Mexican Appetizers and Sides

Is your taco night missing something? Make it a full-on feast with a zesty salsa recipe or some cheesy nachos. Our collection of Mexican appetizers and sides -- including fluffy Mexican rice and guacamole -- is ready to complete your fiesta.

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  • Mexican Red Rice

    To complete your meal, look no further than this Mexican rice recipe. Ancho chile pepper, chicken broth, and a jar of salsa give our recipe the classic savory and spiced flavor you love.

  • Red and Green Rice How-To

    No matter the color, your Mexican rice side dish is a cinch to make. Here's a quick overview.

  • Tomatillo-Watermelon Salad

    You won’t find any plain-Jane lettuce here: This easy salad recipe is brimming with watermelon, avocados, and tomatillos, and flavored with tangy lime-and-jalapeno vinaigrette. Fresh cilantro and mint add an exciting herbal touch.

  • Black Bean Salsa

    Hearty black bean salsa gets a garden-fresh twist from chopped cucumbers and green onions. Ready in 20 minutes, this salsa recipe is an easy way to top off chicken tacos.

  • Onion-Jalapeno Corn Bread

    Jalapeno peppers embolden corn bread in this fresh-take recipe that is made (conveniently) in your slow cooker.

  • Hot and Chunky Guacamole

    Guacamole is a no-brainer for starting your Mexican meal or adding a creamy touch to tacos and fajitas. This recipe features shelled peas and sliced jalapenos, which add fresh and fiery bites to traditional guacamole.

  • Refried Beans

    With only five ingredients, making your own refried beans is easier than you think, and the results are totally worth it. The hearty garlic-flavored Mexican staple is great as a side or burrito filler.

  • Baked Sweet Potatoes

    With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a gorgeous and healthy Mexican side that's full of South-of-the-Border flavor. A dusting of Mexican cinnamon and a sprinkle of jalapenos and queso fresco turn tender sweet potatoes into a flavor-packed side.

  • Seared Scallop-Tequila Shooters

    Tender seared scallops and juicy mangoes combine for a Mexican appetizer that’s part drink, part snack. Dunked in a pineapple and tequila blend, the skewers make a refreshing party starter.

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    The Real Deal: Authentic Salsa Roja

    If you love Mexican food, you know it's all about the sauce. Follow our video to make authentic salsa roja that's great on grilled meat, chicken, or fish.

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    Mexican Green Rice

    Studded with juicy tomatillos and avocado, our jalapeno-spiced salsa verde recipe blends with fluffy long grain rice and fresh cilantro to take Mexican rice to new heights. Short on time? You can purchase salsa verde from the store to cut down on prep time.

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    Jalapeno-Peach Wonton Poppers

    Filled with a spicy jalapeno cream cheese and dipped in a zesty chile-peach sauce, these poppers are just plain irresistible. The crisp wonton wrappers give this fun Mexican appetizer an Asian twist.

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    Avocado Soup

    For a new take on creamy soup, try the smooth, rich flavor and texture of avocado. With a dab of hot sauce, it’s a delicious balance of spicy and cool. The light green color makes it a gorgeous addition to your party table.  

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    Sikil Pak

    Sikil Pak is a traditional Mexican dip made with nutty roasted pumpkin seeds. With its creamy texture and fresh chive-and-orange-infused flavor, it’s a fun alternative to salsa or guacamole.

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    Tequila Shrimp Nachos

    After one bite of this zesty nacho recipe, you’ll know: It’s party time. Piled high with juicy shrimp, fresh heirloom tomatoes, and a drizzle of tequila, you might never make it to the main course.

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    Cebollas Encurtidas

    Pickled in a tangy blend of orange, lime, and grapefruit juice, these onions make a refreshing side for heavier Mexican dishes like enchiladas or grilled meats.

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    Grilled Corn Salsa

    Every fiesta needs a bowl of salsa, and we think this spicy, lime-laced recipe deserves a spot on your menu. Popping with smoky grilled corn and sweet peppers, it's a fresh take on everybody's favorite dip.

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    Queso Chihuahua Polenta

    This creamy Mexican side features a comforting blend of sweet corn kernels, shredded Chihuahua cheese, and quick-cooking polenta. Serve it with grilled steak or shrimp skewers for a hearty, fiesta-ready meal.

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