Mexican Christmas foods you’ll want to serve up for the holidays

By Lauren Cocking
December 18, 2018, 10:30:40 AM EST


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In Mexico, Christmas can be a near month-long affair of food, drink, and festivities. It all gets officially started on December 16th, thanks to Posadaseason when Mary and Joseph searched for room at the inn, and doesn’t technically finish until January 6, a.k.a. King’s Day. It’s no wonder there are so many traditional, filling, and freezer-friendly drinks and dishes floating around.

1. Tamales


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Endless internet memes have lambasted the Mexican tendency to, shall we say, over-preparewhen it comes to tamales. In fact, legend has it you might still be digging out last year’s tamales from the freezer as December rolls around once again. Hyperbole aside, it’s no exaggeration to say that these steamed corn parcels, wrapped in either corn husk or banana leaves and filled with meat, sauce, cheese, chili or some combination of the above, are the most popular Christmastime dish in Mexico.

2. Romeritos


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Originating in Southern Mexico, romeritosare, in a way, the Marmite of the Mexican holiday foods. Some people love this dish made of seepweed sprigs, which often comes doused in mole sauce and accompanied by prawns and potatoes, while others can’t stand it. Regardless, the tradition of dishing up romeritosendures, although you’ll be very hard-pressed to source them outside of the Christmas (and Lenten) periods.

3. Tortas de Bacalao

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Bacalao(salted codfish) is a staple of the Mexican Christmas period. Go to any Mexican market or store in the run-up to Christmas Eve and you’ll see huge slabs of the stuff everywhere. Whilebacalaocan be served upa la Vizcaína, a richly flavored, tomato sauce-doused dish, the most convenient (and portable) way to sample this seasonal treat is as a torta de bacalao, encased in a soft bread roll.

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