Fun Mexican Snacks

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Mexican food can run the gamut from tacos to ceviche. But Mexican food can also make fun snacks to serve at parties or for your children to enjoy. Luckily, most of these snacks use simple, easy to find ingredients. When you are tired of serving potato chips or chopped vegetables and dips, consider some of these snacks straight from Mexico.

Guacamole

  • This popular dip goes really well with tortilla chips. You want to begin with three tablespoons of chopped onions, four serrano peppers, some cilantro and salt. In a mortar, grind these ingredients into a fine paste. Next you will take guacamole's main ingredient, three avocados, and slice them in half. Remove the pits and scoop the flesh out of the skin. Then combine the avocado with the paste, mashing it together to mix well. Mix in 2/3 cups of chopped tomatoes and your guacamole is ready to serve. It is recommended that you add the pits back into the guacamole to prevent the dip from turning brown.

Flauta

  • A flauta is a deep-fried taco that takes its name from its flute shape. You can fill these with any type of meat, but it must be cooked beforehand. You should lightly boil the meat for an hour, then once cooled, shred it and fry it up with some white onions for five minutes. Next, heat some oil in a deep pan and fry your corn tortillas for about five seconds, or until soft. Drain off the oil from the tortillas, fill with the meat and roll up. Secure the tortilla closed with a toothpick and then add back to oil, frying until the flauta stiffens. Drain on a paper towel and serve hot.

Habanero Salsa

  • For those who like their food spicy, try this adventurous dip. Habaneros are some of the world's spiciest peppers, so take great care when cooking with them as the juice or vapors can harm your eyes. Salsa is quite easy to make. All you need to do is prepare some ingredients and allow them to sit for 30 minutes to mingle flavors. For this salsa, combine two cups of finely chopped yellow onion, one teaspoon of minced garlic, two tablespoons of oregano, salt to taste and one to two tablespoons of chopped habaneros. Please wear gloves when handling the peppers. You can serve this dip with chips or vegetables.

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