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Christmas in México

Know the history of the most traditional Christmas dish: the Romeritos

Romerito is a quelite, which looks very much like rosemary which gives a smell. This word derives from the Nahuatl word quilitl, which means "edible herb" and which becomes the main ingredient of the dish that is never missing from our tables every Christmas, at the New Year's Eve dinner and during Lent: the Romeritos.

During the pre-Hispanic era, these quelites were highly valued plants by the Aztecs and even today they continue to be a very important food for country people.

For the arrival of the Spaniards, they were seen as weeds, since they grew between the milpas or on the edges of the roads, which diminished a little their consumption.

However, no one would have imagined what they became: one of the dishes that give us identity and tradition at Christmas in Mexico. Because its creation is due to the union of Catholic and pre-Hispanic religious festivities, where both convents and houses consumed vigil dishes, which didn't include red meat.

It is very common to prepare the Romeritos in an earthenware casserole to which the butter, the pipián, made with a mixture of chile a