Get your party started with our best Mexican and Southwestern salsa, cheese dip, bean dip, and guacamole recipes.
What is any self-respecting fiesta without some salsa? Whether it’s a themed event or not, there’s one thing that’s always a hit at any gathering: salsa, dips, and chips. There are as many salsa recipes as there are reasons to party, so we’ve collected some of our favorite salsa and dip recipes–including a killer white cheese dip–so that you can find your favorite. Never made salsa before? It’s time to ditch the jar and learn how to make salsa at home. With these easy salsa recipes, that vary from white cheese dip to cast iron salsa, to a layered black bean dip that will knock the socks off of your guests, you’ll never want to buy another jar of salsa again. These salsa recipes are three of our favorite things: impressive, easy, and crowd-pleasing. Master a few of these, and then make up your own salsa recipes–the sky’s the limit!
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Recipe: Cast-Iron Salsa
Turn your skillet into a Mexican comal, aka griddle, by slowly charring onions, garlic, and peppers in a dry skillet. We like to use this traditional dry char technique because it coaxes sweet, earthy flavors from the vegetables and gives them just a hint of smokiness.
Spicy Queso Dip
Recipe: Spicy Queso Dip
We love the spiciness of this queso, but if you like a milder dip, prepare it with a regular pasteurized cheese product.
Chipotle Sour Cream
Recipe: Chipotle Sour Cream
This sour cream won't cut through the spice! Seasoned with chipotle peppers, this recipe will give your Mexican recipes just enough kick.
Mole Barbecue Sauce
Recipe: Mole Barbecue Sauce
Mole Barbecue Sauce is the perfect accompaniment to any Mexican dish. Top on your favorite tostadas, enchiladas, or tacos for a delicious meal.
Layered Bean Dip
Recipe: Layered Lima Bean Dip
A hearty serving of Layered Lima Bean Dip clocks in at only 172 calories. Top lightly with shredded cheese and bacon. You’ll be surprised at how fast it will disappear.
Recipe: Dressed-up Salsa
Save time by picking up gourmet salsa in a jar and adding a couple quick ingredients for fresh, homemade taste.
Recipe: Fresh Salsa
Serve this delicious salsa with chips to munch on before—and during—the main meal.
Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Recipe: Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip
Spice things up with Colby-Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, a twist on creamy chicken enchiladas. You can make ahead and keep warm in a fondue pot or mini slow cooker the day of your party.
Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip
Recipe: Layered Spicy Black Bean Dip
Make this spicy Mexican dip your go-to dip for tailgate parties. Just layer cream cheese, black bean dip and shredded cheese and top with your choice of onions, olives, and tomatoes.
Recipe: Fiesta Dip
This zesty dip proves you can stay on your diet and still enjoy the party. Blend seven ingredients in a food processor (or blender), chill for one hour, and you’ve got a cool creamy party dip. Serve with zucchini and squash slices.
Recipe: Bacon-and-Greens Salsa
This classic salsa gets a decidedly Southern spin by adding bacon and greens. We loved it over cream cheese (a great idea for leftovers). You can prepare the recipe up to a day ahead―just reheat before serving.
Red Pepper-Black-eyed Pea Salsa
Recipe: Red Pepper-Black-eyed Pea Salsa
Red Pepper-Black-eyed Pea Salsa is terrific with your favorite tortilla chips. It’s also a tasty, good-for-you topping to spoon over grilled chicken or fish.
Recipe: Chile-Cheese Spread
Make this zesty starter up to three days ahead. Leftovers are great for making sandwiches.
Southwest White Bean Spread
Recipe: Southwest White Bean Spread
Southwest White Bean Spread uses a can of great Northern beans for its extra creamy texture. For a healthy option try this dip with seasoned baked pita chips, sliced cucumbers, and olives.
Dixie Caviar Cups
Recipe: Dixie Caviar Cups
For a more casual presentation, place black-eyed pea mixture in a bowl, garnish with sour cream, and serve with scoop-style tortilla chips.
Spicy White Cheese Dip
Recipe: Spicy White Cheese Dip
This made-from-scratch dip gets its kick from canned diced tomatoes and green chiles.
Recipe: Tennessee Caviar
Instead of fish eggs, this Southern version of caviar features down-home veggies. Make it a day ahead for the best flavor.