Our All-Time Best Mexican Appetizers and Sides

Queso Chihuahua Polenta
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.

Mexican Red Rice

Ancho chile pepper, chicken broth, and a jar of salsa give this Mexican rice recipe the classic savory and spiced flavor you love.

Pickled Red Cabbage and Pineapple Slaw

Whether you're spooning this slaw on tacos or enjoying it as a side dish, the refreshing recipe is a great companion for a super-spicy meal. Even better, this slaw is full of yummy, good-for-you ingredients like red cabbage, fresh pineapple, and shredded carrots.

Mexican Fruit Cups with Honey-Lime Syrup

Give pineapple, papaya, and strawberries a makeover by drizzling these fruit slices with a zesty dressing. There's no better way to ensure that everyone at your table gets a serving of fruit on Mexican night!

All-Time-Favorite Chili con Queso

Get your tortilla chips ready—this irresistible one-pan queso dip is the ultimate Mexican appetizer. Green chiles add a touch of heat to this creamy, cheesy recipe. Remember, no double-dipping!

Chile-Cumin Roasted Chickpeas

Enjoy these spicy chickpeas as a quick snack, or serve as an appetizer and watch them disappear. Your guests will beg for the recipe of this crunchy and delicious appetizer!

Tomatillo-Watermelon Salad

No 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 tacos or enchiladas.

Roasted Pumpkin Guacamole

Pumpkin lovers, this one's for you! Give classic guacamole an upgrade by adding roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds. Be sure to make a big batch—this appetizer will be gone in a flash!

Baked Sweet Potatoes

With just 15 minutes of hands-on time, you can have a gorgeous and healthy Mexican recipe that's full of south-of-the-border flavor. A dash of 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 join forces for a Mexican appetizer that's part drink, part snack. Dunked in a pineapple and tequila blend, the skewers make a refreshing party starter.

Hot and Chunky Guacamole

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

Ahi-Mango Ceviche

This ceviche recipe is full of fresh ingredients—avocado, serrano chile peppers, mango, ahi tuna—making it the perfect starter for a heavy Mexican meal. Just be sure to let the tuna and mango marinate for a few hours for the best flavor.

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.

Sikil Pak

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

Mexican Green Rice

No meal is complete without a side of Mexican rice! This green rice recipe gets its name from the spicy salsa verde that the rice is cooked in. Everyone will want to add a generous scoop of this side to their plate!

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.

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.

Onion-Jalapeno Corn Bread

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

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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