If you’ve been thinking about trying new Christmas dinner ideas, but have been uninspired so far, look no further! Here we will show you how to do a Mexican Christmas, where the recipes are all slightly different but have one thing in common. They are full of flavour, and all have that special wow factor that is so important for the big day!

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Christmas is the perfect excuse to impress with your cooking. How about one of these Mexican Christmas recipes as a beautiful statement to put in the centre of the table, along with some sides? Our lamb barbacoa recipe, chipotle glazed ham or Mexican roast chicken (as an alternative to turkey) would all seriously impress the family, and have everyone digging in for more, guaranteed!

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Everything you need to make Mexican Christmas food at home!

Everything you need to make the perfect Mexican Christmas dinner!

Our large Burrito Wraps and small Soft Taco Wraps are the perfect base for those turkey burritos or lamb barbacoa tacos. All you do is warm the wrap, add your filling of choice and favourite toppings, then simply roll and enjoy. This is also a perfect idea for Christmas dinner leftovers! 

Jazz up your roasted carrots, or your roast ham by drizzling over our Chipotle Honey glaze! It will give your meat or veg the perfect amount of smokiness, heat and sweetness.

Finally, Chipotle Paste is the one other must-have ingredient that is so versatile and used in many of these Mexican Christmas recipes. Use it mixed with Chiptole Honey for the lamb barbacoa, to add flavour to the delicious concoction for the empanadas, or mixed in with your cauliflower cheese.

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Mexican Christmas

There will be no more struggles thinking about new Christmas dinner ideas from now on! Feast your eyes on this collection of our Mexican Christmas recipes for your big family get together. We’ve included a few ideas for the main showstopping centre piece as well as some Christmas vegetables to go with them. Some of this Mexican Christmas food you might recognise, as we’ve taken some classic ideas and given them a Mexican twist!

Roast Turkey Breast

Roast Turkey Breast

Roast turkey breast covered with delicious al pastor marinade, served with warm Soft Taco Wraps and grilled pineapple seasoned with Garlic and Guajillo Fajita and Taco Mix. Yum!... See full recipe

Birria Tacos

Birria Tacos

Seriously indulgent tacos with slowly stewed beef and cheese..What’s not to love about beef tacos dipped into “Consomé” or meat juices? You'll want these again and again.... See full recipe

Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos

A warm tortilla wrap filled with thinly sliced grilled steak, onions, guacamole, and our Chipotle Salsa. There is so much to love about this Carne Asada Tacos recipe. ... See full recipe

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Here is our special hot tamales recipe where we use our Chipotle Paste to cook the beef and make it into delicious and succulent meat, ready to go into the traditional tamales.... See full recipe

Pozole Soup

Pozole Soup

This authentic Pozole Soup recipe is cooked slow 'n low with Chipotle Paste for a rich, spicy brothy soup with lots of veggies - perfect for a cold night.... See full recipe

Tuna Tostadas

Tuna Tostadas

A crispy corn tostada is topped with smoky Chipotle Mayo, then a delicious fresh tuna ceviche marinated in lime and soy and topped with crispy leeks - an epic starter!... See full recipe

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Turkey Mince Tacos

Pan-fried chipotle turkey mince with sliced avocado, spring onions & chipotle salsa. If you haven't tried turkey mince it makes a nice change and has lots of health benefits!... See full recipe

Mexican Roast Chicken

Mexican Roast Chicken Recipe

A roast chicken bursting with Mexican flavours. Chipotle Paste and butter are rubbed all over the bird, lime and coriander to finish - it's been called best Sunday roast ever!... See full recipe

Mexican Green Beans

Mexican Green Beans

Sauté your green beans in a bit of olive oil and some of our Crunchy Salsa Macha for a deliciously spicy side dish, with a lovely light crunch from the ground peanuts.... See full recipe

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Lamb Barbacoa Tacos

Authentic and tender lamb barbacoa is delicious tucked into tacos. We've coated the lamb with our Chipotle Honey glaze as this turns the lamb a rich and glorious brown.... See full recipe

Mexican Roast Potatoes

Mexican Roast Potatoes

Whether you're adventurous with flavour or looking to mix things up, this recipe makes roast potatoes that are crispy outside, fluffy inside and deliciously smoky... See full recipe

finished dish

Cheese Empanadas

These Cheese Empanadas with sweet potato and brie are easy to make using pre-made shortcrust pastry sheets, full of flavour and spice and a total crowd pleaser.... See full recipe

Chipotle Honey Glazed Ham

Chipotle Honey Glazed Ham

Whether it‘s Christmas or not, a chipotle glazed ham is always a winner! We've basted it in our smoky Chipotle Honey and it's then roasted until nice and crispy. A must-try!... See full recipe

Leftover Turkey Burrito

Turkey Burrito

There's nothing more satisfying than putting all of those leftovers from oyur Christmas feast or Sunday roast together into one genius Turkey Leftover Burrito.... See full recipe

Chipotle Sausage Rolls

Chipotle Sausage Rolls

If you‘ve never made your own sausage rolls, it’s about time you did! Not only are home-made sausage rolls inevitably better, but making your own also gives you free-reign over what goes in them, opening up all kinds of delicious combos.... See full recipe

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Mexican Christmas Menu

Here is an example of the perfect Mexican Christmas menu that you could create for the big day!

Christmas Canapes

For these, why not make a fresh batch of Cheese Empanadas and Tuna Tostadas. The empanadas can easily be made ahead and frozen. They can then be baked straight from frozen.

Christmas Main Course

Our stunning Lamb Barbacoa Tacos would make the perfect show-stopping centrepiece for the main meal. Surround this with our recipes for steamy Mexican Roast Potatoes, Shredded Brussel Sprouts With Bacon and Chipotle, Honey Roast Parsnips, and Chipotle Honey Roasted Carrots.

Christmas Pudding

If you want to go completely authentic, a lovely warm drink of Mexican Caramel Atole or Ponche Navideño (fruit punch) alongside a typical pudding such as Mexican Chocolate Pie or Tres Leches Cake would do the trick.

Boxing Day

A great way to use up all of those turkey leftovers is to make a Turkey Burrito for lunch on Boxing Day. Stuff in some of the leftover brussel sprouts, some Gran Luchito Refried Beans, a few dollops of Gran Luchito Chipotle Mayo and some of our Serrano Green Chillies. You can have it hot or cold, and both will taste delicious!

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Take a look at our frequently asked questions about Mexican Christmas food. If you have questions of your own not shown here, please ask them in the comments section underneath the recipes. To learn more about authentic Mexican cooking check out the Gran Luchito Youtube Channel.

What do they eat in Mexico for Christmas?

It completely depends on the family and what their tastes and traditions are. Carne Asada, Birria, tamales, pozole are all popular. Turkey is native to Mexico and is also a popular choice for a Mexican Christmas Eve dinner.

Do Mexicans eat tacos for Christmas?

Depending on family tradition, turkey or carne asada may be served for Christmas. So yes, out come the soft flour tortillas! For this reason, we've shared our lamb barbacoa recipe which is delicious in tacos.

What does Mexico drink for Christmas?

Traditional Mexican Fruit Punch - Ponche Navideño, is a traditional hot drink during the Christmas period. It is made using water, fresh and dried fruits like tamarind, prunes, hibiscus, sugar cane, cinnamon, and sweetened with Piloncillo.

What is Christmas called in Mexico?

Navidad - Celebrations are held throughout Mexico on 25th December to commemorate the birth of Jesus.
The Mexican celebration of Christmas (as a whole) is called Las Posadas and begins on December 16 and ends on 24th. It commemorates the journey that Joseph and Mary made from Nazareth to Bethlehem in search of a safe refuge where Mary could give birth to the baby Jesus. The ninth evening of Las Posadas is Buena Noche, Christmas Eve.