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Spicy BBQ Quesadilla Holiday Appetizer

Are you looking for holiday appetizer ideas? Fresh green salads, potato salads and chips often make the best barbeque appetizer because they are so quick and easy on the person throwing the barbeque. Finding affordable recipes to make for a barbeque appetizer is too time-consuming sometimes. It’s just easier to toss a salad, or chop some fruits and veggies up than it is to cook a variety of appetizers.

If you are having a barbeque and you want some easy party appetizers to make then chips and salsa is often your best friend. You don’t need to be fancy, just make a trip to the store and head down the snack aisle. No one expects a fancy dish or French appetizer when you are throwing a barbeque. Such a snack can be anything cold or room temperature. Rarely do you find hot barbeque appetizers because it is usually hot outside during barbeque season.

A good barbeque appetizer can just be good old-fashioned chips, fruit salad, potato or pasta salad, or something light and easy. Throw out the old red and white checkered table cloth and toss out a bowl of chips and some salad varieties. If you want to take the next step though and offer not just staple snacks but something extra-special, consider making a quesadilla appetizer to really wow everyone. If the barbeque is taking its sweet time to heat up and your guests are already hungry, bring out this homemade quesadilla and it will go down a treat. This quesadilla appetizer is simple to make and the flavor is incredible. Continue reading

Spicy Crockpot Queso Dip

Whether you want to feed a crowd, make something yummy to munch on during the Superbowl or simply prepare some comfort food, cheese dip is always a winner. This recipe is made with Cheddar Jack cheese, tomatoes, cream, green onions, spices and hot dogs, and everything is blended in the crockpot for a flavorful result. Slow cooking brings out all the flavors and blends everything together nicely.

If you prefer to make a vegetarian version you can omit to hot dogs from the recipe. You can also use reduced fat cream and cheese if you want to cut the fat content a little. Serve the finished dip straight from the crockpot so it stays warm and choose from tortilla chips or scoops to serve. You can even offer corn chips or kettle chips if you prefer, or vegetable sticks like carrot and celery. This dip can be spiced up as much as you wish and some people do like it really hot. Another option is to leave out the pepper sauce and use a milder cheese if you prefer a milder result.

This recipe makes 6 cups of dip which is enough for 10 people but if you are serving this to diehard cheese dip fans you might want to make more of it. If you are in a hurry this can be made on the stovetop but the flavor is slightly better when you use a crockpot, so we recommend you do. This spicy dip offers a nice change of pace from chilled dip recipes. Continue reading

Tortilla with Mole Sauce Recipe

These delicious mole spiced corn tortillas make great appetizers. Serve them with your favorite Mexican salsa, guacamole or refried bean dip and your guests will love these easy party appetizers. Tortilla chips are known as “totopos” and these crunchy chips are wonderful for dipping. The mole rub has a faint undercurrent of chocolate. Make extra and you can use it on meaty fish such as salmon, swordfish or tuna, pork or chicken. It is also great on grilled bell peppers or portobello mushrooms. The recipe below makes half a cup of mole rub and you can store it in an airtight container for up to three months.

This rub features paprika, chili, cumin, sugar and oregano as well as the cocoa powder. Try to get Mexican oregano – it goes really nicely with these. If you can’t, regular dried oregano is fine too. Mole recipes are really popular in Mexico and this delicious spicy blend of herbs, spices and chocolate is traditionally served with chicken. Mole sauce is quintessentially Mexican and you can use it to flavor corn tortillas to make holiday appetizer recipes as well.

For the crispest and nicest tortillas you should start with slightly stale tortillas. Break them into wedges and let them air-dry on a work surface for five minutes. Let them cool completely after baking. You can store leftover chips for a couple of days in an airtight container. Break the tortillas into wedges or trim them into rounds. Any shape and size is good for dipping. Obviously for making party appetizers you don’t want huge tortillas. Continue reading

Authentic Mexican Beef Wrapped Taquitos

Taquitos are like tacos, only a lot easier to eat because of their shape and size. They don’t drip like tacos either. Taquitos appeal to adults and kids alike. They are usually deep fried in Mexico but you can either deep fry or bake them. Baking them is healthier, of course, and the tortillas crisp and go brown. Serve them with sour cream or salsa for a tasty lunch or dinner or to make easy party appetizers.

There are different types of taquitos that you can make, like potato taquitos, El Monterey taquitos or beef wrapped tacos. The following recipe for easy beef wrapped taquitos is ideal as a Cinco de Mayo appetizer recipe or as easy party appetizers for any occasion or event.

Taquitos are not just suited to Mexican fiestas. In fact their crunchy texture and meaty flavor makes them perfect whenever you are searching for an interesting hot appetizer recipe. Holiday appetizer recipes do not get much tastier or much simpler than los taquitos and your guests are sure to delight in the flavor of these. Continue reading

Simple Beef Nachos with Cheese Recipe

This is a very easy beef nachos with cheese recipe and this hot appetizer recipe is great for a Cinco de Mayo party or, in fact, for any other kind of buffet or get together. Nachos are really tasty and the combination of crispy tortilla chips, meaty beef and onions, tangy salsa, grated cheese and spicy jalapenos is hard to beat. You can serve sour cream and guacamole with this nachos recipe too. It is a good idea to have extra sour cream, guacamole and salsa on the side. Some people just like to add extra sauces and dressings to their portion.

Maybe you have made a chicken nachos recipe or a nachos grande recipe before. Nachos are so easy to make. You just top a platter of tortilla chips with any toppings you want. Ground beef is a popular topping but if you want to use cold toppings only and make nachos in a hurry you could stick to salsa, grated cheese, guacamole, jalapenos and sour cream. Learning how to make nachos is very easy, even if you are new to making appetizers or Cinco de Mayo recipes.

For an even quicker nachos recipe you could let people make their own nachos. Simple grate the cheese, cook the beef and slice the jalapenos. Serve the tortilla chips, cheese, ground beef and onion mixture, jalapeno slices, beans and salsa and let people help themselves. Nachos are nice served warm so the jalapenos are fragrant, the ground beef is tasty and the cheese is slightly melted but they still taste nice if they cool down. Continue reading