Mexican-style Christmas dinner with a delicious feast of tamales, pozole and more! Check out this collection of Mexican dinner ideas!

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The key to a true Mexican celebration is to have food, family, and friends, all gathered at one table. That’s even more true around Christmas time when they begin the festivities on November 2nd and keep on partying right into the New Year!

If you ask me, there’s no better way to get into the spirit. Celebrate this Navidad by serving these traditional Mexican food holiday staples!

Mexican Christmas Drinks


Once you have this Rompope, you’ll never want the store bought kind again! It’s silky, smooth and super delightful!

Ponche Navideño (Mexican Christmas Punch)

Warm up with this classic Ponche Mexicano recipe! It’s so easy to make. Gather a few basic ingredients and you’ll be sipping this warm drink in less than 1 hour! Recipe yields about 12 mugs of punch but multiply as desired.

Atole De Avena (Oatmeal Drink)

This Atole de Avena (oatmeal drink) is an easy & healthy version of the classic Mexican drink Atole De Masa. Enjoy it any time of year! This version is made with oatmeal and flavored with cinnamon, brown sugar & vanilla. 

Café De La Olla

Café de Olla is a delicious and aromatic traditional Mexican coffee beverage that has captivated coffee enthusiasts around the world. Made with ground coffee, cinnamon and piloncillo that creates a drink rich in flavor.


Champurrado Mexicano is a warm and thick drink made with masa, Mexican chocolate, cinnamon, piloncillo and milk. It’s the classic drink to have during cold & cozy nights. 

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Make this Mexican Hot Chocolate at home in minutes and skip the coffee shop lines and make your own! Full of the flavors that reminds us of Mexico this will be your new favorite hot chocolate recipe!

Traditional Mexican Horchata

Learn how to make the authentic Horchata drink that everyone loves! With this step-by-step tutorial, you’ll be able to make the best homemade Horchata recipe made with a few simple ingredients. Skip the store-bought mixes and use this easy recipe right at home!

Red Tamales

Learn how to make tamales at home with my step by step instructions and an easy guide. I guarantee to make you an expert with this recipe!

Tamales Verde with Green Chile, Corn & Cheese

These Tamales Verdes are so easy to make you’ll be a pro in no time! The masa is mixed with roasted chile, corn & cheese and it’s delicious!

Masa For Tamales (with masa harina)

Learn how to make Masa for Tamales from scratch using maseca. This is a traditional recipe and you’ll love the results! Knead the masa by hand or with a mixer.

Red Pozole

Pozole soup is a Mexican classic! This version is made with beef & hominy topped with cabbage, onions, cilantro, and of course, a squeeze of lime.

Shredded Beef Barbacoa style

This Carne Deshebrada (shredded beef) can be used to make tacos, enchiladas, tostadas plus it has a bonus recipe to make it into a stew. Tender beef, onion, carrots, potatoes and spices come together in delicious harmony. If you are feeding a crowd, good news: It doubles (or triples) beautifully.

Gallina Pinta

Gallina Pinta is a slow-simmered Mexican soup from the state of Sonora. Is richly flavored with fork-tender beef, beans and hominy.

Easy Enmoladas (Chicken Mole Enchiladas)

Make Enmoladas with this simple recipe in 30 minutes or less! Corn tortillas are coated with an easy mole sauce plus your favorite filling.

Enchiladas Rojas (Red Enchiladas)

These Enchiladas Rojas are an authentic recipe made with lightly fried corn tortillas dipped in a delicious red sauce. Add your favorite filling, garnish with cheese, crema, onion and lettuce for the final touch.

Tacos De Carnitas

This Tacos De Carnitas recipe may well be the most tender, moist, and flavorful you’ve ever had! High returns for minimal effort. The pork is cooked in the oven (versus deep fried in lard) until the meat pulls apart effortlessly. 

Chile Relleno

Chile Rellenos are a classic Mexican recipe of poblano peppers stuffed with your favorite filling, then layered on top of a delicious homemade tomato sauce. A classic dish that’s comfort food at its finest!

Frijoles Puercos

Frijoles Puercos are refried beans mixed with cooked chorizo, melted cheese and smoky chipotle pepper. They are very popular at parties to accompany the main meal or even as a bean dip served with tortilla chips.

Ensalada De Coditos (Mexican Pasta Salad)

This Ensalada De Coditos is undoubtedly a classic Mexican recipe. Elbow pasta is tossed with creamy textures and dotted with crisp celery, carrots, corn kernels and flavorful peppers.

Healthy Frijoles Charros

Hands down, the best Frijoles Charros Recipe! It’s rich, hearty and so flavorful! The beans are perfectly tender, served as a side or as a main dish. It’s a comforting meal in a bowl, that’s bound to please!

Rajas Con Crema

There’s nothing easier than these Rajas Con Crema. It’s the type of side dish you can make any night of the year, or even special occasions like holidays or get togethers. The cream sauce is silky and delicious plus it goes perfect with the roasted poblano peppers. So good!

Espagueti Verde (Spaghetti in Poblano Sauce)

Incredible Espagueti Verde packed with flavor and made with super simple ingredients. This Green Spaghetti recipe comes together in less than 40 minutes for a delicious dish that the whole family will love!

Papas A La Diabla (Spicy Potatoes)

Papas A La Diabla are the perfect appetizer at a party or served as a side dish. These potatoes are spicy, citrusy and so addicting!

Tamales De Elote

Make these Tamales De Elote (Corn Tamales) and you’ll be amazed how easy it is to make them. Enjoy this delicious recipe!

Mexican Red Rice (Arroz Rojo)

Mexican red rice, also known as “arroz rojo,” is a traditional Mexican side dish that is easy to prepare. The rice gets its vibrant red color from the addition of tomato sauce during the cooking process, giving it a delicious flavor. Let me show you how to make it so it’s fluffy each and every time.

Mexican Christmas Desserts

Ensalada Navideña (Christmas Fruit Salad)

This Ensalada Navideña recipe (Christmas Salad) is a great festive creamy treat that the whole family will love! 

Ensalada De Manzana (Mexican Apple Salad)

This classic Ensalada De Manzana recipe is a simple and delicious combination of apples, pineapple, pecans and raisins in a creamy dressing.

Gelatina De Mosaico (Mosaic Jello)

This decadent Gelatina De Mosaico will satisfy all your creamy jello cravings with its sweet flavor and silky smooth texture. This simple, Mexican jello might be made with simple ingredients, but it’s an impressive dessert to serve your guests. Top it with your favorite whipped cream and serve with fresh fruit as an option.

Authentic Mexican Buñuelos

Fresh warm Buñuelos are a Mexican tradition, especially during the Christmas season. Sprinkled with cinnamon sugar or piloncillo syrup. Either way, they’re wonderful! 

Mexican Flan

Mexican Flan is the ultimate indulgence; light and creamy and yet surprisingly simple to make! Learn how to make this classic dessert with an easy to follow recipe.

Pastisetas Butter Cookies

Pastisetas are tender butter cookies that melt in your mouth, thanks to the cornstarch in the dough. A delicious and popular Mexican treat.

Dessert Empanadas

If you are looking for delicious Empanaditas, you can not go wrong with this Sweet Empanadas dough recipe as your base! Simple to make and deliciously sweet, be sure to make a double batch as they’ll disappear quickly!

Arroz Con Leche

Arroz Con Leche is the perfect crowd pleaser dessert. It’s simple, it’s delicious, and it’s so easy to make. This creamy Mexican Postre is rich and milky, with the most amazing texture.

Galletas De Avena (Oatmeal Cookies)

These delicious Oatmeal Cookies Cookies are soft, chewy and incredibly easy to make, even for a beginner baker! 

Dulce De Calabaza

Dulce De Calabaza, a delicious Mexican treat of caramelized sweet pumpkin. It’s so simple to make and only requires 4 ingredients.

Galletas De Nuez (Wedding Cookies)

Galletitas De Nuez (Mexican Wedding Cookies) are crunchy little cookies that melt in your mouth. The recipe is quick, simple and great for any occasion! 

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