The Day of the Dead, or Dia de Muertos, is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico that celebrates the lives of deceased loved ones with food, art and cheer. Ripple effects of this holiday can be seen throughout the world manifesting in the traditional colorful skull decorations, artwork, and traditional Dia de Muertos foods.
This year, we recommend celebrating your lost loved ones in our preferred medium of celebration: food!
Spanish for “bread of the dead,” pan de muerto is a traditional sweet bread, shaped into a bun and topped with additional dough made to look like bones before baking. The bones represent the lost soul and are represented in a circle to portray the circle of life. Classic recipes add flavor with anise seeds or orange flower water, and this particular variation incorporates both! (Photo and recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook)
Sugar skulls are classic but complicated icons of Dia de los Muertos celebrations, often elaborately decorated with colorful patterns and symbols. Sweet Sugar Belle breaks down a few traditional patterns and offers tips and suggestions for beautifully decorated skull-shaped cookies. (Photo and tutorial from Sweet Sugar Belle)
These amazing bride and groom skeleton cookies from Sweet Dani B are another great adaptation to the traditional sugar skulls. Just make sure you have ample time and patience before trying your own at home! (Photo from Sweet Dani B)
Sweet candied pumpkin is another Dia de los Muertos favorite, thanks to the abundance of tasty fall pumpkins this time of year. Make a jar full of these sweet candy morsels to bring to your celebrations or share with friends. (Photo and recipe from And Cute)
If you want to take your candied pumpkin one step further, create a classy twist on traditional pumpkin pie with this sweet and elegant recipe. (Recipe and photo from You Fed a Baby Chili)
Never underestimate the importance (and fun!) of celebrating cultural events with the foods traditionally enjoyed by that culture. Make yourself a Mexican feast with these classic recipes.
A traditional Mexican beverage of almonds, rice and cinnamon is sweet and refreshing, usually served over ice. We experimented with recipes to find the best one just for you! (Photo and recipe from NoshOnIt)
As much as we love classic corn on the cob, this Mexican variation with spicy mayo and cheese is out of this world! Be sure to save the husks for future tamales. (Photo and recipe from Pinch and Swirl)
Fish tacos make an easy and tasty dinner or snack. Try these for a kick of flavor and omega 3s! (Photo and recipe from Five and Spice)
Cooked in corn husks to keep with tradition, these tamales are savory and spicy for a filling treat. (Photo and recipe from Barbara Bakes)
Make the most of Mexican flavors and fall ingredients with these fabulous and hearty pumpkin enchiladas. Smothered in creamy sauce and cheese, they radiate goodness. (Photo and recipe from How Crazy Cooks)
What’s a Mexican round-up without a boozy tequila drink to end the evening with a bang (and a buzz). These red chile margaritas add just a teeny bit of spice for an extra kick to awaken the dead on this joyous occasion. (Photo and recipe from Kees to the Kitchen)
Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? Tell us how in the comments!