What to Bring to a Mexican Potluck?

Are you looking for the perfect dish to bring to a Mexican potluck? Whether you are attending a Cinco de Mayo party or just want to add some flavor to your next gathering, there is no better way than with delicious Mexican food.

From traditional dishes to modern takes on classic favorites, there is something for everyone at the table. Here are some ideas of what to bring to a Mexican potluck that will have everyone asking for seconds.

Some Unique Ideas

Here are ten unique and offbeat dishes that would be great for a Mexican potluck:

  1. Chicken Tinga Tostadas: crispy corn tortillas topped with shredded chicken in a spicy tomato sauce.
  2. Elote (Grilled Mexican Street Corn): grilled corn on the cob smothered in a mixture of mayo, chili powder, and cotija cheese.
  3. Chiles Rellenos: roasted poblano peppers stuffed with cheese and battered in egg before being fried.
  4. Carne Asada Fries: french fries topped with marinated grilled steak, cheese, salsa, and sour cream.
  5. Tostadas de Tinga: crispy corn tortillas topped with a mixture of shredded chicken and chipotle sauce.
  6. Huevos Rancheros Casserole: a baked casserole dish with eggs, tortilla chips, and a flavorful sauce made with tomatoes, onions, and chili peppers.
  7. Tamale Pie: a casserole dish with a tamale-like crust, filled with a mixture of meats, vegetables, and spices.
  8. Chile Verde Con Pollo: a slow-cooked stew made with chicken, green chili peppers, and spices.
  9. Enchilada Casserole: a layered dish with tortillas, cheese, and a flavorful sauce made with chili peppers and spices.
  10. Tacos al Pastor: tacos filled with marinated pork that has been cooked on a vertical spit, and topped with pineapple and cilantro.

Traditional Dishes

When it comes to traditional dishes, nothing beats the classics. Popular dishes like tacos, enchiladas, and tamales are sure to be a hit at any Mexican potluck.

For an easy appetizer, try making quesadillas or chile con queso dip.

For main courses, chicken mole or carne asada are always crowd pleasers.

Don’t forget about side dishes like refried beans and Spanish rice that can be served alongside the main course.


Appetizers are important when it comes to any potluck and Mexican food is no exception. Try making guacamole or salsa with chips for a quick and easy snack before dinner is served.

You can also get creative with taquitos, empanadas, and nachos that can be filled with different meats and cheeses depending on your taste preferences.

Main Dishes

When it comes to main dishes at a Mexican potluck, there are plenty of options that will please everyone’s palate.

From tacos al pastor (pork tacos) and chiles rellenos (stuffed peppers) to burritos and fajitas – you can’t go wrong with these classic dishes.

For something more modern, try making enchilada casseroles or tamale pies that will have everyone begging for seconds!

Side Dishes

No meal is complete without side dishes. Some popular side dishes at a Mexican potluck include charro beans (pinto beans cooked in bacon fat), elote (Mexican street corn), esquites (corn salad), and calabacitas (zucchini squash).

For lighter options, try serving up salads like pico de gallo or cucumber avocado salad that will add some freshness to the meal.


What’s a party without dessert?

Sweet treats like flan, tres leches cake, buñuelos (fried dough balls covered in cinnamon sugar), churros con chocolate (cinnamon-sugar fried dough sticks served with hot chocolate sauce) are sure to please everyone’s sweet tooth.

If you’re feeling adventurous you could even make your own paletas (Mexican popsicles) or fruit empanadas as an alternative dessert option.


No party would be complete without drinks.

Margaritas are always popular but why not mix things up by serving micheladas (beer cocktails) or palomas (tequila cocktails)?

If alcohol isn’t an option then agua fresca made from fresh fruit juices is always refreshing on hot days while horchata adds sweetness and flavor to any gathering.


Bringing something special when attending a Mexican potluck ensures that everyone enjoys their meal from start to finish.

With these delicious recipes in hand you’ll be sure to impress your guests with traditional favorites as well as modern takes on classic dishes.

So don’t forget about appetizers, main courses, side dishes, desserts, and beverages when planning out what you’ll bring – it’s all part of the fun of hosting or attending a memorable event.

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