Cheesy Mexican Appetizer

mexican appetizer "sombreros" with cheese and salsa
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 48 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
208 Calories
14g Fat
19g Carbs
4g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 48
Amount per serving
Calories 208
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 17%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 7mg 2%
Sodium 314mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 7%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 16mg 78%
Calcium 61mg 5%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 443mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy Mexican appetizer recipe is made with bean dip, cheese, jalapeño peppers, chili sauce, guacamole, and tortilla chips. Feel free to use a little sour cream to garnish this appetizer.

This tasty dish would be perfect for any Cinco de Mayo gathering and beyond.


  • 48 large tortilla chip rounds (not bite-sized)

  • 2 (8-ounce) cans bean dip

  • 1 (12-ounce) jar jalapeño peppers, drained

  • 3/4 cup picante sauce

  • 12 slices cheese (Monterey Jack or another cheese), cut in quarters

  • 2 cups guacamole

  • Sour cream, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. Heat oven to 350 F.

  3. Arrange the tortilla chips in one layer on parchment-lined baking sheets.

  4. Gently spread some bean dip on each large chip.

  5. Place a jalapeño ring or two on the bean dip. Drizzle a little salsa or chili sauce over the top and place a quarter-slice of cheese on each.

  6. Bake in the heated oven until cheese melts, about 10 to 15 minutes.

  7. Top each appetizer with a small dollop of guacamole or sour cream and add another jalapeño ring for garnish, if desired.

  8. Serve immediately and enjoy. Note that these do not store well as they will become soggy. You might consider baking these in batches so you can serve your family and guests hot, tasty appetizers, instead of cold, soggy ones.

Recipe Variations

  • Instead of picante sauce, use your favorite chili sauce or salsa.
  • Replace the bean dip with leftover chili or burrito filling with ground beef. Or use canned chili with or without beans as the first layer on the chips.
  • Large, round tortilla chips work well in this recipe, but tortilla "scoops" can be used as well. Or make the appetizers with large triangle-shaped chips.

More Mexican Appetizer Ideas

South of the border flavors liven up any party, not just for Cinco de Mayo. Baked ground beef nachos, made with taco-seasoned beef, refried beans, cheddar cheese, chopped peppers, and onions, are a great hot dip. For a cold appetizer dip, consider classic guacamole with lime and cilantro. If something a little more substantial is desired, tortilla roll-ups with olives or tortilla pinwheels with cream cheese filling are sandwich-like snacks for the heartier appetite.