It’s pretty much impossible not to love Christmas. From the family get-togethers to the amazing songs to the sparkly everything, Christmastime is my favorite time of the year. But of course, the best part of December is the food. Whether you are the party planner amongst your group of friends or you are constantly going from one family member’s to another’s holiday party, Christmas food is what makes us all happy this month.
The thing that might surprise you to know about Christmas food across Latin America, though, is the fact that we all have different traditions. Growing up in a Cuban household, I ate different foods than my Dominican or Ecuadorean or Mexican friends. But the best part of growing up and learning about these different Latinx food traditions has been incorporating some of them into my own Christmas celebrations. Whether it’s creating a Puerto Rican Christmas or incorporating some new traditions into your Christmas dinner table, here are 22 traditional Christmas recipes from across Latin America.
Coquito, also known as Puerto Rican coconut eggnog, is a traditional holiday drink that everyone loves. It’s made with coconut and rum and a few other ingredients. But the best part? You can make a big batch of this and, in fact, you’ll need to because everyone will want to try some. Get the recipe.