15 Traditional Day of the Dead Recipes for Celebrating Día de los Muertos!

The Day of the Dead is holiday in which loved ones that have passed away are remembered, honored and celebrated. A very important part of this holiday which is celebrated in many Latin American countries is the significance and importance of food. El Dia de los Muertos is celebrated on November 2nd and on that day altars are built for family members who have died and on those altars families place the photos of loved ones along with some of their favorite things, which in most cases include sugar skulls, pan de muerto and that person’s favorite foods which are placed as ofrendas on the altars.

The foods eaten for Día de los Muertos celebrations vary across Latin America or even from one the part of that country to another and many times are based on family traditions and preferences, so the foods eaten for Day of the Dead are as varied as the altar decorations. Here are some traditional Day of the Dead recipes not only from Mexico but from other Latina American countries as well but basically any traditional recipe from that country can be included in the Day of the Dead menu.

In Mexico traditional Día de los Muertos foods include pan de muerto and sugar skulls which are also used as ofrendas for the altars and tamales, champurrado (thick hot chocolate), moles, etc. In my home country Guatemala we make fiambre which is a complex cold cuts and pickled vegetable salad and each family makes it in a different way and has a special fiambre recipe.

1. Potato Pan de Muerto from Presley’s Pantry

Potato pan de muerto

2. Tortillas de Cempazuchitl | Marigold Tortillas from Spanglish Baby

Tortillas de Cempazuchitl Marigold Tortillas 3. Guatemalan Molletes Recipe from SpanglishBaby

Guatemalan Molletes recipe for Day of the Dead

4. Marigold Infused Tequila from Sweetlife Bake

Marigold infused tequila for Day of the Dead

5. Guatemalan Fiambre Recipe

fiambre from Guatemala Dia de los Muertos
photo credit: [nelo] via photopin cc

6. Atole de Vainilla from The Other Side of the Tortilla

Atole de vainilla for Day of the Dead

7.Tamales de Rajas from Mexico In My Kitchen

Tamales de rajas recipe for Dia d e los Muertos

8. Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate

Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate

9. Calabaza en Tacha from Sweetlife Bake

Calabaza en Tacha Day of the Dead recipe

10. Sugar Skulls by Presley’s Pantry

Day of the Dead : How to make sugar skulls for Dia de los Muertos

11. Conchas from Muy Bueno Cookbook

Day of the Dead Conchas Traditional Dia de los Muertos recipe

12. Jalapeño and Cactus Tamales from Nibbles and Feasts

Tamales de nopalitos for Day of the Dead

13. Café de Olla from Adriana’s Best Recipes

Cafe de Olla traditional recipe for Day of the Dead

14. Enfrijoladas from Spicy Kitchen

Enfrijoladas_Day of the Dead traditional recipes

15. Mole from Pati’s Mexican Kitchen

Traditional Mole Poblano Recipe


12 thoughts on “15 Traditional Day of the Dead Recipes for Celebrating Día de los Muertos!

  1. Excelente presentación, sobre todo incluyendo el delicioso y tradicional Fiambre de mi querida Guatemala. Aunque ya no vivo en Guatemala, es una tradición que disfruto mucho y preparo mi fiambre cada Noviembre.

Leave a Comment