Celebrate Life on Día de Muertos with These 6 Traditional Recipes

Día de Muertos, or the Day of Dead, is a Mexican spiritual holiday that allows family and friends to gather together to not only remember deceased loved ones, but to also usher them into the next portion of their spiritual journey. The holiday officially begins on October 31 and ends on November 2.

The history of the holiday is interesting in that, until the 20th century, the holiday was not celebrated in northern regions of Mexico because the Catholic Church, which had a stronghold on the region, considered the holiday a pagan one. The celebration became a national holiday in Mexico in the 1960s as it became a tradition that unified the nation.

If you’re celebrating Día de Muertos, here are six recipes that will help you get started.

1. Festive Fruit Pizza


This easy-to-make fruit pizza can be turned into the shape of La Calavera Catrina, or the Elegant Skull. Sugar skulls are traditionally given to both the living and the dead during the holiday observance period.

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2. Candied Pumpkin (Calabaza en Dulce)


We’re surprised this recipe isn’t more popular during the fall season where pumpkin everything reigns. It’s surprisingly easy and requires little effort once you get everything into the same pot.

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3. Pan de Muerto


Possibly the most traditional recipe on our list, this classic sweet bread recipe is so simple and delicious. The bones overlaying the bread is a necessary touch.

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4. Sugar Skull Pear Atop Cream Cheese Crepes


This recipe is similar to the Festive Fruit Pizza in that it’s so easy to get the kiddos involved and it’s also so versatile. The best part? The how-to on the pear sugar skull creation.

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5. Guaguas de Pan and Colada Morada


This recipe, though its a bit more on the complex side, is a beautiful finished result that makes for some darn cute finger food.

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6. Arroz con Leche (Mexican Rice Pudding)


This rice pudding recipe is perfect for an after-dinner treat that the whole family will love.

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Recipe: Mini Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cakes