If you're looking to start some new holiday traditions in your family — or maybe just want to add a little kick to your Christmas table — traditional Mexican Christmas recipes are totally the way to go.
Not only are these foods more than delicious, they also carry a warmth that's so necessary during the holiday season.
If you are keen on a good mulled cider, you are going to love this Mexican punch. Traditional recipes call for cinnamon, tejocotes (a small yellow fruit that resembles crabapples), piloncillo (raw sugar cane), and seasonal fruits like guavas, apples, pears and oranges — and it's served piping hot.
The Mija Chronicles recipe is perfect for those chilly December nights.
Tamale parties are a huge Christmas tradition in many Mexican families. Family members gather together to form an assembly-line in the kitchen to joyfully roll tamales before enjoying the fruits of their labor.
Yvette of Muy Bueno walks you through how to make tamales step-by-step in the video above.
Bacalao Navideño is a mouth-watering combo of cod slow-simmered with roasted tomatoes, garlic, onions, olives, parsley, and raisins — and it's commonly served for Christmas Eve Dinner. Not unlike it's Christmas turkey and ham counterparts, Bacalao Navideño leftovers make for an amazing sandwich!
Just be aware that getting Bacalao Navideño right takes a little time — Pati Jinich's recipe suggests you begin preparing your salt cod 48 hours before you wish to make the dish.
Roasted pork in adobo sauce truly melts in your mouth. The tastes of roasted garlic, bay leaves, oregano, black pepper, cumin and orange blend perfectly with the juicy pork — and the combination of Mexico in My Kitchen's recipe with tamales is out of this world.
No Christmas feast is complete without dessert, and buñuelos hit the spot.
Buñuelos are crispy, flaky, golden fried tortillas covered with cinnamon and sugar. They're traditionally a bit tricky to make, but La Cocina De Leslie's recipe is pretty easy to whip up, and it goes perfectly with her Cafe con Leche.
Originally published December 2011. Updated December 2016.
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