Latino Christmas Dishes- Do You See Yours?



  • Christmas roast
  • pavo - Stuffed, roasted Turkey served with gravy.
  • Ensalada de Noche Buena - Christmas Eve Salad
  • Russian potato salad - Side dish to turkey, particularly popular in northern states.
  • Bacalao - clipfish or cod, traditionally eaten in the central and southern states of Mexico.
  • Romeritos - also a Christmas tradition of the central region, romeritos are small green leaves of a particular type mixed generally with mole and potatoes; generally accompanied with "tortitas de camarón" (shrimp bread)
  • Tamales - Tamales can sometimes replace the traditional Turkey or Bacalao with romeritos, particularly in northern and southern parts of Mexico.
  • Menudo - A Christmas morning tradition in northwestern states, menudo is a tripe and hominy soup, not to be confused with southern 'panzita'. Menudo is often prepared the night before (Christmas Eve) as its cooking time can take up to 5 hours.
  • Ponche - a hot, sweet drink made with apples, sugar cane, prunes and tejocotes. For grown-ups, ponche is never complete without its "piquete" - either tequila or rum
  • Marshmallow fruit salad - marshmallow with fruit cocktail, sugar and sour cream. Sometimes dried coconut, ground cinnamon and/or nuts are also added.
  • Pineapple Upside-down cake - Turned-over cake with cherries and pineapples.
  • Glazed ham - Ham glazed with honey or sugar with cherries and pineapples on top.


  • Arroz con Pollo
  • Tamales
  • Ham
  • Turkey
  • Grapes
  • Fruit cake
  • Egg nog
  • Potato salad
  • Pan de Rosca

Puerto Rico

  • Arroz con gandules - yellow-rice and pigeon peas with olives, capers, and pieces of ham.
  • Ensalada de pulpo - octopus salad
  • Escabeche - boiled green bananas and chicken gizzards in Puerto Rican style escabeche.
  • Macaroni salad - with tuna and peppers
  • Morcilla
  • Pasteles
  • Pasteles de guineo
  • Pasteles de yucca
  • Pastelón - sweet plantain "lasagna" smiler to pionono.
  • Pig roast
  • Potato salad - made with chorizo and hard-boiled eggs.


  • Jamón (Spanish Dry-Cured Ham)
  • Roasted turkey
  • Roasted lamb
  • Seafood
  • Langostinos - (king prawn)
  • Shrimp
  • Lobster
  • Crab
  • Dorado
  • Sweets
  • Turrón
  • Yema - egg-based dessert
  • Mantecados & polvorones - crumbly cakes
  • Marzipan, almond cakes
  • King cake known as roscón de Reyes in Spanish and tortell in Catalan.


  • Hallaca
  • Hallaca - rectangle-shaped meal made of maize, filled with beef, pork, olives, raisins and caper, and wrapped in plantain leaves
  • Pan de jamón - ham-filled bread with olives and raisins
  • Dulce de lechosa - dessert made of cooked sliced unripe papaya in sugar syrup
  • Ensalada de gallina - salad made of potato, carrot, apple and shredded chicken
  • Pernil- roast pork shoulder

See more Christmas dishes around the world at Wikipedia


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