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23 Recipes To Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos / Day Of The Dead

Dia De Los Muertos is ultimately a festive celebration of loved ones lost. People build alters in memory of their near and dear who have passed into the afterlife. Those alters are adorned with offerings of pan de muerto, marigold flowers, sugar skulls (calaveras), pictures, fruit, candles, and some even offer a shot of alcohol. These offerings are laid there on the alter for the spirit of the dead to enjoy.

People also gather at the cemetery on November 2nd and leave favored foods of their departed on the grave site. Other people gather with family and friends and have a celebration in remembrance of those gone. The recipes in this gallery can be used to honor the memory of your loved ones spirit this day of the dead. Viva Dia De Los Muertos!

  • Dia De Los Muertos Recipes 1 of 24
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    Scroll through this gallery for a wonderful collection of recipes to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos/Day Of The Dead!

  • Pan De Muerto 2 of 24
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    This traditional bread is offered on most Dia De Los Muertos alters. Get the recipe and step by step photos on how to make pan de muerto here on Babble

  • Jalapeno Mezcal Shooters 3 of 24
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    Many people leave an alcohol shot on the alter for the spirit to enjoy. My family leaves mezcal or tequila. These awesome shooters serve as a smooth way to honor the memory of the departed. Get the recipe here on Babble. 

  • Sugar Skull 4 of 24
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    Why buy a sugar skull when you can make your own. This is also a fun project to do with kids. Get the step by step photos on how to make your own sugar skull/calavera here on Babble!

  • Savory Pumpkin Seed Pastel Azteca 5 of 24
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    If a gathering of friends and family are meeting to honor the dead...a great meal to serve is pastel azteca/enchilada casserole. Get the recipe here on Babble.

  • Stained Glass Calavera Cookies 6 of 24
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    Make these beautiful stained glass calavera cookies as a project with the kids. Get the step by step photos on how to and recipe here on Babble.

  • Chicken Mole Negro 7 of 24
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    Leave this lovely mole negro on the grave site of your loved one or serve it to party guests. Nibbles and Feasts shares her mole recipe with us to help remember our departed. 

  • Calaca Cookies 8 of 24
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    Get into the spirit of Dia De Los Muertos with these calaca cookies. Get the recipe from the free e-book "Ofrendas" by clicking here!

  • Spiced Pear Margarita 9 of 24
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    This wonderful cinnamon spiced pear margarita is just what the spirits have missed the most. Serve this lovely cocktail Nov. 2nd! Get the recipe from the free e-book "Ofrendas" by clicking here!

  • Sweet Calavera Cheese Balls 10 of 24
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    The perfect party platter to celebrate day of the dead with...sweet calavera cheese balls. Get the recipe from Sassy Mama In LA!

  • Sopa Azteca 11 of 24
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    This amazing chicken spicy soup is the way to celebrate Dia De Los Muertos! Get the recipe from the free e-book "Ofrendas" by clicking here!

  • Gelatina De Pina Y Nuez / Pineapple and Nut 12 of 24
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    Can you imagine being at a Dia De Los Muertos gathering and this gorgeous pineapple and nut gelatina gets served? Oh yes! Sign me up! Get the recipe from Sweet Life!

  • Champurrado 13 of 24
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    No Dia De Los Muertos celebration would be complete without Champurrado. The wonderful thick chocolate drink is made with masa and will warm up your soul. Get the recipe from Nibbles and Feasts!

  • Calavera Rice Krispie Treat 14 of 24
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    Make this giant rice krispy treat in the shape of a calavera for your Dia De Los Muertos party. Almost too pretty to cut. Find out more on Presley's Pantry

  • Marigold Muerte Drink 15 of 24
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    Be festive and offer your guest these lovely marigold muerte drinks. Get the recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook. 

  • Day Of The Dead Sandwich Art For Kids 16 of 24
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    Here is one way to get the kids involved... Make these adorable sandwiches as a family in celebration of Dia De Los Muertos. Get the recipe and instruction on Spanglish Baby

  • Shimmer Skulls 17 of 24
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    These shimmer skulls are soooo pretty. Lovely to look at and even more gorgeous to eat. Get the recipe from the free e-book "Ofrendas" by clicking here!

  • Calabaza En Tacha 18 of 24
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    Pumpkin served in a sweet syrup is traditionally served on Nov.2nd. Get the recipe from Sweet Life.

  • Potato Peanut Butter Calavera Candy 19 of 24
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    Use up your leftover mashed potatoes and make candy out of it for Dia De Los Muertos. Get this unique recipe from Presley's Pantry. 

  • Empanadas De Camote 20 of 24
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    Sweet potato empanadas are considered one of the best offerings. I wish I had a plate full of them now. Get the recipe from the free e-book "Ofrendas" by clicking here!

  • Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Cookies 21 of 24
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    This Dia De Los Muertos recipe comes with a video to show you exactly how. Get the video and recipe from Presley's Pantry.

  • Mexican Hot Chocolate 22 of 24
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    Mexican hot chocolate goes hand in hand with day of the dead. Make this part of your tradition. Get the recipe from Muy Bueno Cookbook. 

  • Guaguas De Pan 23 of 24
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    These little breads remind me of dolls, and would make the perfect offering on the alter. Get the recipe from Laylita.

  • Day Of The Dead Cupcakes 24 of 24
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    These cupcakes would be a great way for kids to get involved. Explain what Day Of The Dead is all about over icing and cake. Get the recipe right here on Babble.

For more recipes from Nicole Presley click over to her blog: Presley’s Pantry 

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