Whether you're celebrating a Mexican-inspired Christmas or want to start a new Christmas food tradition, here are some of our favorite Mexican Christmas recipes.
Traditional recipes for a Mexican Christmas
Mexican hot chocolate
Start your Christmas morning with a warm mug of Mexican hot chocolate, a richer, spicier version of the American package of hot cocoa. Traditional Mexican hot chocolate is made with Mexican chocolate, a spicy type of chocolate that exudes cacao, almond and cinnamon flavors. Whisking melted Mexican chocolate with milk or cream and flavoring it with a pinch of cayenne or chili powder makes one eye-opening Christmas morning treat.
Succulent, spicy pork tamales were a Christmas tradition in my family. We gathered together and made dozens of them assembly-line style as a way to celebrate the holidays and spend delicious quality time together. Tamales can be made savory or sweet. Savory tamales can be filled with pork, chicken or beef, while sweet tamales are irresistible when made with nuts, dried fruit and chocolate.
Menudo is a traditional Mexican Christmas recipe featuring tripe, hominy and spices. It is a long-simmered soup served family-style with corn tortillas. Though menudo is also believed to cure a hangover, we don't recommend testing it out. Eat, drink and be merry – but don't eat and drink too much.
These light, fried Mexican Christmas cookies are a fun dessert for the holidays, especially for the kids.
Ponche is a traditional Christmas punch served hot during the holidays. It is often made with piloncillo, an unrefined sugar, and a variety of fruit, but we've simplified this recipe for the American kitchen, using brown sugar and streamlining the fruit.
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