9 Unique Traditions of Christmas in Ecuador


Tonight my husband and I are making them together. I am a gringa and this is a great cultural bonding experience to share with my husband. I can’t keep it around long enough to enjoy. When ready to serve, you may sprinkle them with sugar and ground cinnamon or powdered sugar, or drizzle with honey or the piloncillo syrup included in this recipe.

It’s this liquid that largely determines how the dish will eventually taste. Roasted guinea pig may be one of the more unusual Ecuadorian foods on this list but it’s honey soaked dessert an important part of Ecuadorian cuisine and culture. As with any cultural food, I think it’s something you need to try to fully immerse yourself in Ecuador.

Cover the pot and after about 3 to 4 minutes, turn the heat up and fry until golden brown. Today, P.A.N. is found in more than 25 countries, bringing the delicious flavor of corn to consumers in an easy and practical way to prepare your favorite corn based recipes. It’s marinated in orange juice, onions, garlic, annatto paste, cloves, cinnamon, cumin, and cane sugar. Once the plantains are cooked, drain them and mash them using a fork, a potato masher, or a food processor. You’ll need to do this step while the plantains are still hot. It goes without saying that no one knows Ecuadorian food better than a local, so what better way to experience the best of Ecuadorian cuisine than by going on a food tour?

The slow cooker will have to be turned on for a few minutes before the meat is cooked. I have only ever used a slow cooker on fresh ingredients. You should not use it to cook meat that has been frozen. The panela or piloncillo syrup is spiced with cinnamon and cloves, but I also like to give them an extra dusting of ground cinnamon.

Recipes for colada morada vary but common fruits and spices used include naranjilla, mortiños , blackberries, strawberries, pineapple, peaches, ishpingo , and cloves. Like guaguas de pan, it’s an ancient Ecuadorian drink that’s existed in the region well before the arrival of the Spanish. If you’re familiar with Peruvian food, then this next dish needs little introduction. Cuy asado means “roast guinea pig” and refers to a dish of…well, roasted guinea pig!

They can be round in ball shapes or disc-shaped. In Latin America, buñuelos are seen as a symbol of good luck. Slow cooking is a very time-consuming process. A slow cooker is much more efficient and less expensive. In my slow cooker, I make the meat for about 6-7 hours, and the slow cooker itself takes about 2-3 hours to “cook” the meat. This is why slow cooking is best, as it guarantees the meat will be cooked evenly and completely.

I was wondering if you tried to incorporate an egg. Perhaps is because the yield is not in a larger quantity, it doesn’t affect the recipe. Erica, instead of feta cheese try “queso Cotija”. It’s a mexican cheese like “queso fresco”. Buñuelos are a traditional Colombian Christmas treat, but they are also popular year round for breakfast with hot chocolate or coffee.

Honey can be used as a replacement or alternative for panela syrup. Heat the oil in a medium sized frying pan, test by dipping the dough into the oil and if it sizzles then it’s ready. Do not overcrowd, fry 2-3 at a time depending on the size of the pan.