Appetizers For the Win. Every Time. Every Occasion.

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When it comes to the best Mexican’ restaurants near me,’ El Tapatio is where it’s at. From the best margaritas in Southern New Hampshire to the most authentic signature dishes, our family takes pride in delivering a memorable experience. However, to provide the most complete experience, we also know that appetizers are a must.

Appetizers are the perfect solution for several different occasions. Whether you are grabbing a drink after work and need a small bite to hold you over or sharing a few dishes at lunch, appetizers are a quick, not too heavy choice to ease the hunger. Here, we’re looking at a few of the most popular Mexican appetizers, perfect for any day and any occasion.



Although the first documented empanada recipe dates back to 1520, we do not doubt that these handheld meals were around centuries before. Believed to have originated in Argentina, the empanada offers consumers endless options. At El Tapatio, our guests have the choice between chicken, sweet potato, and roasted poblano with corn.



This thick, stuffed corn flatbread is sure to hit the spot. Loaded with cheese and your choice of beans or meat, pupusas are a staple food in many Latin American festivals. Dating back over 2,000 years, several cultures have since adopted the pupusas, creating today’s many variations.


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Jalapeno Poppers

Although this app doesn’t come with centuries of history, the jalapeno popper is still a customer favorite. Believe it or not, the jalapeno popper has no cultural history whatsoever. Instead, the popper was crafted by Anchor Foods, a major food corporation based in Western Australia during the 1980s.



While the list could go on and on, we will conclude with one of the most popular appetizers by far, the nacho. Said to have originated in the 1940s, nachos came to life when a local Mexican restaurant chef went missing during his shift. With customers at the door, the owner quickly threw together a few ingredients – tortilla chips topped with grated cheese and sliced jalapenos and called it ‘Nachos Especiales.’ The rest was history.


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If you’re tired of searching through the hundreds of ‘restaurants near me,’ stop into El Tapatio for the ultimate experience. Family-owned and operated, generations of family recipes inspire every dish made.


Visit us today at 707 Milford Road in Merrimack, NH! We can’t wait to share our delicious, authentic appetizers with you!

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