilliant kitchen hacks you’ll wish you knew sooner.

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Margarita granita with spicy shrimp

Imagine drinking seasoned grilled shrimp into a frozen margarita. That’s essentially what you’re doing in this Taste of Home recipe, but believe us, the sweet-spicy combo tastes a lot better than it sounds. For a nice refreshing drink with your appetizers, try these tips on how to make the perfect margarita.

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Huevos diablos

For those who need to brush up on their Spanish phrases, this recipe is for Mexican deviled eggs—and they really do have the devil’s heat in them. You can thank the jalapeños for that. If you’re trying to stick to a diet, try these nutritionist-approved snacks.

grilled pepper poppersCourtesy Beth Sachan

Grilled pepper poppers

These zesty peppers from Eat.Drink.Smile blend three cheeses (goat, parm, and cream cheese) in a handy, edible jalapeño for a bite-sized Mexican appetizer. Scrape out most of the seeds if you aren’t a hot-and-spicy fan. These super easy recipes are almost as easy as boiling water.

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Fried jalapeños

A spicier spin on pepper poppers, this Taste of Home recipe isn’t your typical deep-fried fair food. Once spicy food lovers try one, they won’t be able to get enough.

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Grilled street corn

Everyone who loves Mexican food needs to know how to make grilled street corn. This traditional recipe is easy to make—just grill the corn and cover it with your cheese mixture—and it’s a crowd pleaser at any cookout. These finger foods are perfect for any party.

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Spicy refried beans

All you need for a quick appetizer is a can of refried beans, a jalapeño, cheese, and seasoning. You can serve this recipe with tortilla chips or let your guests dig right in.

7 layer dipCourtesy Leah Short

7-Layer Mexican dip

Sliced black olives, tomatoes, and green onions dot the top layer of this colorful dip from So, How’s It Taste?  Try adding chipotle powder for a smoky flavor.

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Mexican chicken wings

Don’t expect any leftovers. This recipe adds a Spanish kick to regular wings with its special jalapeño cilantro dip, which works just as well for tortilla chips once you run out of wings.

tableside guacCourtesy Angela Roberts

Tableside guacamole

The secret ingredient in this guac from Spinach Tiger? Freshly squeezed orange juice. This recipe scales up really well: use one avocado per person and adjust the other ingredients accordingly.

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Pork burritos

The best part of this recipe is that your slow cooker does most of the work for you. Once your pork is tender, just top it with avocado, sour cream, and cilantro—and you’ve got a spicy masterpiece. These are the cooking tricks that are only taught in culinary school.

creamy chicken taquitosCourtesy Tessa Arias

Creamy chicken taquitos

Skip the freezer aisle and instead make these fun Mexican appetizers from Handle the Heat with simple, fresh ingredients like red bell pepper, cilantro, garlic and lime juice. If you’re eating meatless, serve with refried beans instead of chicken.

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Beefy taco dip

You can never have too many taco dip recipes. This award-winning one comes from a Taste of Home reader in Nova Scotia who found that the secret to perfect taco dip is all in the layering.

GF vegan quesadillasCourtesy Alyssa Rimmer

Vegan red pepper spinach quesadillas

Not just for vegans, though: this Mexican appetizer from Queen of Quinoa only requires five ingredients and comes together really quickly for parties. P.S. No judgment if you start making these for breakfast, too.

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Chipotle lime corn cobs

Traditional Mexican street corn is a versatile dish because changing just a few ingredients can give it an entirely different flavor. This version swaps in Asiago cheese for Parmesan and adds chipotle pepper for a spicier kick. Here’s how to fix the most common cooking disasters.

Chicken tortilla soupCourtesy Lemons & Anchovies

Chicken tortilla soup

Pantry staples like canned chicken broth, tomatoes, corn, and black beans make short work of this classic Mexican soup from Lemons and Anchovies. Garnish with shredded cheddar cheese, diced avocado, chopped cilantro, crushed tortilla chips or sour cream—and don’t forget a squeeze of lime.

creamy pumpkin soupCourtesy Alyssa Rimmer

Creamy pumpkin Mexican soup

This nourishing bowl from Queen of Quinoa blends smooth pumpkin puree with cashew milk and adds heat from cinnamon, chili powder, smoked paprika, and cayenne pepper.

hibiscus enchiladasCourtesy Lindsay Landis

Hibiscus flower enchiladas

Chewy dried hibiscus flowers complement shredded carrots and jicama in these inventive enchiladas from Love and Olive Oil, which are smothered in a generous tomato chipotle sauce, plus crunchy purple cabbage and salty Cotija cheese.

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Fresh lime margaritas

Get the party started right with an easy Taste of Home recipe for everyone’s Cinco de Mayo drink of choice. (Well, we assume it’s everyone’s favorite.) It only takes 15 minutes, and you can switch things up with frozen and flavored marg options. Try out these other recipes for fun and festive summer cocktails.

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Pork taquitos

Taquitos are one of the most popular Mexican appetizers, and these homemade ones taste SO much better than the frozen store-bought ones. Get the recipe from Taste of Home.

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Salsa rice

You can’t get much simpler than this 15 minute recipe from Taste of Home. Just boil water and chunky salsa, add rice, and top it with cheese. This dish makes a perfect side when you’re crunched for time.

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Smoked salmon quesadillas with creamy chipotle sauce

Sure, everyone loves a good chicken quesadilla, but a salmon quesadilla? Even better. With this recipe, you can wow guests with a creative spin on a traditional meal and wow their tastebuds with a spicy yet creamy spread.

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Grilled guacamole

Have you ever thought about grilling avocados? They’re one of the foods you didn’t know you could grill, but once you taste them, you won’t be able to get enough of that smokey flavor. Get the recipe from Taste of Home. Now that you know how to cook a Mexican feast, check out the recipes everyone should know before turning 35.