Day of the Dead food: Recipes, ideas and tips on throwing a successful Dia de los Muertos fiesta!

Day of the Dead food: Guacamole and Pico de Gallo printable labels or signs
Guacamole and Pico de Gallo printable labels or signs

Yummy offerings are key to the party: Food can help people relax and have fun!

Everyone loves tasty eats at a party. There doesn’t need to be masses of food, and if people are drinking they do tend to eat less. A few lovingly prepared dishes can put guests in a great mood (yes, most of us are that easily pleased!) and get the party started right.

We’ve put together some yummy and easy to prepare recipes for your Day of the Dead gathering.


Preparing your food before the party

Some dishes, such as pico de gallo, are better made the morning of the party. Others, like the chocolate cupcakes, are fine made the night before. It is a balance between freshness of the food and what is realistic, time wise. We have tried to keep our recipes simple and quick to make, apart from the pan de muertos which is a bit more complicated.

Day of the Dead food: Traditional sweet bread. Pan de Muerto recipe.
Pan de Muerto: Traditional sweet bread.

Quick party recipes to keep it simple

All of our party recipes can be prepared either the day before or the morning of the party. Once the party starts you don’t want to spend your whole time in the kitchen.

Download and make these printable Mexican food and Drink signs!

Some Day of the Dead menu ideas for your fiesta

Our recipes include spicy popcorn, a simple guacamolepico de gallo (side dish or salsa), a spicy chocolate cupcakes and last but not least the essential Day of the Dead pan de muertos. These recipes are bursting with flavor and the majority include the following spices, so remember to add them to your shopping list and you can’t go wrong:

  • paprika
  • chili powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • aniseed
  • cinnamon
  • fresh chiles
  • peppers
  • fresh cilantro (coriander)
El Dia de los Muertos DIY printable craft ideas
El Dia de los Muertos DIY printable decoration and craft ideas

Be sure to check out our other drink ideas. We have included non-alcholic drink ideas to go with our alcoholic drink ideas and cocktails.


You can decorate your party table and let your guests know what they are about to tuck in to with Happythought’s printable Mexican food signs.

Postre or dessert ideas for a Mexican party celebration
Postre menu ideas for a Mexican party celebration

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Be sure to check out some of these popular crafts and templates. They include easy homemade Day of the Dead games, party activity table ideas, make DIY papel picado, paper skeleton hand printout and cute haunting Halloween printables.


Print and make these gorgeous decorations for your Day of the Dead celebration! The printable templates include calavera masks, invites, favors, garlands vocabulary cards and much more! Perfect for celebrating El Dia de los Muertos .

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