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Traditional foods for the Holidays
Photo courtesy: Sandra Olonia

By Clerissa Salazar

The holidays are one of the most glutinous holidays, and for good reason. As the weather gets colder, we start to eat more. The traditional holiday foods are among some of the best.

On the average, in a Latino households, tamales are eaten a couple of days out of the week during the holidays and they are one of the most popular dishes. Tamales require much preparation or they can be purchased at your favorite Mexican restaurant, or prepared by that special family member known for their tamales skills! Tamales take hours of preparation and can be incorporated as a side into almost any type of dinner. The ingredients include: pork roast, garlic, dried corn husks, dried ancho chiles, vegetable oil, all-purpose flour, beef broth, cumin, oregano, red pepper flakes, white vinegar, lard, and salt.

Menudo is also a popular dish during the holiday season. What makes this dish unique is it requires tripe (cow stomach). The tripe is the main ingredient in menudo. Hominy is also a key factor in this dish and it is all mixed together in a red chili type of soup. Menudo is usually paired with tortillas to complete the dish. Arroz con leche is a creamy rice pudding dessert that is prepared during the holidays. It’s made with cinnamon, rice, milk, vanilla and sugar and is one of the best-rated dishes for the holiday season. On some occasions it may have raisins incorporated in the dish. It is sweet and the cinnamon and vanilla lends to the taste.

Bizcochitos are another dessert that is wildly popular during the Christmas season. This is also known as a “Mexican sugar cookie”. The ingredients include: flour, sugar, shortening, salt, eggs, anise seeds, brandy and cinnamon. For a full list of these recipes go to





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