5 Easy Day Of The Dead Recipes

Make these 5 easy day of the dead recipes for the November 2nd celebration. Day of the Dead is a celebration of those who have passed away. But instead of day of the dead being morbid and sad it is a joyful celebration of life with a spooky twist. These Day of the Dead recipes will add to the celebration.


Day of the Dead Bread

You will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of anise seed
  • 2 packets of dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 – 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • powdered sugar
  1. Combine the 1 1/2 cups of flour, sugar, salt and anise seed. Add the yeast to the mixture.
  2. Heat up the milk, water and butter in a pan until warm and the butter is melted. Add this to the dry ingredients.  Mix well.
  3. Mix in eggs and one and a half cups of flour. Add the flour a small amount at a time. Turn out onto a floured board.
  4. Knead for ten minutes. Grease a bowl and put the dough in it. Let rise until doubled.
  5. Push the dough down and make bone shapes. Dough should rise for an hour.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.  Remove from oven. Sift powdered sugar over the top.


Calabaza en Tacha


  • 1 4 to 5 lb pumpkin
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 orange
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 lbs raw sugar
  1. Cut pumpkin into pieces about three inches square. Scrape out the seeds and the stringy insides. Use a knife to make a grid pattern on the pumpkin flesh.
  2. In a pan combine the sugar, cinnamon, juice from the orange, and water. Heat to boiling and cook until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Put pumpkin in the pan with the pulp side down. Put another layer into the pan with the skin side down. Make as many layers as needed.
  4. Cover the pan with the lid. Cook at a simmer until the pumpkin is tender.
  5. Let the pumpkin cool. Serve with the syrup that was made in the pan..




  • 1/2 cup masa flour
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup grated Mexican sugar cones
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  1. Put the milk a large pan. Pour the flour into the pan a little at a time, whisking as you pour.
  2. Turn the heat to medium. Stir continuously until thickened.  
  3. Add the sugar and cinnamon. Mix together. Add the vanilla.
  4. Stir until the sugar is completely dissolved. Turn the heat up to a boil. Stir continuously.
  5. Take off the heat. Serve hot.

Arroz con Leche (Rice with Milk)


  • 2 cups of water
  • 7 cups of milk
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 peel of lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  1. Rinse the rice in a colander under running water, until the water runs clear. Put the rice in a pan with 4 cups of water.  Boil for seven minutes.
  2. Add the milk, cinnamon and lemon peel. Boil for 10 minutes over medium heat.
  3. Remove the cinnamon sticks and lemon peel. Cook for an additional six minutes, stirring often.
  4. Add sugar and cook for another half hour. Stir the salt into the mixture.  Take it off the heat after two minutes.
  5. Pour the rice into a bowl. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Let chill in the refrigerator.


Corn Pancakes (Cachapas)


  • 4 cups of corn
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  1. Blend all ingredients in a blender.  Make pancakes five inches in diameter.
  2. Cook on a hot griddle until golden on both sides. Serve hot.
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