Latinx Christmas Dishes- Do You See Yours?

Latinx Christmas dishes and traditions are as diverse as their origins. Some similarities and many differences.



  • Vitel toné
  • Turrón
  • Pan dulce
  • Asado (beef, chicken, calf, lamb, suckling pig)
  • Cider (apple, pineapple) and Venezuela
  • 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
  • Budín
  • Salads
  • Pionono
  • Russian salad
  • Matambre
  • Lengua a la vinagreta
  • Garrapiñadas
  • Waldorf salad


  • Lombo à Califórnia – pork loins
  • Rabanada – French toast
  • Pernil – roast pork
  • Perú – roast turkey
  • Bacalhau – codfish
  • Farofa – raw manioc flour roasted with butter, salt, bacon or smoked meat, and spices, with a smoky and slightly salty taste
  • Brazil nut
  • Panettone


  • Pan de pascua
  • Cola de mono – (Literally, “Monkey’s Tail) A Chilean Christmas beverage, with aguardiente, milk, coffee, and flavoured with vanilla and cloves[16]
  • Pan de Pascua – Chilean Christmas sponge cake flavoured with cloves and with bits of candied fruits, raisins, walnuts and almonds.[17]
  • Roasted turkey
  • Ponche a la romana – Eggnog-style beverage made of champagne and pineapple-flavoured icecream.


  • Colombian Buñuelos
  • Colombian natilla
  • Colombian Christmas dishes are mostly sweets and desserts. Some of the most popular dishes include:
  • Buñuelos
  • Natilla
  • Manjar blanco
  • Hojaldres
  • Brevas dessert with cheese
  • Christmas cookies
  • Sweet bread filled with fruits like raisins and raspberries.


  • Crema De Vie – Cuban eggnog, made with condensed milk, rum, sugar syrup, lemon rind, cinnamon, and egg yolk.
  • Majarete – corn pudding made with coconut milk, fresh corn, cornstarch, milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar
  • Platillo Moros y Cristianos
  • Lechon asado
  • Turrón

Dominican Republic

  • Moro de guandules con coco – rice with pigeon peas and coconut milk
  • Vaniljekranse – Danish butter cookies
  • ponche – eggnog
  • Ensalada verde – Iceberg letters, onions, cucumber and tomatoes salad.
  • Bread pudding
  • Majarete – corn pudding made with coconut milk, fresh corn, cornstarch, milk, water, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar
  • Russian potato salad
  • Macaroni salad
  • Pasteles de hojas – Root tamales
  • Jengibre – ginger tea
  • Pig roast
  • Pollo al Horno – Roasted Chicken
  • Telera – Dominican bread similar to Mexican Telera
  • Fruit platter – Consists of oranges, apples, bananas, grapes, and mangos
  • Cheese and guava platter – a platter with squared white cheese, yellow potato cheese, soda crackers, and guava paste chunks


  • Tamales
  • Ponche (Christmas fruit punch served hot with lots of fruits)
  • pavo (Turkey)
  • Buñuelos (Fluffy sweet dessert made with corn with maple syrup)
  • Chicken (Prepared with different stuffings and accompanied with various side dishes such as salads or rice)
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