Charcuterie boards have their roots in France and are often found on the menu at Italian restaurants, but no one ever said that they can only offer these cuisines. There are endless ways to mix up charcuterie. You’re only as limited as your creativity and palette!
So if you’re a big fan of Mexican food, go right ahead and assemble a charcuterie board full of your favorite Mexican ingredients and dishes. Serve it for a casual Taco Tuesday gathering, a birthday party, or a Cinco de Mayo celebration. It’s guaranteed to be a hit.
Are you getting hungry just thinking about a selection of tacos, chips, salsa, and more laid out for you on a charcuterie board? Keep scrolling for all the inspiration you’ll need to make a Mexican charcuterie board of your own.
What Is a Charcuterie Board?
A traditional charcuterie board consists of some combination of meats, cheeses, fruits, vegetables, dips, crackers, and other accouterments. Ingredients are arranged in an aesthetically pleasing way on a board so that diners can pick and choose their favorite items to make the perfect bite.
Charcuterie boards are hardly a new invention, but they’ve surged in popularity recently—probably in part because they look great on Instagram. Plus, they’re ideal for sharing in groups when you’re at a restaurant and easy enough to recreate at home. Add in the versatility of a charcuterie board, and it’s basically the perfect food group.
Speaking of versatility, let’s dig into the details of a very special brand of board…
Mexican Charcuterie Board Ideas
You’ve probably never seen an arrangement of yummy Mexican treats on a charcuterie board, but when you think about it, Mexican cuisine is the perfect match for this method of serving. The Mexican ingredients you’ll find listed below can all function as simple finger foods, which makes them easy to pick up and enjoy from a charcuterie board.
Here are a few ideas for your Mexican charcuterie.
Tacos—especially of the smaller variety—are the perfect centerpiece of a Mexican charcuterie assortment. Prepare a batch of tacos however you’d like, with any mix of fillings, a hard or soft shell, and a finishing touch of salsa or sour cream. Your tacos can be as simple or as complex as you’d like! Arrange the tacos on your charcuterie board, and let your guests enjoy the finished product.
You can also take a more DIY approach. If the group sharing your board doesn’t mind getting their hands dirty, consider setting out all of your taco ingredients on a board and letting everyone make their own. It’s a fun, interactive way to serve Mexican and charcuterie.
Tamales are a traditional Mexican dish made using a corn-based dough that’s then filled with meats, cheeses, and other fixings. You can buy them already prepared from your local Mexican restaurant or market—or try your hand at making your own! If you go the homemade route, you can size them to fit your board.
Here are a few potential fillings for your tamales:
- Green chiles
- Shredded chicken
- Diced tomatoes
- Cotija cheese
- Black beans
Choose one of these ingredients or combine a few of them, then serve on your charcuterie board.
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Chips and Salsa
Almost everyone loves chips and salsa, which makes them ideal charcuterie. Offer your guests plenty of tortilla chips, then serve up a selection of salsa options. Buy salsa from the store or mix up your own batch! There’s more to salsa than tomatoes and onions. Here are a few unique salsa recipes to try:
With a few salsas to choose from, there will be something for everyone on this kind of board.
When you think about Mexican food, your mind probably wanders first to savory dishes, but there are plenty of top-notch sweet offerings as well. You can put together a Mexican charcuterie dedicated entirely to desserts or add some of these items to an assortment of savory bites to provide some contrast in flavor.
Here are a few Mexican desserts to put on a charcuterie board:
You might just find your new favorite dessert on a Mexican charcuterie board.
Enjoy Your Mexican Charcuterie Board!
Next time you’re craving Mexican food or want an idea for holiday charcuterie, look no further than a Mexican charcuterie board. Tacos, tamales, chips, salsa, churros, Mexican wedding cookies… mix and match these tasty bites to your heart’s delight. With a little practice and trial and error, your Mexican charcuterie boards will become an absolute must for your friends and loved ones for years to come. Be sure you have plenty to go around!
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