This collection of all the best Mexican appetizers is the perfect answer to what to serve for any Cinco de Mayo celebration, Taco Tuesday, or anytime the craving strikes for spicy flavors. These easy appetizers are a great way to kick off a Mexican food dinner party or choose a bunch and serve them up for a finger food extravaganza!
If you are planning a gathering for a smaller group you might prefer a sit-down dinner. Find all my favorite recommendations for what to serve at a Mexican dinner party here and discover fun ways to decorate for a Mexican party theme.
Two must-have delicious Mexican appetizers that I always serve up with Mexican foods are chips and salsa! Another fun dipper to serve is air fryer taquitos. I'm positive everyone will love them.
If you're making tacos, ditch the store-bought seasoning and make your own taco seasoning. It's fresher and a great way to use up spices you have on hand.
Refried bean dip, guacamole, taquitos, chips and salsa, fruit or traditional pico de gallo, mini tacos, quesadillas, and margaritas are all some easy-to-make dishes that will transport well for a Mexican-themed party.
Tacos, enchiladas, burritos, tostadas, elote (Mexican street corn), ceviche, and guacamole are some of the most popular Mexican foods that are commonly found in many Mexican restaurants.
💭 Tips for Creating an Appetizer Menu
- Aim for easy to pick up and eat foods.
- Not everyone enjoys spicy so consider offering dishes with a variety of spiciness.
- Don’t forget the adult beverages or lime-flavored mocktails!
- Make sure your menu includes some foods you can make ahead. This will make your life so much easier on party day.
- Ask your guest to bring something! This strategy is a great way to share the expense but also to take some of the work off your plate.
😋 What to Serve with Mexican Appetizers
Once you've got your full menu figured out, think about some additional ingredients you can add to the table that will fill up the table and allow your guests to add to their plates as toppings or additions to tacos, quesadillas, and more!
- Shredded lettuce
- Sour cream
- Mexican crema
- Shredded cheese
- Cotija cheese or queso fresco
- Diced tomatoes
- Diced red onions
- Chopped fresh cilantro
- Lime squeezes
- Diced jalapeno peppers
- Soft flour tortillas or corn tortillas
Mini Mexican Appetizers
Every party needs small, easy-to-eat appetizers for guests to pick up with their fingers or eat in just a couple of bites. They make the perfect item to have out as guests start to arrive and go great with cocktails.
Even if dinner is on the menu for the night, these delicious appetizers work perfectly to get everyone in the mood for a fiesta.
Simple Mexican Appetizers
Make your life easier by choosing a handful of easy Mexican appetizers to add to your menu. Simple appetizers include large batch appetizers that make a lot very easily or snacks you can make in advance.
Both of these considerations means the day of your party will be easier and allow you to relax and enjoy the time with friends and family.
Cold Mexican Appetizers
Every party needs some cold appetizers too! Not only do these add a contrast to the other foods you are serving, but they are a great choice to make in advance and don’t require any additional equipment to keep warm during the party.
Vegetarian and Vegan Friendly
I like to choose a few meatless options for gatherings. Everyone always seems to enjoy them even though they don't contain meat and they make my guests who eat vegetarian and vegan happy that I remembered to plan for them.
Mexican Dip and Chips
No taco bar, fiesta, Cinco de Mayo party or Taco Tuesday event is complete with everyone’s favorite crispy tortilla chips and delicious salsas and dips! I love to pick out a variety of dips to offer guests and make my own homemade tortilla chips in the oven or air fryer.
This popular party food is another one that’s easy to make ahead of time which makes the hours just before the party much easier for you. Salsa verde and red salsa are popular choices but I also like to add in some more interesting options for a variety of color, textures and flavor.
Party Taco Bar
Everyone loves tacos right? A taco bar is an easy to create party spread that your guests will absolutely love. It gives them lots of options and they can make them just how they like them. It’s also an easy option to prepare when dealing with a large group and a variety of dietary needs.
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