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The 22 BEST Mexican Appetizers


Ignite your taste buds with these Mexican Appetizers, and their vibrant and fresh flavors that will make your tastebuds sing like mariachis!

Mexican Appetizers

These appetizers bring the festive spirit of Mexico to your table, promising a flavorful fiesta in every bite. Tostadas, street corn, taquitos, and empanadas all taste like colorful pinatas for your mouth!

1. Tostadas

Enjoy the bold, refreshing flavors of Mexico with these easy-to-make, tasty, tostadas. Ground beef, lettuce, onions, and tomatoes are layered on top of a small but crispy tortilla shell for a tasty bite that everyone in your family will love.

2. Avocado Salsa

If you have some extra avocados lying around, put them to good use with this salsa that tastes great with chips or in a taco, burrito, or tostada. Fresh lime, cilantro, and jalapeno bring out the flavor of the avocado!

3. Chicken Street Tacos

Street tacos always seem to have a little extra flare, and nothing proves that more than these chicken street tacos that’ll only take you 25 minutes. Juicy chicken thighs are marinated and grilled, then topped with onion, cilantro, and tomatoes.

4. Mexican-Inspired Grilled Corn Salad with Cotija

This salad will be your go-to summer staple moving forward. Grilled ears of yellow corn are tossed with cilantro, chili lime seasoning, chopped scallions, and Cotija cheese to create a unique salad that has a little bit of smoky flavor.

5. Chicken Flautas

These crunchy chicken flautas will inspire you to take a trip to Mexico! Rolled tortillas are stuffed with salsa, shredded chicken, sour cream, and cheese, but feel free to swap this out for pork or juicy birria if so desired.

6. Crispy Jalapeno Cream Cheese Buffalo Chicken Taquitos

Filled with shredded chicken, cream cheese, jalapenos, and buffalo sauce, they are ready to eat in just 15 minutes. The tortillas offer some crunch, while the inside filling is full of bold, zesty flavors you and your kids will love.

7. Creamy Black Bean Taquitos

Crispy corn tortillas are rolled and filled with black beans, green chiles, onions, and cream cheese for a spicy snack that makes for the perfect appetizer. They’re easy to make as this yields 15 in as little as 30 minutes.

8. Chicken Empanadas

Just call these chicken empanadas pockets of perfection. Filled with shredded chicken or pork, onions, garlic, and peppers, each bite is popping with so much flavor that you’ll want to snack on them tonight, tomorrow night, and the night after.

9. Mexican Sopes Recipe

Used as a plate to hold toppings like cheese, beans, salsa, lettuce, and your preference of meat (we think pork and chicken work best), sopes are one of the most popular dishes in Mexico. Feel free to play with flavors.

10. Mexican Street Corn Fritters

If you love the taste of crispy fritters, then we recommend giving them a little Mexican street corn makeover. Made with corn, green onions, Cotija cheese, and jalapeno, these fried crunch treats taste great with a sour cream dipping sauce.

11. Blooming Quesadilla Ring

If you like the Bloomin’ Onion from Outback Steakhouse, you can use it as your inspiration for this delicious blooming quesadilla ring. Flour tortillas filled with chicken, jalapenos, bell peppers, and onions, are rolled and put in a blooming design.

12. Best Ever Guacamole

The best thing about guacamole (besides the flavor and its creamy texture) is that it can be customized to be as mild or spicy as you want. This creamy avocado-onion-cilantro-based dip is best served with warm, crispy tortillas at dinner.

13. Homemade Chalupa

To save money, you can enjoy the flavors and crunchy texture of a homemade chalupa by making this dupe Taco Bell recipe. Taco ingredients of your choice are placed into a thick, piece of boat-shaped dough for a quick dinner.

14. Elotes Recipe

Also known as Mexican corn, Elote corn is covered in mayonnaise and then sprinkled with cheese, lime juice, and chili powder. Popularized by food trucks, Mexican corn is a delightful snack to enjoy on the go or walking around town.

15. Chipotle Corn Salsa

The corn salsa from Chipotle is pretty famous, so it’s good news, then, that there’s now an official recipe you can make at home. Just mix corn, onion, lime juice, and cilantro in a bowl, chill, and serve with chips!

There’s a reason why Mexican cuisine is so popular – it’s chock full of fresh, robust flavors that make for the perfect appetizers, entrees, and after-dinner snacks. This list of the best Mexican recipes is here to get you started.