I met my husband over 18 years ago, and ever since then I’ve been learning and devouring amazing cultural traditions from Mexico. My husband was born here in Arizona, but his grandparents came from Guanajuato, Mexico. I’ve had so much fun making sure our children learn about their Mexican heritage (unfortunately we are still struggling with learning Spanish, but we’ll get there!).
Today I wanted to share with you some of the Mexican traditions we incorporate into our holiday festivities, and also share my recipe for some delicious Breakfast Chilaquiles!
The Christmas season is a busy time for Mexican families! There are tons of celebrations and parties all leading up to Christmas. One of these celebrations is called Los Posadas.
Los Posadas starts on December 16 and ends December 24 and is a fun reenactment of the journey Mary and Joseph took as they tried to find an inn (the word posadas means lodging or basically “inn” in Spanish). A couple is chosen (most of the time children) to play Mary and Joseph, and their nightly procession (along with a crowd of people, including musicians) starts at the neighborhood church, and ends at a different house each night. When they arrive, there is a song that is sung called “Para Pedir Posadas”…half the crowd singing as Joseph and the other as the Inn Keeper. The whole night ends with a party that usually has amazing food and drinks, and of course…a pinata!
My husband has fond childhood memories of Los Posadas. His grandmother, Flora, was always one of the houses used as an “inn.” James loves to tell the kids about the time the donkey from the procession was corralled at Flora’s house for the night. He loves animals so much, and late at night, after everyone was gone, he quietly left his bed to sneak outside and feed the donkey carrots.
Although we don’t always participate in Los Posadas these days, our family usually kicks off our Christmas holidays by celebrating Dia de la Virgen de Guadalupe on December 12th. Two of my 5 daughters, and usually myself, dance Folklorico for fiestas in the neighborhood. Our performances always include different styles of dance and costumes from multiple regions in Mexico, all ending with the Jalisco dress as we dance Son de la Negra together. This year my daughter Sophie also danced with the matachines. It’s so fun to take part in the celebration and see the love that the Mexican people have for the Virgen de Guadalupe (the Virgin Mary).
You can celebrate Los Posadas at your home with a little help from HERDEZ! I’m not even exaggerating to say that I use HERDEZ at least twice a week in various recipes, so you can always find HERDEZ Salsa Verde in my pantry.
One of my favorite ways I use HERDEZ is in my Breakfast Chilaquiles. I’ve adapted my mother-in-law’s traditional recipe to make this quick, easy, and scrumptious breakfast for my family.
Breakfast Chilaquiles with HERDEZ
You can make this recipe for one or for a crowd. Just increase the amount of eggs and tortillas (approximately 2 eggs and 4 tortillas per person/adult portion).
HERDEZ Salsa Verde or Salsa Casera
Queso fresco (grated)- This can be found with Mexican cheeses.
1. Cut or tear tortillas into small pieces (think tortilla chip size).
2. Toast tortillas in skillet using butter until golden brown, season with salt and pepper.
3. Add eggs, scrambling in with the tortilla, until the eggs are cooked.
4. Add HERDEZ directly to the egg and tortilla mix, as much or as little as you like, until the salsa is incorporated into the dish.
5. Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle on queso fresco. Cover until the cheese is melted.
6. Serve up your chilaquiles with refried beans or black beans (yes beans for breakfast!) and a mug of champurrado!
I love making chilaquiles; it’s so easy and so delicious. I love the taste of a buttery crisp corn tortilla, and the absolute perfection of spices that HERDEZ adds to the dish. You can pick up HERDEZ salsa in the Mexican food aisle at your grocery store. Grab some today, and see why it’s always on my shopping list!
If you want to learn more about Las Posadas and try out some authentic dishes, visit HERDEZ today and start your own traditions!
HERDEZ Photo Contest
As this holiday brings family and friends coming together enjoying food and celebrations, HERDEZ® brand is holding a photo contest on Instagram. The Share in the Magic of #MisPosadas contest lasts from December 7th – January 6th.
Each week, a fill in the blank question relevant to the holiday will be posted for fan to answer with a photo. Three top winners will be selected as well as honorable mentions. Prizes are as follows:
– Grand Prize: Dinner prepared by a personal chef for up to 4 people in your very own home!
– 2nd Place: $250 Gift Basket
– 3rd Place: $200 Gift Basket
– Honorable Mention: Custom T-shirts
To enter, submit a photo on Instagram with the hashtag #MisPosadas to answer the weekly fill in the blank question. Good luck!
Do you have a cultural background that you incorporate into your holiday festivities?
- Eggs (2 per person)
- Corn tortillas (4 per person)
- HERDEZ Salsa Verde or Salsa Casera
- Queso fresco (grated)- This can be found with Mexican cheeses.
- Cut or tear tortillas into small pieces (think tortilla chip size).
- Toast tortillas in skillet using butter until golden brown, season with salt and pepper.
- Add eggs, scrambling in with the tortilla, until the eggs are cooked.
- Add HERDEZ directly to the egg and tortilla mix, as much or as little as you like, until the salsa is incorporated into the dish.
- Remove skillet from heat and sprinkle on queso fresco. Cover until the cheese is melted.
- Serve up your chilaquiles with refried beans or black beans (yes beans for breakfast!) and a mug of champurrado!