40+ Ideas for the best Mexican Christmas food! This collection includes sides, entrees, and even drinks and desserts for an amazing Mexican Christmas Dinner.
mexican christmas dinner menu
In Mexico, and many Hispanic households, Christmas Eve, or Nochebuena, is when the largest Christmas feast is eaten.
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!
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
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. If you don’t have time to make them, our all-time fav are Juanita’s!
Chili Cheese Dip – Just Four Ingredients Make For The BEST And Yummiest Chili Cheese Dip! Melty Cheese And Hearty Chili Are So Tasty Together! It’s The Perfect Appetizer For Any Party.
Simple Guacamole – Spicy, Chunky Simple Guacamole Is So Easy And Addicting, It’s Sure To Be A Crowd Pleaser! You Won’t Be Able To Stop Eating It.
7 Layer Bean Dip – This Is Our Family’s Favorite 7 Layer Bean Dip Recipe! It Has Loads Of Flavor And All Your Favorite Dip Ingredients Including Avocados, Olives, Tomatoes, Cheese, Guacamole And More! It’s A Must-Have Appetizer At Every Family Function.
Cream Cheese Bean Dip – 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 Mexican Dish!
Queso Blanco – 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.
Homemade Salsa – This Is Such An EASY Homemade Salsa Recipe! All You Have To Do Is Throw All The Ingredients Into Your Blender, And Blend! It Tastes Just Like Restaurant Salsa, And Goes Perfectly With Tortilla Chips, Tacos, Enchiladas, Or Any Other Mexican Food!
Tomatillo Salsa – Easy Tomatillo Salsa Is Spicy And Delicious! It’s Great With Tortilla Chips Or As A Sauce On Top Of Your Favorite Mexican Dishes!
Black Bean and Corn Salsa – This Black Bean And Corn Salsa Is One Of Our Favorite Dips And Appetizers. It’s Great With Any Mexican Dish Or Served With Tortilla Chips And Is Filled With Tomatoes, Avocados, Corn And Black Beans!
Salsa Verde – Sweet Salsa Verde – A Delicious Salsa Recipe That Is Sweet And Spicy And Takes Just Minutes To Make. Ingredients Include Tomatillos, Jalapeños, Sugar, & Cilantro.
Strawberry Salsa – You Can’t Go A Summer Without Eating This Sweet And Spicy Strawberry Salsa! The Flavors Are So Unique. You Can Even Serve With Fish, Tacos, Or Any Mexican Dish.
Mexican Soup Sides
Don’t forget the soups!! These are all simple and make great sides to any Mexican meal.
Chicken Tortilla Soup – The BEST slow cooker chicken tortilla soup is filled with chunks of chicken, beans & corn. It is easy to make and full of flavor!
Taco Soup – This Super Easy Taco Soup Is Made From Beans, Corn, Tomatoes, And Green Chiles, Plus Ranch Dressing Mix And Taco Seasoning. All You Have To Do Is Dump Everything In A Pan And Simmer. It’s Ready In Under 20 Minutes!
Albondigas Soup – Albondigas Soup Is A Delicious Mexican Recipe Filled With Meatballs, Vegetables And Spices! Packed Full Of Flavor, This Simple Albondigas Soup Is Sure To Become A Favorite.
Caldo de Pollo – Hearty and delicious caldo de pollo is a homey chicken soup filled with Mexican spices and flavors. It is warm, comforting, and SO yummy!!
Sopa de Fideo – This quick, simple and delicious Sopa (soup) de Fideo is a family favorite. It’s also cheesy and flavorful! Just 5 Ingredients and you’ll have dinner in no time.
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!
Homemade Flour Tortillas – 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!!
Esquites – Esquites is a tasty corn salad topped with chili and cotija cheese. It’s incredibly delicious and easy to whip up!
Mexican Street Corn – Delicious Mexican Street Corn – A Copycat Version From Torchy’s Tacos Filled With Butter, Cheese, Chili Powder And Cilantro. This Irresistible Corn Is The Perfect Side For Your Mexican Meals!
Spanish Rice – How To Make Homemade Spanish Rice/Mexican Rice. Whatever You Call It, We’ve Got The Best And Easiest Spanish Rice Recipe You Can Find. It Tastes Like It Came Straight From The Restaurant!
Cilantro Lime Rice – This Recipe Tastes Just Like Café Rio And Chipotle Cilantro Lime Rice! It’s A Simple And Delicious Rice Prefect For A Salad, Burrito, Or Taco. Now You Can Make This Delicious Lime Rice From Home!
Mexican Cornbread – 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.
Southwest Salad – Our favorite Southwest Salad recipe filled with chicken, peppers, beans, corn, tomatoes, avocado and topped with a homemade cilantro ranch dressing.
Crock Pot Pinto Beans – Nutrient Rich Pinto Beans Cooked To Perfection. These Make A Great Meal Or A Tasty Side Dish To Any Of Your Mexican Dishes.
Refried Beans – 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!
Homemade Tortilla Chips – Homemade tortilla chips are crispy and sprinkled with salt. They are surprisingly quick and simple to whip up!
Taco Pasta Salad – This Taco Pasta Salad Was Easy To Throw Together And Is A Great Side Dish To Go With All The Mexican Dishes We Are Always Making.
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.
Green Chili Chicken – Green Chili Chicken Is Easy And Delicious. Topped With Cheese And Green Chili Sauce Guarantees It Will Become A New Favorite In No Time!!
Carne Asada – Carne Asada is the perfect Mexican flavored meat to add to tacos, burritos, salads, or quesadillas. It’s tender, flavorful, and juicy.
Beef Empanadas – 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!
Chicken Tacos – Super Easy Restaurant-Style Chicken Tacos. Easy Ingredients Including Shredded Chicken, Cheese, Lettuce, Tomatoes, & Corn Tortillas.
Steak Tacos – 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.
Tostadas – Open Face Tostadas Topped With All Of Your Favorite Mexican Ingredients! These Tasty Tostadas Are A Frequent Meal In This House!
Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas – One Of Our Favorite Mexican Dishes – Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas Recipe!! Corn Tortillas Stuffed With Chicken, Cheese, Green Chile Enchilada Sauce, Sour Cream, And Green Chiles, Topped With More Sauce And Cheese!
Beef Enchiladas – 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.
Cheese Enchiladas – Restaurant-Style Red Cheese Enchiladas Are An Old Family Favorite Recipe That Is Simply The Best!! They Are Cheesy, Saucy, And So Yummy.
Enchilada Casserole – Everything You Love About Chicken Enchiladas And Casseroles Combined Into One Tasty Dinner Dish. This Simple Recipe Is A Crowd Pleaser And Will Become One Of Your Weekly Dinner Rotations.
Bean Chimichangas – Easy and delicious Bean Chimichangas are filled with beans, cheese and ROTEL and they taste just like the ones at the restaurants!
Chicken Chimichanga – This Baked Chicken Chimichanga Recipe Is Stuffed With Rice, Chicken, Cheese And More. Such A Simple Dinner Recipe That Is So Delicious And Simple.
Beef Flautas – Tortillas Filled With Meat And Cheese And Fried To Perfection! Crispy, Flavorful Flautas Are A Delicious Dinner For Everyone!
Chicken Flautas – 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.
Bean Burritos – Cheesy Bean Burritos Are So Easy To Whip Up For Dinner! These Are Perfect For Making Ahead Of Time, Or Freezing For Later.
Drinks and Desserts:
Tres Leches Cake – There’s Nothing Better Than A Cold And Refreshing Treat In The Summertime! This Easy Tres Leches Cake Recipe Is Just That – A Cool, Sweet Treat Made From A Tasty Sponge Cake, A Creamy Mixture Of Three Different Milks, And Homemade Whipped Topping.
Mexican Hot Chocolate – 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!
Horchata – A Creamy, Refreshing, Cinnamon Flavored Mexican Drink That Will Knock Your Socks Off With Flavor! It’s Festive And Perfect For Any Occasion.
Arroz Con Leche – 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.
Cinnamon Chips – 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!
Churros – Delicious, Homemade, Covered In Cinnamon And Sugar Churros Are A Family Favorite!
Sopapilla Cheesecake – 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.
Sopapillas – Puffy And Pillowy Sopapillas Are Fried To Perfection And Topped With Honey. Sprinkle A Little Powdered Sugar On Top Of This Simple Mexican Dessert!
Flan – This Creamy, Decadent Flan Is A Latin Inspired Custard Dessert Topped With An Irresistible Caramel Coating. It’s Also Surprisingly Easy To Make!
Fried Ice Cream – Crunchy on the outside, and smooth and creamy on the inside—fried ice cream is a flavor bomb in your mouth and a go-to Mexican dessert!
Christmas Wedding Cookies
What better way to end your Mexican Christmas Fiesta than with delicious cookies?
These Christmas Wedding Cookies have become a family favorite and they’re so simple that even the kids can make them.
After all that Mexican food, these cookies are the perfect treat to end the meal and they’re especially great for Christmas because they look like snowballs!
Mexican Christmas Food Ideas – Dinner, Apps, Sides + Desserts
- Cream the butter and powdered sugar together in a medium bowl. Then, mix in the vanilla and almond extract.
- Add the flour and almonds. Mix until just combined.
- Cover the bowl and chill in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
- After the dough has chilled preheat the oven to 325°F
- Shape the dough into balls and roll in powdered sugar and place on a cookie sheet. (Do not spray the cookie sheet). Bake for 16-18 minutes.
- Once cool roll them in powdered sugar.
The Complete List
Here are the picture cards of ALL the Mexican Christmas Recipes listed above.
Pick and choose a handful of recipes from each of these categories for the perfect Mexican Christmas Dinner.
There are so many delicious dishes to choose from, you really can’t go wrong with any of them!
Be sure to check out all of our Christmas Recipes.