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Mexican Wedding Food Ideas

If you are looking for traditional Mexican wedding food ideas, jamon serrano or a creamy polenta are great dishes to start your banquet with.

However, if you are thinking more on the line of American-Mexican food, then enchiladas, tacos and rice are great foods to serve at your reception.

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Picture of avocado fruit salad served at a Mexican wedding banquet

Below are a few menu ideas for a Mexican theme wedding.

To start the meal off, serve:

  • Jamon serrano on Italian chapata (thin cut ham)
  • Polenta
  • Salmon with cranberries


Picture of a Mexican soup made with vegetables.

Soup is always a favorite. It is easy to make and warming if your wedding is held during a cold month.

  • Sopa de Milpa (also known as corn soup)
  • Pozole (pork and hominy)

Rice and Beans

Picture of the Spanish dish Paello.

Rice and beans are a staple for any Mexican meal.

A few popular dishes are:

  • Arroz Verde (green rice)
  • Rice with vegetables; such as carrots and corn
  • Frijoles (black or red beans

Always have plenty of tortillas to sop up the juices.

Main Course

For your main course you can serve traditional Mexican dishes, such as:

  • Mole de guajolte (turkey)
  • Arroz con Codorniz (quail with rice)
  • Arroz a la tumbada (seafood and rice)
  • Smoked pork loin with blackberry sauce

Dessert and Drinks

Wedding Cookies are always a favorite sweet to serve. These can be purchased at any Mexican bakery.

The drink of choice at a traditional Mexican wedding is sangria.


A Mexican themed wedding is a fun, easy, and economical idea for your wedding menu.

Most of the food can be made ahead and frozen or you can purchase tamales, rice and beans from a local Mexican food restaurant.

To start your wedding meal off, serve:

Picture of salsa and chips served at a Mexican wedding
  • Quesso and chips
  • Nachos
  • Guacamole salad with chips
  • Salsa

Salad and Soup

Picture of a bowl of tortilla soup.

A salad or soup is always a good idea and there are plenty of great dishes to choose from.

Such as:

  • Mexican Salad (lettuce, grated cheese, ranch style beans, tomatoes, onion, corn chips and Catalina dressing)
  • Tortilla Soup

Main Course

Picture of enchiladas served at a Mexican wedding

Your main course can be any of these favorites or you may serve a variety of these main dishes for your guests to choose from.

Favorite Mexican dishes are:

  • Enchiladas
  • Tamales
  • King Ranch Casserole
  • Pollo asada (roasted chicken)
  • Flautas
  • Empanaditas
  • Fajita's (chicken or beef)
  • Browned ground meat for tacos or burritos
Picture of tacos served as Mexican wedding food

You will need plenty of tortillas, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, chopped onions, salsa and shredded cheese for the tacos and/or burritos.

Side Dishes

As with a traditional Mexican wedding meal, rice and beans are a staple.

  • Mexican Rice
  • Cooked pinto beans (can be cooked in crockpot)
  • Elote (Corn Custard)
  • Chili
  • Corn Relish


Favorite breads to serve are:

  • Flour Tortillas
  • Mexican cornbread
  • Sopapillas with butter and honey

Don't forget the Mexican Wedding cookies. Everyone loves these!

You can serve a traditional wedding cake also.

For drinks, serve margaritas and beer.

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