Mexican Christmas Food

40+ Ideas for the best Mexican christmas food! This collection includes sides, entrees, and even drinks and desserts for an amazing Mexican Christmas Dinner.

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Collage of Mexican Christmas food - dinner ideas

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In Mexico, and many Hispanic households, Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, is when the largest Christmas feast is eaten.

As far back as I can remember, my Luna family would gather on Christmas Eve and enjoy a spread of our favorite Mexican dishes. And because so many people love Mexican food, especially for the holidays, I wanted to share with you some of our favorite recipes for a traditional Mexican Christmas menu.

You just need a few sides, salsas, main dishes and you’re set in enjoying all the best Mexican Christmas food!

Mexican Christmas dinner - Beef enchiladas on a white plate

Tips for a festive Christmas Meal

Planning your meal: Decide which dishes you want to  make fresh and which dishes can be made ahead of time. See the individual recipes for more storage and reheating information.

Also, be mindful that while some people love spicy hot Mexican food, others prefer a more mild dish. I suggest labeling which dishes are spicy and which ones are more mild. A great way around this is to prepare more mild dishes, but have hot sauce set out for those who want to give their plates a bit more kick.

Sit down or buffet style: The amount of guests may determine whether or not you host a sit down or a buffet style dinner. Sit down dinners work best with a smaller gathering whereas buffet style can work with 5 guests or 50. Mexican food, especially, makes a nice buffet spread. Also, I employ the use of Chaffing dishes and crock pots in keeping the dishes warm.

Decorating for our Noche Buena celebration always includes 2 things:

First, a Nativity. Traditionally, on Christmas Eve in Mexico children lead a procession into the church and place the baby Jesus into the manger. We don’t necessarily have a procession, but we always have the Nativity displayed.

Second, Poinsettias. My mother has them everywhere. Poinsettias bloom in southern Mexico during the winter and there is a heartfelt Christmas legend associated with the beautiful plant.

Mexican Christmas appetizers - cheesy bean dip

mexican christmas appetizers

Some of the best Mexican Christmas food is in the form of appetizers!

We love to have appetizers laid out as people come for holiday gatherings, and any of these recipes would be great for your Mexican Christmas dinner. And don’t forget the tortilla chips – our all-time fav are Juanita’s!

Appetizer Guacamole Recipe
Spicy, Chunky Guacamole That You Won't Be Able To Stop Eating! Filled With Avocados, Spices, Onion, Tomatoes, Garlic, Cilantro And More - This Easy But Addicting Dip Is Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser.
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Homemade Salsa Recipe
This is such an EASY homemade salsa recipe! All you have to do is throw diced tomatoes, rotel, cilantro, lime juice, onion powder, jalapeños, and cumin into your blender, and blend! It goes perfectly with tortilla chips, tacos, enchiladas, or any other Mexican food!
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.96 from 47 votes
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Appetizer 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe
7 Layer Bean Dip - our family's favorite recipe with loads of flavor and all your favorite dip ingredients including avocados, olives, tomatoes, cheese and more! It's a must-have appetizer at most family functions.
Total Time: 10 minutes
4.91 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Queso Blanco Recipe
The best and easiest queso blanco recipe out there. This delicious dip is made in no time, and will be the perfect addition at your next get together, especially served with tortilla chips and veggies.
Total Time: 15 minutes
4.82 from 22 votes
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Appetizer Salsa Verde Recipe
Sweet Salsa Verde - a delicious salsa recipe that is sweet and takes just minutes to make. Ingredients include tomatillos, jalapenos, sugar, & cilantro.
Total Time: 6 minutes
4.97 from 26 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean and Corn Salsa Recipe
Black Bean and Corn Salsa - one of our favorite dips and appetizers. Everyone loves this salsa filled with tomatoes, avocados, corn and black beans!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Appetizer Cream Cheese Bean Dip Recipe
This Cream Cheese Bean Dip recipe is our new favorite Mexican dip! With sour cream, cream cheese, Mexican cheese, refried beans, and salsa, it is the perfect dip to eat with chips, tacos, or any other Mexican dish! SOO good!!
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.95 from 50 votes
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Appetizer Black Bean Dip
Cheesy and delicious Black Bean Dip that has sour cream, cream cheese, chilis and cheese mixed in topped with tomatoes, cilantro and olives!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 1 vote
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Appetizer Strawberry Salsa Recipe
You can't go a summer without eating this sweet and spicy strawberry salsa! The flavors are so unique. Grab some cinnamon and sugar chips or your favorite tortilla chips and dig in!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Appetizer Peach Salsa Recipe
Fresh peach salsa is delicious with chips, on top of fish or pork, or spooned over tacos! You'll love the flavor combinations in this recipe!
5 from 14 votes
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Mexican Christmas Side Dishes - Spanish Rice on a white plate

Mexican Christmas Side Dishes

Now that you have your appetizers, you need some sides. We like to have at least one or two sides to serve with our Mexican meals. Our go-to’s always include a rice – Mexican or Cilantro Lime rice, and beans!

Appetizer Refried Beans Recipe
Get perfectly creamy restaurant style refried beans by adding just THREE extra ingredients to your canned beans! These refried beans are perfect served as a dip, side, or filling for burritos and tacos!
Total Time: 10 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Main Course Homemade Flour Tortilla Recipe
Homemade Flour Tortillas made from 5 Ingredients - butter, warm water, flour, baking powder, and salt! They're so soft, easy to make, and can be used for burritos, tacos, quesadillas, however you like!!
Total Time: 31 minutes
4.86 from 21 votes
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Side Dish Mexican Street Corn Recipe
Delicious Mexican Street Corn - a copycat version from Torchy's Tacos filled with butter, cheese, chili powder and cilantro. 
Total Time: 13 minutes
5 from 12 votes
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Side Dish Spanish Rice Recipe
Restaurant-Style Spanish Rice (aka Mexican Rice), that is easy to make and tastes like it came straight from the restaurant, and is the best side dish to any Mexican entree.
Total Time: 45 minutes
4.95 from 539 votes
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Bread Mexican Cornbread Recipe
This Mexican Cornbread (AKA jalapeño cornbread) is light and fluffy and is filled with cheddar cheese and jalapeño. It has a bit of a nip and a lot of flavor.
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Side Dish Cilantro Lime Rice Recipe
This recipe tastes just like Cafe Rio and Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! If you've ever been to either of these restaurants, you know how delicious cilantro rice is inside a salad, burrito, or taco. Now you can make this delicious lime rice from home! 
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.95 from 17 votes
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Salad Taco Pasta Salad Recipe
Delicious Taco Pasta Salad filled with beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and more!!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Salad Southwest Salad Recipe
Simple and delicious Southwestern Chopped Salad filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Tostadas for Mexican Christmas Dishes

Mexican christmas dishes

We have so many delicious Mexican recipes we love to make, but for Christmas we always do at least 3 recipes, and it’s usually a taco of some sort, enchiladas of some sort and ALWAYS empanadas (they’re the family’s favorite!)

But all of the recipes below are winners, so give them a go and let us know what you think.

Main Course Tostada Recipe
Open face tostadas topped with all of your favorite Mexican ingredients! These tasty tostadas are a frequent meal in this house!
Total Time: 20 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Main Course Green Chili Chicken Recipe
Green chili chicken is easy and delicious. Topped with cheese and green chili sauce guarantees it will become a new favorite in no time!!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 4 votes
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Main Course Beef Flautas Recipe
Tortillas filled with meat and cheese and fried to perfection! Crispy, flavorful flautas are a delicious dinner for everyone!
Total Time: 25 minutes
5 from 14 votes
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Main Course Chicken Taco Recipe
Delicious restaurant-style Chicken Tacos that are fried and perfect for any Mexican Meal.
Total Time: 25 minutes
4.96 from 21 votes
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Main Course Beef Empanada Recipe
Our favorite Mexican dish - Beef Empanadas in Red Chili sauce. This crispy, airy taco made from dough and filled with red chile sauce, shredded beef, and olives is one of our favorite Mexican recipes!
Total Time: 4 hours 20 minutes
5 from 17 votes
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Main Course Carne Asada Recipe
Carne asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It's tender, flavorful, and juicy.
Total Time: 3 hours 20 minutes
5 from 2 votes
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Main Course Easy Chicken Enchilada Recipe
One of our favorite Mexican dishes - Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe!! Corn tortillas stuffed with chicken, cheese, las palmas green chile enchilada sauce, sour cream, and green chiles, topped with more sauce and cheese! The whole family loves these easy chicken enchiladas!
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.95 from 192 votes
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Main Course Beef Enchiladas Recipe
Shredded Beef Enchiladas Made with Just 6 ingredients! This easy dinner idea is a crowd pleaser and is filled with corn, beef, green chiles, cheese and covered in red sauce.
Total Time: 30 minutes
4.88 from 16 votes
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Main Course Bean Chimichangas Recipe
Easy and delicious Bean Chimichangas are filled with beans, cheese and ROTEL and they taste just like the ones at the restaurants!
Total Time: 19 minutes
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Main Course Cilantro Lime Chicken Recipe
This Cilantro Lime Chicken is full of flavor and an easy weeknight meal. Fresh lime juice, cilantro, and loads of fresh garlic make a flavorful marinade! 
Total Time: 55 minutes
5 from 11 votes
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Main Course Steak Taco Recipe
These steak tacos are marinated to perfection and bursting with fresh flavor! Tacos are quick and easy for a perfect weeknight dinner in under 30 minutes.
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Appetizer, Main Course Flautas Recipe
Delicious, crunchy flautas filled with shredded chicken (shredded beef works too), salsa, cheese, green chiles and more! They can be fried, air fried or even baked to be a delicious and easy dinner idea or appetizer.
5 from 13 votes
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Main Course Bean Burrito Recipe
Cheesy bean burritos are so easy to whip up for dinner! These are perfect for making ahead of time, or freezing for later.
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Mexican Christmas desserts - Tres Leches

Drinks and Desserts:

Drinks Mexican Hot Chocolate Recipe
Curl up with a good book, blanket, and this Mexican hot chocolate. One cozy cup of this hot chocolate and you'll be hooked with its yummy spices and delicious cinnamon cocoa flavor!
Total Time: 30 minutes
5 from 13 votes
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Drinks Horchata Recipe
A creamy, refreshing, cinnamon flavored drink that will knock your socks off with flavor! It's festive and perfect for any occasion.
4.93 from 14 votes
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Dessert Arroz Con Leche Recipe
Classic Arroz Con Leche - a variation of rice pudding that is sweet and cooked with milk, evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk and topped with cinnamon. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
4.92 from 24 votes
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Tres Leches Cake
Dessert Tres Leches Cake Recipe
This easy Tres Leches Cake recipe is a cool, sweet treat made from a tasty sponge cake, a creamy mixture of three different milks, and homemade whipped topping. Serve Tres Leches Cake with fresh fruit for an extra refreshing dessert!
Total Time: 50 minutes
5 from 18 votes
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Appetizer Cinnamon Chips Recipe
The perfect baked snack to dip in sweet desserts, frosting, salsas and more! Super easy to make a bunch and serve with your favorite dessert dip!
Total Time: 15 minutes
5 from 10 votes
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Dessert Flan Recipe
This creamy, decadent flan is a latin inspired custard dessert topped with an irresistible caramel coating. It's also surprisingly easy to make!
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
5 from 7 votes
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Dessert Fried Ice Cream Recipe
Crunchy on the outside, and smooth and creamy on the inside—fried ice cream is the BEST dessert! It's a flavor bomb in your mouth and such a fun and unique treat idea.
Total Time: 4 hours 17 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Dessert Mexican Wedding Cookies Recipe
Super easy Mexican Wedding Cookies are soft and buttery with almonds in every bite! These powdered sugar covered cookies are your new favorite.
Total Time: 1 hour 21 minutes
5 from 9 votes
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Dessert Sopapilla Cheesecake Recipe
This decadent dessert is inspired by the Mexican treat—sopapillas! All of the flavors of fried dough and creamy cheesecake combine to make these decadent Sopapilla Cheesecake Bars. 
Total Time: 40 minutes
5 from 6 votes
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Dessert Sopapilla Recipe
Puffy and pillowy sopapillas are fried to perfection and topped with honey. Sprinkle a little powdered sugar on top of this simple Mexican dessert!
Total Time: 35 minutes
5 from 5 votes
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Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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