Halloween in Mexico may be overshadowed by Día de Muertos, but it is still a well-celebrated family affair in the country, especially in modern times. Taking a geographic leap, the Mexican culinary culture has become so prevalent in the U.S. and Canada today that many households and party planners are incorporating the theme into their Halloween festivities. Are you considering the same? Great! Read further to find out how you can add some Mexican flare to your All Hallow’s Eve this season.
5 Fun Mexican Food Concepts to Help You Celebrate Halloween
1. Day of the Dead Motif for Your Pumpkins
Once you’ve scooped out the innards and made your pumpkin pie for your Halloween party be sure to give your pumpkin carvers directions to design with a Day of the Dead motif in mind. Skip the traditional scene of jagged teeth and pyramid-shaped noses and eyes. Instead, go online to find your favorite Día de Muertos skulls (nothing too detailed unless you have an expert pumpkin carver at home) and carve at least three unique variations to display on your front porch and/or fireplace mantle. Your guests will be impressed, and sufficiently spooked!
2. Serve Mexican Nachos Using Cheddar to Create the Halloween Theme
Authentic Mexican nachos are a perfect appetizer/snack for any celebration, especially Halloween. Use cheddar cheese to capitalize on the orange color and create a pumpkin themed serving vessel. Find a shallow bowl, or round deep tray, and fill it with your melted cheese (or use the cheese as a top layer on dip) and decorate with darker toned corn tortilla chips for the eyes and nose. Use olives to create the mouth (image: Pinterest). As an alternative, you can also hollow out a real pumpkin (small to medium), clean it thoroughly, and pour your cheese in there, creating the ultimate Halloween nachos dipping station.
3. Warm Up with Oh-So-Sweet & Spicy Mexican Hot Chocolate
Before heading out for trick-or-treating on a nippy evening, or before welcoming guests in from the cold, be sure to prepare a few cups of Mexican hot chocolate. Follow these easy steps below (3 servings):
- Bring six 12 oz cans of evaporated milk to medium heat in a large pot
- Whisk milk together with 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon of ground nutmeg and a pinch of ground chili pepper. Add two 12 oz bags of bittersweet chocolate chips and stir until the chocolate is melted
- Cover the pot and simmer on low heat for 5 minutes
- Pour into your favorite Halloween-themed mugs and coat each with a dusting of cocoa powder.
4. Add Pureed Pumpkin to Your Favorite Tacos or Enchiladas
If you’re thinking about serving tacos or enchiladas at your Halloween party then we’ve got a great addition to your favorite recipe – pumpkin puree! Pumpkin (yes, again) not only works with the theme, it is rich in vital vitamins and antioxidants to get you through the cold and flu season. The puree works best with white meat (chicken, etc.) tacos or enchiladas OR as a vegetarian alternative. Your guests will love your Halloween take on traditional Mexican food.
5. Add Popular Mexican Candies to Your Trick-or-Treat Offering
We’ve discussed favorite Mexican candies in our blog a few times already. That’s because people everywhere love them! Kids are tired the same old mixed bag of Rockets, Tootsie Rolls, and those horrible molasses-laden orange and black wax-wrapped whatchamacallits. Grown-ups are tired of handing out these uninspired “treats” too. Instead, fill your trick-or-treat bowl with favorite Mexican candies. You’ll fast become the most popular house on the block this Halloween.