3 Festive Cinco de Mayo Appetizers

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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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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