Traditional Mexican Christmas recipes

Traditional Mexican Christmas recipes

In Latin countries, Christmas Eve is a night of great celebration and is called “Noche Buena”. Mexican families, like other families all over the world, spend Christmas Eve together and usually eat a variety of their favorite traditional foods at midnight. On Christmas Day, they get together again to enjoy a delicious leftover meal.

Here are some of the most renowned Mexican Christmas dishes: 


The sprigs of a wild plant, seepweed, is used to make Romeritos. Seepweed is similar to rosemary or baby spinach. The seepweed is cooked with potatoes and shrimp in mole sauce.


A tamale is a traditional Mesoamerican dish made of masa or corn dough which is steamed in a corn husk or banana leaf. Tamales can be filled with vegetables, chilies, cheeses, fruits or meats. 

Ensalada Nochebuena

This is the Mexican phrase for “Christmas eve salad”. It’s a great tasting salad that is served cold and while there are many different recipe variations, the main ingredients are oranges, beets, apples, pineapples, nuts, and a sweet tasting salad dressing.

Mexican eggnog romrope

Mexican eggnog called Romrope is a delicious sweet treat. This famous drink originated from the City of Puebla and it can be bought at most liquor stores and supermarkets in Mexico (but you can’t find it in American liquor stores and supermarkets). A basic recipe for Rompope includes milk, egg yolks, sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, and some sort of alcohol. The different flavorings are nutmeg, vanilla, almonds, pecans, orange blossom water, clove, pine nuts and Eve pistachios. 

Mexican wedding cakes

Mexican wedding cakes have a delicate shortbread texture and a unique roasted pecan flavor. They are rolled in powdered sugar which makes them a beautiful addition to any Christmas table.


Visit Ramona’s Restaurant for authentic Mexican food any time of the year!


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