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Día del Niño 2019 April 30, 2019

Día del Niño Recipes for Kids

Día del Niño is about creating special moments together and celebrating cherished memories. Here are our favorite new Día del Niño kid recipes to help you create those moments together in the kitchen.
Pizza Casera
Mini tortilla pizzas with crisp and golden edges.
Sopita de Pasta
A delicious, savory soup perfect for young and old.
Mac & Cheese Verde
A kid favorite reimagined for HERDEZ® Brand.
Cheesy Spinach Enchiladas
Easy to make. Incredibly delicious.
Breakfast Quesadilla
For a “weekend morning”—every day of the week.
Albondigas de Pollo a la Barbacoa
Mini tortilla pizzas with crisp and golden edges.
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Chicken Tinga Tacos
Perfect for little hands to prepare.
Quick Enchiladas Suizas
Kid-approved. Simple to make together.
Chicken Chipotle Kale Wraps and Tacos
Nutritious and delicious classic tacos.
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Salsa Chicken Pockets
Perfect for your picky chef!
Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken
Slow cooked but you can prepare this in minutes.
Skirt Steak Fajitas
Beautiful and delicious.
Cheesy Quinoa Quesadillas
Protein for your growing niños. A kid favorite.
Baked Taquitos
Simple. Authentically delicious.
Paletas de Pepino con Chile
A sweet and tangy new favorite.
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How to Make Cooking Fun Get tips, tricks and more.
Games for Kids Traditional Mexican games your kids will love.
History and Tradition Learn about the history of the day.
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Carne Asada

It’s time to celebrate with family and friends and let your grill masters shine. Try these Carne Asada traditional recipes, side dishes and grilling tips below to make your next gathering one to remember. From our family to yours.


Try any one of our summer Carne Asada recipes for an authentic celebration your guests will love.

Pasilla Marinated Carne Asada

Grill wonderfully tender steak with one of the best carne asada marinade recipes.
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Red Guajillo Pepper Rice

An authentic Mexican rice recipe that really brings out the sweet heat of guajillo peppers.
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Refried Chorizo Black Beans

Spice up traditional Mexican refried beans with a little chorizo and a dash of tangy salsa verde.
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Black Bean, Grilled Pineapple, Cucumber Salad

Serve your guests a dish they won’t find anywhere else—a quick side salad that’s sweet and savory.
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Grilling Tips

Whether your Carne Asada is big or small, these cooking tips will help make your next Carne Asada the best yet.

About Carne Asada


New to Carne Asada? It’s time to join the party. With origins long ago in Northern Mexico, Carne Asada is beloved today as both a savory meat dish and an informal backyard gathering of family, friends and amazing food. In English, “Carne Asada” means “grilled meat” but it also means celebrating what matters most – the joy of family and friends.

Voy a hacer una Carne Asada

Like a family barbecue, Carne Asada is focused on fun and friendship. It can be held to welcome a new baby to the family, congratulate a school graduate, or simply because. At it’s heart, it represents being together and sharing the food of our lives with the people who matter most.

There are as many ways to Carne Asada as there are people who have them. Traditionally, the best meat for Carne Asada is skirt steak—grilled medium rare and thinly sliced. But part of the legacy is also to put your own spin on the party and invite those you love to join in the Carne Asada that is uniquely yours. Show us how you celebrate.



Derived from “quince” for 15 and “años” for years, la fiesta Quinceañera is a rite of passage for teenage girls of Mexican heritage, marking not just a 15th birthday celebration, but also the transition from childhood to young womanhood.

While every young woman celebrates in her own memorable way, a Quinceañera typically begins with a special mass for the young woman and her family, followed by a reception filled with friends, food and dancing. The next morning a special breakfast—known as “recalentado” (rewarming)—is held so leftovers from the night before, like Chicken Mole with Nopalitos, can be enjoyed again for brunch.

Today, many families are merging Mexican and American heritages by celebrating a Sweet Sixteen in a similar fashion as the traditional Quinceañera.


Día de los Muertos

Full of colorful imagery and lively festivals, Día de los Muertos is a special time to honor the dead and celebrate life.

Join us in creating memorable dishes for every gathering, ofrenda, party and festival you enjoy.

This includes molé, tamales and other classic family recipes prepared for everyone to share. You might even put these foods on a decorated altar in memory of what a departed friend or family member loved.

Pan de muerto, or Day of the Dead bread, is a simple sweet bread many enjoy with coffee or with a fragrant Mexican hot chocolate champurrado.

Día de los Muertos Recipes

Take part in a Day of the Dead tradition with authentic recipes loved throughout Mexico.

Baked Sweet Potato Flautas
Baked Sweet Potato Flautas
Put a new twist on this classic, but keep the traditional flavor with HERDEZ® Salsa Verde!
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Green Chicken Chalupas with Salsa Verde
Green Chicken Chalupas with Salsa Verde
Quick and flavorful, enjoy this snack, made with HERDEZ® Salsa Verde, at home or on the go.
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Tricolor Baked Chicken Taquitos
Tricolor Baked Chicken Taquitos
Add some color – and some fun –to your meal with HERDEZ® Salsa Verde and HERDEZ® Salsa Casera!
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Mexican Squash and Corn Quesadillas
Mexican Squash and Corn Quesadillas
Fresh veggies and cheesy-filled goodness, this is a tempting treat for both kids and adults!
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History of Día de los Muertos

Celebrating Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is about honoring your heritage. It is a special time when families and friends gather to remember loved ones who have passed on.

Every November 1-2 is filled with festivities and time-honored traditions in Mexico and around the world. These days also have separate names in the Catholic tradition, known as All Saints Day and All Souls Day.

As much as Día de los Muertos is known for its striking skull imagery, that does not mean the two-day holiday is somber. Food, fun and colorful altars are all part of the merriment.

Special traditions

Do you know what the most widely known symbol of the holiday is in the U.S.? Sugar skulls! These small molded skulls are decorated with colorful and intricate designs by everyone from children to adults.

If you’re celebrating in Mexico, the most widely known symbol of Día de los Muertos is pan de muerto, or Day of the Dead bread.

Day Of The DeadThe colorful altars, or ofrendas, you will see at Day of the Dead celebrations are decorated with special offerings for a loved one who has passed away. Treasured photos, candles and the person’s favorite food and drink bring these altars to life.

Brilliant yellow marigolds adorn many of the decorations, and they are the official flower of Día de los Muertos.


Hispanic Heritage Month

To recognize the contributions Hispanic and Latino Americans have made in shaping the United States, Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated across America from September 15th— which marks Independence Day for several Latin American countries—through October 15th. Each city and state celebrates Mexican and Latin American culture in its own way, but many festivals, parades and festivities include traditional celebration foods, like Tamales, Salsas, Pozole, Chiles Relleños and Chicken Mole.


Día del Niño

Every Día del Niño, we celebrate the children who fill our lives with wonder and joy. We remind ourselves to slow down. To breathe in those tiny hugs and giggles. But most of all, we remember to give back that most precious gift – our time – to the children in our lives who mean so very much.
This year, the makers of the HERDEZ® Brand have created some simple, easy ways you can enjoy this special time together. From creating kid-friendly recipes in the kitchen to simple tips that make that time even more carefree, here are some fun ways for you to share your family’s traditions and make a memory with the ones you love.

Recipes to Make Together

Browse our special Día del Niño recipes for kids for dishes you’ll love making together.

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Just like passing down your favorite recipes, teaching your child how to cook creates a connection to your family’s traditions and becomes a cherished memory that they will always remember. Here are some easy tips on helping your niño (and you!) have fun together in the kitchen.
  1. Wash your hands together
  2. Give your niño a tasks they can do with just their hands – mashing, crushing, mixing. Keep it fun!
  3. Make it a ritual – so your child looks forward to the routine
  4. Let them experiment! – let your child see what works and what doesn’t
  5. Clean up together afterwards – a good habit to start early
  6. Let them set the table – make it a fun part of eating together
  1. Plan the meal together – pick an ingredient they love and find a recipe
  2. Talk about the recipe before you start – let your child know what to expect
  3. Give them a chance to be “head chef” – by reading the recipe and directing tasks
  4. Supervise complex tasks – like using the oven, cutting or chopping
  5. Praise their efforts – even when it doesn’t turn out as expected!
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Every April 30th, the holiday Día del Niño, or Day of the Child, is celebrated across Mexico and in many Latin American countries.
Meant to honor the joy of children and childhood, kids enjoy special presents, activities and food meant just for them. It’s also a chance for adults to remember the simple joys of childhood. Relatives share funny childhood stories, find favorite old photos and often share their favorite childhood dishes with the special children in their lives.


Día del Niño was first celebrated in Mexico in 1925 and continues to grown in popularity around the world. You will find Día del Niño celebrations throughout the United States, both large and small.


Día del Niño is celebrated in Mexico with fiestas in schools. Students take a break from studying and enjoying a variety of special activities. Parents are invited to attend and the day is filled with treats, decorations and traditional Mexican games that children love to play. Here are some traditional favorites:

Día del Niño Games for Kids



Lotería is a game similar to Bingo that uses a brightly colored deck of cards, a board and beans for markers. Kids enjoy playing because the cards feature mystical characters and common objects, and teachers use them to make learning fun. To win, you have to get four beans in a row and shout “lotería!”


Trompo means “gyroscope” and is a spinning top children love to play on Día del Niño. Traditionally made of wood, the toy comes with a string that you pull to make it spin as you toss it on the ground. There are many fun and challenging trompo game variations and adults also play in tournaments.


Canicas or “marbles” is a kid-favorite with many different names and variations. A player knocks another player’s marbles from the center of a circle to “steal” the marbles. The child who racks up the most marbles at the end of the game is the winner!


Balero is a traditional Mexican toy made up of a brightly colored cup and wooden stick connected by a string. Kids have a chance to show off their skills by doing flashy tricks to catch the cup with the stick.


Fútbol—or soccer as it’s known in the US – is one of the most popular sports in Mexico and around the world. On Día del Niño, it gets children outside and active and adds to the excitement of the day.

Fiestas Patrias

In the United States, it is commonly believed that Cinco de Mayo is Independence Day for Mexico. However, Fiestas Patrias held on Diez y Seis de Septiembre (September 16) is Mexico’s true Independence Day, and it’s celebrated to commemorate the country’s freedom from Spain.

Fiestas Patrias begins with festive parties the night before and continues into the next day to honor Father Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla’s cry for independence, which called for the end of Spanish rule.

Today, the national holiday is filled with traditional songs, festive costumes and delicious cuisine—including Chiles Relleños.


Día de las Madres

Family is the cornerstone of Mexican culture, but no one is more important than mom for many. To celebrate this important figure for so many children, Día de las Madres is held every May 10.

Similar to Mother’s Day in America, Día de las Madres is about showing appreciation through flowers and gifts, but it is also customary to serenade the matriarch of the household with song in the morning, before attending church for a special mass, and then coming home to a meal, such as Beef Barbacoa, which has been specially prepared by the children.


Cinco de Mayo

Although primarily celebrated in the United States, Cinco de Mayo is the day to honor the legendary Battle of Puebla. And while many Americans consider Cinco de Mayo to be Mexico’s Independence Day, which is really celebrated on Diez y Seis de Septiembre (September 16), Cinco de Mayo is still observed. Instead, this day honors the four-hour battle that resulted in General Ignacio Zaragoza leading 4,500 heroic men in victory over the well-trained French.

And while not a national holiday, the day is still celebrated with plenty of traditional dishes.



For Mexicans who profess the Catholic faith, Lent—also referred to a Cuaresma, which comes from the word cuarenta, meaning “40”—is one of the most important annual holidays to observe. Lasting 40 days and nights, excluding the sixth Sunday, Lent is a time of reflection, penance, thankfulness and kindness. It’s also a time of penitence, with many giving up meat on Fridays, and indulging in fish and other seafood dishes in honor of their faith instead.

The week before Lent is Carnival, which is also known as Mardi Gras. Carnival includes celebrations, fiestas, parades, music, fireworks and pageantry to celebrate before Lent’s strict observance period.

The sixth and final Friday of Cuaresma is known as “Viernes de Dolores,” or “Friday of Sorrows,” which is a day dedicated to the Virgin Mary.