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Top 25+ Easy Mexican Appetizers


This collection of delicious recipes are full of the top ways to commence out a meal or enjoy a snack with festive flare. These Mexican appetizers are the easiest way to turn any occasion into a fiesta.

I could eat Mexican food literally each day. My absolute favorite type of Mexican food are all of the delicious appetizers (especially dips!). Give me a large bowl of chips and salsa or a cheesy queso dip and I’m a happy girl.

collage of mexican appetizers

If I had to name my favorite type of food, Mexican food would be at the top of the list. I love the flavors, spices and colorful presentation each Mexican appetizer has – they are like art, only edible (which is the top kind of art in my opinion). Hang on to this post and the next time you need a great appetizer recipe, select from these delicious salsas, dips and finger foods. They are all proven winners!

Chips and salsa

Chips and salsa are a weekly, if not daily event at our house. Thankfully our friends feel the same way, so when we have obtain-togethers, I often end up preparing one of the salsa recipes below to snack on before the main course.

homemade tortilla chips
Tortilla Chips Recipe

Light, airy and super crispy. So simple and exactly delicious…you’ll love this tortilla chips recipe! 

Total Time: 20 minutes

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homemade salsa
Homemade Salsa Recipe

Restaurant Style Salsa – Made in the blender in less than 10 minutes! Easy, authentic and full of flavor. This is seriously the top salsa recipe out there! 

Total Time: 5 minutes

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Tomatillo salsa
Salsa Verde Recipe

Easy salsa verde recipe with a touch of sweet and spicy! Enjoy this homemade tomatillo salsa with tortilla chips or with your favorite Mexican dish.

Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

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Black Bean Salsa Recipe

Delicious black bean and corn salsa filled with tomatoes, peppers, avocados, lime juice and fresh cilantro. An appetizer everyone loves!

Total Time: 10 minutes

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Mango Salsa Recipe

The BEST mango salsa that’s fresh, full of flavor and combines a small heat with a small sweet. This simple recipe makes the great snack, appetizer or topping!

Total Time: 35 minutes

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This grilled pineapple salsa is super easy to make and jam packed with flavor – and only takes 5 ingredients to make. It's perfect for summer BBQs as either an appetizer or also tastes amazing on top of hot dogs.
Pineapple Salsa Recipe

This grilled pineapple salsa is super simple to make and jam packed with flavor. Takes only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes!

Total Time: 15 minutes

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pico de gallo recipe
Pico de Gallo Recipe

Pico de Gallo – Fresh, delicious and so simple to make! Packed with flavor and takes less than 10 minutes. This homemade pico de gallo is the great addition to any Mexican dish! 

Total Time: 5 minutes

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Other Mexican dips

When it comes to Mexican dip appetizers, I consider myself somewhat of an expert taste tester. As you can see from the list below, I’ve created (and consumed) quite the variety of recipes that are made to dip a yummy tortilla chip right into.

7 Layer Dip Recipe

7 delicious layers of salsa, guacamole, sour cream, beans, cheese, tomatoes and olives. The great appetizer for game day or a friends obtain-together. People will gather around this 7 layer dip until it’s gone!

Total Time: 20 minutes

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queso dip recipe
Chorizo Queso Dip Recipe

Cheesy and delicious chorizo queso dip that’s loaded with flavor! The great appetizer for any party that can easily be made ahead of time. 

Total Time: 30 minutes

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Queso Blanco Recipe

Slow cooker queso blanco dip takes just 5 minutes to prep and only 5 ingredients to make. This creamy white cheese dip is seriously the top ever!

Total Time: 1 hour

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homemade guacamole
Best Homemade Guacamole Recipe

The top homemade guacamole recipe that takes just 10 minutes to make! Perfect for a summer BBQ or even a mid day snack. This simple guacamole will become a fast favorite!

Total Time: 10 minutes

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hot corn dip in cast iron skillet
Hot Corn Dip Recipe

Hot Corn Dip – Perfectly creamy and cheesy with the top Mexican flavors. Everyone goes crazy over this simple corn dip recipe! 

Total Time: 40 minutes

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Chicken Enchilada Dip Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Dip – The Trendy astonishing cheese dip you will ever make! Loaded with shredded chicken, cheese, enchilada sauce and flavorful Mexican spices. 

Total Time: 35 minutes

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Velveeta Cheese Dip Recipe

Chili Queso Dip – Super simple and delicious Velveeta cheese dip with astonishing flavor. Can be made in the skillet, slow cooker and even the microwave! 

Total Time: 15 minutes

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cowboy caviar in glass bowl
Cowboy Caviar Recipe

Flavorful and delicious cowboy caviar dip that will become the star of the show at your next obtain together. Full of fresh veggies and topped with an simple homemade dressing. 

Total Time: 15 minutes

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Mexican finger foods

I have an affinity for appetizers you can hold, especially these yummy Mexican finger foods. Anything that makes mealtime easier for my four kids is a winner in my book. I love that these appetizers are simple to grab and enjoy—no utensils (or fuss) necessary.

Taco Pop Tarts

These unique taco pop tarts are astonishing! They are great to dip in your favorite salsa!

Total Time: 40 minutes

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bbq pork nachos on pan
BBQ Nachos Recipe

Delicious BBQ nachos loaded with crispy tortilla chips, melted cheese, BBQ pork and all the toppings. This is the great weekend meal or appetizer and is alert in just 20 minutes! 

Total Time: 20 minutes

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jalepeno poppers
Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

These bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers pack so much flavor in just one bite! They’re fast, simple and make the ultimate game day appetizer. Plus they’re made with only 5 simple ingredients!

Total Time: 25 minutes

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nachos
Nachos Recipe

The Ultimate Nachos Recipe – Delicious layers of chips, gooey cheese and toppings that are baked to perfection. These baked nachos take less than 20 minutes and are the great appetizer, lunch or dinner!

Total Time: 20 minutes

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I anticipate you’ve enjoyed this list of simple Mexican appetizers! Which one of these are you Trendy excited about?

meet Jamielyn Nye

Jamielyn Nye is the creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. She is also the author of the I Heart Naptime Cookbook. When she’s not creating in the kitchen, Jamielyn loves to chase her four small monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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