Every home needs some Mexican starters and nibbles for you to tuck into! If you’re having a fiesta or just fancied something to pick at while you’re cooking, our popular and authentic collection of Mexican Starters are super easy to knock together, and seriously tasty. Whether you wanted to try something traditional, or really creative, we’ve got lots of options to inspire you.

Mexican Starters

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Mexican Starter

Our favourite Mexican appetisers are ones that we know everyone will enjoy. Our Mexican Chicken Soup recipe, Chicken Nachos and Quick Queso Fundido all have this appeal, so we’ve featured them here at the top of our list. These recipes work well for two people but you can also increase the quantities of each Mexican starter for a larger group.

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Everything you need to make Mexican starters at home

With a few pantry staples from Gran Luchito, you can make delicious Mexican starters at home!

Get yourself some Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips, that can be dunked in our guacamole and queso dip recipes as well as chicken soup, or used for nachos!

Some of our signature Gran Luchito Chipotle Paste and some of our black Cantina Beans can be used in chicken soup, empanadas, Mexican salad, and your meat scattered over nachos.

Finally some Gran Luchito Tomatillo Salsa can be served alongside chicken taquitos, dolloped on vegan nachos, or hidden inside quesadillas as well as guacamole!

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Mexican Starters

Here’s our collection of Mexican starters, which includes nachos, queso, quesadillas, empanadas, soup, and of course guacamole. Most of these can be whipped up in no time at all, but if you’re really short on time we’d recommend the Homemade Guacamole or Easy Quesadilla Luchito Style. For something that’s more of a labour of love and you want to impress with, you could try Chicken Taquitos or Tamales!


Homemade Guacamole

A super fresh and easy to make at home guacamole recipe made with mild tomatillos, jalapeños and creamy avocados that tastes delicious - you should try it!... See full recipe

Ceviche, Mexican Seafood, Prawn Ceviche


This prawn ceviche is light, delicious and fresh is a great intro to making ceviche at home as uses cooked prawns. Accompany with Tortilla Chips to scoop up the goodness.... See full recipe

Tamales, Mexican street food


Here is our special hot tamales recipe where we use our Chipotle Paste to cook the beef and make it into delicious and succulent meat, ready to go into the traditional tamales.... See full recipe

Vegan Nachos finished dish

Vegan Nachos

Looking for a recipe with layers of flavour and textures - look no further. Whether you are vegan or just fancy a meat-free meal, our Vegan Nachos really hit the spot.... See full recipe

finished dish of chicken nachos

Chicken Nachos

The perfect movie night in nacho! Delicious nachos layered with flavourful chipotle chicken thighs, Refried Beans, cheese and a salsa that packs a punch.... See full recipe

Pozole Soup

Pozole Soup

This authentic Pozole Soup recipe is cooked slow 'n low with Chipotle Paste for a rich, spicy brothy soup with lots of veggies - perfect for a cold night.... See full recipe

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Stuffed Poblano Peppers

“Chiles rellenos” are stuffed poblano peppers, covered in a light batter made of egg whites whisked until stiff, then shallow fried and served with a homemade tomato sauce.... See full recipe

Tuna Tostadas

Tuna Tostadas

A crispy corn tostada is topped with smoky Chipotle Mayo, then a delicious fresh tuna ceviche marinated in lime and soy and topped with crispy leeks - an epic starter!... See full recipe

Pulled Pork Chimichanga

This pulled pork chimichanga recipe is basically a crispy deep-fried burrito with pulled pork and it tastes as good as it sounds! Serve with homemade guacamole.... See full recipe

BBQ Corn

BBQ Corn

A popular way of eating corn on the cob in Mexico is barbecued! Our BBQ Corn recipe is served with Chipotle Butter, a squeeze of lime juice, and freshly chopped coriander.... See full recipe

finished dish

Cheese Empanadas

These Cheese Empanadas with sweet potato and brie are easy to make using pre-made shortcrust pastry sheets, full of flavour and spice and a total crowd pleaser.... See full recipe

Tortilla Soup

Tortilla Soup

One of the loveliest soups in Mexico is tortilla soup. We prepare it with our Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips, fresh avocado, fresh coriander and our Crunchy Salsa Macha.... See full recipe

Mexican Chicken Soup

Mexican Chicken Soup

There's nothing more comforting than a bowl of hearty warm soup during a cold winter's day. Well this is exactly what we had in mind when we created this recipe.... See full recipe

Mexican Corn

Mexican Corn (Esquites)

This tasty Mexican corn salad recipe is plucked straight from the streets of Mexico City. We love the sauce made with parmesan, lime juice, Chipotle Mayo and coriander.... See full recipe

Finished dish of Mushroom Molletes

Mushroom Molletes

Have you ever had Molletes? They're a beloved Mexican open toastie normally enjoyed as “almuerzo” or “brunch” in English. This recipe has delicious, buttery girolles.... See full recipe

Chorizo Salad Recipe

Chorizo Salad

The bold, bright flavour of chorizo shines in this recipe! Layered with roasted potatoes, rocket and sweet corn, this salad stands on its own as a main or a hearty starter.... See full recipe

Chicken Taquitos

Chicken Taquitos

A sure fire way to get the party started is to whip up a batch of our easy chipotle Chicken Taquitos! These can be made as a starter, party snack or tasty dinner!... See full recipe

Cheese Quesadilla

Cheese Quesadilla

Quesadillas are super easy to make and in this recipe, the humble Cheese Quesadilla gets taken up an authentic notch with the addition of Sliced Mexican Green Cactus.... See full recipe

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Mexican Starters

Take a look at our frequently asked questions about Mexican starter recipes. If you have questions of your own not shown here, please ask them in the comments section underneath the recipes. To learn more about authentic Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.

What appetizers go with guacamole?

Try serving guacamole as a topping on our Chicken Fajitas or Beef Nachos recipes. You could also put it into Chicken Burritos or a Breakfast Burrito. Or simply serve on the side of Steak Fajitas.

What goes with chips and salsa?

Our recipe for a Chipotle Margarita! You could also make a batch of fresh homemade guacamole, and also serve with some tacos.

What goes with margaritas?

A fresh homemade batch of guacamole and some Gran Luchito Lightly Salted Tortilla Chips!

Are corn tortillas gluten free?

Yes they are. Corn tortillas are a healthier alternative to flour tortillas, providing more whole grains and are a good choice for those with a gluten intolerance.

How to set up a mexican buffet?

Add all of the following into pretty bowls to the table so everyone can make tacos: warm soft flour tortillas (covered with a tea towel), rice, a marinaded meat such as carnitas, barabacoa, slow-cooked chicken, salsa, homemade guacamole, black or refried beans, sour cream, shredded cheese, chillies and some tortilla chips.