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10 Must-Try Mexican Appetizers For Your Next Visit In Central Oregon - Carnaval Mexican Grill



We're proud to say that our restaurant has a very rich culinary menu, so if you're in Central Oregon & have a craving for authentic Mexican dishes, here's a list on what we recommend at Carnaval.



Are you ready to embark on a flavorful journey through the world of Mexican cuisine? When it comes to Mexican food, the appetizers are just as exciting and delicious as the main courses. In this blog post, we will tantalize your taste buds with a selection of 10 must-try Mexican appetizers that are sure to elevate your dining experience on your next visit to any Mexican restaurant.


  1. Guacamole: Let's start with the classic crowd-pleaser, guacamole. Made with mashed avocados, lime juice, onions, cilantro, and diced tomatoes, this creamy and flavorful dip is the perfect way to kick off your meal.

  2. Queso Fundido: Indulge in the ooey-gooey goodness of queso fundido. This melted cheese dish is typically flavored with spices, chorizo, or mushrooms and is served with warm tortillas for dipping.

  3. Ceviche: If you're a seafood lover, ceviche is a must-try. Fresh fish or shrimp is marinated in citrus juices, mixed with tomatoes, onions, cilantro, and a hint of spice. The result is a refreshing and tangy appetizer bursting with vibrant flavors.

  4. Tostadas: Crispy tortillas piled high with a variety of toppings make for a delightful appetizer. Whether it's shredded chicken, beans, or ceviche, tostadas offer a satisfying crunch and a burst of flavors in every bite.

  5. Taquitos: These rolled-up tortillas filled with seasoned meat (such as chicken or beef) are then fried until crispy. Served with guacamole, salsa, or sour cream, taquitos are a savory and addictive appetizer option.

  6. Chiles Rellenos: A true culinary masterpiece, chiles rellenos are roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese or meat, then coated in an egg batter and fried until golden. The result is a delightful combination of smoky, cheesy, and slightly spicy flavors.

  7. Sopes: These thick, round cornmeal cakes are topped with a variety of ingredients such as beans, meat, cheese, salsa, and lettuce. Sopes are not only visually appealing but also offer a perfect balance of textures and flavors.

  8. Camarones a la Diabla: If you like a bit of heat, try camarones a la diabla. This spicy shrimp dish is cooked in a fiery red chili sauce, giving it a kick that will awaken your taste buds.

  9. Molletes: A popular breakfast or snack option, molletes feature toasted bread topped with refried beans, melted cheese, and pico de gallo. They are simple yet satisfying, and a great way to start your meal.

  10. Chorizo Stuffed Mushrooms: These savory bites are a perfect blend of flavors. Plump mushrooms are filled with a mixture of spicy chorizo, cheese, and herbs, then baked until golden and bubbly.


There you have it—a tantalizing selection of 10 must-try Mexican appetizers that will elevate your dining experience to new heights. From the classic guacamole to the fiery camarones a la diabla, these appetizers showcase the bold flavors, vibrant colors, and rich culinary heritage of Mexico.


So, on your next visit to our restaurant, don't forget to explore these delightful appetizers before diving into the main course. Buen provecho!




- Carnaval Mexican Grill

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