This easy Mexican themed charcuterie board is perfect for your neighborhood Cinco de Mayo celebration or your next Taco Tuesday with the family! Make everything from scratch, or mix and match with your store-bought favorites. Everybody wins with this delicious snack board!
Creating a good charcuterie board is the most fun way to spend your party planning time. The best part is that you can create a menu with a variety of items to suit your taste buds and your event. When you're planning your menu, use a rainbow of colors, textures and flavors to feed your people.
Whether you're hosting a super bowl party, a birthday party, or a fun weekend taco night any time of year, building an entire board of your favorite Mexican flavors is a great way to entertain!
What you'll need to build your custom charcuterie board, Mexican-style!
Here are some of my favorite items to add to my taco and nacho board, and they're always a big hit.
Tortilla Chips or Plantain Chips
Queso Fresco, Cotija cheese or cheese of your choice
Pico de Gallo
Ripe Avocado (or homemade guacamole)
Step by step instructions for building the perfect finger food board:
First, determine the size of your board according to how many people you're serving. If your goal is a small board that will serve 4-6 people, plan for 3-4 dips and toppings, 1-2 types of tacos, taquitos or fajitas, and a variety of your favorite toppings. If you're planning a little fiesta, this one's for you!
For a large platter full of Mexican flavors (one more suited to feeding a crowd) use everything for the small board, but add a few side dishes, as well. Choose your favorite dishes such as corn casserole, rice, beans or grilled peppers and onions to add to your variety of salsas and dips. Finally, plan for 2 tacos person.
Start building your Mexican board by arranging 3-4 small bowls of dips, salsa and toppings down the center of the board. Next, add your side dishes, like grilled peppers and onions, Mexican corn casserole, red rice or authentic refried black beans.
Once the larger items in bowls and dishes are in place, arrange your tacos along the edges of the board. I prefer to build the tacos or fajitas before putting them on the board, as it helps move the line along when you're serving a crowd. Everyone can grab a prepared taco or two quickly. But feel free to grill your tortillas and leave them wrapped in a tea towel on the board, with a few dishes of your protein (fish, shrimp, ground beef, carne asada, shredded chicken or carnitas) for everyone to build their own tacos.
Next, fill in the spaces around the bowls of dip with your corn chips or dipping vehicles of choice! Finally, add fresh garnishes like avocado sprinkled with Tajin (or chili powder), cilantro leaves and lime wedges.
Your beautiful boards full of craveable Mexican cuisine are ready for your Cinco de Mayo party!
FAQ's and Serving Suggestions for Mexican Themed Charcuterie Board:
I like to keep a variety of dips on the board that keep well at room temperature, so the chips and dips can stay outside. For items that require cold or hot temperatures, I recommend serving in smaller quantities and refilling, as needed, to keep everything fresh.
Move meat, chicken or seafood items into airtight containers and store in the refrigerator. Wrap all other items individually and return to fridge. Grilled tortillas will likely need to be tossed if they're not eaten, as they don't hold well.
The easiest way to make this party happen is by using a mix of store-bought and homemade options. Most grocery stores offer high quality fresh salsas, guacamole, cheese dips and even cooked carnitas or shrimp. Build your menu around the items you love to cook, whether that's Baja Fish Tacos, Baked Fish Tacos or even Mexican Grilled Street Corn. Then grab a big bag of your favorite tortilla chips and some fresh limes and get that party started.
Hungry for more charcuterie? Try these grazing board options next!
- Holiday Party Charcuterie for Seafood Lovers
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