How to Build a Mexican Charcuterie Board

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This Mexican Charcuterie Board is loaded with Mexican favorites like spicy chicken, black beans, guacamole and salsa – all the ingredients you need for a taco or fajita night.

Mexican Charcuterie Board

We love a good charcuterie board and this Mexican version is our new favorite!

Sharing boards are a fun way to present food family style, rather than having everyone go into the kitchen to assemble their plates. Presenting all the options on a sharing board is way more fun.

You can fill up this charcuterie board with minimal effort. It can be fun for a family dinner, a friends’ get-together, or as a centerpiece for a dinner party.

This Mexican charcuterie board might seem daunting to put together, because of all the choices… but believe me, it’s simple and quick, and it makes a big impact.

» Check out this Hot Chocolate Sharing Board or this Bagel & Lox Sharing Board for more inspiration.

How to Make a Mexican Charcuterie Board

The basic principle for making a beautiful board of any kind is to pile up all the good stuff. It’s that easy! Okay, there’s a bit more to it than just adding piles of good food to a board, but it’s not much more difficult than that.

Mexican Charcuterie Board

What Ingredients to Include

There are some typical ingredients that you’ll want to include on your Mexican charcuterie board. I decided that mine would be mainly focused on tacos, but you can go for fajitas, nachos, or even taco salads, depending on your theme or your guests’ preference.

  • Flour and/or corn tortillas – this is the most important part of of the board. Choose the type tortilla that your family likes or add several choices so they can try something new. You can serve the tortillas in a separate basket placed near the board, if there isn’t enough room on the board itself.
  • Taco meat – I used chicken but you could use any meat you like. Shrimp or tofu would work as well. Try this homemade taco seasoning.
  • Refried beans – serve a warm bowl of refried beans or black beans. On this sharing board I have mixed the black beans with corn. You can also add mexi-corn.
  • Pico de gallo –  is the perfect topping for any Mexican dish because of its fresh, vibrant acidity.
  • Mexican Salsa Roja – A great fresh salsa really ties it all together.
  • Guacamole – the perfect addition to a taco, we love this guacamole with a touch of cumin.
  • Shredded cheese – mix and match shredded cheddar, a mixture of Mexican cheeses or queso fresco.
  • Red onion – chop them to a fine dice so as not to overpowering for a taco.
  • Sour cream
  • Shredded lettuce or cabbage
  • Sliced black olives
  • Sliced avocado
  • Sliced jalapenos
  • Fresh cilantro
  • Lime slices – add a beautiful bright element to the board.

This variety gives a lot of choices for what you can put onto your tacos. There’s something for everyone’s tastes on the board.

Mexican Charcuterie Board

How to Display Your Platter

One of the most important parts is the board you put it on. It doesn’t have to be something elaborate or fancy, but the board really does elevate the display.

A large wooden cutting board is perfect for the display of your foods. Depending on how much food you want to include, it will need to be a sizeable platter to hold enough food. We really like the tree slab charcuterie board that we bought on Amazon.

Nicunom 2 Pack Large Wood Slab Serving Board, 9"-10"/11"-12" Wood Cheese Server Round Cutting Board, Wood Slices for Table Centerpieces

Most serving boards aren’t large enough to serve multiple types of tortillas on the board with the rest of the ingredients, so you may also need a separate basket or plate on the side for them.

You’ll also want to provide enough serving utensils so no one has to use their fingers to pick up the ingredients.

Refilling the Board

The best part about a sharing board with multiple items is that it can be refilled quickly and easily. Prepare extra of each item and have it at the ready to refill empty spots in the board as they get eaten.

Mexican Charcuterie Board

Other Variations to Make

While tacos may be a favorite at my house there are so many possibilities for your sharing board. Mix and match to find the perfect combination for your occasion.

  • Fajitas – you can serve seasoned chicken and beef with sautéed onions and peppers. (See our Fajitas recipe for inspiration)
  • Nachos – all the fun fixing above just add the tortilla chips and nacho cheese.
  • Quesadillas – you can make the quesadillas and slice them to serve on the board with all of the fixings.
  • Burritos – add burrito-sized tortillas and enough fillings to stuff inside.
  • Margaritas – ok, this is an extra, but it sounds fun doesn’t it? Just think of the possibilities.

The fun of a charcuterie board is that it is so customizable. Add all of your favorite things to mix and match. There can be something for everyone. Try it for your next family taco night or backyard gathering.

How to Make a Simple Cheese Board

Creating a simple yet elegant cheese board to go alongside your Mexican Charcuterie board is a delightful way to entertain guests or enjoy a sophisticated snack. You can place the next to each other, or across the room to encourage mixing and mingling.

Select Your Cheeses: Aim for a variety of textures and flavors. A basic selection might include:

  • A soft cheese like Brie or Camembert.
  • A firm cheese such as Cheddar or Gouda.
  • A blue cheese for a strong, pungent option.
  • A goat cheese for a tangy alternative.

Add Some Charcuterie: If you like, include a few slices of cured meats like prosciutto, salami, or chorizo.

Incorporate Fruits and Nuts:

  • Fresh fruits like grapes, apple slices, or berries add a sweet touch.
  • Dried fruits such as apricots or figs also work well.
  • A selection of nuts like almonds, walnuts, or pecans provides crunch and flavor contrast.

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Mexican Charcuterie Board

Mexican Charcuterie Board

This Mexican Charcuterie Board is loaded with Mexican favorites like spicy chicken, black beans, guacamole and salsa – all the ingredients you need for a taco or fajita night.
5 from 6 votes
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Servings
Calories: 663kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 tortillas flour and/or corn
  • 1 pound (454 g) chicken breasts cubed
  • 2 tablespoons (5 g) taco seasoning
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can corn
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 cup (340 g) pico de gallo
  • 1 cup (250 g) guacamole
  • 1 cup (237 ml) salsa
  • 1 cup (112 g) shredded cheese
  • 1/2 red onion chopped
  • 1/2 cup (115 g) sour cream
  • 1 cup (72 g) lettuce shredded
  • 2 avocados sliced
  • 2 jalapenos sliced
  • 1/2 cup (68 g) sliced olives
  • 1/2 cup (8 g) cilantro chopped

Instructions

  • Add chicken to frying pan over medium heat and cook until browned. Add the taco seasoning and stir to coat the chicken. Transfer to a serving bowl.
  • Heat the black beans, corn and refried beans and add to separate serving bowls. Warm the tortillas before adding to the board. All other ingredients can be served cold.

Equipment Needed

  • Charcuterie board

Notes

  • This board will comfortably serve 6 people with no leftovers, which is fine when serving at your dinner table.
  • As a party board, we recommend doubling the portions for 6-8 people.
  • You can use homemade or store bought taco seasoning. If using store bought, follow the instructions on the package.

Nutrition

Calories: 663kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 33g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 1696mg | Potassium: 1414mg | Fiber: 17g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 1352IU | Vitamin C: 26mg | Calcium: 247mg | Iron: 5mg

5 thoughts on “How to Build a Mexican Charcuterie Board

  1. Marlynn says:

    5 stars
    Such a fun and flavorful way for everyone in the family to get the dinner they want. Love this so much and can’t wait to make it again!

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