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Everyone will love these Mexican appetizers! Pick from authentic and fusion-style recipes starring the best zesty, zingy flavors.

Mexican appetizers

When it comes to entertaining, there’s nothing better than Mexican cuisine! The bold, zesty flavors of this culinary tradition are renowned around the world. Looking for party ideas? Try these great Mexican appetizers! This list includes both traditional Mexican recipes, Tex Mex favorites, and fusion-style spins featuring Mexican-style flavors. There are a few recipes from this website, and selections from some of our favorite Mexican food blogs: Isabel Orozco-Moore of Isabel Eats and Alejandra Graf of Brown Sugar and Vanilla.

And now…20 great Mexican appetizers!

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Mexican Corn Dip

20 Tasty Mexican Appetizers

  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 8 1x


This Mexican street corn dip recipe is inspired by the irresistible flavors of street corn: lime, chili, cilantro and crumbled cheese!


  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
  • ¼ teaspoon each garlic powder and cumin
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 3 cans corn kernels, drained (or 4 ½ cups cooked corn or grilled corn*)
  • 2 green onions, sliced
  • 1/2 red pepper, finely diced
  • 3 tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 7 ounce can diced green chiles
  • 1 cup crumbled Cotija cheese or feta cheese


  1. In a medium bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, lime juice, chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, and kosher salt.
  2. Prepare the corn, green onions, red pepper and cilantro as noted above. Mix together the drained corn, chopped vegetables, green chiles, cheese, and dressing. If desired, top with a sprinkle more cheese crumbles. Serve immediately or refrigerate for up to 3 days. Bring to room temperature before serving.


*This should require about 5 cobs corn, depending on their size.

  • Category: Dip
  • Method: No Cook
  • Cuisine: Mexican inspired
  • Diet: Vegetarian

Keywords: Mexican appetizers, Mexican appetizer, Mexican appetizer recipes

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you’ll want to make again and again.

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