Here are the 6 Must-Try Mexican Appetizers


Mexican food has a delightful mixture of fresh and exciting flavors, colors and texture. The taste, smell, and feel are always intense and vibrant.

The fresh produce and bold herbs and spices used in traditional Mexican cuisine provide you with a gastronomic experience like no other.

From light and fresh chunky salsa to piles of nachos dipped in savory and creamy queso, you can never go wrong with these Mexican appetizers. And that’s just for starters!

We are not sure if it is just the citrus and chili, or the combination of tangy, sweet, spicy and sometimes sour flavors that makes us go loco for Mexican food. But whatever it is, it is tasty. You must try it for yourself!

Mexican Food is always a good idea

It’s always a good time for Mexican appetizers. Whether you’re looking for a light snack to go with your Margarita or a heavy meal that could fill you up and warm your soul, they’re all here. It just always hits the spot.
You can even have some fun and try an assortment of Mexican appetizers and call it dinner! Because why not? There are no rules!

Ready for a fiesta in your mouth?

There are so many ways to explore Mexican cuisine and tickle your taste buds. But these six must-try Mexican appetizers below are the best place to start.

1. Tortilla Chips and Salsa

This one is a no-brainer. Who doesn’t enjoy chips and salsa? Any day is a great day for crispy and crunchy tortilla chips dipped with savory and zesty salsa.

tortilla chips and salsa- El Rincon

This is a staple appetizer for many because you can eat it on its own or dipped in salsa or guacamole. But we must warn you, though. It’s hard to stop once you start munching on them.

2. Guacamole

Easily, guacamole is the best dish you can order to start your Mexican meal or to add a creamy touch to your chips, quesadillas, tacos or fajitas. You name it, it goes really good with anything and everything – whether as a side dish or a dip.

mexican appetizer guacamole- El Rincon

Guacamole is made from a healthy blend of mashed avocados, onions, chiles, and selected seasonings such as sea salt and coriander.

With the avocado as its main ingredient, it is also good for your diet because avocados are:

  • High in unsaturated fat
  • High in Potassium
  • High in fiber and low in carbs
  • Loaded with antioxidants

Many Mexican food lovers come to their favorite restaurant for the guacamole alone. The only important thing to remember is to make sure everyone on the table can reach the guacamole for the optimal Mexican dining experience.

Because no matter how you look at it, it’s just really hard to imagine guacamole being bad for you.

3. Queso Fundido

Queso Fundido is an ultimate Mexican dip dish made from melted cheese. It is best served flambéed and presented bubbling hot in small casserole pans. This is equally tasty as it is comforting to eat.

Typically served as an appetizer, it is usually served with pieces of chorizo and sometimes topped with cherry tomatoes, onions, poblano peppers and guacamole.

mexican dip with queso fundido- El Rincon

Cheese lovers, you better order enough tortilla chips for this melted ooey-gooey cheesy goodness. Just always remember, double-dipping is not allowed. But ordering seconds is highly encouraged.

4. Tostadas de Carne Asada

There’s another Mexican food starting with the letter T that’s worth obsessing over apart from tacos. It ‘s Tostadas de Carne Asada.

Tostadas are like open-faced sandwiches but with a deep-fried corn tortilla topped with tender carne asada cooked over charcoal.

To give it more flavor and texture, sometimes onion, salsa, guacamole, cilantro and spices are stacked up with the freshly chopped slices of beef.

Tostadas de Carne Asada- El Rincon

The combination of the smoky and juicy flavor of the carne asada and the creamy taste of guacamole with the crunchiness of the tostada offers a different kind of gastronomic experience on its own.

Its concept sounds so simple and straightforward, but you must try it to know why this specialty is a staple on Mexican menus.

Related: 6 Greatest All-Time Mexican Classic Dishes to Try

5. Chiles Rellenos

Chiles Rellenos, or stuffed green chili peppers in English, are a traditional Mexican dish. It is usually stuffed with minced meat, cheese, nuts and cinnamon. After that, it gets coated in a fluffy egg batter and then deep-fried in hot oil until golden brown.

Sometimes, Chiles Rellenos are served with red or green salsa to add more flavors.

chiles rellenos appetizer- El Rincon

Traditionally, Chiles Rellenos are served as a snack or an appetizer. It is also said to be more popular in late August to early September, as this dish is connected to the Mexican Independence Day and the Day of San Augustin. But why wait for August, right?

6. Empanadas de Pollo con Mole Verde (Chicken Empanadas with Green Mole)

If you’re not familiar yet, Empanadas have many variations. Latin America, southern Europe, and the Philippines have their own respective versions of this favorite appetizer dish. This just shows that fried Empanadas are popular worldwide for a good reason.

Empanadas de Pollo con Mole Verde- El Rincon

In Mexican cuisine, Empanadas are made with corn masa (corn dough) or fresh corn masa (masa preparada). Before being fried to crispy golden perfection, these Mexican Empanadas are first filled with shredded chicken and Mole Verde.

Mole Verde has lots of bright, citrusy flavor and herbal notes that gives the chicken filling in the Empanada more flavor. It is usually made with:

  • Cilantro
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Jalapeños
  • Tomatillos

This appetizer is definitely an excellent and filling choice.

Hungry for more?

El Rincon is just around the corner to give you that fiesta with your taste buds. Our collection of Mexican appetizers are made with the freshest ingredients, giving subtle to robust flavors that will leave you full and satisfied.

While it’s almost impossible to go wrong with any food on our menu, getting a recommendation (or six) won’t hurt. Try these appetizers and let Mexican cuisine fill your tummy and heart with good food and good vibes.

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El Rincon Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar or known as El Rincon among the locals around the restaurant serves Mexican food and drinks made from the freshest ingredients.

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