Top Ten Latin American Christmas Food Traditions

Feliz Navidad
Feliz Navidad.

It's Christmas time again, and in Miami that means tons of Latin families getting together for holiday cheer.

The beautiful thing is that all their cultures mesh with those of every other country represented here and make for a Latin-American-Caribbean holiday season full of joy and tradition.

Here are our Top Ten Latin American Christmas food traditions.

10. Chile Christmas

Christmas in Chile.
Typical Chilean Christmas foods are: oven roasted chicken, turkey, cazuela de ave, and pan de Pascua.

9. Tostones

Frying plantains for tostones.
These are tostones. They are chips made from fried plantains. They can be used to dip, scoop, push, shovel, dunk, and generally enjoy the delicious flavor of. They are found all over Latin America.

8. Panettone

Panettone Christmas bread.
Panettone is like a Latin fruitcake. It's in every supermarket in Miami. Italian immigrants brought the cake to South America with them, and it has become an integral part of Christmas all over Latin America. It's traditionally enjoyed with hot chocolate on Christmas eve.

7. Coquito

Coquito is similar to eggnog with rum. It's a simple mixed drink that families get smashed on for Christmas.

6. Lechon

Prepare to pig out.
Lechón is prepared throughout the year for any special occasion. For many families it is a holiday must-have, similar to turkey on Thanksgiving. During holidays, it takes on a special place as the main course on the table. Baby suckling pig is often used and can be cooked in the oven or roasted in a pit in the back yard.

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