PART OF Halloween

Celebrate Day of the Dead with a Truly Epic Feast

Día de Muertos is the Mexican holiday beginning on October 31st and ending on November 2nd, during which people honor the dead with food and gifts. Start your own tradition with this festive, colorful menu.

An Altar Full of Flavor

For Día de Muertos, families build altars (called ofrendas) for their late relatives. Ours is piled high with a five-course meal including cheesy churros, squash smothered in mole, tamales, sweet breads and chocolate flan.

Spicy Corn Churros & Roasted Tomato Salsa Con Queso

A savory take on the classic street food, these crisp corn churros are paired with a rich, peppery cheese dip swirled with tomato salsa.

Mole Coloradito With Roasted Fall Squash

Squash, which is native to the Americas, plays heavily in Mexican cuisine. This recipe features kabocha, delicata and honeynut squash, smothered in a complex, fruity mole sauce.

Tamal With Turkey in Black Chile Sauce

The centerpiece of the altar is a giant tamal wrapped in banana leaves. Made with a delicate, schmaltz masa and filled with saucy, smokey shredded turkey, this larger-than-life dish is a real show-stopper.

how to make this giant tamal

Follow these step-by-step instructions to create the main event for your Día de Muertos feast.

Pan De Muerto

"Bread of the Dead" is sweet, soft and decorated with bones. OK, not real bones, but dough embellishments arranged to represent the circle of life. This pan de muerto is coated with your favorite dried fruits and herbs, like raspberry, blueberry, mango, hibiscus or lemon verbena.

Make these decorative loaves

Learn how to make, shape and sugar pan de muerto with easy instructions.

Chocolate Flan

Finish up your feast with a healthy portion of flan. Our version takes the traditional caramel custard and amps it up with a healthy dose of chocolate.