Chiles en Nogados, Mexican Christmas traditions.



My Mexican friend Dionicia shared her home-made version of what she calls ‘Chiles en Nogados’ with me last week. She told me this is a popular Christmas tradition in Mexico now. My friend explained that this recipe originated back in 1821, when the victorious Mexican General Augustin de Iturbide stopped in Puebla, and a community of nuns prepared this dish to honor him on Mexican Independence Day. The nuns came up with a humble ‘Chiles’ recipe, using low-cost, simple ingredients in season. ย That said, it was laborious at the time (and I think it still ‘is.’) I did not askย for the recipe, I simply enjoyed this wonderful treat as I learned about the story behind it! What else could I do? Now I know this much: 1) They’re made with Chiles Poblanos, the stuffing is made of walnuts, dried fruits, pomegranate and meat ingredients. 2) Original recipe calls for the stuffed Chile to be dipped in egg batter and then fried. Luckily my friend skipped that step.. (She knows I am always on a diet.) 3) They are extremely spicy and the cream on top helps refresh the palate while creating a heavenly balance. I ate them with rice (as Dionicia recommended.) Full of flavor in every bite, my Chiles en Nogados were a great Christmas gift! ๐Ÿ™‚


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  1. Hello Amy! Thanks for participating in our Christmas Photo Challenge! Lovely entry! Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you! Happy New Year to you also! ๐Ÿ™‚


  2. Thanks a lot for your contribution to our Christmas Photo Challenge, Amy! Have a look at the fabulous photos of Christmas traditions around the world we have managed to collect!

    Since you’ve joined the proud circle of our contributors, we invite you to use one of our HTML snippets on your website to tell your friends and followers about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    Happy New Year!


    1. Thank you for including my Mexican “Chiles en Nogados” and “Posadas” contributions in your “Christmas traditions around the world.” I am honored! And, yes, I will include your HTML snippet in my website and blog. By the way, I checked out your work ( and it’s great!! It’s wonderful! What a collection!


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