Now is the perfect time to elevate your Mexican recipes game. Why? Because the Day of the Dead is upon us. For home chefs, that means taking advantage of the opportunity to add some día de los muertos food to your culinary repertoire. How? You’re about to find out!

From breakfasts to burritos, tacos to Tex-Mex dishes and more, let RiceSelect® take you on a short journey through some of our favorite Mexican food recipes! Read on as we share some innovative Day of the Dead food ideas that will make for memorable meals for your guests!

Mexican Breakfasts with a Twist

Start the day with a creative spin on Mexican breakfast by preparing this Huevos Rancheros Breakfast Bowl. With homemade pico de gallo, cheese, eggs and RiceSelect® Texmati® White Rice, you’ll be wondering why it’s not called Day of the Delicious!

For a Mexican rice recipe that’s loaded with irresistible textures and flavors from cheese, salsa, beans, eggs and crunchy tortilla chips, try your hand at this Texmati® Rice Migas Recipe and let your taste buds sizzle with delight!

Kitchen Tips and Techniques for Mexican Cooking

  • Use fresh ingredients like tomatoes, cilantro, and chilies for authentic flavors.

  • Toast dry spices like cumin and cilantro seeds to enhance their aroma.

  • Master the art of making homemade tortillas for a traditional touch.

  • Learn to season and marinate meats for vibrant, flavorful dishes.

  • Use a molcajete (stone mortar and pestle) for grinding spices and making salsas.

  • Understand the heat levels of different chili peppers to control spiciness.

  • Practice the art of making guacamole, balancing creamy avocados with tangy lime.

  • Experiment with various cheese options like queso fresco and cotija.

  • Simmer sauces and stews on low heat for rich, complex flavors.

  • Don't forget fresh lime juice and cilantro as finishing touches for many dishes.

Classic Mexican Dishes

Cook up a Mexican classic that will impress your guests. With this Quinoa Taco Bowl Recipe you can’t go wrong. Not only is it vibrant and attractive, but it’s also filled with a refreshing and aromatic combination of salad ingredients making it a balanced and nutritious option as well as a flavorful one.

How to Make Taco Seasoning

  • Mix 2 tablespoons of chili powder with 1 tablespoon each of cumin and paprika.

  • Add 1 teaspoon of garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano.

  • Sprinkle in 1/2 teaspoon of salt and black pepper.

  • Feel free to also add just a small pinch of cayenne pepper.

  • If you want to store it for later, you can seal it in a container for 6 months.

  • Use about 2-3 tablespoons of this mix for every pound of meat or veggies in your tacos.

Here’s how you can do three great things at once; serve up some burgers, keep it Mexican and please the vegetarians at the table: simply prepare our Mexican Burgers with Adobo Sauce Recipe. That’s right, these burgers are completely meat-free!

Tasty Burritos

Apart from the fact that they’re hugely popular, burritos also provide opportunities to experiment with different ingredients and delve deeper into those irresistible Mexican flavors. Our Brown Rice and Black Bean Burrito Recipe is a classic, comfort food option with delicious melted cheese inside. Just make sure you know how to roll a burrito the right way. Not sure? Here’s how:

How to Fold a Burrito

  • First, make sure the tortilla is laid out on a flat surface.

  • Put the main ingredients in the middle, but leave space at the edges.

  • Fold in the sides of the tortilla over the ingredients.

  • Then, fold the bottom of the tortilla up and over the ingredients.

  • Now you can roll the burrito tightly from the bottom to the top.

  • Finally, feel free to add some water or melted cheese to help seal the edges.

  • Eat and enjoy!

Exploring the Flavors of Tex-Mex Cuisine

Tex-Mex lovers can opt for a Tex-Mex Chicken Sauté Recipe to make use of those American and Mexican flavor combos that so many know and love. This dish is a light and refreshing one, topped with zesty drops of lime juice – an American twist on Mexican chicken recipes.

End your Day of the Dead meal in style by serving your guests a sweet treat. To keep it Mexican, nothing beats a mouthwatering Horchata Recipe in bringing some sweetness back to the palate after a hearty meal.

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