Easter in Mexico is a fun and festive celebration, with plenty of traditional dishes served at the table. Easter celebrations span two weeks beginning with Semana Santa or The Holy Week. The festivities culminate with Pascua, which starts on Easter Sunday and will end the following Saturday.
Traditional Mexican food around Easter time usually won’t contain meat, following religious Lenten tradition. However, many dishes will have fish, shellfish, and seafood instead. Mexican Easter dishes are creative and exciting, made with many flavorful ingredients.
Here are some traditional dishes and festive Mexican food served during Easter.
Romero’s with Shrimp
Romero, also known as seepweed, is a traditional wild herb usually prepared during Easter and Christmas. Its leaves are long, thin and light green. Some say it’s like rosemary but with a softer appearance and texture, so it’s also dubbed the “little rosemary.” Locals cook the herb with mole sauce, potatoes, and shrimp. It’s a simple dish worthy of the season with a unique herb flavor to highlight the experience.
Do you like bread pudding? Here’s a fine example of this type of festive Mexican food. You’ll find many variations of its recipe depending on where you are in Mexico. However, its main ingredients common to all recipes include bolillo bread, sweetened milk, cheese, nuts, bananas and raisins. It’s an enjoyable treat after a hearty dinner on Easter.
Charles is one of the soup-based Mexican Easter dishes with plenty of vegetables. The recipe calls for dried white corn and dried squash. The soup comes with melted cheese, onions, and tomatoes.
Chile Relleno is a traditional Mexican food that’s fun to make at home. It’s easy to prepare and only requires roasted poblano peppers, a hefty serving of fluffy egg batter, and loads of cheese. Chile Relleno means “stuffed peppers,” which serves as the highlight of this traditional Mexican dish. The peppers will be coated with egg and then fried until golden brown.
It’s often served wrapped in a tortilla. Then, to top it off, you can add refried beans to the recipe, transforming them into Chile Relleno burritos. And the kids are sure to love the melted cheese with each bite.
Camarones a la Diabla
If you love seafood, shrimp, in particular, you’ll love Camarones a la diabla. This traditional Mexican food isn’t called “la diabla” for no reason. Chile de Arbol and guajillo peppers are used in this dish, which takes the spicy meter up a notch. You can use different peppers to adjust the taste if you’re not into spicy food.
On the other hand, the shrimp serves as an additional highlight of this recipe. It’s juicy on the inside, which complements the dish’s flavors. If you can get past the fiery red sauce, you’ll also get to enjoy the large shrimp.
Baja Fish Tacos
Baja fish tacos are one of the more flavorful Mexican Easter dishes. Apart from the fish, the slaw serves as the central part of the entire recipe. It’s filled with beer-battered fish and chipotle-lime mayo. The recipe can seem intimidating at first with its long list of ingredients. However, preparing the dish is quite simple. Frying the fish appears to be the only tricky part. Baja fish tacos are bursting with many different flavors, which is why they are so popular.
Vendors flock to the streets during the Easter season in Mexico. They sell Paletas (fruity ice bars), Aguas Frescas (fruit-flavored water) and Raspados (shaved ice similar to snow cones). These fine desserts can satisfy any sweet tooth after a hearty meal.
Platanos are made using fried plantains topped with sweet cream to complete the carnival of treats during Easter. Traditional easter cheese caps the list of sweets. They’re made from nutmeg, vanilla, sugar, eggs, and milk.
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