Mexican Bruschetta

This simple, tasty appetizer of Mexican Bruschetta is where salsa and bruschetta meet. And that meeting place is ready for a party!

Usually when I order bruschetta at a restaurant it arrives as round bits of toast with a tomato mixture spooned on top. I always love that. But then recently we were out for dinner and the bruschetta came to the table in a more deconstructed way: The tomato mixture was in a bowl and the rounds of toast were on the side. We happily scooped spoonfuls of tomato, garlic, olive oil, and basil onto the toast and remarked that it was an interesting way to serve it, kind of like the simplicity of salsa and chips.

I thought about that again when we got home and had an idea. Why not riff on the salsa and chips idea by making a Mexican bruschetta? Today’s recipe was born. It’s great to serve to a group because you just put out the tomato mixture and the toast and let everyone make their own. And, everyone loves Mexican flavors so it’ll definitely be a hit.

What Is Bruschetta?

Traditionally, bruschetta is an Italian appetizer of grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil. It’s usually topped with tomatoes and basil. For the classic version, visit TheCookful for our Bruschetta recipe because we’re not doing classic Italian today.

How To Make Mexican Bruschetta

Here’s what you do to make this delicious appetizer twist. In a medium bowl mix together chopped tomatoes and onions, minced garlic and jalapenos, cilantro leaves, lime juice, and salt. Top it with crumbled queso fresco or finely shredded Mexican-style cheese. Toast some baguette slices. Done and delicious!

I hope you love this easy Mexican appetizer as much as I do. Have a great day,

Christine :-)


Mexican Bruschetta

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: Mexican


This simple, tasty appetizer is made with all of your favorite Mexican flavors, stirred up and then served on garlic toast. It’s where salsa and bruschetta meet.


  • 3 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/2 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 to 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 big handful cilantro leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup crumbled queso fresco or finely shredded Mexican or Cheddar cheese
  • 1 baguette, sliced 1/2 inch thick


  1. In a medium bowl mix tomatoes, onion, jalapeno, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and salt.
  2. Top with cheese.
  3. Toast baguette slices. Serve alongside the tomato mixture.
This post originally appeared in September 2013 and was revised and republished in May 2021.