You don't need to celebrate Cinco de Mayo to enjoy the mouthwatering dishes of Mexico. Seriously, when was the last time you successfully stuck to eating just one serving of enchiladas, tacos, or tamales? The same savory and muy caliente flavors extend to the North American country's side dishes, and when it comes to appetizers, these 10 dip recipes won't disappoint. Perfect for festive bashes, game day parties, or any other fête that requires a menu of filling and hearty fare, rest assured that there's a decadent dip to please every snacking palate—yes, even those who abide by vegetarian, vegan, and Paleo diets. Keep reading for the best Mexican dip recipes that are so good that you'll run out of tortilla chips or veggie slices.
Chicken Enchilada Dip
The Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The shredded chunks of chicken, especially when you opt for rotisserie or slow-cooked meat.
The Pro Tip: While canned enchilada sauce makes this recipe a cinch to whip up, consider making the extra effort to upgrade to this easy homemade version.
Paleo 7-Layer Dip
The Recipe: Paleo 7-Layer Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The pureed roasted beet layer, which serves as a zesty and vitamin C–packed alternative to the not-so-Paleo-friendly refried pinto beans that are a staple of many Mexican dip recipes.
The Pro Tip: "The trick to this recipe is to try to keep water content at a minimum and to make sure you prepare it in a large bowl," says Fed + Fit's Cassy Joy Garcia. She also recommends prepping the sour cream in advance to help firm up the dip's consistency and draining as much excess liquid as possible from the lettuce and salsa.
10-Minute Garden Herb Avocado Dip
The Recipe: 10-Minute Garden Herb Avocado Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The unexpected combination of tahini and cumin, which join forces to create this hearty twist on the traditional avocado dip.
The Pro Tip: Swap out the usual tortilla chips with potato chips, which balance out the dip's creamy thickness with a light and salty crunch.
Vegan 7-Layer Dip
The Recipe: Vegan 7-Layer Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The cashew queso, which takes less than 15 minutes to whip up and boasts a consistency that's so creamy and delicious that you'll hardly believe it's not dairy.
The Pro Tip: Try serving this cheese-free dip with blue corn tortilla chips, which are packed with more protein than white chips.
Cheesy Chorizo Caramelized Onion Dip
The Recipe: Chorizo Caramelized Onion Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The chorizo sausage and the caramelized onions bring an "added depth and a touch of heat," explains Heidi Larsen of Foodie Crush.
The Pro Tip: Dig this dish but want a meat-free version? Simply swap out the sausage for vegan soyrizo, which is packed with an equally spicy kick.
Roasted Poblano Queso Fundido
The Recipe: Roasted Poblano Queso Fundido
The Hero Ingredient: This gooey, appetite-pleasing Mexican fondue dip gets a hot kick thanks to the roasted poblano peppers, which are diced and sautéed in butter alongside corn, garlic, and oregano.
The Pro Tip: Jack pepper cheese gives this decadent appetizer its traditional flavor, but you can also swap it out for mozzarella or fontina cheese if you prefer to dial down on the spiciness.
Warm Black Bean Dip with Feta
The Recipe: Warm Black Bean Dip With Feta
The Hero Ingredient: The traditional dip is topped off with a layer of feta and cream cheese, giving this savory side a rich finish.
The Pro Tip: This recipe calls for Bush's canned black beans "that are slowly simmered with poblano chiles, tomatoes, and a touch of bacon," but for those who want a meat-free version and don't mind a few extra steps, simply use regular canned beans and add your own freshly chopped tomatoes and poblano chile peppers.
Vegan Mexican Lentil Hummus
The Recipe: Vegan Mexican Lentil Hummus
The Hero Ingredient: When paired with the classic cilantro, lime, and spices, the lentils in this Mexican-meets-Mediterranean hummus make an excellent alternative to the usual chickpeas.
The Pro Tip: Allow for enough time to cook the lentils, which require 40 minutes of simmering time over the stove.
Mexican Goat Cheese Dip
The Recipe: Mexican Goat Cheese Dip
The Hero Ingredient: The cascabel chiles, which give this fluffy cheese dip a "sweet, slightly smoky flavor with moderate heat," says Hola Jalapeño's Kate Ramos.
The Pro Tip: Deseed cascabel chiles if you prefer a milder flavor. If you can't find the ingredient, you can also substitute them with guajillo chiles, which are less spicy.
The Recipe: 9-Layer Dip
The Hero Ingredient: This classic multilayer dip gets an extra boost of flavor, thanks to the taco or chipotle seasoning that's mixed with the sour cream.
The Pro Tip: For hot summer soirées or midafternoon get-togethers, this dish is particularly delicious when served cold.