3 Festive Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

May 5, 2015

If you are still looking for last minute recipe ideas for Cinco de Mayo, check out these quick and easy Mexican inspired bites.  Whether you prefer something a little more elegant and colorful like fiesta bites or want a dish that is a little more low key such as creamy corn jalapeno dip, you should give one of these recipes a try.

Fiesta Bites


1 can (8 oz.) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. chili powder
1/2 cup (1/2 of 8-oz. tub) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese Spread
3/4 cup guacamole
1 small tomato, seeded, finely chopped
1/4 cup pitted black olives, finely chopped
1/4 cup OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro


Step 1: Heat oven to 350°F.

Step 2: Separate crescent dough into 2 rectangles; firmly press perforations together to seal. Place, 2 inches apart, on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with seasonings.

Step 3: Bake 15 min. or until golden brown; cool.

Step 4: Mix cream cheese spread and guacamole until blended; spread onto crusts. Top with remaining ingredients.

Southwestern Creamy Jalapeño-Chicken Dip


1 tub (8 oz.) PHILADELPHIA Spicy Jalapeño Cream Cheese Spread
1 cup chopped cooked chicken
1/2 cup pico de gallo
1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 cup KRAFT Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses


Step 1: Spread cream cheese spread onto bottom of microwaveable pie plate.

Step 2: Combine chicken, pico de gallo and corn; spoon over cream cheese. Top with shredded cheese.

Step 3: Microwave on HIGH 2 min. or until heated through.

Chipotle Bean Dip


1 can (15 oz.) chickpeas (garbanzo beans), rinsed
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
1/2 cup BREAKSTONE'S or KNUDSEN Sour Cream
2 Tbsp. chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
1 pkg. (8 oz.) KRAFT Shredded Cheddar & Monterey Jack Cheeses, divided
1/3 cup finely chopped green onions


Step 1: Heat oven 350°F.

Step 2: Mash beans in large bowl. Add cream cheese, sour cream and chipotle peppers; mix well. Remove 1/2 cup of the cheese; refrigerate for later use. Stir remaining cheese into bean mixture. Spread into 1-1/2 qt. casserole sprayed with cooking spray.

Step 3: Bake 20 min.; sprinkle with reserved cheese. Bake 5 min. or until cheese is melted and dip is heated through.

Step 4: Sprinkle with onions.

*All recipes courtesy of PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese.  Foodista was not paid for this post.

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