International Holiday Dinners: Traditional Mexican Christmas Dinner

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Mexicans start their Christmas Celebration nine days before Christmas Eve.  On Christmas Eve, after the Christmas midnight Mass at a local church they celebrate with a festive dinner.

The Menu:

Noche Buena

Fresh Tropical Fruits & oranges & limes

Jicama, Beet, Banana and Peanut Salad

Pozole (pork or beef stew with hominy in red chili sauce)


Atole with bunelos

Sweet Tamales

Mango, Jicama and Radish Salad with Peanut Dressing

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Recipe sources:


Tamales – a collection of authentic Mexican Tamale Recipes:




Sweet Tamales with Raisins and Spices by Emeril Lagasse

Mexican Culture: Christmas

Mexican Christmas menu & recipes:

This website has a large selection of Mexican recipes and Mexican food dictionary and is not to be missed.

Mexican Desserts

Mexican Christmas Cookies: Gallatas de Navidad

AND recipes like—Ancho Cinnamon Truffles and Avocado Ice-cream! Key Lime and Tequila Pie, Leche Quemada (Burnt Milk Fudge). Chipotle Brownies, Flans.

Mexican cooking shop for spices, chilies, tools, cookbooks, baskets, tableware, Mexican crafts, games etc.

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