Finger Food With Margaritas


Finger Food With Margaritas. This blog has everything you need to make the latest in finger food, with some great tips and tricks for serving it up right. Each post includes a link to the recipe we used, so it’s easy to follow along and try it at home. And if you’re looking for even more inspiration, check out our Pinterest board! We love margaritas here, but we also love good food—and we don’t think they should be mutually exclusive. That’s why every recipe has instructions on how to pair it with a margarita of your choice (or even a beer or wine!).

Finger Food With Margaritas

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Whether you’re relaxing in the hot Caribbean sand or having a few friends over for an impromptu weekend barbecue, there’s nothing more refreshing than a perfect margarita. Cold, tasty and the right consistency, these frozen concoctions are the fuel that powers the party.

While margaritas may be a no-brainer at any get-together, it’s important that you serve food that pairs perfectly to keep the party going. Try out some of these delicious dishes to go along with your fantastic cocktails.

1. Jerk chicken sticks
There’s no beverage that exemplifies the pleasant mix of sweet and salty more than a margarita, but rather than sticking to the salt around the rim, try pairing your frozen concoction with a flavorful finger food. Jerk chicken sticks take between eight and 24 hours to be perfectly marinated in the tasty mixture that includes smashed garlic, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, mango juice and, of course, salt. Cook these sticks for about 20 minutes after your serve your margaritas and watch them disappear as your satisfied guests come back for seconds.

2. Key West shrimp cakes
The only thing that goes better with margaritas than salt is more lime. Key West shrimp cakes are a perfect, casual dining food that you can lay out on the table while you take everyone’s drink orders. You start off these treats by boiling the shrimp in lime juice, water and lime rinds. Then you roll them in the spices, fry them and serve with cream sauce for a quick snack or appetizer. 

3. Tropical margarita dip
Don’t forget the dip! When you’re sipping on a beverage invented to be tasty for Mexican vacationers, it’s critical to have the perfect dip for everyone to eat. The tropical margarita dip adds fruits such as mango and papaya to the traditional Mexican ingredients such as black beans, avocado, cilantro and jalapeno. It also has the option to include crab meat for a true seaside taste.

4. Easy enchiladas
If your guests are looking for a more substantial dish to eat while they enjoy their margaritas, check out these easy-to-make enchiladas. Simple and filling, just roll shredded, seasoned chicken into tortillas – wheat or corn, your choice – place in a baking sheet, top with red or green enchilada sauce and cheese, then bake for about 30 minutes. Feel free to add some extra peppers and spicy ingredients for a truly hot southwestern taste. 

5. Margarita pie
If you’re willing to spare a few of your delicious margarita ingredients you can craft a unique take on key lime pie. You can take a bit of tequila, along with traditional key lime pie ingredients such as egg whites, sugar, lime juice, condensed milk and whipped cream to make an adult version of this tropical dessert. 

These are some of the tastiest food options to serve along with margaritas, but when you have your frozen concoction maker, your friends and the right attitude, you’ll have a great time no matter what.

Your fellow Parrotheads at Margaritaville® Cargo remind you to enjoy your frozen concoctions responsibly and obey all drinking laws.

7 Mexican Appetizers That Aren’t Just Chips and Guac

Throwing a fiesta when the weather gets nicer is basically required, and since we know you’ve got the bowl of guac covered, here are seven other Mexican appetizers to add to your list of party foods this year. They’re healthier versions of classic Mexican recipes, so you can feel a little better about the margs and tortilla chips that will most definitely be consumed. It’s all about balance, right?

1. Sheet-Pan Black Bean Nachos

Sheet Pan Black Bean Nachos

Oh, nachos, how we love you. Is there anything better than cheesy, crunchy chips? Just ones that can be baked in the oven, making prep time short and sweet. These guys are covered in black beans, cheese, corn, pico de gallo, chicken, and jalapeños because an extra kick is always welcomed.

2. Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Spicy Pineapple Salsa

Sure, you could crack open a jar of store-bought salsa and call it a day. BUT, you could also serve tasty pineapple salsa in an open-faced pineapple, making you the best host ever. The correct option is pretty obvious, am I right? The fruity salsa inside uses lime juice, cilantro, and veggies.

3. Easy Shrimp Ceviche

Easy Shrimp Ceviche

Ceviche looks and sounds fancy but is actually super easy to make, especially when it’s shrimp-based like this one. Mix up shrimp, veggies, jalapeños, lime juice, and a few spices, and toss it all together in a big bowl. Serve as is or with crackers and chips to dip with. It tastes so fresh and light you’ll forget you’re eating party food.

4. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

Honestly, who doesn’t love a good quesadilla? Take them from drunchie to an actually solid app by making them fajita-style. That means adding sautéed onions and peppers and a heap of spicy chicken. Stack them like Jo Cooks did to make them easy to grab and look extra ‘grammable.

5. Cauliflower Vegan Queso

Cauliflower Vegan Queso

I know I know, vegan queso?! It’s not as weird as it sounds, trust. And it’s way healthier than that aluminum tub of cheese from the grocery store aisle. This dairy-free dip is made with cauliflower, soaked cashews, nutritional yeast (a vegan cheese must), onions, and EVOO. Go ahead and try it, we dare ya.

6. Oven-Fried Chicken Taquitos

Oven Fried Chicken Taquitos

Yes, the frozen version is easier. But how accomplished will you feel once you make your own little taquitos? And since these get baked in the oven instead of fried, they’re a notch healthier. Inside, they’ve got chicken, onion, zucchini, pepper jack, and spices. A little chili, a little cumin, and you’re good to go.

7. Chicken and Avocado Pinwheels

Chicken and Avocado Pinwheels

Party pinwheels are usually made Italian-style or with ham and cheese, but this recipe gives ’em a Tex-Mex flair. Chicken breast, taco seasoning, avocado, cheese, and tomatoes all get wrapped up in tortillas and sliced into bite-size wraps for your guests. If you start with cooked chicken breast, they take about 10 minutes to make, so consider these a solid last-minute option. Serve with hot sauce or a dollop of Greek yogurt for a sour cream sub.

10 Tiny Appetizers for a Mini Mexican Feast

plate of Tiny Tacos garnished with lime, sour cream, and cilantro


If you want fun appetizers that boast big flavors, think small. Think Mexican in miniature! These mini appetizers are playful takes on our favorite Mexican-, Tex-Mex-, and Southwestern U.S.-inspired recipes, including tiny tacos and tostadas, mini Mexican pizzas, wee quiches, and more! 

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Mexican Fiesta Bites

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Mexican Fiesta Bites

Like mini tostadas, thin pretzel crisps are piled high with refried beans, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and more! Lutzflcat describes them as “creamy, one-bite hors d’oeuvres packed with fresh flavor.”

Marvelous Mini Mexican Quiches

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Marvelous Mini Mexican Quiches

Easy to make and always a hit, these Mexican mini-quiches are bursting with flavor. “This is truly amazing,” says SamSmidgett. “Although they are so good on their own, I dipped them in a little hot sauce and it made them POP. Man alive they went quickly. Make a double batch!”

Tiny Tacos

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Tiny Tacos

Filled with taco-seasoned beef and cheese and fried crispy in a pan, these tiny tacos make an amazing appetizer or salad served on top of shredded lettuce with avocado, onion, salsa, sour cream, cilantro, and lime wedges. “Use any taco filling you like in place of ground beef, just chop it up really small,” says Chef John. “The tortilla scraps can be used to make chilaquiles.”

Mini Mexican Chili Bites

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Mini Mexican Chili Bites

These chili bites are simply chili, cheese, and olives baked in mini muffin pans. “Great little appetizer/snack,” says Rae. “I made these for the kids as an after school snack, they loved them and they disappeared quick!”

Southwestern Egg Rolls

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Southwestern Egg Rolls

Like mini-chimi’s, an assortment of traditional Southwestern ingredients are wrapped inside small flour tortillas and deep fried. “Great,” says JAMIESGIRL. “It’s nice to be able to freeze an appetizer ahead of time — all you do is pop them in oil. They tasted like something you would find in a restaurant.”

Antojitos Minis

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Antojitos Minis

These Mexican-inspired appetizers are easy to make and the ingredients can be varied to taste. Try varying the layers of cheeses and vegetables for a colorful presentation. “These were excellent,” says WSUDAR. “You can vary the ingredients depending on your tastes.”

Mini Southwestern Corn Pup Muffins with Fiesta Dipping Sauce

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Mini Southwestern Corn Pup Muffins with Fiesta Dipping Sauce

“This recipe is a great alternative to fried corn dogs,” says Athena. “And they taste just as good. Serve with the Fiesta Dipping Sauce recipe provided, or use your favorite corn dog condiments.”

Chorizo Pizza Bites

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Chorizo Pizza Bites

Spicy chorizo pairs up with diced tomatoes, cotija cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and cilantro on mini pizzas. “Simple and fun to make,” says bd.weld. “Get the kids to help making these flavor packed pizzas.”

Chicken Wonton Tacos

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Chicken Wonton Tacos

All the things you love about tacos with a fusion twist. Baked wonton wrappers stand in for corn taco shells. You’ll fill them up with chicken cooked in sesame oil with red cabbage, grated carrots, soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce. “This is a great recipe,” says Devin. “My wife and I love the chicken wonton tacos at Applebee’s, and this is the closest to it.”

Cheesy Avocado Bites

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Cheesy Avocado Bites

Top slices of baguette with mashed avocado, chopped cherry tomatoes, minced onion, and cheese and bake them into tasty little appetizer bites. “These are so good,” says MARYG827. “I made them as a snack but ended up eating so many they became dinner.”

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