Mexican Christmas Recipes Checklist


More than 50 Mexican Christmas recipes to try for Las Posadas, Nochebuena, Christmas, New Year's, Día de Reyes and Día de la Candelaria. Enjoy!

I thought it might be helpful to bring together links to many of my Mexican Christmas recipes.

The season includes celebrations like Las Posadas, Christmas Day, Three Kings Day, and Candlemas. The Mexican Christmas season lasts a little over two months, and there's a lot to cover so let's get to it.

Scroll to the bottom to see delicious desserts and beverages for the season.

The Inns (Las Posadas)

For the nine days before Christmas, we commemorate the Holy Family's journey as they looked for a place to stay.

The piñata traces its origins to this celebration and food plays a central role. Visit this link to see my detailed description of our family's tradition for how to celebrate Las Posadas, including song lyrics and a video.

Mexican Ponche a Traditional Christmas beverage

Immediately below are links to recipes we often prepare for Las Posadas. Read on for more recipe suggestions for Christmas, Three Kings Day and Candlemas. Enjoy!

Foods for Las Posadas are usually both easy to make and easy to eat. Classic Mexican antojitos, like tacos, tostadas, and tamales work great. And Mexican Christmas Ponche is the beverage of choice.

green pozole with chicken
Green Pozole with Chicken

Antojitos Mexicanos (Mexican Street Food)

Click on the name to see the recipe.

three barbacoa tacos
Barbacoa Tacos
poblano and corn tacos with queso fresco and cream
Poblano and Corn Tacos
Salsa roja martajada -


Mexican Christmas Foods

A list with dish ideas for la Nochebuena, Christmas Day and New Year's celebration. Click on the name to see the recipe.

Chorizo cheese braid
Chorizo Cheese Braid


green tamales with chicken
Green Tamales with Chicken


stuffed tenderloin with apricot habanero sauce
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Apricot-Habanero Sauce
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Jerez-Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce
Stuffed Pork Tenderloin with Jerez Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce


Ensalada de Nochebuena
Ensalada de Nochebuena (Christmas Eve Salad)
tres leches cake
Tres Leches Cake

Mexican Christmas Beverages

caramel atole
Mexican Caramel Atole

Three Kings Day

Rosca de Reyes by

Three Kings Day is the day many families in Mexico open presents and eat their King's Wreath Bread or Rosca de Reyes. You can read more about the symbolism of the bread here. Below are a few recipes to celebrate the day.


Molinillo, chocolate, canela -

Candlemas (Dia de Candelaria)

In our family, the person who finds the Baby Jesus in the King's Wreath is responsible for a party on Candlemas, Feb 2nd. The traditional foods for Candlemas are tamales and atole or hot chocolate.

¡Feliz Navidad!

Silvia Martinez
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