25 Mexican Appetizers for Cinco de Mayo (and Beyond)

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There’s never a bad time for Mexican appetizers. We’re always craving fresh chunky salsa, impossibly creamy queso, and layers upon layers of nachos. Homemade guac is a frequent occurrence!

These easy appetizers satisfy every pre-dinner snacking need. Whether you prefer something fresh and cold or mini and melty, we have healthy appetizers (including vegetarian and gluten-free!) and decadent ones (behold, charred peppers with queso blanco) for your next party or Cinco de Mayo celebration. Ditch the forks and knives: These fun finger foods are meant to be enjoyed casually with a crowd. The only supplies you’ll need? A bag of crispy corn chips, of course.

What do you serve at a Cinco de Mayo party?

We prefer easy, Mexican-inspired snacks that you can make ahead of time and enjoy with all of your friends and family. Yes — all of these spicy, salty, addictive apps go well with margaritas. Try serving something cold if you’re hosting on a hot day. The Chilled Corn Soup and the Charred Salsa are zesty, refreshing options. For something heartier — perhaps made with ground beef — the Cheesy Beef Empanadas will fill you up and absolutely bring the house down. Make sure you serve a variety of vegan (yes, we have a recipe for vegan queso), vegetarian, and meaty options so that it’s truly a fiesta for all your friends. Oh, and make sure to stock up on avocados a few days in advance. You’ll want them to be ripe and just as guacamole-ready as you are.

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